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Owl
Background information
Feature films The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh
Winnie the Pooh and a Day for Eeyore
Pooh's Grand Adventure: The Search for Christopher Robin
The Tigger Movie
Piglet's Big Movie
Mickey's Once Upon a Christmas (cameo)
Winnie the Pooh
Mickey's House of Villains
Television programs The New Adventures of Winnie the Pooh
Recess (cameo)
The Book of Pooh
Welcome to Pooh Corner
House of Mouse
Video games Tigger's Honey Hunt
Kingdom Hearts series
Piglet's Big Game
Winnie The Pooh's Rumbly Tumbly Adventure
Kinect Disneyland Adventures
Winnie the Pooh: Adventures in the Hundred Acre Wood
Park attractions The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh
Portrayed by
Portrayed by
Animators Dale Baer
Voice Hal Smith (1966-1991)
Andre Stojka (1997-2006)
Craig Ferguson (2011-present)
Performance model
Designer
Inspiration Archimedes
Owl from Sleeping Beauty
Honors and awards
Character information
Full name
Other names
Personality Kind, absent-minded, nostalgic, intelligent, talkative, proud
Appearance Slender owl, brown feathers, both cream belly and legs, both orange beak and feet
Nationality
Species
Birthday
Occupation Chef (in Welcome to Pooh Corner)
Alignment
Alignment Good
Affiliation
Affiliations
Goal
Home Hundred Acre Wood
Relatives Uncle Torbit,
Aunt Ophelia,
Dexter (cousin),
Countless other relatives
Pets
Allies Winnie the Pooh, Tigger, Piglet, Eeyore, Rabbit, Kanga, Roo, Gopher, Nasty Jack, Christopher Robin, Sora
Minions
Enemies Bees, Woozles, The Backson
Likes Telling stories
Dislikes Being ignored by his friends
Powers and abilities
Weapons Flight, strength
Fate
Quote "This reminds me of the time when...."

Owl is a character in A. A. Milne's Winnie the Pooh books and Disney's Winnie the Pooh franchise. Owl's character is obviously based on the stereotype of the "wise old owl", though in the books, the quality of Owl's "wisdom" is sometimes questionable. Owl was originally voiced by Hal Smith, with Andre Stojka taking over after Smith's death, and Craig Ferguson afterwards. Owl tends to speak using Received Pronunciation.

Background

Personality

Owl is considered by most to be the smartest resident of the Hundred Acre Wood. He is known for talking about his many relatives, and tends to tell long, drawn out stories, often involving his various relatives, which bore the others. Though Owl is indeed an intellectual, his intelligence is somewhat questionable, as well is his ability to read as twice he misread messages from Christopher Robin and believed the boy was in danger, causing unnecessary worry in Pooh and the rest.

Design

Owl is, as his name would suggest, an anthropomorphized owl, with light tan plumage on his underside and brown plumage on his head, tail, and back. His three-taloned feet are also brown. He has a short tuft of white feathers just under his beak, somewhat resembling a beard. The area around his eyes is a slightly lighter shade of brown. His eyes are black with pale yellow sclera, and his eyebrows are dark brown. Owl's beak is yellow.

Film and TV appearances

The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh

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Owl in The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh

Owl first appears in the segment Winnie the Pooh and the Honey Tree. He is seen with Christopher Robin as the boy is attempting to fix Eeyore's tail, and gives his opinion that the tail needs to be moved to the right. Later on, he notices Pooh trapped in Rabbit's door. He decides that the situation needs to services of an expert, which turns out to be Gopher. But when Gopher wishes to use dynamite, Owl refuses. When Pooh is finally able to be removed, Owl is one of the characters to help pull him out.

In Winnie the Pooh and the Blustery Day, it is revealed that Owl lives in a small house located in a tree top. Pooh comes to visit him to wish him a Happy Winds Day. However, while the two are visiting, the strong winds blow over Owl's tree, damaging his home. After noting that Owl's home cannot be repaired, Eeyore offers to find him a new one. In the meantime, Owl begins telling a long story about a relative, with the narrator noting that he spoke "from page 41 to page 62." In the midst of the later flood, Owl makes his way to Christopher Robin's home, the only area not under water. When Christopher Robin finds Piglet's message for help, he sends Owl, who can fly, to tell Piglet that help is on the way. Owl finds Piglet floating on a small chair. To calm Piglet, he begins speaking of another relative, completely oblivious to the fact that the two are about to go over a waterfall. At the end of the segment, Eeyore finds a new house for Owl, which turns out to be Piglet's. However, Piglet selflessly gives Owl his home, and goes to live with Pooh.

Winnie the Pooh and a Day for Eeyore

In Winnie the Pooh and a Day for Eeyore, Pooh goes to Owl's house to ask Owl for assistance with Eeyore's birthday present. At Pooh's request, Owl writes "A Very Happy Birthday with love from Pooh," on a honey pot which Pooh intends to give to Eeyore. Owl also tells Pooh about the birthday celebration that he and his family gave his Great Uncle Robert who had just turned 103 years old (but would only admit to being 97). After this, Owl flies off to tell Christopher Robin about the news of Eeyore's birthday. Owl is later seen at Eeyore's birthday party, where he begins to tell the story of his Great Uncle Robert's birthday party again, but he is interrupted by Tigger. Tigger bounces Rabbit, causing Rabbit to suggest that Tigger leaves. Christopher Robin suggests that everyone play Pooh Sticks. After the game, is over Owl congratulates Eeyore on his birthday party and flies home.

Welcome to Pooh Corner

In Welcome to Pooh Corner, Owl is portrayed by a person wearing an adult-sized puppet costume. Here, Owl is usually seen wearing glasses. When flying, he is sometimes seen wearing a pilot's hat and scarf, and when he takes off, a plane engine can be heard. Owl is also shown to have a love for cooking. Owl's theme song in the show is called "Responsible Persons".

The New Adventures of Winnie the Pooh

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Owl in The New Adventures of Winnie the Pooh.

Owl appears regularly in the animated series, though he is considered a secondary character. Owl is shown to live in the same tree house that was seen in the film. Despite not appearing as often as others, he does feature prominently in a few episodes. In the episode "Owl Feathers", the gang believe that Owl is going bald after they find a pile of feathers. It is later revealed that the feathers were not Owl's, but were from Christopher Robin's pillow because Pooh and Christopher Robin had a pillow fight the previous night. In "Owl's Well That Ends Well", Owl is revealed to be a terrible singer, though he himself doesn't realize it. However, Rabbit comes to appreciate the singing, as it keeps the crows out of his garden. In "My Hero", Tigger becomes Piglet's servant, due to a policy stated by Owl that when one is rescued, the rescuee must serve the rescuer as a form of repayment.

Like always, Owl often talks about his relatives, and several appear in the show. He has a younger cousin named Dexter who appears in the episodes "The Bug Stops Here," in which he is babysat by Pooh, and in "Owl in the Family", alongside Owl's Great Uncle Torbett and Aunt Ophelia. In the episode "Prize Piglet" Owl reveals that his Uncle Albert once raced from Albania to Zanzibar. Overall, Owl appears in a total of 29 out of 82 episodes.

Pooh's Grand Adventure: The Search for Christopher Robin

In Pooh's Grand Adventure: The Search for Christopher Robin, Pooh, Piglet, Tigger, Rabbit, and Eeyore go to Owl to read them a note from a honeypot that Christopher Robin left Pooh before he mysteriously left and Pooh accidentally got honey all over the note. After Owl gets the honey off the note, he reads the note wrong and says that Christopher Robin has gone to a place called Skull (really school), which is a faraway and forbidden place. When Pooh and the gang decide to go on a quest to rescue Christopher Robin, Owl draws them a map and says that they'll face dangers along the way including Heffalumps, Woozles, Jagulars, and the most scariest one of all - the Skullasauraus. Owl then sings the song "Adventure is a Wonderful Thing" and sends Pooh and the gang on their quest and he salutes them. It is later revealed that Owl told Pooh and the gang where to find Christopher Robin; at skull they must find him in the eye of the Skull. Towards the end, Owl is seen one last time flying over Christopher Robin saying, "Thank goodness. You got him."

A Winnie the Pooh Thanksgiving

In the television special A Winnie the Pooh Thanksgiving, Pooh and the gang prepare a Thanksgiving dinner to which they all bring something of their own for dinner. Owl in particular brings biscuits from a recipe that was passed down to him from his Great Uncle Torbett. Owl has a role of preparing Thanksgiving dinner like all the other characters. Rabbit gives Owl the task of washing dishes.

Mickey's Once Upon a Christmas

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Owl's cameo in Mickey's Once Upon A Christmas.

Owl makes a cameo in Mickey's Once Upon a Christmas. During the "Mickey and Minnie's Gift of the Magi" segment, Owl is seen in the crowd listening to Mickey play his harmonica and watching Pluto dance along to the music with a child.

The Tigger Movie

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Owl in The Tigger Movie

In The Tigger Movie, when Tigger looks for his family of Tiggers, he and Roo go to Owl for help finding them, to which Owl suggests that Tigger should find his family tree. Tigger follows Owl's advice. Later on, when Roo decides to write Tigger a letter from his family, he gathers Kanga, Pooh, Piglet, and Eeyore at Owl's house and has Owl write the letter. Kanga suggests for Owl to write "Dress Warmly", Pooh suggests "Eat Well", Piglet suggests "Stay Safe and Sound", Eeyore suggests "Keep Smiling", Roo suggests "We're always there for you", and Owl finishes the letter with "Wishing You All The Best. Signed, Your Family." The next day, when Tigger shows the letter to his friends, he tells them that his family of Tiggers are coming to visit him tomorrow.

Owl asks Tigger where the letter said that and Tigger says, "Nowhere, because we Tiggers have to read between the lines." Roo then decides that he, Owl, and the others should dress up as other Tiggers and act as Tigger's family, to which they do. When they arrive at Tigger's house dressed up as his family, everything goes according to plan until Roo accidentally bounces into Tigger's closet, causing his mask to fall off. Tigger pulls off all of the others' masks, including Owl's, which makes him mad, and he leaves to find his real family.

Later on when Pooh, Roo, Piglet, Rabbit, and Eeyore go out to find Tigger and he rescues them from an avalanche, Owl, Kanga and Christopher Robin show up and they manage to explain to Tigger that they are his family by reciting what the letter said. In the end, Tigger gives his family a party and gives Owl a yo-yo for a present. Owl then along with the others gets a family picture taken with Tigger so Roo can put it in his heart-shaped locket that Tigger gave him as a present.

House of Mouse

Owl regularly appears alongside Pooh and his friends as guests in the TV series House of Mouse. For most of Owl's cameos, he is seen siting with Professor Owl and Archimedes.

The Book of Pooh

Owl appears in The Book of Pooh, in which he owns a lot of books and turns his house into a library so that Pooh and the others can come and borrow them if they like. Owl is also seen giving advice to Kessie about knowledge and wisdom.

Piglet's Big Movie

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Owl in Piglet's Big Movie

In Piglet's Big Movie, when Piglet goes missing, Pooh and the gang go to Owl's House to ask Owl if they've seen him to which Owl tells them that he's seen Piglet many times and that he just passed by. As Owl starts to talk about his Second Cousin Rupert, Pooh and the gang sneak off, to which Owl continues to talk, not even noticing that his friends have left. Owl then appears in the story about finding the North Pole, to which Owl joins Christopher Robin, Pooh, Piglet, Tigger, Kanga, Roo, Eeyore and Rabbit on an expedition to find the North Pole.

On the way Pooh, Piglet, Roo, Kanga, and Tigger get separated from Christopher Robin, to which Christopher Robin remains with Owl, who starts talking about his family again. When Christopher Robin and Owl find Pooh and the gang, Christopher Robin sees that Pooh has a stick in his paws and says that Pooh has found the North Pole which is the stick. Owl and the others all cheer for Pooh, not knowing that it was really Piglet who found the stick and handed it to Pooh.

In the end, Owl and the others throw Piglet a hero party in honor of his bravery throughout the many adventures in the Hundred Acre Wood.

Winnie the Pooh

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Owl in Winnie the Pooh

Owl is first seen writing a memoir of his life beginning at the very tree in which he was born. He is then greeted by Pooh and Eeyore who are currently looking for a solution to the dilemma of Eeyore's missing tail. Owl suggests a contest and flies over to Christopher Robin. Christopher sends Pooh out to inform the other residents. At the meeting, Owl suggests a reward to be distributed if one was to find the tail or a decent replacement. A jar of honey is deemed the prize and the search for replacements begin. After several failed attempts, Owl provides Eeyore with a chalkboard labeled "Tael".

Just as Owl accepts the jar of honey, Pooh arrives with a mysterious message from Christopher Robin. Owl interprets the note as a distress call as Christopher has been kidnapped by a creature Owl spotted not to long before, a creature known as the Backson. Rabbit comes up with a plan to capture the beast by luring it into a pit using toys, games, books and other things Backsons enjoy as bait. Owl joins the friends but they all accidentally end up trapped in the pit themselves. Though Owl has the ability to fly, the group is too absent-minded to realize.

With no hope of escaping, Owl decides to recite his memoir to his friends. Pooh spots the jar of honey at the top of the pit, he creates a latter using the book's text. Owl and the others then make their escape. When they're freed, Christopher Robin appears and explains that he was only in school for the day. The gang then look at Owl in anger, and the latter quickly flies off. Back at his home, Pooh visited to ask for honey and notices Eeyore's real tail being used as a bell ringer. Owl didn't notice his bell ringer being Eeyore's tail until Pooh came about, and gladly gave the bear the tail. Owl and the others then reward Pooh with a massive honey jar in gratitude for recovering Eeyore's tail.

Video Games

Kingdom Hearts series

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Owl helps Sora while he is in the Hundred Acre Wood with advice on mini-games and how to find more Torn Pages.

Kingdom Hearts

Owl functions as the narrator and tutorial guide in the 100 Acre Wood telling Sora when he needs to find more pages, giving him help with mini-games, and overall just providing instruction. Though at times he will talk to other characters such as Pooh or Tigger.

Kingdom Hearts: Chain of Memories

Owl is part of the challenge to find Pooh's friends. He is seen flying overhead.

Kingdom Hearts II

Owl plays the same role as he did in the first Kingdom Hearts title providing Sora with instruction. But unlike the first game he plays more a role in the story of the world.

Kinect Disneyland Adventures

Owl makes a brief non-speaking cameo near the end of the gameplay for The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh while watching Piglet, Roo and Eeyore throwing Pooh's presents in a big bag.

Disney Parks

Owl is a very rare meetable character in the Disney Parks. He is sometimes seen in the parades with Pooh and the others.

The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh

An animatronic version of Owl can be found in all versions of the attraction. During the Blustery Day sequence, Owl is seen in his rocking chair after his home collapsed. He is also seen in the large storybook murals.

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Trivia

  • Owl can spell his name ("Wol") and the word "Tuesday" (so that you know it isn't Wednesday), but his spelling goes all to pieces over delicate words like "measles" and "buttered toast". His spelling weakness is shown in Winnie the Pooh and a Day for Eeyore when Owl tries to write "A Very Happy Birthday with love from Pooh" but instead writes "Hipy papy bthuthdth thuthda bthuthdy".
  • He can also read, but only if no one is looking over his shoulder. Although in plenty of other projects, the other characters are perfectly literate.
  • In the Winnie the Pooh stories by A. A. Milne, Owl lives in a tree known as The Chestnuts, located in the middle of the Hundred Acre Wood and described as an "old world residence of great charm" which is grand enough to have both a door-knocker and a bell-pull. That house is blown down by a storm in the eighth chapter of The House at Pooh Corner. Eeyore eventually discovers what he believes is the perfect new house for Owl, apparently without noticing that it is actually Piglet's house. Nonetheless, Piglet offers the house to Owl, and he presumably moves in. Owl made a sign indicating that he planned to call his new house "The Wolery".
  • Unlike most of the original cast of the books, the illustrations of Owl look more like a live animal than a stuffed one. This idea is also supported by Rabbit's comment to him: "You and I have brains. The others have fluff." In Ernest H. Shepard's illustrations, Owl appears to be about a head shorter than Pooh, and a little below hip-height to Christopher Robin. He is sometimes but not always drawn wearing reading glasses. When the illustrations show him writing, he holds the pen in his talons, not with his wing.
  • Owl appears in chapters IV, VI, VIII, IX, and X of Winnie the Pooh. He also appears in chapters V, VIII, IX, and X of The House at Pooh Corner, and is mentioned in several other chapters.
  • Owl makes a cameo appearance in the Recess episode "Bachelor Gus".


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Media
Films: Winnie the Pooh and the Honey Tree | Winnie the Pooh and the Blustery Day | Winnie the Pooh and Tigger Too! | The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh | Winnie the Pooh and a Day for Eeyore | Who Framed Roger Rabbit | Pooh's Grand Adventure: The Search for Christopher Robin | The Tigger Movie | Piglet's Big Movie | Winnie the Pooh: Springtime with Roo | Pooh's Heffalump Movie | Pooh's Heffalump Halloween Movie | Winnie the Pooh
TV Shows: Welcome to Pooh Corner | The New Adventures of Winnie the Pooh (Episode list) | House of Mouse | The Book of Pooh (Episode List) | My Friends Tigger & Pooh
Video Games: Tigger's Honey Hunt | Piglet's Big Game | Winnie The Pooh's Rumbly Tumbly Adventure | Kinect Disneyland Adventures | Kingdom Hearts | Kingdom Hearts Birth by Sleep | Kingdom Hearts:Chain of Memories | Kingdom Hearts II | Adventures in the Hundred Acre Wood

Characters: Winnie the Pooh | Christopher Robin | Piglet | Tigger | Eeyore | Rabbit | Kanga | Roo | Owl | Gopher | Dexter | Bees | Crows | Bugs | Pack Rats | Kessie | Nasty Jack | Nasty Jack's Gang | Papa Heffalump | Crud | Smudge | Stan & Heff | Wooster | Bruno | The Toy Villains | Lumpy | Mama Heffalump | Darby | Buster | The Backson | Christopher Robin's Mom | Balloony

Locations: Hundred Acre Wood | Pooh's House | Piglet's House | Rabbit's House | Rabbit's garden | Christopher Robin's room

Songs
Winnie the Pooh and the Honey Tree: "Winnie the Pooh" | "Up, Down, Touch the Ground" | "Rumbly in My Tumbly" | "Mind Over Matter" | "Little Black Rain Cloud"
Winnie the Pooh and the Blustery Day: "A Rather Blustery Day" | "The Wonderful Thing About Tiggers" | "Heffalumps and Woozles" | "Rain, Rain, Rain Came Down, Down, Down" | "Hip-Hip-Poohray"
Boo to You Too! Winnie the Pooh: "I Wanna Scare Myself"
Pooh's Grand Adventure: The Search for Christopher Robin: "Forever & Ever" | "Adventure is a Wonderful Thing" | "If It Says So" | "Wherever You Are" | "Everything is Right"
The Many Songs of Winnie the Pooh: "It Really Was a Woozle, Yes it Was"
Sing a Song with Pooh Bear: "My Song" | "Kanga Roo Hop"
Winnie the Pooh: A Valentine for You: "Girls are Like Boys" | "When the Love Bug Bites" | "Places in the Heart"
The Tigger Movie: "Someone Like Me" | "Whoop-de-Dooper Bounce" | "Lull-a-Bee" | "Round My Family Tree" | "How to Be a Tigger"
Piglet's Big Movie: "With a Few Good Friends" | "Sing-Ho (For the Life of a Bear)"
Pooh's Heffalump Movie: "The Name Game" | "Shoulder to Shoulder"
Winnie the Pooh: "A Pooh Bear Takes Care of His Tummy" | "A Very Important Thing to Do" | "The Winner Song" | "The Backson Song" | "It's Gonna Be Great" | "Everything is Honey" | "Pooh's Finale"

Disney Parks: The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh

Other: The Disney Afternoon | The Many Songs of Winnie the Pooh | Sing a Song with Pooh Bear (and Piglet Too) | Sing a Song with Tigger

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