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Tigger loves bouncing in mud puddles, which forces Pooh, Piglet and Rabbit to give him a bath. But the bath causes his stripes to vanish. Due to this, they cannot figure out what Tigger is. Tigger tries to be a rabbit, but fails when he unsuccessfully tries to protect Rabbit's garden from bugs. Shortly after, he tries to be a bear, but accidentally bumps into a honey tree, making the bees attack him. Afterwards, Tigger says. "I don't think I like being a bear. It gives me a heady-ache." Later, after Piglet covers Tigger in Christmas lights, they try to paint stripes on him at Piglet's suggestion. Overjoyed, Tigger bounces outside, but a rainstorm washes away the fake stripes. Discouraged, Tigger leaves in the middle of the night, wondering what he is. By daybreak, Eeyore passes by and tells him that he's still Tigger on the inside. Tigger then happily bounces around and his real stripes reappear. After that, Pooh and his friends recognize their old friend and Tigger continues bouncing in mud puddles.
|Jim Cummings||Winnie the Pooh|
|Frank Welker||The Bugs|
- This is the first and only time that Tigger has ever gone stripeless.
- This episode is similar to the Pixar short Boundin':
- The main character (Tigger/Lamb) loses something on the outside, which he is proud of (stripes for Tigger; wool for Lamb).
- They are both sad and discouraged by their loss.
- Later on, an empathetic character (Eeyore/Jackalope) comes along and tells the main character that what is on the inside is what counts.
- Both Tigger and Lamb bounce (or bound) when they are happy. "Stripes" and Boundin' both end with them bouncing away.
- Coincidentally, Bud Luckey, the voice of the Jackalope, later went on to voice Eeyore for the Winnie the Pooh 2011 film adaptation.