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The Backson
Background information
Feature films Winnie the Pooh
Short films
Television programs
Video games
Park attractions
Portrayed by
Portrayed by
Animators Eric Goldberg
Voice Huell Howser
Performance model
Inspiration Monster from "My Pet Monster"
Honors and awards
Character information
Full name
Other names
Personality Destructive, devilish, monstrous, fearsome, bad, cruel (according to Owl), gentle, curious, enthusiastic
Appearance Gigantic and obese creature, tail, surly ugly mug face, sharp horns atop his head in between a red mop hair that covers his eyes, black toes, blue fur, shaggy rug-like hide, gold ring on his nose
Occupation Pooh and his pals' target
Alignment Bad (according to Owl), Good (real)
Goal To cause complete chaos (according to Owl), to return the items left out for him (real)
Enemies Winnie the Pooh, Owl, Tigger, Piglet, Rabbit, Kanga, Roo, Christopher Robin, Eeyore
Likes Chaos, destroying things, thefts (according to Owl), finding things in the woods, helping to return lost things (real)
Powers and abilities Incredible strength, flight
Weapons Teeth, claws, tail, horns
Fate Gets trapped in an enormous pit
Quote "Wow! It's amazing what you can find in the woods. A marble. And a boot. And Oh My that's a scary looking fellow."
"Gosh! Maybe These were His things. You know i better pick them up so they won't get broken. That's the last thing i would want."
"Oh My Gosh! Is this a pit? I think i'm in a Pit! Hello, Anybody Up There? Oh Well, I sure hope that fellow would be back soon."

The Backson is a new imaginary creature created by A.A. Milne as a part of the Winnie the Pooh stories, and the false sole antagonist of Disney's 2011 Winnie the Pooh film. He is voiced by the late Huell Howser.


The Backson was first introduced in the A.A. Milne book The House at Pooh Corner. In the original story, "In Which Rabbit has a Busy Day and We Find Out What Christopher Robin Does in the Mornings", Rabbit finds a note from Christopher Robin similar to what Pooh finds in the film and asks the other animals if they've spotted a Herbaceous or Spotted Backson, until another note from Christopher Robin is found with better spelling. In the film, it is turned into a hunt for the Backson and setting a hole trap for it inspired by "In Which Piglet Meets a Heffalump". The Backson was animated by Eric Goldberg for the film, with the song going for a simplistic chalk drawing form.


Winnie the Pooh

One day when Pooh found a note he couldn't tell what it was. He goes to Owl to figure it out and Owl claims Christopher Robin has been kidnapped by a creature called The Backson. Pooh and friends have no clue what it is so Owl informs them of their new enemy.

He is a ferocious creature that enjoys torturing others and creating misfortune. He is responsible for holes in socks, broken teeth, aging, theft, catching colds etc. Pooh and his friends set off on a mission to rescue their friend before it's too late.

The plan is to gather material that The Backson enjoys destroying, dig an enormous pit and make the items lead to it. The Backson will follow the item and eventually fall into the pit himself thus saving Christopher and defeating the beast. While Pooh, Piglet, Rabbit, Owl, Kanga and Roo gather the material and set the trap, Tigger and Eeyore train to battle the beast if necessary.

Soon enough Pooh and friends get trapped in the pit but escape using the text. After they get out they reunite with Christopher Robin and everything is straightened out.

After the credits role the Backson comes out of the scary woods and proves to be real but instead of being a monstrous beast, he is actually very kind and the bait Pooh and the other left for him he decided to pick them up to return to them but falls into the pit as planned. He decides to wait for someone to help him out and hopes he'll be back soon.



  • He has a recurring theme song which is reminiscent of a horror film suspense cue.
  • The Backson is similar to Wreck-It Ralph: Both have villainous roles, but are kindharted. In fact, the Backson has possible the same size, as Ralph. 
  • He is also similar to Mor'Du from Brave: Both are feared villains, that live in the woods. And both villains song, are singed by heroes (The Song Of Mor'Du is performed by King Fergus, and The Backson song are performed by Owl.)
    • Concidentally Craig Ferguson, Owl's voice in the 2011 movie, also played Lord Macintosh in Brave.
  • Despite Owl's thoughts on the Backson it can be implied that Owl spotted the creature before and just assumed he was a villain, even though he wasn't for real.


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 | Pooh's Grand Adventure: The Search for Christopher Robin | The Tigger Movie | The Book of Pooh: Stories from the Heart | Piglet's Big Movie | Winnie the Pooh: Springtime with Roo | Pooh's Heffalump Movie | Pooh's Heffalump Halloween Movie | Winnie the Pooh | Winnie the Pooh (live-action film)
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: Winnie the Pooh in the Hundred Acre Wood | 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 | Kessie | Bees | Crows | Bugs | Pack Rats | Rabbit's relatives | Tigger's mom | Pygmy Piglets | Squirrel | Skippy | Nasty Jack | Nasty Jack's Gang | Heffalumps | Woozles | Papa Heffalump | Stan and Heff | Wooster | Crud | Smudge | Bruno | Toy Villains | Birdzilla | Balloon | Lumpy | Mama Heffalump | Darby | Buster | Beaver | Woodpecker | Opossum Twins | The Backson | Long John Cottontail | Christopher Robin's Mom | Winifred

Locations: Hundred Acre Wood | Pooh's House | Piglet's House | Tigger's House | Rabbit's House | Eeyore's House | Owl's House | Rabbit's garden | Christopher Robin's room | The Land of Milk and Honey | Skull Cave

Objects: Winnie the Pooh doll | Winnie the Pooh storybook | Rock Remover

Movie 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: "Kanga Roo Hop" | "You're the One and Only One" | "Harvest What You Grow" | "My Song"
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: "A Mother's Intuition" | "With a Few Good Friends" | "Sing-Ho (For the Life of a Bear)"
Pooh's Heffalump Movie: "The Horribly Hazardous Heffalumps" | "Little Mr. Roo" | "The Name Game" | "Shoulder to Shoulder" | "In the Name of the Hundred Acre Wood / What Do You Do?"
Springtime With Roo: "We're Huntin' Eggs Today" | "Sniffly Sniff" | "Easter Day With You" | "The Way It Must Be Done" | "The Grandest Easter of Them All"
Pooh's Heffalump Halloween Movie: "Trick 'R' Treating With Our Friends"| "Brave Together" | "As Long As I'm Here With You"
Winnie the Pooh: "The Tummy Song" | "A Very Important Thing to Do" | "The Winner Song" | "The Backson Song" | "It's Gonna Be Great" | "Everything is Honey" | "Pooh's Finale"

Television Songs
The New Adventures of Winnie the Pooh: "Pooh Bear" | "'Cause It's Make Believe" | "The Floating Song" | "Nothing's Too Good for a Friend" | "Under the Bed" | "I Don't Have A Name" | "King of the Beasties (song)" | "The End" | "Pirates is What We'll Be" | "Tigger, the Private Ear, Is Here"
The Book of Pooh: "Everyone Knows He's Winnie the Pooh" | "Your Best Wishes" | "On the Double" | "Who is Me" | "Think, Think, Think" | "A Pirate Has Got To Have Arrr" | "Day in the Life of a Pooh" | "What Piglets Are" | "Dinosnores" | "I Watch for Signs" | "We're Making a Cake" | "A Mystery" | "If I Could Be Big" | "Isn't that Funny?" | "Find the "X"" | "Everyone Wants a Valentine" | "That's Just What We Do" | "Keep It Simple" | "Have You Got a Book For Me?" | "Give It a Try" | "The Play's the Thing" | "On Your Way Back Home" | "Nightmare Wranglers" | "We Royaly Request" | "That Special Something" | "Carry On" | "The Plumed Protector" | "Flying Up, Up and Away" | "The Bluebird Song" | "Green Thing" | "What's Your Name, River?" | "Thank You, Please" | "When You're a Monster Too" | "Where Do Words Go?" | "Show the Sign" | "Under a Spelling Bee's Spell" | "With Books You Get Carried Away" | "Adventure" | "Mental Altitude" | "I Want to Know Everything Now" | "Happy Tailiversary" | "Get Growin'" | "Tigger's Lullaby" | "A Wood Without Pooh" | "Impossible to Live With" | "Rhyme-a-Bye" | "Friends Until the End" | "Perfect Party" | "If We Were Talkin'" | "Party Animal" | "Bravehat" | "That's All It Was" | "What's a Tigger Without a Bounce?" | "Our Favorite Day" | "Someone New to Meet" | "Every Day is a Song" | "When I Meet a Heffalump" | "Time Stands Still" | "The Who, What, When, Where, Why" | "24 Hours to Save the Day" | "Gardener of the Year" | "The Hundred Acre Circus" | "Into Outer Space" | "Blissful Bossa Nova" | "My Hero" | "If You Don't Have Friends" | "Talking Tomato" | "Flying" | "I Want To Be Scary" | "Nothin' Much Scares Me" | "The Hundred Acre Halloween" | "Just Ring Your Bell" | "Our Perfect Map of the Wood" | "Broken Friendships" | "Do the Roo" | "The Rabbit Tango" | "The Honey Dance" | "Piglet Ballet" | "Call Me Buck-a-Roo" | "It's Only Magic" | "I Never" | "King of the Heffalumps" | "Pouncing Panther Pledge" | "At Chez Piglet" | "A Perfect Forest" | "That's How You Put on a Show" | "Let it Rain" | "Stripey McSnarl Always Gets His Man" | "The Littlest Dinosnore" | "Nothing Ever Happens" | "Power of the Pencil" | "Too Much Honey" | "Lost in a Book" | "Goodbye for Now"

Disney Parks: The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh | Pooh's Hunny Hunt

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

  • Even that Rabbit often had antagonistic roles, the Backson is the first main solo villain, in the franchise. Heffalupms and Wuzzles, and Bees are villains in a group.

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