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Welcome to Pooh Corner is a live-action/puppet television series that aired on The Disney Channel, featuring the characters from the Winnie the Pooh universe portrayed by actors in human-sized puppet suits, except Roo, who was usually a traditional puppet.

Each show began with an introduction sequence with Laurie Main speaking to the audience. He would relate what he was talking about to an event that occurred in the Hundred Acre Wood, the home of the Pooh characters, and then he would proceed to read from a book entitled Welcome to Pooh Corner. He would then narrate the episode acted out by the characters. The action was filmed before a blue screen, rather than using traditional sets.

Since the show was designed for The Disney Channel before it began airing commercials, there were no breaks for commercials. As a result, the show lasted a full thirty minutes. The main story ran about twenty minutes followed by two shorter segments. The first segment was a music video featuring one of ten songs, used over and over throughout the show's run. These songs were written by the Academy Award winning Sherman Brothers who had provided the majority of the Winnie the Pooh music over the years. The Sherman Brothers also wrote the show's theme song, using the music from the original Winnie the Pooh theme song from The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh.

The last segment of the show was a presentational arts and crafts demonstration. One of the cast members would speak to the narrator, looking directly into the camera, while they showed the viewers at home how to make something.

In addition to normal episodes, several holiday episodes and educational specials were also produced, such as Too Smart for Strangers (1985), where Pooh and his friends explain to people what to do when they meet someone they don't know. They also discuss "Not-Okay touching," at a time when cases of child molestation were becoming more frequent, and was used as a guide for victims and their families.

Dumbo's Circus, another Disney Channel live-action/puppet television series, was produced in a similar way, with actors in costumes in front of a blue screen. The show's title derives from the second Winnie the Pooh storybook, The House at Pooh Corner.

Welcome to Pooh Corner began airing in 1983, and was removed from the channel when it began airing commercial breaks in 1997. As a result, the show's VHS releases have become hard to find. There are currently no plans to release Welcome to Pooh Corner on DVD from Walt Disney Home Entertainment.

Cast

Welcome to Pooh Corner

Songs

Episode list

  • "You Need A Friend"
  • "Doing What I Do Best"
  • "The Pooh Scouts"
  • "Brighten Your Corner"
  • "Safety First"
  • "Rabbit Learns to Share"
  • "The Great Outdoors"
  • "Surprise, Surprise"
  • "Piglet Pride"
  • "Roo's Great Adventure"
  • "Eeyore Talks to Himself"
  • "Snow Falls On Pooh Corner"
  • "Hello, Hello There"
  • "Practice Makes Perfect"
  • "The Old Swimming Hole"
  • "Pooh Makes a Trade"
  • "A Bicycle Built for Five"
  • "My Echo and I"
  • "Pooh Learns to Remember"
  • "Wishing"
  • "Don't Quit"
  • "Holiday for Pooh Bear"
  • "Pooh Builds a Bee House"
  • "Piglet Lends a Helping Hand"
  • "Pooh Borrows Trouble"
  • "Clouds"
  • "The Fastest Rabbit in the Wood"
  • "When I Was Younger"
  • "Eeyore Joins the Band"
  • "Eeyore's Costume Party"
  • "A Swing for Eeyore"
  • "Do It Now"
  • "Carrots, Carrots, and More Carrots"
  • "Hi Neighbor"
  • "Spaghetti"
  • "Rabbit's Cousin"
  • "The Great Kite Race"
  • "Fine Feathered Friend"
  • "Piglet's Slumber Party"
  • "Piglet Learns to Swing"
  • "Pooh Corner Singing Society"

​Specials

  • "Christmas at Pooh Corner"
  • "Pooh's Funny Valentine's Day"
  • "Christmas is For Sharing"
  • "Too Smart for Strangers"
  • "Pooh's Great School Bus Adventure"
  • "Because it's Halloween"
  • "One and Only You" 
  • "Responsible Persons" 

Home media release

Welcome to Pooh Corner VHS
Main article: Welcome to Pooh Corner videography

Trivia

  • Welcome to Pooh Corner differs on many things from its other incarnations:
    • Piglet always has on a scarf, or a muffler as the narrator calls it.
    • Tigger is red with black stripes and has a talent for art.
    • Rabbit is a talented magician aside from being a gardener.
    • Eeyore has a talent for dancing. His house is made of wooden planks, complete with a door and weather vane.
    • Owl always has on glasses, and on several occasions, a pilot's head and scarf when flying. As he begins to take off, a sound of a plane's engine starting can be heard, followed by the take off.
    • Roo's character originally was a toddler and would most often be sitting on something like Eeyore or Tigger's back, Kanga's pouch, or his high chair. In later episodes, his character was portrayed as being more preschool-aged; he was then able to walk around in more scenes and was never in his mother's pouch. He also always wore a red shirt, but later changed to a white collared shirt. (However, at least one storybook published around the time did have him wearing one).
  • It is also notable that very few of the actors who played the characters in the original Disney Pooh short films reprised their roles here, nor are the parts played by any of the characters' current voice actors such as Jim Cummings.
  • Christopher Robin and Gopher never make any appearance in all the episodes, though Christopher Robin is mentioned in the 1986 educational special Pooh's Great School Bus Adventure.
  • Pooh's theme song, "The Right Side", was originally used in Mary Poppins (although the song was cut out in the movie's release).
  • The animatronic costumes used for the characters were created by Alchemy II, Inc. headed by Ken Forsse, who later created the toy sensation Teddy Ruxpin.
  • For the French version of the show, the narrator sequences were changed to suit the French audience. The host was played by French actor Jean Rochefort from 1985 to 1987, and then Vincent Perrot in 1988.
    • The French intro sequences show Rabbit is as a drawing, rather than a stuffed animal, like the rest of the characters. The third and final opening does this to Piglet's appearance as well, though he is also still shown as a doll during Pooh's shot.

Gallery

External links


v - e - d
Winnie the Pooh logo
Media
Films: Winnie the Pooh and the Honey TreeWinnie the Pooh and the Blustery DayWinnie the Pooh and Tigger Too!The Many Adventures of Winnie the PoohWinnie the Pooh and a Day for EeyorePooh's Grand Adventure: The Search for Christopher RobinThe Tigger MovieThe Book of Pooh: Stories from the HeartPiglet's Big MovieWinnie the Pooh: Springtime with RooPooh's Heffalump MoviePooh's Heffalump Halloween MovieWinnie the PoohChristopher Robin

TV Shows: Welcome to Pooh CornerThe New Adventures of Winnie the PoohHouse of MouseThe Book of PoohMy Friends Tigger & Pooh
Video Games: Winnie the Pooh in the Hundred Acre WoodTigger's Honey HuntPiglet's Big GameWinnie The Pooh's Rumbly Tumbly AdventureKinect Disneyland AdventuresKingdom HeartsKingdom Hearts Birth by SleepKingdom Hearts:Chain of MemoriesKingdom Hearts IIAdventures in the Hundred Acre WoodAnimated StoryBook: Winnie the Pooh and the Honey TreeAnimated StoryBook: Winnie the Pooh and Tigger Too

Disney Parks
Fantasy GardensGarden of the Twelve FriendsHunny Pot SpinPooh's Hunny HuntPooh's Playful SpotThe Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh

Entertainment: Fantasy FestivalIt's Party Time... with Mickey and FriendsWinnie the Pooh and Friends, too!
Shops: Pooh Corner
Parade: Celebrate A Dream Come True ParadeDisney Magic on ParadeFlights of Fantasy ParadeHappiness is Here ParadeJubilation!Mickey's WaterWorksTokyo Disneyland Electrical Parade: DreamLights
Firework: Disneyland ForeverOnce Upon a Time
Halloween: Happy HallowishesMickey's Boo-to-You Halloween Parade

Characters
Winnie the PoohChristopher RobinPigletTiggerEeyoreRabbitKangaRooOwlGopherBeesHeffalumpsWoozlesDexterKessieCrowsBugsPack RatsRabbit's relativesTigger's momPygmy PigletsSquirrelSkippyNasty JackNasty Jack's GangPapa HeffalumpStan and HeffWoosterCrudSmudgeBrunoToy VillainsBirdzillaBalloonLumpyMama HeffalumpDarbyBusterBeaverWoodpeckerOpossum TwinsThe BacksonLong John CottontailChristopher Robin's MomWinifredJagularMr. NarratorSanta ClausSkullasaurus
Episodes
The New Adventures of Winnie the Pooh

Season One: "Pooh Oughta Be in Pictures" • "Donkey for a Day/Friend, In Deed" • "There's No Camp Like Home/Balloonatics" • "Find Her, Keep Her" • "The Piglet Who Would Be King" • "Cleanliness is Next to Impossible" • "The Great Honey Pot Robbery" • "Stripes/Monkey See, Monkey Do Better" • "Babysitter Blues" • "How Much is That Rabbit in the Window" • "Gone with the Wind/Nothing But the Tooth" • "Paw and Order" • "Honey for a Bunny/Trap as Trap Can" • "The Masked Offender/Things That Go Piglet in the Night" • "Luck Amok/Magic Earmuffs" • "The Wishing Bear" • "King of the Beasties/The Rats Who Came to Dinner" • "My Hero/Owl Feathers" • "A Very, Very Large Animal/Fish Out of Water" • "Lights Out/Tigger's Shoes" • "The "New" Eeyore/Tigger, Private Ear" • "Party Poohper/The Old Switcheroo"
Season Two: "Me and My Shadow/To Catch a Hiccup" • "Rabbit Marks the Spot/Good-bye, Mr. Pooh" • "Bubble Trouble/Ground Piglet Day" • "All's Well That Ends Wishing Well" • "Un-Valentine's Day" • "No Rabbit's a Fortress/The Monster Frankenpooh" • "Where, Oh Where Has My Piglet Gone?/Up, Up and Awry" • "Eeyore's Tail Tale/Three Little Piglets" • "Prize Piglet/Fast Friends" • "Pooh Moon/Caws and Effect"
Season Three: "Oh, Bottle/Owl in the Family" • "Sham Pooh/Rock-a-Bye Pooh Bear" • "What's the Score, Pooh?/Tigger's Houseguest" • "Rabbit Takes a Holiday/Eeyi Eeyi Eeyore" • "Pooh Skies" • "To Bee or Not to Bee/April Pooh" • "A Knight to Remember" • "Tigger is the Mother of Invention/The Bug Stops Here" • "Easy Come, Easy Gopher/Invasion of the Pooh Snatcher" • "Tigger Got Your Tongue/A Bird in the Hand"
Season Four: "Sorry, Wrong Slusher" • "Grown But Not Forgotten" • "A Pooh Day Afternoon" • "The Good, the Bad, and the Tigger" • "Home is Where the Home is" • "Shovel, Shovel, Toil and Trouble/The Wise Have It" • "Cloud, Cloud Go Away/To Dream the Impossible Scheme" • "Piglet's Poohetry/Owl's Well That Ends Well"

The Book of Pooh
Season One: "Best Wishes, Winnie the Pooh/Double Time" • "Are You Me?/Rabbit's Happy Birthday Party" • "Circumference Equals Pirate 'Arrr' Squared/Pooh's to Do" • "Pigletry/Dinosnores" • "I Could Have Laughed All Night/X Spots the Mark" • "My Gloomy Valentine/Mr. Narrator" • "Vegetable of Contents/A Welcome to Beat the Band With" • "Owl's Book/The Autobiography of Tigger" • "You Can Lead Eeyore to Books/The Spice of Life" • "The Words Are Out/Brain Drain"
Season Two: "Please and Thank-You's/The Rumor Millstone" • "Over the Hill/Tigger's Replacement" • "The Wood Without Pooh/Friends of a Different Stripe" • "Mothers of Invention/Once Upon a Happy Ending" • "Piglet's Perfect Party/A Wood Divided" • "Bravehat/Scaredy Cat" • "Blue Ribbon Bunny/Under the Pig Top" • "The Book of Boo" • "Could it Be Magic?/Diary of a Mad Gardener" • "The Case of the Disappeared Donkey/The Littlest Dinosnore"

Locations
Hundred Acre WoodPooh's HousePiglet's HouseTigger's HouseRabbit's HouseEeyore's HouseOwl's HouseRabbit's gardenChristopher Robin's roomThe Land of Milk and HoneySkull CaveNorth PoleGopher's TunnelsHeffalump HollowThe Scary Woods
Objects
Winnie the Pooh dollWinnie the Pooh storybookRock Remover • Rabbit's Scarecrow
Songs
Movie Songs

Winnie the Pooh and the Honey Tree: "Winnie the Pooh" • "Up, Down, Touch the Ground" • "Rumbly in My Tumbly" • "Little Black Rain Cloud" • "Mind Over Matter"
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 Am Not Afraid" • "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)"
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 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?"
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
Welcome to Pooh Corner: "Welcome to Pooh Corner Theme Song" • "Try a Little Something New" • "The Right Side" • "Just Say, 'Yes I Can'" • "You're the Only You" • "I Hum to Myself" • "Please and Thank You" • "Responsible Persons" • "Be a Buddy, Be a Pal" • "Trees" • "A Part of Me" • "Welcome to Pooh Corner Ending Theme"
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 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" • "The Sweetest Thing You Are Seeking" • "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"
My Friends Tigger and Pooh: "My Friends Tigger and Pooh Theme Song" • "Bouncin'" • "Just a Few Simple Rules" • "The Password Song" • "Underneath the Same Sky" • "One Big Happy Family" • "Think, Think, Think" • "Ask a Question" • "The Little Things You Do" • "Christmas Comes Tomorrow" • "Time to Go (On a Trek Through the Snow)" • "Snowman Song"
Miscellaneous: "Luv-a-bye"

See Also
Winnie the Pooh Discovers the SeasonsThe Disney AfternoonThe Many Songs of Winnie the PoohSing a Song with Pooh Bear (and Piglet Too)Sing a Song with TiggerWhoopty-Dooper-Loopty-Looper-Alley-Ooper bounce

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