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Welcome to Pooh Corner
Genre
Format
Created by
Directed by
Creative director
Starring
Voices of Hal Smith
Will Ryan
Ron Gans
Phil Baron
Kim Christianson
Robin Frederickz
Diana Hale
Laurie Main
Composer(s)
Opening theme
Number of seasons
Number of episodes 120
Production
Executive producer(s)
Producer(s)
Running time 30 Minutes
Production company(s)
Broadcast
Original channel The Disney Channel (now Disney Channel)
Picture format
Audio format
Original run April 18, 1983 – May 30, 1986
External links

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 were also produced, along with a special Too Smart for Strangers (1985), where Pooh and his friends explain to people what to do when they meet someone they don't know.

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

Christopher Robin and Gopher

Christopher Robin and Gopher never make any appearance in all the episodes.

Home media release

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.
    • 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 is seen wearing a red 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.
  • 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.
  • In 1985, a one-hour special aired on ABC's primetime line-up, where Pooh and Piglet 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.

Gallery

External links


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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 | 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

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