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Winnie the Pooh and Christmas Too is a 1991 Christmas special spun off from The New Adventures of Winnie the Pooh.

Synopsis

Two days before Christmas, Christopher Robin writes a letter to Santa Claus for him and his friends in the Hundred Acre Wood, asking for the following presents: Rabbit wants a new fly swatter to use against the bugs who constantly invade his garden, Eeyore wants an umbrella to prevent snow from falling on his house, Tigger wants a snowshoe so he can bounce in the snow, and Christopher Robin wants a sled "big enough for me and maybe a friend or two." After finishing the letter, he casts it into the wind.

The next day, Winnie the Pooh realizes, after Piglet informs him, that he didn't ask for anything himself, so they go find the letter, which hasn't gone very far. Afterwards, they, along with Tigger and Eeyore, go to Rabbit's house and rewrite the letter to include what Pooh wants (a pot of honey, of course). Along the way, they each upgrade their desired presents (Rabbit wants a bug sprayer, for instance).

Following this, Tigger, Eeyore, and Rabbit get a tree big enough for "the stuff we're gettin'", with help from a reluctant Gopher (he's supposed to be hibernating). In the meantime, Pooh and Piglet return to where Christopher Robin sent the letter and recast it into the wind. But the wind shifts southward, and the letter follows Pooh back to his house. Knowing that the rest of the gang won't get their presents as a result of this, Pooh takes it into his (and Piglet's) hand to make sure the gifts are delivered.

Disguised as Santa, Pooh sneaks out and delivers Tigger, Rabbit, and Eeyore a super-bouncer barrel, a bug sprayer, and a mobile home, respectively - or rather, poorly handmade versions of said items that break apart upon use. Demanding to know what's going on, the three of them corner "Santa", who insists that he is who he claims to be. But then, Piglet (who is disguised as a reindeer) slips after Pooh cracks the reins and makes his sleigh fall downhill, thus losing Pooh's disguise.

After explaining what happened, Pooh decides to try and deliver the letter to Santa himself, leaving the rest of the gang behind to wait up for him. But he does not get very far in his journey before the wind suddenly takes the letter, so he gives up and goes back to the gang. Even after he tells them that he failed in delivering the letter, though, they're happy to have him back, because now they've realized what Christmas is really about. Afterwards, Christopher Robin shows up and brings them the gifts they had originally asked for to begin with.

Broadcast history

The special was first broadcast on ABC on December 14, 1991. It was prefaced with an introductory segment by the Walt Disney Company's then-current CEO Michael Eisner, accompanied by the walk-around costumed characters of Pooh, Tigger, Rabbit, and Eeyore, who bring in a palm tree to use as a Christmas tree. To fill out the hour the special was scheduled for, it was followed up by the Donald Duck cartoons The Hockey Champ and Bearly Asleep, and ended with a sneak peek at Beauty and the Beast. The first airing of the special ranked 53rd out of 92 shows that week, averaging a 10.8/20 rating/share and tying for first place in its timeslot.[1]

The original format of the special, with the addition of the Donald Duck cartoons, was repeated the following year, this time with a behind-the-scenes look at The Muppet Christmas Carol at the end. The next year's broadcast included a documentary on the making of Aladdin. The special was later aired on CBS in 1995, this time accompanied by The New Adventures of Winnie the Pooh episode "Magic Earmuffs" and a documentary about the making of Toy Story in place of the Donald Duck cartoons.[2] The special subsequently returned to ABC following Disney's acquisition of that network and continued to be shown there from then until 2000, now without Michael Eisner's introductory segment.

The special stopped airing on ABC after 1999, but was brought back to the network in 2007. It was then aired as part of the 25 Days of Christmas on ABC Family from 2008 to 2013. Infamously, the 2007-2013 broadcasts abruptly cut out two scenes - specifically, the scene with Tigger telling Eeyore that Santa's probably reading their letter right now when suddenly Pooh and Piglet show up with the letter, and the scene where Pooh says goodbye to Piglet, Rabbit, and Tigger as he heads off to deliver the letter to Santa.

Availability

The special was released on VHS on November 13, 1994, with "Magic Earmuffs" included as a bonus episode. Early copies of the tape also included a bonus Spot the Dog cartoon, "Spot's Winter Sport", which was dropped in later reissues. The special and "Magic Earmuffs" were also featured on a double-feature Laserdisc release titled Winnie the Pooh: Special Holiday Edition, which also included The New Adventures of Winnie the Pooh episodes "The Monster Frankenpooh", "Things That Go Piglet in the Night", and "Pooh Moon".

Currently, the special itself has not had its own individual DVD or Blu-ray release, but it is integrated as a flashback in the 2002 direct-to-video film A Very Merry Pooh Year. However, it is slightly edited to better match the new animation made for the rest of the film - Christopher Robin's lines were redubbed by William Green, and Rabbit's animation was recolored to his usual yellow-furred appearance (as opposed to the oddly light-green hue his fur had in the special and the New Adventures series).

Characters

Cast

Voice actor Character
Jim Cummings Winnie the Pooh
John Fiedler Piglet
Peter Cullen Eeyore
Paul Winchell Tigger
Ken Sansom Rabbit
Michael Gough Gopher
Edan Gross Christopher Robin (original version)

Gallery

References

  1. http://americanradiohistory.com/Archive-BC/BC-1991/BC-1991-12-23.pdf
  2. The Wonderful World of Disney Television, by Bill Kotter. 1997, Hyperion.

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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 | Animated StoryBook: Winnie the Pooh and the Honey Tree | Animated StoryBook: Winnie the Pooh and Tigger Too

Disney Parks

Fantasy Gardens | Garden of the Twelve Friends | Hunny Pot Spin | Pooh's Hunny Hunt | Pooh's Playful Spot | The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh
Entertainment: Disneyland Forever | Fantasy Festival | Once Upon a Time | Winnie the Pooh and Friends, too!
Shops: Hundred Acre Goods
Parade: Disney Magic on Parade | Flights of Fantasy Parade | Happiness is Here Parade | Tokyo Disneyland Electrical Parade: DreamLights
Halloween: Mickey's Boo-to-You Halloween Parade

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 | Jagular | Babysitter | Frog | Holly | Junior Heffalump | Mr. Narrator | Porcupine | Santa Claus | The Plumed Protector | Turtle

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 | North Pole | Gopher's Tunnels | Heffalump Hollow | The Scary Woods | Poohsticks Bridge

Objects

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

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" | "One Big Happy Family" | "Think, Think, Think" | "Ask a Question"

See Also

Winnie the Pooh Discovers the Seasons | 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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