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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. By this time, the other animals are sad at missing the bear, especially Piglet, who has then grown a conscience and decided that his best friend was more important than Christmas, and then offers to give up his present to have Pooh here, to which the others agree. Eventually, Pooh comes home, to their delight. 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 rides into the scene on his sled 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 re-dubbed 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)
Frank Welker The Bugs

Gallery

Trivia

  • The description on the back of the UK & Australian VHS releases of the special is completely inaccurate. There it says: "Christopher Robin and the gang are disappointed when they realise they have no way to get their Christmas wish list to Santa Claus. That's when Winnie the Pooh decides to deliver the list himself and sets off on a whimsical quest to save Christmas." In actuality, Christopher Robin is not with the gang nor were they disappointed (except Pooh and Piglet), and that "whimsical quest" didn't happen in the special as the letter Pooh Bear is delivering to Santa was blown away by the wind.

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.

External links

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Media
Films: Winnie the Pooh and the Honey TreeWinnie the Pooh and the Blustery DayWinnie the Pooh and Tigger TooThe Many Adventures of Winnie the PoohWinnie the Pooh and a Day for EeyorePooh's Grand Adventure: The Search for Christopher RobinWinnie the Pooh: Seasons of GivingThe Tigger MovieThe Book of Pooh: Stories from the HeartPiglet's Big MovieWinnie the Pooh: Springtime with RooPooh's Heffalump MoviePooh's Heffalump Halloween MoviePooh's Super Sleuth Christmas MovieTigger & Pooh and a Musical TooSuper Duper Super SleuthsWinnie 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 SleepKingdome Hearts:Chain of MemoriesKingdome Hearts IIWinnie the Pooh: Adventures of the Hundred Acre WoodAnimated Storybook: Winnie the Pooh and the Honey TreeAnimated Storybook: Winnie the Pooh and Tigger Too

Disney Parks
Fantasy GardensGarden of 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 FriendsMickey presents: “Happy Anniversary Disneyland Paris”Winnie 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 Rainy Day ExpressMickey's WaterWorksMain Street Electrical Parade
Firework: Disneyland ForeverOnce Upon a TimeRemember... Dreams Come True
Halloween: Happy HallowishesMickey's Boo-to-You Halloween Parade
Christmas: La Parade de Noël Disney

Characters
Winnie the PoohChristopher RobinPigletTiggerEeyoreRabbitKangaRooOwlGopherBeesHeffalumpsWoozlesMr. NarratorRobert RabbitHappyDexterKessieCrowsBugsPack RatsRabbit's relativesTigger's momPygmy PigletsSkippyNasty JackNasty Jack's GangMama HeffalumpJunior HeffalumpPapa HeffalumpStan and HeffWoosterCrudSmudgeBrunoTed, Pinky & Vacuum HeadBirdzillaLong John CottontailChristopher Robin's MomJagularDarbyBusterBeaverWoodpeckerOpossum TwinsSkullasaurusWinifredSquirrelLumpyMama HeffalumpSanta ClausHollyBalloonThe Backson
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?" • "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"
Special: "Winnie the Pooh and Christmas Too" • "Boo to You Too! Winnie the Pooh" • "A Winnie the Pooh Thanksgiving" • "Winnie the Pooh: A Valentine for You" • "Winnie the Pooh: A Very Merry Pooh Year"

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 WoodsThe Great Unknown • Woods • Bigger Woods • Much Bigger Woods • Biggest Woods of All • The Upside Down Rock • Nice Peaceful Spot • Forbidden Mountains of the Far North • Fallen Forest • Screaming Gorge
Objects
Winnie the Pooh dollWinnie the Pooh storybookRock 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" • "The Way It Must Be Done"
Pooh's Heffalump Movie: "The Horribly Hazardous Heffalumps" • "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"
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" • "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" • "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" • "What Piglets Are" • "I Watch for Signs" • "We're Making a Cake" • "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" • "On Your Way Back Home" • "Nightmare Wranglers" • "Carry On" • "Where Do Words Go?" • "Under a Spelling Bee's Spell" • "Adventure" • "Mental Altitude" • "I Want to Know Everything Now" • "Happy Tailiversary" • "Get Growin'" • "Tigger's Lullaby" • "Perfect Party" • "If We Were Talkin'" • "Someone New to Meet" • "My Hero" • "I Want To Be Scary" • "Broken Friendships" • "Do the Roo" • "Call Me Buck-a-Roo" • "At Chez Piglet" • "Nothing Ever Happens" • "Too Much Honey" • "Lost in a Book" • "Goodbye for Now"
My Friends Tigger and Pooh: "A Few Simple Rules" • "Bouncin'" • "The Grass is Greenier" • "The Password Song" • "Underneath the Same Sky" • "One Big Happy Family" • "Think, Think, Think" • "The Question Song" • "Floating in a Cloud" • "Different Can Be Good" • "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