A Disney Icon Turns 102

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It may be the 100-year anniversary of the Walt Disney Company, but there’s someone even older…

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Hundred (and Two) Acre Wood

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Yesterday (August 22) was a very special day deep in the Hundred Acre Wood. Winnie the Pooh turned 102! The original…very original teddy bear was purchased by writer A.A. Milne in 1921 from Harrods department store. It was a gift for his son, Christopher Robin. Although originally, the bear had no name, Christopher Robin Milne named the toy Winnie after a black bear he frequently saw at the London Zoo. In fact, every character that makes up the stuffed animal crew of the Hundred Acre Wood (Tigger, Piglet, Rabbit, Owl, Kanga, Roo, Eeyore) were based off of toys owned by the real-life Christopher Robin.

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From a stuffed bear to the subject of a poem by A.A. Milne in 1925, the iconic bear grew to become a pop culture legend as he appeared in books throughout the 1920s including The House At Pooh Corner and adapted into an animated classic by Walt Disney Animation.

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When The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh (1977) film was released, it combined three previously released Walt Disney adaptions, including Winnie the Pooh and the Honey Tree (1966), Winnie the Pooh and the Blustery Day (1968), and Winnie the Pooh and Tigger, Too (1974). And of course, scenes from these shorts (and the 1977 anthology film) can all be experienced on The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh attraction at Disneyland Park or Magic Kingdom Park in Walt Disney World Resort.

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So in honor of the birthday of Pooh bear, let’s explore some of his most beloved and clever quotes (written by A.A. Milne)!

“Some people care too much. I think it’s called love.”

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Pithy and powerful.

“It is more fun to talk with someone who doesn’t use long, difficult words but rather short, easy words like ‘What about lunch?'”

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True, true.

“If the person you are talking to doesn’t appear to be listening, be patient. It may simply be that he has a small piece of fluff in his ear.”

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Something to keep in mind when it comes to children…

“We didn’t realize we were making memories, we just knew we were having fun.”

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A perfect way to sum up life.

“People say nothing is impossible, but I do nothing every day.”

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A classic line.

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Final Thoughts

Clever thoughts from bear with no brain, aren’t they? The heartwarming stories about Winnie the Pooh deserve a big celebration. And considering there are over 10 Disney films about Pooh Bear, plus the live action movie Christopher Robin (2018), it shouldn’t be hard. Just need to make sure you’re well stocked upon honey…or is it “hunny?”

About Steven Wilk

Steven has a complicated relationship with Disney. As a child, he visited Walt Disney World every few years with his family. But he never understood why kids his age (and older) were so scared of Snow White or Alien Encounter. He is a former participant of the Disney College Program (left early…long story), and he also previously worked in Children’s publishing, where he adapted multiple Disney movies and TV shows. He has many controversial opinions about Disney…like having a positive view of Michael Eisner, believing Return of the Jedi is superior to The Empire Strikes Back, and that Toy Story Land and Galaxy’s Edge should have never been built (at least not at Hollywood Studios). Every year for the past two decades, Steven has visited either Walt Disney World, Disneyland, Aulani or went on a Disney Cruise. He’s happy to share any and all knowledge of the Disney destinations (and he likes using parenthesis a lot…as well as ellipses…)