The Book of Pooh

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The Book of Pooh
Genre Children
Puppet
Created by A. A. Milne (Characters)
Directed by Mitchell Kriegman
Dean Gordon
Voices of Jim Cummings
John Fiedler
Ken Sansom
Peter Cullen
Andre Stojka
Kath Soucie
Nikita Hopkins
Stephanie D'Abruzzo
Composer(s) Brian Woodbury
Andrew Wyatt
Mitchell Kriegman
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 3
No. of episodes 51 (List of episodes)
Production company(s) Shadow Projects
Sony Wonder
Buena Vista Television
Distributor Disney–ABC Domestic Television
Broadcast
Original channel Playhouse Disney
Disney Channel
Original run January 22, 2001 (2001-01-22) – July 8, 2003 (2003-07-08)

The Book of Pooh is an American children's puppet television series that aired on the Disney Channel. It is the third television series to feature the characters from the Disney franchise based on A. A. Milne's works; the other two were the live-action Welcome to Pooh Corner (to which this series bears resemblance) and the animated The New Adventures of Winnie the Pooh which ran from 1988-1991. It premiered on January 22, 2001, and completed its run on July 8, 2003. The show is produced by Shadow Projects, and Playhouse Disney.

Overview[edit]

The series appears to take place some time after the events of Milne's original stories since his son Christopher Robin Milne is clearly a sixth grader and 11 years old. The series departs from many of the established facts of Milne's books; for example, Tigger resides in the Hundred Acre Wood from the start, and Kanga and Roo are later introduced as newcomers. Neither Christopher nor his mother speak with an English accent, however in The New Adventures of Winnie the Pooh, Christopher has an American accent.

Each show begins entering Christopher Robin's bedroom and hearing his mother say, "Christopher, time for school." Christopher Robin answers, "OK, Mom!", grabs a book and leaves. This is where the book with Pooh and his friends in it opens and the theme song begins. The show can be viewed as non-canonical in other ways. For example, Tigger likes - or at least is shown to eat - honey (compared with most other versions of the Winnie the Pooh stories where "Tiggers don't like honey!") and can climb up - but more importantly climb down from trees. In addition, Rabbit lives in a tree, as opposed to living in a burrow in other versions. However, it is explained why in The New Adventures of Winnie the Pooh.

Episodes (Shown lower)[edit]

No. Title Original Airdate
1 "Best Wishes, Winnie the Pooh/Double Time"
Pooh grants everyone's wishes as The Great Pooh Dini; Rabbit has to do double time after Pooh has X-ed his calendar to the next day.
2 "Are You Me? / Rabbit's Happy Birthday Party"
3 "Circumference Equals Pirate 'Arrr' Squared / Pooh's to Do"
4 "Pigletry / Dinosnores"
5 "I Came, I Sowed, I Conked It / I Get a Cake Out of You"
I Get a Cake Out of You is a story from The Book of Pooh . Songs: 'We're Making a Cake'
6 "Whoo Dunnit? / Biglet"
7 "I Could Have Laughed All Night / X Spots the Mark"
8 "My Gloomy Valentine / Mr. Narrator"
Everyone has got a Valentine except Eeyore, so Pooh and his friends tried to get their gloomy friend a Valentine gift; Mr.Narrator thinks there are no stories for the day, Pooh and his friends helps him so everyone in the world will read about them.
9 "Vegetable of Contents / A Welcome to Beat the Band With"
10 "Owl's Book / The Autobiography of Tigger"
11 "You Can Lead Eeyore to Books / The Spice of Life"

Style of puppetry[edit]

The style of puppetry is based on Japanese bunraku puppetry, and this — along with the cut-out style backgrounds gives the show the look of a pop-up book — hence "The Book of Pooh". It was the first use of the Shadowmation process developed by creator Mitchell Kriegman which was later used in the PBS series "It's A Big Big World".

Characters[edit]

The characters in the show regularly sing and dance in ways that enhance the story being told. Many of the episodes do not have much basis in the main A.A. Milne stories, excepting the characters.

The design and animation of the show was done by Chris Renaud, who would later become the co-director of Despicable Me.

The characters who appear regularly are:

The versions of Tigger and Pooh seen on this show later made an appearance in a music video by the We Are Family foundation.

Main themes[edit]

  • "Everyone Knows He's Winnie the Pooh" (opening theme)
  • "Goodbye for Now" (closing theme)

Puppeteers[edit]

  • Jeniffer Barnhart, Carol Binion, Ron Binion, Matthew Brooks, Tyler Bunch, Vicki Kenderes Eibner, Erick Englehardt, Preston Foeder, James Godwin, BJ Guyer, Robin Howard, Erick Jacobson, Peter Linz, Jon Ludwig, Lara MacLean, Noel MacNeal, Amanda Maddock, Cathy McCullough, Paul McGinnis, Anney McKilligan, John Pavlik, Alice Dinnean-Vernon, Robin Walsh, Dan Weissbrodt and Victor Yerrid

Awards and nominations[edit]

The series received Four Emmy Awards and won for Outstanding Directing in a Children's Series Tied With Sesame Street in 2002.

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