Winnie the Pooh and the Honey Tree
|Winnie the Pooh and the Honey Tree|
Storybook Classics VHS cover
|Directed by||Wolfgang Reitherman|
|Produced by||Walt Disney|
|Written by||A.A. Milne
|Narrated by||Sebastian Cabot|
|Music by||Robert & Richard Sherman
|Studio||Walt Disney Productions|
|Distributed by||Buena Vista Distribution|
|Running time||26 minutes|
Winnie the Pooh and the Honey Tree is a 1966 film combining live-action and animation. It was released by The Walt Disney Company. Based on the first two chapters of the book Winnie-the-Pooh by A. A. Milne, it is the only Winnie the Pooh production released under Walt Disney's supervision before his death in December 1966. It was later added as a segment to the March 1977 film The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh. Music and lyrics were written by the Sherman Brothers (Richard M. Sherman and Robert B. Sherman). Background music was provided by Buddy Baker. This featurette was shown before The Ugly Dachshund.
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After his morning exercise, Pooh goes to his pantry for some breakfast, but finds he is fresh out of honey. He hears a bee fly by and decides to climb the honey tree, but while climbing he falls, landing in a gorse bush. Needing help, Pooh heads to Christopher Robin's house. Pooh gets a blue balloon from Christopher Robin to try to get the honey from the honey tree. He rolls himself in a muddy puddle to disguise himself as a little black raincloud, and then uses the balloon to float up next to the hive. However the angry bees end up chasing Pooh and Christopher Robin, and the two barely manage to escape the angry swarm by diving into the mud puddle.
With honey still on Pooh's mind, he heads to Rabbit's house. Rabbit invites Pooh in for lunch, and Pooh eats out every last bit of honey available in Rabbit's house. Pooh thanks Rabbit and tries to go out the front door which he came in through, but becomes stuck due to his enlarged stomach. Rabbit attempts to unstick Pooh, pushing hard on his bottom, but it's no use. As Rabbit runs off to fetch Christopher Robin for help, Owl flies over and sees the predicament Pooh is in, declaring that an expert is needed, which Gopher claims to be. Gopher offers to free Pooh using dynamite but Pooh refuses.
Rabbit returns with Christopher Robin and Eeyore in tow. They unsuccessfully try to pull Pooh Bear out. Eventually, Christopher Robin decides that Pooh will just have to wait to get thin again. Rabbit is forced to make the best of a bad situation and tries various methods of disguising the bear's bottom, eventually using Pooh's bottom as a chair, with his legs as arm rests and the main bulk as a cushion.
One night, while Pooh is asleep, Gopher pops out of the ground once again. This time, he is taking a break from the "swing shift" which he is working. Gopher is carrying a lunchbox with him. One of the things Gopher is snacking on is a jar of honey, and Rabbit manages to prevent Pooh getting a lick and sternly insists that nobody feeds the bear.
A few days later, Rabbit wakes up and leans on Pooh's bottom and sees it is now possible to pull him out. Rabbit gets Christopher Robin who gathers Kanga, Eeyore, Owl, Roo, and Gopher and they all pull on Pooh from outside the house while Rabbit frantically pushes Pooh from inside. Finally Rabbit (fed up with all the delay) charges into Pooh sending him out of Rabbit's front door and launching him into the air until he lands headfirst in the hollow of the honey tree, getting himself stuck again and frightening the bees away. The gang runs after him, and Christopher Robin tells Pooh that they will help him get out again, but Pooh tells them to take their time now he has an ample supply of honey to eat.
- Sterling Holloway as Winnie the Pooh
- Junius Matthews as Rabbit
- Bruce Reitherman as Christopher Robin
- Hal Smith as Owl
- Howard Morris as Gopher
- Clint Howard as Roo
- Barbara Luddy as Kanga
- Ralph Wright as Eeyore
- James MacDonald as The Bees (uncredited)
- Dallas McKennon as The Bees (uncredited)
- Ginny Tyler as The Bees (uncredited)
- Sebastian Cabot as The Narrator
- "Winnie the Pooh"
- "Up, Down and Touch the Ground"
- "Rumbly in My Tumbly"
- "Little Black Rain Cloud"
- "Mind Over Matter"
Winnie the Pooh featurettes
- Winnie the Pooh and the Honey Tree (1966)
- Winnie the Pooh and the Blustery Day (1968)
- Winnie the Pooh and Tigger Too (1974)
- Winnie the Pooh and a Day for Eeyore (1983)