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Eeyore is a fictional character from the book series and cartoon Winnie-the-Pooh. Eeyore spells his name "eoR". He is a pessimistic, gloomy, old donkey who is a friend of Winnie the Pooh. Eeyore is hardly ever happy and when he is, he is still sardonic and a bit cynical. His grumpiness might be attributed to the fact that his tail is affixed to his behind using a pushpin. Nevertheless, he seems genuinely appreciative of the efforts of his friends to cheer him up, for example, when Pooh and Piglet build The House at Pooh Corner for him, or when they give him birthday presents of a honey jar (empty) and a balloon (accidentally burst).

Some of Eeyore's friends include Winnie the Pooh, Piglet, Tigger, Rabbit, Roo, Kanga, Owl, Gopher, Christopher Robin, and many other friends that the gang makes on their journeys.

Eeyore is always overlooked and is often used as a beast of burden, most notably when he was ridden by Rabbit in his search for train "borrowers" in The Tigger Without A Name and The Pooh With A Name. Nearly all of Eeyore's houses have fallen down, been knocked down, or been bounced down. Eeyore is not good at rebuilding the houses; butterflies often knock them down just by landing on them. Yet, like tortured Sisyphus, he soldiers on and rebuilds again, time after time.

Despite his depressive nature, Eeyore is capable of great compassion, which is shown when he grows a plant that Rabbit (a master gardener) was unable to grow, just by showing the plant a little love.

In merchandise by The Walt Disney Company, Eeyore sometimes has an uncharacteristic smile. Also, he is somewhat less caustic and sarcastic in the Disney version than in A. A. Milne's original stories. It must also be noted that Eeyore's tail was not always fixed to him by a pushpin, although Disney has chosen this as part of his permanent image.

Eeyore's name is a phonetic representation of the donkey's bray (onomatopoeia), possibly derived from the baby talk name for the animal.

Eeyore's birthday was December 25 1921, when Christopher Robin received him as a Christmas present.

Eeyore is currently being voiced by Peter Cullen.

Kingdom Hearts[edit]

Eeyore also appears as a minor character in the Kingdom Hearts video game series. Like his classic rendition, this Eeyore is always rather moody and keeps having his house knocked down, in addition to losing his tail. He is one of the characters needed to be found in the final Winnie the Pooh minigame "Hide and Seek".


In the episode of Pinky and the Brain, Brainy the Poo, Al Gore is parodied in the episode with the animators drawing him imposed on Eeyore's body; thereby making the satirical parallel that Al Gore is just as monotonous, pessimistic and depressing as Eeyore. He is also shown to be full of hot air.

In popular culture[edit]

In more cynical workplaces such as newspaper newsrooms, a co-worker who is constantly a source of depressing and incongruous commentary is sometimes secretly referred to as "Eeyore." (See Debbie Downer.)

See also[edit]

Category:Winnie-the-Pooh characters Category:Fictional donkeys Category:Kingdom Hearts characters Category:Monotonous fictional characters Category:Unemotional fictional characters

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