Winnie the Pooh, like Mickey Mouse, is recognisable all over the world. Because of this fact, I wanted to continue on from his feature film, and talk about the famous bear and the effect he has on us all. Haven’t we all had a pooh bear at one point in our lives?
Firstly, this “silly old bear” is British, and I’m very proud of this fact. And yes, not a lot of people know that, because they think Disney created him. Which is a shame, because the original stories are wonderful books, and I believe all children should have at least one of A.A. Milne’s stories to read. And I think every child should have a Teddy Bear, not necessarily a Pooh Bear, but a bear they can cuddle and have adventures with.
Jacob doesn’t go anywhere without his Mickey, that’s his teddy bear.
The original Winnie the Pooh bear, was named by Christopher Milne, after the Canadian black bear Winnie, whom he saw at the London Zoo. The “Pooh” part of the name was given after a Swan by the same name.
Winnie the Pooh is described as being naive and slow-witted, but also friendly, thoughtful and steadfast. In the books, Pooh and his friends often agree that he “has no brain”, however Pooh occasionaly comes up with a clever idea. But most famously Pooh is known for being hungry, and we all know what Pooh Bear likes to eat when he is hungry…
Yes, you can’t think of winnie the Pooh without thinking of honey. And vice-versa. The two come together. Then there’s the association with bees too. You will have seen many pictures of pooh with a honey pot, honey on his paw, and three or four bees around him. And what he will do, just to get some more honey.
Although I enjoy reading the books, they aren’t the easiest books to read. And because it’s written and narrated by the author, it can get a little confusing, because he’s telling the story to his son, as well as the readers. There’s probably a proper word for this type of writing, but I dont know it. So if any of you are book bloggers, you will hopefully understand what I mean.
My point is, it’s probably a good thing someone like Disney, who has a wonderful imagination, was able to help bring Pooh and his friends to life, with memorable songs to go with. Some people would say he Americanised the classic British tales, but I just think he truely loved the books himself, and he put his magic touch on it.
The cartoons are more easier to follow and less complicated than the books. And even though the books were successful in their own right, it was Disney that made Winnie the Pooh known world wide. It’s because of Disney that Pooh Bear is a symbol. A symbol of childhood, kindness and friendship.
Do you have a Pooh Bear of your own? Or a teddy bear you’ve kept since childhood?
“I’m so rumbly in my tumbly, time for something sweet!” – Winnie the Pooh