Winnie the Pooh
The first book about Winnie the Pooh, simply entitled 'Winnie-the-Pooh', was published on October 14th 1926. Its 1928 sequel 'The House at Pooh Corner' introduced Tigger.
The characters of Pooh, Tigger, Piglet, Eeyore, Kanga, Roo and Christopher Robin were inspired by the author Alan Alexander Milne's son Christopher Robin Milne and the boy's stuffed toys.
Pooh was first brought to life by Disney animators in 1966 in the theatrical featurette 'Winnie the Pooh and the Honey Tree'. It was immediatly embraced by audiences, and two more short films were issued: 'Winnie the Pooh and the Blustery Day' (1968) and 'Winnie the Pooh and Tigger Too' (1974).
All three were combined in 1977 in the full-length movie 'The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh'. Pooh also got his starring role in a television series in 1988 called 'The New Adventures of Winnie the Pooh'. In 2011 the all-new movie 'Winnie the Pooh' reunited audiences with the philosophical 'bear of very little brain' and his friends.
As of 2016, a live-action movie based on A. A. Milne's characters is in the works at Disney. The story will focus on a grown-up Christopher Robin returning to the Hundred Acre Wood.
Bonus fun facts: Christopher Robin Milne's teddy bear was first named Edward. He was later renamed Winnie after a female black bear that resided for some time at London Zoo. The bear was named after the city of Winnipeg, where Harry Colebourn, the man who had adopted her, lived at the time.
Christopher Robin Milne's real stuffed animals are on display at the Stephen A. Schwarzman Building in New York.
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