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Note: This website is based upon the books by A. A. Milne. There are differences
between the original books and the subsequent movies, shows, and books.
I defer to the original books for the definitive answers.


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Question #16: How Old is Christopher Robin?
How old is Christopher Robin?
pltfsm@emailaddress.com


C Robin Answer #16:
The book indicates that Christopher Robin is one year older than Pooh. We estimate that Christopher Robin is 5 years old through the first two books. A later book entitled, "Now We Are Six" would indicate that he is now 6. A.A. Milne did not write any adventures taking place after that age, which would therefore mean Christopher Robin is perpetually 6 in literary terms, and generally 5 when observed in most books and movies.

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Question #17: What Are the Words to the Hero Party Song?
This is a strange request most likely but I would LIKE to have the lyrics for the hero party song. I get messed up after this line: "so we say...hip hip hooray...for the Piglet and the Pooh...Piglet and Pooh...*****blank (unknown three or four verses)" ANY help would be of great help. My son Jesse James loves this song. (So does daddy - face red -). We want to sing it correctly. Thanks.
Randall J. and Jesse James J.

Winnie the Pooh Answer #17:
Hero Party
From: Winnie the Pooh and the Blustery Day
Written by: Richard M. Sherman and Robert B. Sherman

We never will forget,
Our hero of the wet,
Our quick-thinking, unsinking Pooh Bear.
And Piglet, who indeed,
Helped out a friend in need,
A'truely they're the heroes of the day!
So we say...
Hip, hip, hooray,
For the Piglet and the Pooh.
Piglet and Pooh --- we salute you.
For deeds of bravery,
And generousity,
Hip, hip, hooray,
Hip, hip, hooray,
Hip, hip, hooray, for Winnie-the-Pooh! (And Piglet, too).

It differs greatly from the hero poem, in the book, that Pooh thought up and sang
to himself as he was preparing to attend the party.

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Question #18: Can You Tell Me About The Real Bear That Winnie-the-Pooh Was Based Upon?
Was Winnie-the-Pooh's mother killed by a hunter and Winnie-the-Pooh left on the ground somewhere? Was it a black bear? Who was Winifred?
Mindy

Winnie the Pooh Answer #18:
Okay, let's take these one at a time...Was Winnie-the-Pooh's mother killed by a hunter and Winnie-the-Pooh left on the ground somewhere?
No. The bear you are asking about is not the Winnie-the-Pooh bear in the storybooks. You may be thinking about the black bear named "Winnie" that became the inspiration for "Winnie-the-Pooh".

According to my friends at the White River (Ontario, Canada) Museum, a Canadian officer named Lt. Harry Colebourn bought a female black bear cub from a trapper for $20 on August 24, 1914 that had been orphaned after its mother had been killed by a hunter. Lt. Colebourn decided to name the cub "Winnie" after his hometown of Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada.

During World War I, Lt. Colebourn took Winnie to England where he was stationed. While in England he was promoted to Captain. Later, Winnie was donated to the London Zoo for safekeeping when Capt. Colebourn's military unit was ordered to France. Supposedly, Winnie was a very popular attraction. Author A.A. Milne took his son, Christopher Robin Milne to see the bear. Christopher so liked the bear that his father decided to name the character in his new book after Winnie, the black bear at the zoo.

Who was Winifred? There may never ever really been a bear named "Winifred". At least not in connection with Winnie-the-Pooh. Here's the story. Apparently a writer named Leslie G. Mainland published a book in 1922 entitled "Secrets Of The Zoo". In his book, he referred to a young bear in the London Zoo which he identified as Winifred. Mainland even included a picture with the caption "Winifred being fed by her keeper with a spoonful of golden syrup." It is our understanding that there was only one black bear in the zoo at that time, and that was the bear which Capt. Colebourn left in their care. If our information is correct, then it appears that Leslie Mainland misidentified the bear. His book should have identified the bear as "Winnie", and not "Winifred".

The "Teddy" Bear Story: My friend, David Gerstein, also pointed out to me that you may be confusing Winnie-the-Pooh's origin with a famous story involving the 26th President of the United States. A number of versions of this story abound. Here's mine. In November, 1902, Theodore "Teddy" Roosevelt was hunting bear in Mississippi. Apparently the hunt was not going well. His guides eventually found a baby bear and tied it to a tree to give the President something to shoot. The outraged President refused to shoot the bear cub. This act of sportsmanship was illustrated in a political cartoon appearing in the Washington Post and "Teddy's bear" became very popular with the country. This is where the name "Teddy bear" comes from, and hence Pooh's fashionable moniker of "Edward" (Follow me from "Teddy" to "Eddie" to "Edward"). Anyway, this bear is no relation to the one Christopher Robin Milne saw in the London Zoo as a little kid.

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Question #19: Is the 100 Aker Map in Error?
When I was looking at the map I didn't see Tiger's home.
It was Christofer Robins Map. Was Tiger's home on the map?
My name is Ashley.

C Robin Answer #19:
This map was drawn by Christopher Robin prior to the introduction of Tigger in the second book. Tigger, of course, lives with Kanga and Roo. The map also shows Owl's old address. He now lives in Piglet's house. Piglet now lives with Pooh. And Eeyore's address was renamed "The House at Pooh Corner" following Pooh and Piglet's housing project in which they basically rebuilt Eeyore's house. Here is a new map which includes details from the second book

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Question #20: Wasn't There A Better Way To Get Pooh Unstuck From Rabbits House?
In the many adrenchers of winnie the pooh were pooh got stuck in rabbits front door why diden't they judt push him back and then he leave through the other door? And why coulden't they just dig around pooh and make the hole bigger?
RaeAnne


Winnie the Pooh Answer #20:
You are certainly smarter than the characters, and the fact that their heads are stuffed with fluff may have something to do with it. In Disney's movie "The Many Adventures of Winnie-the-Pooh", and in A.A. Milne's book "Winnie-the-Pooh", Pooh gets stuck in Rabbit's front door (a hole actually) after eating too much hunny. Pooh did try to go back in and found he could not...

"Oh, help!" said Pooh. "I'd better go back."
"Oh, bother!" said Pooh. "I shall have to go on."
"I can't do either!" said Pooh. "Oh, help and bother!"
"The fact is," said Rabbit, "you're stuck."
"It all comes," said Pooh crossly, "of not having front doors big enough."
"It all comes," said Rabbit sternly, "of eating too much..."

As for digging Pooh out, the movie shows Gopher (who's "not in the book you know") making a quick attempt at enlarging the hole, only to find that the ground is so unstable that dirt is collapsing in from above just as fast as any excavation could take place, thereby ruling out any chance of digging Pooh out. Winnie-the-Pooh was stuck in Rabbit's front door for a week.

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Question #21: Where Did Christopher Robin Milne Get His Stuffed Toys?
One more thing where did chris get all his toys? Did he get pooh for his 1st birthday perasent? And in what order did he get his toys?
RaeAnne


CR Answer #21:
According to A.A. Milne, Winnie-the-Pooh was given to Christopher Robin Milne for his first birthday in 1921. It was a Farnell "Alpha" Bear originally purchased at Harrods in London. Eeyore was a Christmas present that same year, and Piglet arrived undated. Owl and Rabbit never were stuffed animals. Although the nearby woods were inhabited by these critters, these two characters were invented. Then came Kanga, Roo, and Tigger. The stuffed animals are now living at the Central Children's Room of the Donnell Library Center at the New York Public Library. Of note, the original Roo was lost in an apple orchard near Christopher Milne's home, and Piglet's face took on "a funny shape where a dog had bitten him" according to Christopher Milne.

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Question #22: Who Did the Character Voices in the "Winnie-the-Pooh" Adventures?
I would like to know both the voices, in the old and new adventures,
of Winnie-the-Pooh and Kanga. Thanks!

Rachael

Pooh Answer #22:
Here is the most complete summary on all of the characters that you will find anywhere.
We would be grateful to hear from anyone who knows of any additions or corrections.

Character "Original" Pooh New Adventures The Tigger Movie (2000) Piglet's BIG Movie (2003) Pooh's Heffalump Movie (2005) Winnie the Pooh Movie (2011)
Winnie-the-Pooh Sterling Holloway
Hal Smith
Jim Cummings Jim Cummings Jim Cummings Jim Cummings Jim Cummings
Piglet John Fieldler John Fieldler John Fieldler John Fieldler John Fieldler Travis Oates
Eeyore Ralph Wright Peter Cullen Peter Cullen Peter Cullen Peter Cullen Bud Luckey
Tigger Paul Winchell Paul Winchell Jim Cummings Jim Cummings Jim Cummings Jim Cummings
Rabbit Junius Matthews
Will Ryan
Ken Sansom Ken Sansom Ken Sansom Ken Sansom Tom Kenny
Owl Hal Smith Hal Smith
Andre Stojka
Andre Stojka Andre Stojka Craig Ferguson
Kanga Barbara Luddy
Julie McWhirter Dees
Patty Parris Kath Soucie Kath Soucie Kath Soucie Kristen Anderson-Lopez
Roo Clint Howard
Dick Billingsley
Dori Whitaker
Nicholas Melody Nikita Hopkins Nikita Hopkins Nikita Hopkins Wyatt Dean Hall
Gopher Howard Morris Michael Gough
Christopher Robin Bruce Reitherman
Kim Christianson
Jon Walmsley
Timothy Turner
Jon Walmsley
Brady Bluhm
Tim Hoskins
Tom Attenborough Tom Wheatley Jack Boulter
Narrator Sebastian Cabot David Warner John Hurt John Cleese
Kessie Laura Mooney
Additional
Vocal Talent
Laurie Main Chuck McCann
Hamilton Camp
Frank Welker Brenda Blethyn
Kyle Stanger
Huell Howser

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Question #23: "How Long Was Pooh Stuck in the Hunny Tree?"
I got another question...how long was Pooh stuck in the hunny tree?
RaeAnne

Pooh Answer #23:
After spending a week stuck in Rabbit's front door, Christopher Robin, Rabbit, and all
of Rabbit's friends and relations pulled together to get Pooh out. After awhile, Pooh
popped out of the hole, like a cork out of a bottle. In the original book, Pooh just
ended up on top of everyone. In the movie, Pooh is flung high into a hole in the famous
hunny tree where bees have produced a large pool of sticky, liquid gold hunny.
Winnie-the-Pooh wasn't stuck there, but he was in no hurry to leave either. I imagine
he climbed (or dropped down) after he was done eating. That was one happy bear!


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