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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 #65: What's Winnie-the-Pooh's Real Name?
Isn't the real name of Winnie-the-Pooh, in fact: Edward Bear?
T. Greschke

Pooh Answer #65:
Very good! You are referring to Christopher Robin Milne's teddy bear "Edward Bear" (the stuffed animal you see him dragging up and down the stairs in the illustrations). In the introduction to the book "Winnie-the-Pooh", author A.A. Milne writes "Well, when Edward Bear said that he would like an exciting name all to himself, Christopher Robin said at once, without stopping to think, that he was Winnie-the-Pooh. And he was."

In the same sense that Christopher Robin Milne became "Christopher Robin" in the stories, his stuffed animal, Edward Bear, became "Winnie-the-Pooh".

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Question #66: What are the Words to Disney's
"New Adventures of Winnie the Pooh" Theme Song?

Hi! I am a very big fan of Winnie-the-Pooh and all his friends. I would like to know the theme song for Disney's "New Adventures of Winnie the Pooh". I love the show so much and I like the song but don't know all the words. So please could you get them for me? Thanks a lot.

Pooh Answer #66:
"New Adventures of Winnie-the-Pooh" (by Steve Nelson and Thom Sharp)

Gotta get up, I gotta get goin'
I'm gonna see a friend of mine
He's round and he's fuzzy
I love him because
He's just Pooh Bear, Winnie the Pooh Bear
Lookin' for fun, chasin' some hunny bees
Bear I know he's out there
Rumblee tumblee, climin' a hunny tree
Fun never ends for us, we're so adventurous
Least every now and again
And when we're alone and there's nobody home
It's nice to be able to count on a friend
Like Pooh Bear, Winnie the Pooh Bear
Wherever you go, oh won't you take me please
Pooh Bear, I gotta be there
It's me and it's you
Silly old Winnie the Pooh...

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Question #67: Where Can I Find An Episode Guide
to All the Winnie-the Pooh Shows?

Pooh Answer #67:
My good friend recently completed a very comprehensive guide, and you'll find it here in the Winnie-the-Pooh Episode Guide

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Question #68: What Can You Tell Me About Winnie-the-Pooh, the Philosopher?
My daughter is studying Advanced Level English (16 to 18 year olds) and has to do an essay showing that Winnie the Pooh was a philosopher. I wondered if you had any features or views on this subject. This would appear to be about the only thing to do with pooh you do not have on your super site.


Pooh Answer #68:
Ah, yes, the teachings of Pooh, the great master and philosopher. This is the premise for the book "The Tao of Pooh" by Benjamin Hoff. In it, Pooh is characterized as a simple bear who provides "invaluable lessons on simplicity and natural living". Basically, Pooh's simple-minded phrases can be pause for deeper thought when used in or out of context.
"I think, therefore I am." --- René Descartes
"Think, think, think." --- Winnie-the-Pooh
The Pooh Book of Quotations: In Which Will Be Found Some Useful Information and Sustaining Thoughts by Winnie-The-Pooh and His Friends and The Tao of Pooh can both be found at Amazon.com.

You may also be interested in this dicussion by Per Grunnet concerning some common ground between Winnie-the-Pooh, Rene Descartes and Saint Augustine.

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Question #69: Does Christopher Robin Really "Outgrow" His Relationship With Pooh?
I just watched the movie Beautiful Girls and at one point it says that the end of the story is that Christopher outgrows Pooh. A friend of mine said she saw this on an episode of the old cartoon as well. I was wondering if this was true, and if so, is this really the end or is there something later on where Christopher repents and things are back to normal. If you can get back to me when you get a chance, I would appreciate it.


Pooh Answer #69:
Sorry, it's basically true. At the end of the second Pooh book by A. A. Milne, House at Pooh Corner, Christopher Robin takes Pooh to the Enchanted Place at Galleons Lap and basically lets Pooh know in ambiguous terms that this is the end of their adventures together. Also see Question #101 for more details.

That was the last chapter in the final story book about the adventures of Winnie-the-Pooh that A. A. Milne wrote. Disney did follow-up to the story with their 1997 movie: "Pooh's Grand Adventure - The Search For Christopher Robin". A synopsis can be found in our Winnie-the-Pooh Episode Guide.

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Question #70: Who Was Winnie-the-Pooh's First Animal Friend?
Who was Winnie the Pooh's first animal friend?

Sarah, age 7

Pooh Answer #70: Rabbit
That's a tough question. Let's review the facts. We all know that Christopher Robin is Winnie-the-Pooh's first and best friend. We also know Christopher Robin is not an animal. The first "animal" Winnie-the-Pooh encounters in the book Winnie-the-Pooh (Chapter One) are bees. While bees are really insects, and not really "friends", we'll count them out.

In Chapter Two of the book Winnie-the-Pooh, the first animal friend he sees is Rabbit. (This is the story where he eats too much hunny and gets stuck in Rabbit's hole).

His closet animal friend is considered to be Piglet. Readers do not meet Piglet until Chapter Three, although it's clear Pooh has known Piglet for some time. He has also known Rabbit, Owl and Eeyore for a long time as well.

To complicate matters more, we could take a different approach to answering your question. It has to do with the original stuffed animals given to Christopher Robin Milne. The stuffed bear "Winnie the Pooh" was given to Christopher Robin Milne on August 21, 1921. "Eeyore" was given to Christopher Robin Milne on December 25, 1921. Eeyore was therfore the first stuffed "friend" for a stuffed Pooh to play with. Owl and Rabbit never were stuffed. They were based on real animals. Check out Question 57 for more details on the stuffed animals.

I would go with "Rabbit" as the most "technically correct answer" to your question.

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Question #71: What Time Does Winnie's Stopped Clock Show?
And Why Doesn't He Want It Fixed?

Winnie-the-Pooh has a clock that stopped some time ago, but he does not mind a bit. What time does the clock show? And why does Winnie-the-Pooh not want his clock fixed?
Lindsay B. and Paul G.

Pooh Answer #71:
Winnie-the-Pooh's broken clock always displays "five minutes to eleven". Time for a smackerel of something! By not fixing the clock, it's always "time for a smackerel of something!" You know Pooh Bear... he's always looking for an excuse to eat! (Found in Chapter One of House at Pooh Corner)

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Question #72: Where Are References To Woozles, Wizzles, and Jagulars In The Original Books?
I have the original book by A. A. Milne and was wondering where in it you can tell me where references to woozels, wizzels and jagulars are. I know there are a couple of chapters on the heffalumps - one where piglet thinks he met one and one where he meets one again.

Pamela E.

Answer #72:
"Winnie-the-Pooh""House At Pooh Corner"
Chapter 3Woozles and WizzlesChapter 3Heffalumps
Chapter 5HeffalumpsChapter 4Jagulars
Chapter 9WoozlesChapter 5Backson

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Question #73: What Rules Does A. A. Milne Follow In Capitalizing His Words?
We have noticed that A. A. Milne capitalizes certain phrases and other words. What are the rules he follows in capitalizing his words?

Jen and Deb

Answer #73:
When you read the two books by A. A. Milne: Winnie-the-Pooh and The House At Pooh Corner you can't help but to notice author Milne's unique style includes Capitalizing Words which a reader Wouldn't Normally Expect to be capitalized. (It's fun. Try it sometime when it won't count Against Your Grade).
His rules appear to be...
  1. Beginning of sentences.
  2. Names, places, and other proper nouns.
  3. Nouns, phases and words which are important to the characters.
  4. Words requiring extra emphasis.
Granted, this is an oversimplification. If any scholars out there can explain Milne's Rules in better detail, we'ld like to hear from you.

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Question #74: Who Was The Swan?
Who was the swan how long was it around why is it not mentioned?
It would be most appreciated thank you,

Aaron A.

Pooh Answer #74:
Christopher Robin Milne (the real boy) once had a swan that he called "Pooh". The swan appeared in a poem in the book When We Were Very Young also by A. A. Milne. The book was a collection of poems that was published prior to Winnie-the-Pooh. The swan is mentioned only briefly in the Winnie-the-Pooh "Introduction"...
"IF you happen to have read another book about Christopher Robin, you may remember that he once had a swan (or the swan had Christopher Robin, I don't know which) and that he used to call this swan Pooh. That was a long time ago, and when we said good-bye, we took the name with us, as we didn't think the swan would want it any more. Well, when Edward Bear said that he would like an exciting name all to himself, Christopher Robin said at once, without stopping to think, that he was Winnie-the-Pooh. And he was. So, as I have explained the Pooh part, I will now explain the rest of it."
That is the first and last time that the swan is ever mentioned in the book Winnie-the-Pooh, and is not mentioned at all in The House At Pooh Corner. However, the swan is mentioned in Christopher Milne's book The Enchanted Places:
"[We lived at] Decoy, a thatched cottage near Angmering in Sussex. At Decoy there was a lake. On the lake was a swan. And the swan's name was Pooh."

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Question #75: Is Tigger's "TTFN" A Disney Or Milne Expression? What does TTFN mean?
Great site! Does the expression "TTFN" come from Disney or does it appear in Milne's original work?
Mary F.

Tigger Answer #75:
Tigger's "TTFN" expression which stands for "Ta Ta For Now" and means "That's It For Now" and "See You Later" is not in The House At Pooh Corner by A. A. Milne. The House At Pooh Corner is the only book by Milne in which Tigger appears. Therefore, TTFN is a phrase attributed to Tigger by the creative animation team at Disney.

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