Winnie the Pooh is a self-described "bear of a very little brain," but the lovable bear who's stuffed with fluff has an uncommon, clear-eyed philosophy that's admired worldwide. "There's a wisdom to Winnie the Pooh that comes through in a very subtle way," says producer Peter Del Vecho. "It's about enjoying friends, enjoying family, enjoying life. It returns us to a simpler time."
"He's a cross between the happiest gentlemen and the sweetest child," adds Jim Cummings, who provides the voice of Pooh. "I think Pooh sees the world through honey-colored glasses."
Pooh is a loyal friend to his neighbors in Hundred Acre Wood. He's always willing to lend a helping paw-and he's more than happy to share a jar of honey with anyone who's interested. Indeed, Winnie the Pooh has an endless craving for honey or a smackerel of whatever is at hand to soothe that insatiable "rumbly in his tumbly."
- The character was inspired by the teddy bear of author A.A.Milne's son, Christopher Robin, who named the bear after a real bear who lived at the London Zoo. That Winnie, donated to the zoo by Canadian officer Harry Colebourne, was named in honor of his hometown Winnipeg.
- Artist E.H. Shepard is behind the iconic imagery of Winnie the Pooh, and his interpretation of the character is based on his own son's toy bear.
- A.A. Milne first wrote about Winnie the Pooh in an article in London's Evening News in late 1925. The rest of the friends from Hundred Acre Wood were introduced alongside Pooh the following year.
- Winnie the Pooh's endearing characteristics include his love of honey, his easy-going philosophy and his humble observations: "I am a bear of very little brain and long words bother me."
From the film:
"Something feels funny," said Pooh. "I must be thinking too hard."