7 facts about the centenary Winnie the Pooh

It is possible that you have already heard of the Winnie-the-Pooh. This great cartoon character has played a part in thousands of people’s childhoods, inspiring them to be brave and fight for their dreams.

Because it’s been more than 100 years since Pooh first appeared, many aspects of his creation and history have been lost over time; therefore, as a way to kill the longing and revive the nostalgia of this great work by Disney, we list seven curiosities about Winnie the Pooh.

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1. Design was inspired by toys

The names of Christopher Robin Milne's toys have remained the same for the story, as well as the boy's own, which was borrowed for his character.  (Walt Disney Pictures/Reproduction)The name of Christopher Robin Milne’s toys has remained in history, as well as the boy’s name, which was lent to the character. (Source: Walt Disney Pictures/Reproduction)Fonte:  Walt Disney Pictures

Alan Alexander Milne, creator of Winnie-the-Pooh (Winnie the Pooh), was inspired by his son’s childhood to create the story that became a world classic.

Christopher Robin Milne used to have several adventures with his stuffed toys in childhood, which took the forms of different animals, such as bear, tiger and pig. For this reason, the writer created a universe in which his son’s childhood was forever immortalized alongside his best friends.

2. Christopher Robin Milne had problems with Pooh

Milne and the teddy bear that inspired Pooh in 1925. (Getty Images/Reproduction)Milne and the teddy bear that inspired Pooh in 1925. (Source: Getty Images/Reproduction)Fonte:  Getty Images

Christopher Robin Milne experienced a series of problems arising from the great fame of Pooh around the world. In addition to being bullied by schoolmates during childhood, which caused him great trauma, the boy found it difficult to get jobs in areas that were unrelated to writing.

This great universe of fame in which he was inserted from the first years of age made him reveal some grievances with the character as an adult. in your memoir The Enchanted Places, released in 1974, Milne wrote that he felt as if his father had achieved success through his shoulders, leaving him only the hollow fame of being the son.

3. Winnie the Pooh was granted its rights to Disney

Over time, Pooh's rights were still the subject of commercial quarrels and disputes.  (Walt Disney Pictures/Reproduction)Pooh’s rights were the reason for quarrels and commercial disputes. (Source: Walt Disney Pictures/Reproduction)Fonte:  Walt Disney Pictures

In 1961 Shirley Slesinger Lasswel, wife of the then late Alan Alexander Milne, granted the rights to Winnie-the-Pooh to Walt Disney in exchange for royalties. Since then, the company’s studios have developed a series of film and television productions starring Pooh. To date, more than 12 movies have been released, in addition to 6 TV specials.

4. Milne plush toys are in library collection

It is possible to take the tour and watch the toys for free.  (Wikimedia Commons/Playback)It is possible to take the tour and watch the toys for free. (Source: Wikimedia Commons/Reproduction)Source: Wikimedia Commons/

Milne’s original plush toys that inspired the design have been in the New York Public Library’s catalog since 1987. They are displayed for the public in the Children’s Room and accompany a large number of literary works aimed at children.

You can see Ursinho, Tigrão, Leitão and Ló. Guru was lost before the exhibition, and the other characters were invented by the writer.

5. A survey linked Winnie the Pooh to mental problems

(Walt Disney Pictures/Reproduction)(Source: Walt Disney Pictures/Reproduction)Fonte:  Walt Disney Pictures

Researchers at the University of Ave, in Canada, developed a work in which they identified a series of mental problems in the behavior of characters from Pooh. While the famous teddy bear theoretically suffers from binge eating linked to self-esteem, Leitão would have generalized anxiety disorder, as he is always scared and anxious.

6. Winnie the Pooh has been hand-drawn for several years

The first time Pooh appeared on television was in 1960, as the character became famous through his books.  (Walt Disney Pictures/Reproduction)The first time Pooh appeared on television was in 1960, as the character became famous through his books. (Source: Walt Disney Pictures/Reproduction)Fonte:  Walt Disney Pictures

When Pooh was first developed, technological advancement still walked slowly. That way, there was no other option for Milne besides drawing Pooh by hand all the stories released. Even after being sold to Disney, the tradition continued for several years, to keep the image of the teddy bear true to the original version.

7. Winnie-the-Pooh was censored in China

Feature released in 2018 features Christopher Robin in an adult version.  (Walt Disney Pictures/Reproduction)Feature released in 2018 has Christopher Robin in an adult version. (Source: Walt Disney Pictures/Reproduction)Fonte:  Walt Disney Pictures

In 2018, China censored the live-action Christopher Robin — An Unforgettable Reunion in theaters without giving an explanation. Theories accepted at the time were the physical comparisons the government opposition was making between Pooh and Xi Jinping, president of China.

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