Why we love Winnie the Pooh

Winnie the Pooh is one of the most recognised fictional characters around the world and we’re delighted to be able to feature Winnie the Pooh and his friends from the Hundred Acre Wood on our Huggies Nappies, Nappy-Pants and Baby Wipes.

London-born A.A. Milne (1882-1956), a noted writer and playwright, penned two books and several poems about the beloved Winnie the Pooh and Christopher Robin (named after Milne’s son). A.A. Milne’s son’s teddy bear inspired the beloved character, Winnie the Pooh. His son named his bear after Winnie, a Canadian black bear from London Zoo and Pooh was the name of a swan they encountered together. A.A. Milne’s books are actually are a collection of stories, five of which inspired the recent film release “Winnie the Pooh”. Its available now exclusively from Big W.

Walt Disney Animation Studios returns to the Hundred Acre Wood with “Winnie the Pooh,” and brings all of the characters to life. We’d like you to meet them all and discover why they are so loveable.

Winnie the Pooh
A loyal friend to his neighbours in Hundred Acre Wood, Pooh is always willing to lend a helping paw and more than happy to share a jar of honey with anyone who’s interested. His endless craving for honey – or a smackeral of whatever – is at hand to soothe that insatiable “rumbly” in his “tumbly”. His newest adventure finds our favorite bear faced with a host of empty honey jars, causing Pooh to realize he must venture out in search of his favorite treat.

Boisterous and exuberant, this wonderful, one-of-a-kind creature eagerly shares his enthusiasm for life with others – whether they want him to or not. With his springy tail and trademark twists of the tongue, this joyfully bouncing bundle of stripes simply wants to share his enthusiasm with all of his friends in Hundred Acre Woods. As Tigger would say: “TTFN – Ta Ta For Now!”

This gloomy fellow is not a fan of much, other than eating thistles, but this loyal donkey wins the hearts of his friends when he loses his tail. Everyone in Hundred Acre Wood pitches in to help poor Eeyore find a new tail. Though they might not be the best suggestions, these kind gestures from his friends certainly lift Eeyore’s spirit. “Could be worse,” reflects Eeyore. “Not sure how, but it could be.”

Wise indeed – at least in his own mind, Owl is considered a bit of a “knowit-all,” but the friends of Hundred Acre Wood always seek his advice, even though Owl often misses the mark. Assured in his composure and wisdom – he is an owl after all – this clever fellow is always happy to share his insights and abilities as “artistic talent runs through my family. In fact, it practically stampedes”.

This soft-spoke, skittish and steady friend may be small in size but he’s awfully big-hearted. Piglet’s generosity and humility lead this timid character to some large adventures to help his friends. Braving the dark woods and coming face to face with a scary creature called a Backson, Piglet’s loyalty outshines any fear. “Oh d-d-d-dear, I mustn’t f-f-f-fear, there’s a very important thing to do!”

Perhaps the smartest of the friends of the Hundred Acre Wood – well, he believes it – Rabbit is often the self-appointed leader. Fussy and organized, Rabbit can be stubborn when his routine is interrupted with unexpected visitors, as he spouts “the last thing I need is a visit from that bear”, after Pooh stops by. Though sometimes quickly frustrated, Rabbit is a real bunny at heart and ready to hop into action, if his friends are ever in need.

A warm, protective kangaroo and mother to little Roo, her hands – and pouch – are full with her young offspring, but she always manages little Roo with a great deal of love and patience. Her caring warm extends to her friends at the Hundred Acre Wood as well, when she knits a scarf as Eeyore’s replacement tail, so his “bottom won’t get drafty.”
This wild young adventurer is eager to go everywhere and try everything. Though his gentle mother Kanga keeps a watchful eye, Roo often throws himself into the middle of the action, much to his mother’s dismay. Though his adventures take little Roo far and wide throughout the Hundred Acre Wood, there’s still no place better than being cuddled in his mama’s pouch!

Christopher Robin
The only human in the Hundred Acre Wood, he shares his many adventures with his closest friend Winnie the Pooh, though all the creatures look up to him for advice and friendship. Aware of his honey-loving friend’s habit of getting into sticky situations, Christopher Robin is always there for that “Silly old bear!” Just as friends should be, Christopher Robin couldn’t imagine better friends then these.

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©2011 Disney. Based on the “Winnie the Pooh” works by A.A. Milne and E.H. Shepard