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Winnie the Pooh
Pooh’s cast of friends and neighbors include: Piglet, Tigger, Eeyore, Kanga, Roo, Rabbit, Owl and Christopher Robin. Christopher Robin is one of Pooh’s best friends. He is the only human character in the Pooh stories and is considered wise among the group and admired by them. Piglet is another of Pooh’s closest companions. While he is small and timid, Piglet is known for having a big heart and being a good friend. His catchphrase is “Oh D-D-Dear!” Tigger is eager and enthusiastic, and is known for being outgoing, bouncy and fun. He is also known for causing chaos. Eeyore is a donkey that keeps a generally gloomy mood and frequently loses his tail, however, his friends are always around to help him. Kanga and Roo are a mother-son kangaroo duo. Kanga is kind to the others, protective of Roo and likes to keep their home tidy. Roo is playful and energetic and considers Tigger his best friend. Rabbit is the self-appointed leader of the Hundred Acre Woods animals and considers himself to be smarter than the others. He enjoys order and rules but is usually willing to help his friends. Owl is the oldest animal and the others often seek his advice. Sometimes, Owl misses the mark and he can give lengthy speeches at times.
Winnie the Pooh originated as a compilation of stories written by A.A. Milne in 1926. The scene for the stories was inspired from Ashwood Forest in Sussex, England. Milne named Winnie the Pooh after a teddy bear his son, Christopher Robin, owned. Pooh first appeared in color in 1932 where he was seen wearing his now famous red shirt. Disney has released several animated features of Winnie the Pooh since being granted the licensing rights in the 1960s. Since 1988, Jim Cummings has voiced Pooh in animated features and is the third person to hold this role.