Posted by Kristy Anderson
Kristy Anderson

Happy Birthday, you silly old bear! October 2016 marks the 90th anniversary of Winnie-the-Pooh, the first of A.A Milne's four novels featuring the beloved bear.

To celebrate this amazing milestone, I've compiled a list of the best big and small screen appearances of #WinnieThePooh.

1. The Many Adventures Of Winnie The Pooh (1977)

A compilation film consisting of three previously released featurettes, The Many Adventures Of Winnie The Pooh is a perfect introduction to the world of the bear with very little brain. Each of the three stories in the film are packed with the humor and warmth that we've now come to expect from Pooh Bear. As Pooh's first big screen outing, this is a must see for any true fan.

This film is also notable for being one of the last films Walt Disney was personally involved in creating, overseeing production on the first featurette, Winnie The Pooh And The Honey Tree, before his death.

2. Winnie The Pooh And A Day For Eeyore (1983)

Released six years after Many Adventures, Winnie The Pooh And A Day For Eeyore follow's the gang's efforts to plan a birthday party for Eeyore while the gloomy donkey thinks his friends have forgotten his special day. It also features the first appearance of the game "Poohsticks" in the #Disney Pooh-verse. For a time, this short was hard to come by, though nowadays it is usually included as a bonus feature on DVD releases of Many Adventures, with some editions going as far as to edit it into the movie.

A word of warning: While A Day For Eeyore is definitely worth seeing, the voice acting may be jarring for some viewers, as a large number of the original film's voice actors declined to return.

3. 'Pooh Oughta Be In Pictures,' The New Adventures Of Winnie The Pooh (S01E01)

After a trip to the cinema with Christopher Robin, Pooh and the gang decide to make their own movie. When things begin to go wrong on set and it seems as though their cinematic monster has become real, the nervous Piglet becomes an unlikely hero.

As Pooh's first small-screen adventure, "Pooh Oughta Be In Pictures" offers a great re-introduction to the Hundred Acre Wood.

4. 'Donkey For A Day,' The New Adventures Of Winnie The Pooh (S01E02)

Piglet is concerned to find Eeyore so gloomy, so he rallies his friends to find ways to cheer him up. All of their attempts end in disaster. Eeyore is still grateful for their efforts, though it turns out he was happy all along, in his own way.

"Donkey For A Day" remains one of the most popular New Adventures episodes. It teaches an important lesson about embracing one another's differences, and listening to your friends. Happy may not look the same for everyone.

5. 'Find Her, Keep Her,' New Adventures (S01E04)

After a wild storm in the Hundred Acre Wood, Rabbit becomes the reluctant guardian of Kessie, an orphaned baby bluebird. Eventually forming a strong bond with Kessie, Rabbit fears the day when the little bird will learn to fly, as she will head south for winter when the time comes.

One of the most heartwarming New Adventures episodes, "Find Her, Keep Her" also includes one of Pooh's most memorable quotes:

"Sometimes, people care too much. I think it's called.. Love." — Winnie-the-Pooh.

A slightly edited version of this episode is available as part of the Holiday compilation movie Winnie The Pooh: Seasons Of Giving.

6. Winnie The Pooh And Christmas Too (1991)

Believing he has lost his friends' letter to Santa after the wind blows it South instead of North, Pooh enlists Piglet as his reindeer and whips up some makeshift presents, hoping to save Christmas for the Hundred Acre Wood.

Winnie The Pooh And Christmas Too is a classic, easily able to stand up alongside the very best Christmas specials. Today, it is most easily available as part of the compilation film A Very Merry Pooh Year, though it has been slightly edited, Christopher Robin's lines are re-dubbed, and Rabbit has been re-colored from green back to his usual yellow.

7. Pooh's Grand Adventure: The Search For Christopher Robin (1997)

Pooh wakes on the first day of Autumn to find his friends in various kinds of trouble, and Christopher Robin missing, with the only clue being a pot of honey, and an attached note saying he has gone to "Skull." After Owl informs them that Skull is a terrible place, Pooh, Piglet, Tigger, Rabbit, and Eeyore set out on an epic journey to find and rescue Christopher Robin.

Pooh's Grand Adventure is the first direct-to-video Pooh films, and one of the best, with a perfect mixture of fun, humor, and heartwarming moments. It is notable for being the last feature film in which Paul Winchell voices Tigger.

8. The Tigger Movie (2000)

Finally growing tired of being "the only one," Tigger embarks on a quest to find his real family. Eventually, he discovers that his family were by his side all along.

One of the most heartwarming Pooh films, The Tigger Movie teaches an important lesson that family are the people who love you, not just the people who look like you. It is also popular for developing the previously underutilized character of Roo.

9. Winnie The Pooh: Springtime With Roo (2004)

Rabbit, formerly the Hundred Acre Wood's proud Easter Bunny, leaves his friends —especially little Roo — confused and upset when he replaces Easter with "Spring Cleaning Day." Once they have left, disappointed at the lost holiday, the narrator takes Rabbit on a tour of Easter Past, Present, and Future, hoping to teach him a lesson before he loses his friends forever.

Springtime With Roo offers a good twist on the usual Christmas Carol parody, as well as being an enjoyable special.

10. Winnie The Pooh (2011)

After waking up to the horrible realization that he is completely out of honey, Pooh sets out to find more, but is soon caught up in a competition to find Eeyore a new tail, and later, to rescue Christopher Robin from the dreaded "Backson."

Winnie The Pooh returned Disney's Pooh to his traditionally animated roots after three years of appearing in CGI for the preschool series My Friends Tigger And Pooh. The film is a great watch for both old and new fans a like, featuring plenty of jokes and throwbacks to previous films. And, it gives us classic scenes like this:

Happy 90th Birthday, Pooh! Here's to 90 More!


What is your favorite 'Winnie-the-Pooh' Film?