NOTE: This is an extended, revisited version of the Pooh's Adventures article that I wrote on June 28, 2014.
You know, when we were babies and little kids, most of us grew up with cartoons, movies, and TV shows from mostly one studio and one studio only, and that is Disney. In fact, some of us as kids would prefer Disney over Looney Tunes, which was a Warner Bros. thing. We grew up with so many famous Disney characters including Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Donald Duck, Goofy, the Disney Princesses, and, of course, Winnie the Pooh. When I was a kid, I grew up on the various Winnie the Pooh projects from Disney, ranging from The New Adventures of Winnie the Pooh to my all-time favorite Pooh movie Pooh's Grand Adventure. Comicbook.com even announced that a live-action Winnie the Pooh movie will be in the works from Disney, but this is not the purpose of this article. I'm talking about a fan-fiction craze that began on YouTube. The craze in question is the Pooh's Adventures series.
The craze all started in probably 2007, when YouTube user brerdaniel started to make a series of fan-made movies by using mash-ups of Winnie the Pooh-related clips and uses of clips from various Disney movies. Soon after, many other Disney fans followed suit, and began making some of their own mash-up movies. Some of these crossovers seem to look entertaining and fun, but the main problem was that the crossovers with movies that are not made by Disney really sucked, but I'll get to that in just a moment.
In fact, the Pooh's Adventures series, and the art of the fictional crossover, were both brought to my attention in around 2008. One night in that year, I was nearly turning 11 years old, and I was on YouTube, looking up nostalgic Winnie the Pooh videos when all of a sudden, I came across a clip called "Winnie the Pooh meets the Hunchback of Notre Dame, Part 1". The Hunchback of Notre Dame was a Disney movie made in 1996. I saw the clip in the list of related videos, and I was probably thinking "Wow, was not expecting that, but I'm not sure if right now would be a good time!" So, I didn't click on it until the next day, because I thought that it would be a surprise. As I had stated, I thought it was really made by Disney at first, and I could tell that the current Walt Disney Pictures opening logo from around 2006 was used at the beginning, but after I started to watch it, I discovered it was a fan-made mash-up, but it was really impressive! The mash-up looked like it was done on Windows Movie Maker or some other professional video editing system for computers.
There were other fan-made movies, mostly made by brerdaniel, in which Pooh has adventures in Disney movies like Beauty & the Beast, The Lion King, Pocahontas, Toy Story, and even Mulan. I thought that Pooh's Adventures of Mulan would be awesome, but it was a really mixed bag. The reason: it had characters from the anime franchise Pokémon, which is a Cartoon Network thing (Cartoon Network is owned by Time Warner, but Pokémon was owned by Disney for a very short period. Don't believe me? Google it, and you'll see!). Also, there were other Pooh's Adventures movies that crossed over with non-Disney movies like Batman: Mask of the Phantasm and Freddie as F.R.O.7. In my opinion, Disney crossing over with non-Disney don't mix at all. The reason being is because I think that Disney mixing with Time Warner, Viacom, or other companies don't look like a perfect mix.
However, characters from Winnie the Pooh were in an actual crossover; both Pooh and Tigger appeared in Cartoon All-Stars to the Rescue, a 1989 drug-prevention PSA-type cartoon featuring many famous cartoon characters, many of them were not owned by Disney. It is what I would call the most important fictional crossover ever made, and the only time when Disney and non-Disney crossovers made sense to me (and got interesting).
Which of these five shows on the Disney Channel would you like to see "Winnie the Pooh" get crossed over with?
Speaking of which, I think that Disney should turn the Pooh's Adventures idea into reality. Let me explain, because it's all about copyright and fair use.........
In around 2009, brerdaniel's YouTube account got suspended for copyright infringement by the Walt Disney Company. Disney doesn't like it when use of footage from Disney films gets pirated for use in other media, and Disney has one of the strongest copyrights in the world. However, reviews of Disney movies are protected under fair use. Later on, brerdaniel created a new YouTube account, going under the username DisneyDaniel93, and he was making some more Pooh's Adventures movies, but that account also got shut down for copyright infringement. If Disney gets tired of pulling down fan-made Disney mash-ups for copyright infringement, or if they can't stand copyright infringement, than they might as well make actual Pooh's Adventures crossover movies to close that gap. Another reason that I can give for why Disney should make these crossovers would be so that they can generate publicity about the idea, turning the fan-made concept into something famous. If Disney wants to make actual Pooh's Adventures movies, Disney should make them direct-to-video releases so that way they won't have to worry about releasing them theatrically.
Heck, I would even like to see crossovers between Winnie the Pooh and Disney Channel shows like Phineas & Ferb, Kick Buttowski: Suburban Daredevil, Gravity Falls, and even Randy Cunningham: 9th Grade Ninja, so that I can get into those shows a bit more (think of how awesome those crossovers would be!).
Well, I had to mention, since TRON: Uprising is an animated show on the Disney Channel, it should be possible that Winnie the Pooh and his friends would be inside the TRON universe; indeed, the Kingdom Hearts game Dream Drop Distance featured the TRON universe, with several famous Disney characters like Mickey Mouse in the level. I also saw fan-art of Winnie the Pooh wearing blue TRON: Legacy armor while holding an identity disc, though I could hardly find it on Google Images or deviantART anymore, unfortunately. If there is an animated Disney movie (direct-to-video) called Pooh's Adventures of TRON, than it would be the greatest sci-fi crossover that many kids and Pooh fans would enjoy, but that's just my personal opinion.
Would Pooh's Adventures be a very awesome crossover franchise if it was real? What do you think?