As Winnie the Pooh, the main character of Alan Alexander Milne’s books, published from 1924, is known, thanks to the work of the publishing house Methuen, and illustrations by S.H. Shepard.
Story behind Winnie the Pooh
Adopted by children with great fascination, Milne’s two books: Winnie-the-Pooh (1926) and The House al Pooh Corner (1928) were reissued for about seventy years by Methuen, until in the 1990s they were taken over by the Egmont Children Books.
Ironically, even though children are the great audience of this story, in fact its author – according to some critical sources – did not write them for children, but for adults, since the texts and reflections behind this bear are of much more depth beyond the understanding of a child.
As for the true story of how Winnie the Pooh was written, most sources agree that it was inspired by the Winnie bear that was rescued by Lt. Veterinary Lieutenant H. Colebourn, at the beginning of World War I, and which eventually became the favorite animal at London Zoo, where this soldier left her in charge while doing her duty on the front lines.
He says the story, that after the end of the war, Colebourn returned to the Zoo for his bear, but upon arrival he could realize the great fame that it had obtained, becoming the most beloved animal of the place, so then he decided to leave it at the site , to visit her from time to time, action that he fulfilled until the death of the animal, occurred in 1934.
Among the many children visiting Winnie was a boy named Christopher Robin Milne, who became fond of the animal, and made so much empathy, that even the caregivers would let it into the care zone so the child could caress it.
The boy’s father was Alan Alexander Milne, who was inspired by the friendship of his son and friend to create a poem, and later the books, which included Winnie the Pooh’s friends, who were inspired by his own stuffed dolls by his son.
In the 1970s, Walt Disney, whose daughters was a fan of A.A Milne’s books, ended up buying the image rights. That’s how in 1966 it comes to the big screen, hand in hand with the Disney firm, Winnie the Pooh and the honey tree. Two years later, the cartoon producer returns to try his luck and premieres Winnie the Pooh and the drunken day.
Winnie the Pooh would follow and a day for Igor, and the film Winnie the Pooh and Tigger; as well as The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh (1977); The Great Adventure of Pooh (1997); Tigger’s film (2000); The Great Pork Movie (2003) and Winnie the Pooh and the Little Elephant (2005).
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With regard to the story of this charming little bear – which many mistakenly believe to be a teddy bear – it basically tells about the new life Christopher Robin and his mother have begun when moving into the hundred-acre forest. In this town, this little boy will meet some amazing friends when he comes across the bear Winnie the Pooh, and his friends Tiger, Pork, Rabbit, Bhúo, Topo, Igor, Mom Kangaroo, Rite, among others.
Once sealed a friendship that will be forever, this group of friends will live hundreds of adventures in the forest, especially those generated by Winnie the Pooh and their insatiable desire to get and drink honey, directly from the honeycombs put by the bees in the trees of this great forest, which will always be the stage and witness to these experiences, the bonds of friendship, and the deep learnings that these friends take from nature and their own life experiences.
Picture: toy made from the image of Winnie the Pooh popularized by Disney / Source: pixabay.com
September 22, 2019