10 Fun Facts About Winnie-the-Pooh
One of the most beloved children's book characters in recent memory, Winnie-the-Pooh was conceived by A.A. Milne, a British author and playwright. Whether you're celebrating Milne's birthday on January 18, honoring the publication of Winnie-the-Pooh on October 14, or just a Pooh fan year-round, you've got to know these 10 fun facts about Winnie-the-Pooh.
- Sterling Holloway, who gave voice to Winnie-the-Pooh in the Disney featurettes until 1977, also was the voice of the Cheshire Cat in Alice in Wonderland and Sleepy in Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.
- A.A. Milne, author of Winnie-the-Pooh, served in both WWI and WWII.
- Milne based the character on a teddy bear named Edward owned by his son Christopher. The character's name derived from a black bear at the London Zoo named Winnie and a swan they saw on holiday, "Pooh."
- The name Winnie-the-Pooh first appeared in print in a Christmas story published in The Evening News on Christmas Eve 1925.
- The skull of the real Winnie was displayed at the Being Human Festival in London for the first time in 2015.
- "The Wonderful Thing About Tiggers" was composed by Richard M. Sherman, with lyrics by Robert B. Sherman.
- In 1951, Christopher Milne, the muse behind Christopher Robin, opened the Harbour Bookshop with his wife Lesley.
- The only two characters who attempt to write poetry in the Winnie-the-Pooh books are Eeyore and Winnie.
- Piglet was not originally included in the 1966 Disney film Winnie the Pooh and the Honey Tree.
- Unlike Piglet, Kanga, Roo, Winnie-the-Pooh, Eeyore, and Tigger, Rabbit was not based on a toy owned by Christopher Milne.