The Characters Of The Pooh Books


And now it is time to introduce the cast...


With thanks to The House at Pooh Corner

These are the original toys that Christopher Robin Milne owned -- all but Roo and Piglet. Roo was lost in an apple orchard in the area near Cotchford Farm. Christopher and his Nanny, Olive Rand, searched and searched but could not find Roo. Olive remembered the heartbreak of that search all her life.

Moreover, the original Piglet was not the small Piglet featured here. We have already seen him on the page "Who Was Christopher Robin Milne?", in a photo with Olive, Christopher and Pooh. The original Piglet was much larger (easily as large as Pooh), but had its face bitten by a dog. In time, it was replaced by a Piglet of more suitable size, if not of appearance.

Christopher had this to say about "the Toys", as they are usually called:

If you saw them today, your immediate reaction would be, "How old and battered and lifeless they look." But of course they are old and battered and lifeless. They are only toys and you are mistaking them for the real animals who lived in the forest. Even in their prime they were no more than a first rough sketch, the merest hint of what they were to become, and they are now long past their prime. Eeyore is the most recognizable, Piglet the least. (...)

I wouldn't like a glass case [containing the Toys] that said: "Here is fame"; and I don't need a glass case to remind me: "Here was love" (The Enchanted Places, pp. 78-79).


Courtesy of Achim-the-Pooh's Home Page

 

In 1947 the Toys began a triumphant tour of the United States, with Pooh fans eagerly lining up to see them (some traveling hundreds of miles and through bad weather to do so). They traveled for many years, visiting libraries and department stores and finally ending up at Dutton's offices in New York. Alan enjoyed the fans' comments (written in a guest book that traveled on the tour) and decided that Dutton should keep the Toys. Eventually, they took up residence in the Central Children's Room of the Donnell Library Center at the New York Public Library -- in a glass case, of course (see above left).

Alan apparently insisted that the Toys should never be cleaned, but rather should look as if a child had just finished playing with them. "No explanation is needed for the world-weariness of Pooh and Eeyore," he wrote. "Time's hand has been upon them since 1921. That was a long time ago" (Thwaite, pp. 474-475 and end notes; see also the Birth Certificate discussed below).

Owl and Rabbit, of course, were never toys -- nor were they really specific animals in the Forest (though owls and rabbits were and remain abundant in the area). They were the imaginary creations of A.A. Milne.


Upon arrival in New York, the Toys were immediately insured for $50,000, then a considerable sum. With them came a "Birth Certificate" (given in facsimile at The Page at Pooh Corner), signed in Alan's own handwriting. The text (with Alan's signature) was reproduced in a much abbreviated form on the back of The World of Pooh (Dutton, 1957); this text is featured above in a framed version created by the Webmaster.

Alan's account in the Certificate of what happened to Piglet differs significantly from Christopher's own account. Alan's account implies that the little Piglet was the one bitten in the face by the family dog. Christopher's account in The Enchanted Places (as noted above) maintains that the earlier, larger Piglet was bitten (explaining why it was replaced with the smaller version). Conversely, in the original Certificate Alan adds details to the story of Roo's disappearance, details mentioned by neither Christopher nor Ann Thwaite. According to Alan, the family dog hid Roo in the trunk of a hollow tree, from which Roo was extracted a year later. But not long after, Roo vanished once more, never to be seen again...


 

In many if not most Web sites concerning Pooh and his friends, the characters are illustrated with the "Disney Pooh" drawings (which are widely available to Web surfers). This particular page breaks with that tradition, featuring images scanned from E.H. Shepard's original drawings ("Classic Pooh") as colorized by himself. (The drawings come almost entirely from the 1994 Dutton edition, The Complete Tales of Winnie-the-Pooh; the scanning and editing process has altered the brightness, contrast and color balance of the originals somewhat.)

Also having wide currency is a standard set of descriptions for each character (apparently adopted from Christopher Robin's Winnie-the-Pooh Character Guide). Instead of simply adopting or adapting it, we have created one of our own...and again, in breaking with Web tradition, we have taken our "Famous Lines" of each character from Classic Pooh, not Disney Pooh. Finally, for the major characters we have added links to that ineffable collection of facts, trivia and urban legends, Wikipedia.

As a side note (below the illustration of each character), we have added a link to a section of The Personality Page, a site devoted to analyzing personality types (temperaments) according to the most widely used model of human personalities (summarized by the four-letter type codes of the Myers-Briggs Temperament Indicator, or MBTI). Since there are sixteen possible personality types (according to this model), not all are represented by Milne's nine major characters or their Disney avatars. This page on children's developing personality types may explain why in part: from ages 7-12, there are supposed to be only eight, not sixteen types. Yet Milne (by his own statement) really wrote for adults, not for children; and unsurprisingly, his characters (excluding only Roo) are precocious in their personality development. In most cases we can justify a link with a four-letter "adult" code (rather than with a three-letter "child" code) with no difficulty.

Naturally, the assessments of the characters' personality types are those of this author and represent his opinions only. In some ways the character attributes of Pooh and his friends are easier to spot.

Happily For Us (and for Fans of Pooh and Friends everywhere), Walt Disney for a time had reprints of a daily comic strip, Winnie-the-Pooh, on GoComics. (DANGER: Frequent Bad Puns Alert!) This page gives some examples, including some featuring (uncommonly as always in Disney Pooh) Christopher Robin, who seems to have become quite the scholar...

Winnie the Pooh [sic] by A.A. Milne & E.H. Shepard 

Winnie the Pooh has been a beloved friend of children ever since A.A. Milne penned the first story about Christopher Robin and his animal companions in 1925. The cartoon bear has become Disney’s most popular character, featured in movies, videos, TV shows and holiday specials. Now, classic Winnie the Pooh comic strips that were part of many childhoods are returning to publications across the world. 

2008 Disney Enterprises Inc., Dist. by Creators Syndicate


CHRISTOPHER ROBIN

Description: Wheat-blond hair (in the Pooh Books), red, reddish-brown or ash blond hair (in the Disney films and TV shows), brown eyes, very fair and slender. Hair fairly long, in page-boy cut. Dresses appropriately for the weather. In Classic Pooh, often in rather girlish clothes; in Disney Pooh, in boyish clothes (generally shirt, shorts and shoes).

General Traits: Master of the Forest. Has the best qualities of its other residents: intelligence, literacy, cleverness, helpfulness, modesty, humor, compassion, diplomacy, sensitivity, courage, physical and organizational competence. The yardstick against which the others are measured, and (in another sense) the pivot on which the stories turn (if not always the motivator of the action). Acts in loco parentis (in the place of a parent) to the animals. Generally aware of his limitations and willing to admit them. In later Disney Pooh, considerably more athletic than in too much of early Disney Pooh. (Our Jaw Dropped to the Forest Floor when we saw his antics in the opening scenes of Winnie the Pooh.)

Special Traits: Lives "behind a green door" in a tree "at the very top of the Forest". In Classic Pooh, rivaled only by Pooh and (once) Tigger as the Forest's champion tree climber. In Disney Pooh, the only one who can deal with Tigger's fastball (barely); also one of the few whom Tigger never "bounces" (though Tigger barely missed him once when he was trying to squeeze into Piglet's house). Has been known (in Disney Pooh) to be shy around girls and to try to evade the consequences of his carelessness. Sometimes overestimates or overstates his knowledge of a situation or a set of facts. The only Forest resident with Genuine Education, which means he must leave his friends behind eventually. Likes doing Nothing best, but foresees a time when "they" won't let him do it nearly as much.

Famous Lines: "Silly old Bear!" "You're the best bear in all the world." "Pooh, whatever happens, you will understand, won't you?"

One Really Wonderful Line (from Pooh's Grand Adventure: The Search for Christopher Robin): "You're braver than you believe, and stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think."

One Source of Profound Gratitude from Us: Leaving aside his excellent (if, ironically, more ENFP-ish) portrayals in the television series The New Adventures of Winnie the Pooh, Christopher Robin (decidedly INFP, as God and Milne intended) truly came into his own as an animated Disney character (at least In Our Opinion) in the recent movie Winnie the Pooh.

N.B.: Christopher Robin (strictly speaking) is most likely an INP child (or else a precocious INFP child) who often plays in an ENJ or ENFJ role (as compared to the ENP child personality type and ENFP adult personality type of the Webmaster). Of all the Forest residents, Christopher Robin is by far the most balanced personally and the most sterling in character (rivaled only by Kanga).

Christopher Robin: "Pooh Bear, what if someday there came a tomorrow when we were apart?"
Pooh: "As long as we're apart together, we shall certainly be fine."
CR: "Yes, yes, of course. But if, if we weren't together... if i were somewhere else?"
P: "Oh, but you really couldn't be, as I would be quite lost without you. Who would I call on those days when I'm just not strong enough or brave enough?"
CR: "Well, actually..."
P: "And who would I ask for advice when I didn't know which way to turn?"
CR: "Pooh, we..."
P: "We... we simply wouldn't be."
CR: "Oh, Pooh. If ever there's a tomorrow when we're not together, there's something you must remember."
P: "And what might that be, Christopher Robin?"
CR: "You're braver than you believe, and stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think."
P: "Oh, that's easy. We're braver than a bee, and, uh, longer than a tree, and taller than a goose... or, uh, was that a moose?"
CR: "No, silly, old bear! You're braver than you believe, and stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think. But the most important thing is even if we're apart, I'll always be with you. I'll always be with you. I'll always be with you."

-- From Pooh's Grand Adventure: The Search for Christopher Robin


 

WINNIE-THE-POOH

Description: Golden brown (like the honey he covets). Actually modeled in form after Growler, the bear owned by Shepard's son Grahame. In the Pooh Books, generally goes around in his "birthday fur" (save during the winter, when he wears a shirt). In Disney Pooh, consistently wears a red shirt (as inspired by the Classic Pooh winter wear, which is admittedly more aesthetically pleasing than "Bear Nakedness").

General Traits: A Bear of Very Little Brain, but capable of being both Astute and Helpful in a pinch (to the surprise of even Christopher Robin). Definitely a gourmand, coveting honey especially, but also condensed milk, marmalade and (in Disney Pooh) chocolate. Aside from his perpetually eleven-o'clockish appetite, innocent of motive and apparently incorruptible. Trusts in his instincts rather than his intelligence, though also makes great efforts to apply his limited mental capacities.

Special Traits: A skilled, if slow, tree climber, rivaled only by Christopher Robin and (when going up a tree) Tigger. The Forest's poet laureate, a competent writer of light verse and "hums". Lives "under the name of Sanders" (that is, has a front door with "MR. SANDERS" in gold letters over it). In Classic Pooh, has a gruff voice (as inspired by young Christopher Milne); in Disney Pooh, a rather falsetto voice.

Famous Lines: "Rum-tum-tum-tiddle-um." "Oh, help and bother!" "...[There] are twelve pots of honey in my cupboard, and they've been calling to me for hours."

N.B.: Winnie-the-Pooh is most probably an ISFP (as compared to the ENFP personality type of the Webmaster). Pooh is undoubtedly the most humble of the Forest's animal residents and, equally true to his type, tends to underestimate just how capable he really is in a pinch.


 

PIGLET

Description: Small, pinkish and striped (in Disney Pooh) or pinkish and green (in Classic Pooh, according to E.H. Shepard's color illustrations). Prefers a light covering of dirt. Sometimes wears a scarf in cold or windy weather. In Disney Pooh, smallest of the Forest residents (slightly smaller even than Roo). In Classic Pooh, somewhat larger than Roo, but small enough to fit into Kanga's pocket (or Christopher Robin's, according to A.A. Milne's Introduction to Winnie-the-Pooh).

General Traits: Timid. Tends to mistake fear for lack of courage. When in a pinch, however, can overcome his fears admirably. Compassionate, just, generous (especially in donating his house to Owl after the latter's house blows down in a windstorm). Not known for his brains, but knows his strengths and weaknesses well and perceives those of others clearly.

Special Traits: Pooh's best friend (leaving aside Christopher Robin's more parental relationship with Pooh). Lives "in a very grand house in the middle of a beech tree...in the middle of the (Forest)" (at least until Owl's House blows down). After being bathed by Kanga, was mistaken (?) by Christopher Robin as Pootel ("Henry Pootel for short"), a relative of Pooh's. Proud of his own ancestry -- in particular, of Trespassers W[ill(iam)], his grandfather (who had two names in case he lost one). Speech gets Confused when he is Unsettled. Can write a competent Message to place in a Bottle (in hopes that the Author might be Rescued).

Famous Lines: "It is hard to be brave when you're only a Very Small Animal." "Holl, Holl, a Hoffable Hellerump!" "A trap for ho-ho's. I've just made it, and I'm waiting for the ho-ho to come-come."

N.B.: Piglet is most probably an ISFJ (as compared to the ENFP personality type of the Webmaster). ISFJ is the "Complement" of ISFP (Pooh's personality type), leading to a dynamic partnership (on a level that a child can understand) like that of the Wright Brothers or Simon and Garfunkel. Both Pooh and Piglet are remarkable for their humility.


 

EEYORE

Description: In Classic Pooh, grey or (in Shepard's color illustrations) blue-grey; in Disney Pooh, grey or purple. Has a regrettably detachable tail, usually held in place by a nail hammered in by Christopher Robin. In Pooh Books, tail is unadorned save when Eeyore is preparing for Pooh's Hero Party (see above left). In Disney Pooh, almost always wears (pink) bow on his tail constantly (as inspired by the party bow in Classic Pooh).

General Traits: One of the three most intelligent animals in the Forest. Melancholy in his outlook (in a Way So Typical of So Much British Humo(u)r); the nearest thing in the Forest to a hermit. In Classic Pooh, has the most cynical wit, as well as the most "adult" speech, of any of the Forest residents, not excluding Christopher Robin and Owl (if Being Prone to Use Capitalized Words is any indication). By contrast, generally uses slow, simple but profound speech in Disney Pooh. Complains constantly, in good times and bad, but genuinely appreciates favors shown to him (especially by Christopher Robin, Pooh and Piglet). Praise from Eeyore is praise indeed.

Special Traits: Favorite color: red. Favorite size: about Piglet's size. Eats thistles, the pricklier the better. Thinks the other animals, including Rabbit and Owl, have only grey fluff that's blown into their heads by mistake (to his credit, he considers Christopher Robin as being "different"). Built his own House at Pooh Corner (out of sticks), only to find it moved and improved by "the wind" (actually, Pooh and Piglet). At first (out of jealousy of Pooh), rejects writing as "silly stuff". Later, out of admiration for Christopher Robin's example, tries to Instigorate Knowledge -- then becomes jealous when Rabbit surpasses his own efforts. Can spell an "A", but not well -- at least until he tries his own hoof at poetry. The Forest's reigning champion at Poohsticks. Surpassed only by Rabbit in his resentment of Tigger's bounces (which -- in The New Adventures of Winnie-the-Pooh -- he actually tried to imitate once in hopes the act would improve his popularity).

Famous Lines: "Thank you, Christopher Robin. You're the only one who seems to understand about tails." "Bouncy or coffy, it's all the same at the bottom of the river." "What is Learning? A thing Rabbit knows! Ha!"

N.B.: Eeyore is most probably an INTJ (as compared to the ENFP personality type of the Webmaster). Although he (in the NT temperamental fashion) values knowledge and competence, his Introverted iNtuiting (Ni) so dominates and overwhelms his other functions that he could be taken as a classic case study of an INTJ who is not fulfilling his potential.


 

RABBIT

Description: Brown or tan (in Disney Pooh, yellow and white). Typically rabbity features (because E.H. Shepard drew him from life).

General Traits: One of the three most intelligent animals in the Forest. Has a Captainish air about him at times, yet is no dictator, as he prefers to draw up plans and then delegate to others the task of carrying them out. Sometimes likes to speak and act in Christopher Robin's name (whether so authorized or not) and to try to serve his legitimate needs. Has an abundance of friends and relations, who play bit parts in the Pooh Books. Can be a charming host, even despite his misgivings (as when hosting Pooh for lunch). In Disney Pooh, is very high-strung and excitable, and a dedicated gardener. In Classic Pooh, has a certain devious streak (as true to his personality type), plotting against Kanga and Roo at one time and Tigger at another to try to bend their behavior to his will.

Special Traits: By general consent, is Clever and has Brain (which may explain, in Pooh's words, "why he never understands anything"). The Forest's best reader and speller, aside from Christopher Robin (who begins as the Forest's only speller, but does not remain so). Second only to Kanga (and possibly Tigger) as a runner in the Pooh Books. Fond of making lists and drawing up agendas. Rivaled only by Eeyore in his consistent resentment of Tigger's exuberant ways.

Famous Lines: "Pooh, you haven't any brain." "Piglet, you haven't any pluck." "Owl, you and I have brains. The others [in context, excluding Christopher Robin] have fluff. If there is any thinking to be done in this Forest -- and when I say thinking I mean thinking -- you and I must do it."

N.B.: Rabbit is most probably an ENTP (as compared to the ENFP personality type of the Webmaster). Rabbit has a "Tribesman" relationship with INFP Christopher Robin and a "Pal" relationship with INTP Owl - which explains much about their friendships. However, Rabbit (like Owl and Eeyore) has not yet brought his personal strengths and weaknesses into balance as Christopher Robin has.



OWL

Description: Brown and white (in Disney Pooh, brown and tan). Typically owlish features (because E.H. Shepard drew him from life).

General Traits: One of the three most intelligent animals in the Forest. Can spell "Tuesday" so that one knows it isn't "Wednesday". Knows many long words, some unknown to anyone else in the Forest except (possibly) Christopher Robin. Genuinely interested in intellectual pursuits, but also in covering up his lack of expertise on occasion (so as to maintain his Reputation of Wisdom). Gets Rather Short-Tempered at times with the Allegedly Less Mentally Gifted.

Special Traits: In Disney Pooh, has an elegant British Standard accent. In Classic Pooh, sole resident of the Hundred Acre Wood and owner of the Forest's most elegant house, THE CHESTNUTS (until he is forced to move to Piglet's House, renamed THE WOLERY). Somewhat eccentric, especially about his dress (what little he has of it, such as his shawl), his house (such as his carpet and his common maintenance items, e.g., his toadstool-encrusted sponge), and above all his love of long words and longer-winded stories (to the boredom of Piglet, Pooh and even at times Christopher Robin).

Famous Lines: "Go away, I'm thinking -- oh, it's you?" "It is doubtful if the necessary dorsal muscles..." "HIPY PAPY BTHUTHDTH THUTHDA BTHUTHDY (A Very Happy Birthday with love from Pooh)."

N.B.: Owl is most probably an INTP (as compared to the ENFP personality type of the Webmaster). Owl has some weaknesses which indicate that he has not yet brought his personality into balance to the extent that Christopher Robin has.


 

KANGA

Description: Brown and white (in Disney Pooh, brown and tan), with a pouch in the front.

General Traits: Only female character in the Forest proper. Typically (indeed almost stereotypically) "motherly" in nature. Nurturing, practical, generally uninterested in intellectual pursuits or poetry -- but far from lacking in wit or humor in dealing with an unexpected situation (such as Piglet's substitution for Roo). Reputation of her species (which is Generally Regarded as One of the Fiercer Animals, according to Christopher Robin himself) is belied by her level-headedness even in the face of Rabbit's ploy to get her and Roo out of the Forest.

Special Traits: The fastest runner (or rather jumper) in the Forest (save, in Disney Pooh at least, for Tigger). Good-natured, on good terms with all the other Forest residents. Senses Tigger needs as much care as her own Roo, and adopts him accordingly.

Famous Lines: "If you go on making faces like Piglet's, you will grow up to look like Piglet -- and then think how sorry you will be." "Well! Fancy that! Fancy my making a mistake like that." "Are you sure you're all right, Roo dear?"

N.B.: Kanga is most probably an ESFJ (as compared to the ENFP personality type of the Webmaster). She is second only to Christopher Robin in her personal balance, and that despite the fact that we know so little about her.



ROO

Description: Brown and white (in Disney Pooh, brown and tan), very small. In Classic Pooh, smallest resident of the Forest, aside from some of Rabbit's friends and relations. In Disney Pooh, slightly larger than Piglet.

General Traits: Personality that of a young, optimistic and unsullied child. Quite bright, if not intellectual. Surprisingly fearless, his courage apparently stemming from an untroubled belief in his own abilities and in the general benevolence of the world (a natural ENFP approach to life if there ever was one).

Special Traits: In Classic Pooh, able to match Tigger, his best friend, as a bouncer (at least by default, as Tigger shies away from proving otherwise). In Disney Pooh (The Tigger Movie), uses his parity with Tigger as a bouncer to save Tigger's life. Admires Christopher Robin as a role model (tacitly) and Tigger as a "big brother" (openly). Also (in Disney Pooh) a close friend of Lumpy (a young Heffalump). A bit of a show-off, eager to win praise from his mother and friends for his accomplishments.

Famous Lines: "Look at me swimming!" "He's taken my medicine, he's taken my medicine, he's taken my medicine!" "You're always seeing, and nothing ever happens."

N.B.: Roo (in Classic Pooh) is most probably an ENP child (as compared to the ENFP adult personality type of the Webmaster). Indeed, he may be only an EP as yet. In the future, he will most likely be an ENFP (as indeed he seems to be already in Disney Pooh). He has remarkable balance for such a young child.


 

TIGGER

Description: Yellow or orange with black stripes (in Shepard's colorized illustrations); orange with black stripes (in Disney Pooh).

General Traits: The most socially daring of the Forest's residents; also (especially in Disney Pooh) the most naturally athletic, rivaled only by Roo his best friend. Tends to boast of his abilities, only to discover that he has grossly overestimated them. At first claims to like every food in the world, but in the end hates honey, haycorns (acorns), thistles, and everything in Kanga's larder save Extract of Malt (the one thing Roo hates).

Special Traits: In Classic Pooh, lives with Roo, his best friend. In Disney Pooh, has his own tree house. Can bounce up a tree, branch by branch (or, in The House at Pooh Corner, can simply climb up), but (in Classic Pooh and the Disney film Winnie the Pooh and Tigger Too) is too fearful to climb down. Never gets lost, however, not even on foggy days. Frequently "bounces" Pooh, Piglet, Eeyore and Rabbit (though not Owl, Kanga, Roo or Christopher Robin) in greeting or by accident. Rivaled only by Roo and (on good days) Kanga and Rabbit as a Natural Bouncer. Feelings tend to be hurt easily (especially in Disney Pooh), but recover with Astonishing Rapidity. Even Christopher Robin (in Disney Pooh) may find Tigger a handful at times.

Famous Lines: "Hallo! I've found someone just like me. I thought I was the only one of them." "I always said Tiggers could climb trees." "It's a funny thing about Tiggers, how Tiggers never get lost."

N.B.: Tigger is most probably an ESFP (as compared to the ENFP personality type of the Webmaster). Tigger and Roo have a "Neighbor" relationship ("same destination, but with really different road gear"), explaining why Roo tries to emulate Tigger's sheer physicality while Tigger is dumbfounded by Roo's innocent courage (or else obliviousness) in the face of the real and imagined dangers in the world.

It takes time for Tigger to achieve balance given his exuberance, but he finally seems to reach it by the time he rescues Rabbit in Classic Pooh.


 

THE HEFFALUMP

Description: Elephantine (in Classic Pooh and, in Disney Pooh, Pooh's Heffalump Movie); "comes in every shape and size" (in Disney Pooh's Winnie-the-Pooh and the Blustery Day).

General Traits: Rarely seen. Rumored to keep company with the equally elusive Woozles of the East Polar region (which creatures, at least in Disney Pooh, are likewise mutable in form and color).

Special Traits: May come when one whistles; may submit after capture to being led on a string. May be trapped (in fair or foul weather) if one digs a Heffalump Trap immediately in front of it -- especially a Very Deep Pit baited by Hunny (honey) or perhaps Haycorns (acorns). May be outwitted by clever, calm repartee. CAUTION: May be Very Fierce with Pigs and Bears (though Pooh's Heffalump Movie may imply this is only true for Adult Male Bachelors). Escort by an experienced Human (such as Christopher Robin) advisable in Heffalump country. Heffalumps may be confused with Bears wearing honey pots on their heads. Rumored to be Capable of Digging Traps for Poohs and Piglets.

Famous Lines: "Ho-ho!" "H'r'm! What's all this?" "Very good honey this, I don't know when I've tasted better."

N.B.: Presumably Heffalumps come in every personality type as well (all of them hungry). The less said about their lack of personal balance, the better. ;)



ANNE (DARLINGTON)

Description: Brown hair, slightly shorter and eight months older than Christopher Robin. Closest human friend of Christopher Robin, though not part of Winnie-the-Pooh's world.

General Traits: Affectionate, playful, excitable, pretty, imaginative, intelligent, feminine, competent. Almost inseparable from Christopher Robin (whether in London or at Cotchford). Has (in real life) a slight touch of the big sister about her (at least as far as Christopher is concerned). Reserves much of her complex thinking to herself (a trait A.A. Milne observed and noted in his poem "Buttercup Days").

Special Traits: In a word, "SPESHAL" (A.A. Milne, in his dedication to Now We are Six). Best non-human friend: Jumbo, her toy monkey (not seen in the Pooh Books).

Famous Lines: Anne has no speaking parts in the Pooh Books, but Now We Are Six is dedicated to her. She shows up in no less than three illustrations in that book (including the above, with Christopher Robin and the cottage at Cotchford Farm). Other illustrations may be inspired by her, as they look rather similar.

N.B.: Anne (from what little we know of her in the Pooh Books and in real life) is most probably an INJ child (as compared to the ENP child personality type and ENFP adult personality type of the Webmaster). She may have grown into an INFJ, thanks to her recorded "special" qualities (e.g., being quiet, sensitive, elegant and yet excitable).

Christopher and Anne would have had a "Complement" relationship with each other and, from what we know of it, an affectionate one.


 

HONORABLE MENTIONS

Other Humans in the Pooh Books (especially the books of poetry) include Alan and Dorothy Milne (the latter in the poem "Binker" in Now We Are Six, and in the dedications to Winnie-the-Pooh and The House at Pooh Corner), Nanny or Nan (several times), Percy, Alice (a pseudonym for Olive Rand), the King of England, the Queen of England, John (several times), James James Morrison Morrison Weatherly George Dupree (and his Mother), Jonathan Jo, Mary Jane, the Dairymaid, the Soldier, the Doctor, Little Bo-Peep, Little Boy-Blue, Emmeline, the King of France (Louis So-and-So, nicknamed "The Handsome"), the Alchemist, Bad Sir Brian Botany, King John, Father Christmas, the Physicians, the Charcoal-Burner, Sir Thomas Tom of Appledore, Sir Hugh, the Old Sailor, the King of Peru (who was Emperor too), five Farmers in pursuit of the Little Black Hen, Jane (the Good Little Girl), Elizabeth Ann, Hilary the Great and Good, Lord High Chancellor Willoughby, the Beggarman, Timothy Tim, and other bit players.

The Animal and Fantastic cast of the books of poetry includes Christopher Robin's dormouse (Terrible John/Jack/James, or simply Jim), a Horse, Rabbits, at least one Puppy, Twinkletoes, the Four Friends, Brownie, the Bears, the Lake King's Daughter, the Three Foxes, the Missing Mouse, the Animals at the Zoo (especially the Elephant), the Alderney, the Blackbird, the Cows, the Dormouse, the Swan, the Dragons, Binker, Alexander Beetle (who is also one of Rabbit's friends-and-relations in the stories), the Little Black Hen, the Two Little Bears, Pinkle Purr, Tatoo, the Wind, the Lords of the Nursery, the raindrops John and James, and other bit players.



MORE HONORABLE MENTIONS

Besides the above-mentioned Heffalump, other Fantastic Animals (including Woozles, Wizzles, the Spotted or Herbaceous Backson, and the much-feared Jagular) "appear" in the stories. Heffalumps and Woozles (that is, Elephants and Weasels, owing in concept as much to Dali as to Disney) also "appear" in Disney Pooh. (We finally and hilariously see the dreaded Backson in the recent movie Winnie the Pooh.)

Other Real Animals play roles in both Classic and Disney Pooh. Players of bit parts in Classic Pooh include Alexander Beetle, Henry Rush, Small, Smallest-of-all (all among Rabbit's friends-and-relations), Uncle Robert (a relative of Owl's, never seen), and of course Bees. Gopher ("I'm not in the book, you know") first appeared in the Walt Disney film Winnie-the-Pooh and the Honey Tree. (Ironically, there are no gophers in Sussex.) Other characters have made brief appearances in the Disney television shows relating to Pooh and his friends. Descriptions of these characters may be found on other Web sites.


 

...AND THEN THERE'S DARBY

Description: Several things that Christopher Robin isn't: female, blue-eyed, and red-headed. Considerably shorter than Christopher Robin is in the Pooh Books and the rest of Disney Pooh (using Tigger's and Pooh's heights as yardsticks), unless his own computerized avatar has been given similar proportions (which we have yet to learn).

General Traits: Like Christopher Robin, apparently six years old. Has a pet dog, Buster. Lumpy the Heffalump (introduced in Pooh's Heffalump Movie), several additional characters, and most of the other Classic Pooh characters are among her friends. Supplants Christopher Robin as the motivator of and/or pivot on which the stories turn, and as the helper of Christopher's animal friends.

Special Traits: Darby is also several things Christopher Robin is: attractive, intelligent, curious, kind, sensitive, and gentle where it counts. Like Christopher Robin in Classic Pooh (and sometimes, but not nearly enough In Our Opinion, in Disney Pooh), rather attracted to Extreme Sports. Counts herself a Super Sleuth, and engages Tigger, Pooh and the Audience in her Forensic Adventures. Has a liking for, and an enviable ability to wear, strong colors. Would be interesting to see her wearing an intense, yet somehow soothing shade of fluorescent orange. @;-)

Famous Lines: "Think, think, think..." "Now all we're missing is you (the audience)..."

Conspicuous By His Absence: Christopher Robin, even as Darby's friend (save in two episodes which have only been aired in the UK, not in the US). We Would Be Intensely Interested to see how Darby engages Christopher Robin and vice versa.

Nota Bene: About those Extreme Sports... we leave aside Christopher Robin's absolutely stunning spin off his rope swing in the opening scenes of the recent movie Winnie the Pooh. Darby probably couldn't do THAT on her Best Day. @;-)

N.B.: Darby is most probably an ENP child (as compared to the ENP child personality type and ENFP adult personality type of the Webmaster). She may grow into an ENFP, given (among other things) her innocent love of "thinking things through" (so characteristic of motivated ENP children). Her personality type and Christopher Robin's form a "Pal" relationship, and she seems as well-balanced as Christopher Robin for her age.

General Remarks: Darby's star vehicle, My Friends Tigger and Pooh, is the creation of Walt Disney Television Animation, and was premiered on The Disney Channel's Playhouse Disney block in early 2007. While Darby allegedly was not meant to be a "replacement" for Christopher Robin therein, the Powers That Be at Walt Disney decided that the "franchise" needed a Breath of Fresh Air. After visiting Playhouse Disney's Web Page about the show, and Barring the Presentation of Direct Evidence to the Contrary, we think Darby was meant to be a replacement. More on one possible reason below in Specific Remarks...

More General Remarks: Christopher Robin's appearances in the series were planned to be "intermittent" (as if he hasn't appeared infrequently enough in Disney Pooh as it is). In 2007, Christopher Robin was scheduled to appear in just two episodes out of twenty-three (#117, "Christopher Froggin"' / "Piglet's Rock Problem", and #120, "Many Thanks for Christopher Robin" / "Turtle's Need for Speed"), and the first apparently was in the UK only. At present neither are available on DVD in the US.

Still More General Remarks: All that said, and leaving aside the relentlessly cheery and zany theme song (which is Irrefutable Proof in Our Eyes that Darby is an ENFP in Training), the show's script-writing is intelligently done and well-acted. It can engage adults as well as children, having no more silliness than required to keep the action going. The New Adventures of Winnie the Pooh, by contrast, tried and often failed to imitate A.A. Milne's brilliant, wry illogic on the one hand and often considerably underestimated the personal balance and precocious intelligence and abilities of Christopher Robin on the other. Thus, unlike the Pooh Books, it could not always engage both adults and children (although there were smashing exceptions).

Yet More General Remarks: It must be said that while even in early Disney Pooh (let alone in Classic Pooh and in Real Life), Christopher Robin was Rather Effeminate, Darby is Decidedly Feminine... which makes Us long for her to be replaced by a Sweet yet Decidedly Masculine Christopher Robin such as was belatedly appearing in the most recent Disney Pooh TV episodes and films. Better yet... why not have Christopher Robin and Darby work together as a team, often? (Like as not they'd Become an Item as they grew older, given their typological "Pal" relationship...)

Specific Remarks: Hollywood scriptwriters are disproportionately ENFPs, and perhaps there was a deeply felt need among some (one I felt from my own angle as a child) to introduce a character that was "Christopher Robin as he should have been". The more outgoing Darby, as an ENFP, is more naturally cast as an outgoing yet gentle teacher, an inspirational leader and an amateur sleuth, and this befits the apparent aim of the series as an instructional aid. However, the deeply humanist INFP Christopher Robin could play a very effective counterweight to Darby, as few literary children indeed have ever had an equally strong moral center.

Interesting Footnote: It's not surprising (as I've learned this February 2010) that many parents in the UK expressed their disappointment to Disney over Christopher Robin's exclusion from the series - prompting the creation of two episodes featuring him. But here in the US, Milne's Christopher Robin is much less well-known thanks to Disney's overwhelming influence and the strongly Victorian/Edwardian Britishness of the original Christopher Robin. Again not surprisingly, Christopher Robin appears nowhere in the US editions of the series (so far as we're aware).

Update - April 25, 2008: By pure serendipity, we ran across a review of this DVD on the Just-Pooh.com site. We are delighted to read the following (some editorial corrections and one American spelling have been included here, Just Because We Can):

A new Pooh DVD has hit the shops and it's called My Friends Tigger and Pooh: Friendly Tails. It continues on from the new TV series with the same name, featuring the new girl character called Darby. Of course, Tigger, Pooh, Piglet and all of your other favorite characters are also in the movie. Christopher Robin even makes an appearance in a couple of the episodes!

Amazon.com offers the DVD here. Needless to say, if the DVD contains the two episodes to date that have included Christopher Robin, then We Want to See Them. NOW.

Update - October 29, 2008: While We Are Delighted by the DVD, We Are Disappointed that Christopher Robin isn't featured in it. Perhaps the reviewer really meant to say "the episodes in the TV series" rather than "the episodes in the movie", or else the edition he's seen is sold only in the UK. (We Are Endeavoring to Find Out.)


WINNIE THE POOH (SUMMER 2011)

The BBC released this article on the Disney film Winnie the Pooh, which has been very well received. And gratifyingly, it seems to hit just the right note on Our 'Favourite' Character, the British schoolboy Christopher Robin (below right), whom everyone is happy to see (below left) after his departure in Pooh's Grand Adventure: The Search for Christopher Robin. (And just maybe, they gave Darby a fond farewell first.)

From the looks of it, Christopher Robin and Darby should've put their heads together and solved the problem of Eeyore's missing tail (left). How's that aerodynamic braking system working out for you, old boy? @;-)

(P.S.: I now have the DVD and love every moment of it.)


 

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