A Retrospective Fail

As a child, I was enchanted with Winnie the Pooh.  By enchanted, I mean mildly amused, as well as sometimes confused… 

What’s up with Winnie the Pooh’s name?  First of all, no one ever calls him “Winnie”, they always say “Pooh” or “Pooh-Bear”.  Second, he’s the only one whose name does not reflect the animal that he is.  WTF.*

Rabbit’s a freakin’ rabbit and Tigger’s the one who bounces…

Is Christopher Robin wearing mary jane shoes??

Why does the honey look like Velveeta?

I still have my Winnie the Pooh doll.  Once upon a time, he had a little musical box under his famous red t-shirt, so when you pressed his belly, you would hear the theme song.  It was cute.  Then my brother punched the shit out of that bear and the music box stopped working.  The tune became warped and sad, so I snipped it out.  Pooh Bear lost his song.

Sorry, that was a tangent.  I was meaning to write about the slandering of Heffalumps and Woozles.

You know, Disney, you made elephants so cool with Dumbo.  You gave them hope, and dreams.  You told them they could fly, if not literally, then metaphorically.  Then with The Jungle Book, you kinda bogged them down.  You drafted them into the army!  I know it was the late sixties, and there was Vietnam, but damn.  And then with Winnie the Pooh, you not only murder their name, you start telling people that they’re honey thieves!  Elephants don’t even eat honey!

And the weasels… mmm… I think you just took advantage of their name.  Besides, they steal chickens, not honey.

It’s just nonsensical prejudice.  Saying that a particular species as a whole is a bunch of psychedelically colored hoodlums who are particularly talented at playing musical instruments and stealing stuff…

Disney, this is worse than the penis on The Little Mermaid cover.


*edit… I just wikied the origin of Winnie the Pooh’s name.  The author’s son, Christopher, had named his toy bear Winnie after an actual bear at the London Zoo, and a swan named Pooh.  Why a swan was named Pooh, I do not know.  And then for the book, it is said that Winnie’s arms are too stiff to swat a fly at his nose, so he goes “pooh” to blow it off.  Nonetheless, why is he “THE Pooh”?


~ by rabbit on June 16, 2011.

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