This week I was watching tv and I heard Keane’s song “Somewhere Only We Know”, so I looked up, but saw images of Winnie the Pooh. I was perplexed. I continued to watch what turned out to be a trailer for a new story in the Winnie the Pooh series and I have to admit, I was cracking a smile from ear to ear by the end. While I felt slightly uncomfortable with such a modern song accompanying/representing something so iconic of my childhood, it really did fit.
The song speaks of “a place only we know” and that’s exactly how I used to view watching the original Disney Winnie the Pooh movie and reading the books. It was this wonderful place that was waiting just for me. What was even better, is that the opening credits for the movie literally have opened pages of a book and the once static illustrations on each page are coming to life and knocking into the paragraph texts and falling off the edge of the pages, but never actually leaving the physical space of the book. It is only when the book is opened does it’s world/contents present itself to the reader. What a charming, yet simple concept.
Winnie the Pooh was first written by A. A. Milne in 1926 in the self-titled book Winnie-the-Pooh. The characters (Winnie-the-Pooh, Tigger, Kanga, Eeyore, and Piglet) in the book were named after the precious toys his son Christopher Robin (the main character’s namesake) played with on a daily basis. Owl and Rabbit were added later in the Disney movie adaptation. These characters lived in the Hundred Acre Woods that in reality was Ashdown Forest, in Sussex, England where the author and his family resided on weekends. Many scenes in his writings can be tied to this country residence.
The Hundred Acre Woods was truly magical and my childhood would not have been complete with out laughing at Pooh with his head in a “hunny” jar or Tigger bouncing around on his tail. I still remember most of the songs as if it was yesterday. It’s truly great to be reminded of that which delighted you as a child.
New Winnie the Pooh movie trailer.
Opening credits from the original Winnie the Pooh movie.
Ignore the title of this one. Final chapter of the original Winnie the Pooh movie. The conversation between Christopher Robin and Pooh is just beautiful.