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Winnie the Pooh and the Blustery Day
Directed by Wolfgang Reitherman
Produced by Walt Disney
Written by A.A. Milne
Larry Clemmons
Ralph Wright
Narrated by Sebastian Cabot
Starring Sterling Holloway
John Fiedler
Paul Winchell
Junius Matthews
Hal Smith
Clint Howard
Ralph Wright
Howard Morris
Jon Walmsley
Music by Buddy Baker,
Richard M. Sherman and Robert B. Sherman
Distributed by Walt Disney Home Entertainment
Release date(s) December 20, 1968 (1968-12-20)
Running time 25 minutes
Country United States
Language English

Winnie the Pooh and the Blustery Day is an animated featurette based on the Winnie-the-Pooh books by A. A. Milne. This film, which was the second Winnie the Pooh short, was originally released by The Walt Disney Company on Friday December 20, 1968, as a companion to the film The Horse in the Gray Flannel Suit. It was later added as a segment to The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh (March 11, 1977). The music was written by Richard M. Sherman and Robert B. Sherman. Winnie the Pooh and the Blustery Day won the 1968 Academy Award for Animated Short Film. The Academy Award was awarded posthumously to Walt Disney, who died more than two years before the film's initial release. It is also the only Winnie the Pooh production that won an Academy Award. Winnie the Pooh and Tigger Too! was released 6 years after was nominated for the same Academy Award, but lost to Closed Mondays. The short also appears as a bonus short in Pooh's Grand Adventure: The Search for Christopher Robin.

Contents

Songs

  1. "Winnie the Pooh" by Richard & Robert Sherman
  2. "A Rather Blustery Day" by Richard & Robert Sherman
  3. "The Wonderful Thing About Tiggers" by Richard & Robert Sherman
  4. "Heffalumps and Woozles" by Richard & Robert Sherman
  5. "The Rain Rain Rain Came Down Down Down" by Richard & Robert Sherman
  6. "Hip Hip Pooh-Ray!" by Richard & Robert Sherman

Plot

At the beginning of the story, Gopher tells Winnie the Pooh that it is "Winds-day" (a play on "Wednesday"), whereupon Pooh decides to wish everybody "Happy Winds-day." He visits his friend Piglet, who wears a scarf around his neck on this day. Piglet is blown into the air, his scarf unraveling all the while, and Pooh grabs hold of him. As they fly like a kite through the air over the other characters' heads, Pooh wishes Kanga, Roo, Eeyore, Rabbit, and Owl a happy Winds-day. However, once they arrive at Owl’s treehouse, he informs them that the wind is due to "a gentle spring zephyr" rather than to a particular holiday. During the windstorm, Owl's house is knocked down, so Eeyore volunteers to house-hunt for Owl.

That night, Pooh hears an unfamiliar noise coming from elsewhere in the Hundred Acre Wood. Someone knocks on Pooh’s door, then Tigger bounces inside in search of something to eat. After Tigger sings his signature song, "The Most Wonderful Thing About Tiggers", he tries some honey but decides, "Yuck! Tiggers don't like honey." Before leaving Pooh’s house, Tigger tells him that there are Heffalumps and Woozles in the forest that steal honey, Pooh's favorite food. Later, Pooh suffers from a nightmare in which Heffalumps and Woozles steal his honey while the song "Heffalumps and Woozles" plays.

Later that night, a storm floods the Hundred Acre Wood. Piglet, who is trapped in his home, writes a bottle-note for help just before the waters carry him away riding a chair. Pooh, who is trapped in a honey pot, floats away from his home as well. The remaining characters gather at Christopher Robin's house, and Christopher reads the message ("Help! P-P-P-Piglet [Me]!"). He then sends Owl to inform Piglet of a rescue plan in the works, but just after he delivers the news, Piglet and Pooh are mixed up in a waterfall which switches Piglet to the honey pot and Pooh to the chair. When they arrive together at Christopher Robin’s house, he mistakenly thinks that Pooh rescued Piglet, and throws a hero party for Pooh.

During the party, Eeyore announces that he has found a new home for Owl. When he leads the gang to Piglet's house, the others are shocked and try to tell Eeyore that Piglet already lives there. However, Piglet decides to reluctantly give his home to Owl, and Pooh offers to let Piglet live with him. Pooh suggests to Christopher Robin that the hero party should become a two-hero party because of Piglet’s generosity. He agrees, and the characters celebrate both Pooh’s and Piglet's good deeds that day.

Voice cast

Winnie the Pooh Featurettes

See also

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