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A.A. Milne (books)
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Release Date:
4 February 1966 (USA) See more »
DELIGHTFUL ENTERTAINMENT! At last, the "bear of very little brain" but lots of enchanted stuff(ing) brings his pooh-whimsy to the screen.
Christopher Robin's bear attempts to raid a beehive in a tall tree. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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possible candidate for best short film for young children See more (14 total) »


  (in credits order)

Sterling Holloway ... Winnie the Pooh (voice)
Junius Matthews ... Rabbit (voice)

Hal Smith ... Owl (voice)

Howard Morris ... Gopher (voice)

Sebastian Cabot ... Narrator (voice)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Clint Howard ... Roo (voice)
Barbara Luddy ... Kanga (voice)
Bruce Reitherman ... Christopher Robin (voice)
Ralph Wright ... Eeyore (voice)
James MacDonald ... Bees (voice) (uncredited)

Dal McKennon ... Bees (voice) (uncredited)

Ginny Tyler ... Bees (voice) (uncredited)

Directed by
Wolfgang Reitherman 
Writing credits
A.A. Milne (books)

Larry Clemmons (story) &
Xavier Atencio (story) &
Vance Gerry (story) &
Ralph Wright (story) &
Ken Anderson (story) &
Dick N. Lucas (story) (as Dick Lucas)

Produced by
Walt Disney .... producer
Original Music by
Buddy Baker 
Sound Department
James MacDonald .... sound effects (uncredited)
Animation Department
Hal Ambro .... animator
Dale Barnhart .... layout artist
Eric Cleworth .... animator
Basil Davidovich .... layout artist
Al Dempster .... background artist
John Ewing .... animator
Don Griffith .... layout artist
Fred Hellmich .... animator
Bill Keil .... animator
Hal King .... animator
Eric Larson .... animator
Bill Layne .... background artist
John Lounsbery .... animator: "Owl"
Dan MacManus .... animator (as Dan Mac Manus)
Art Riley .... background artist
Sylvia Roemer .... layout artist (as Sylvia Cobb)
John Sibley .... animator
Walt Stanchfield .... animator
Music Department
Buddy Baker .... musical director
Richard M. Sherman .... songs: music and lyrics by
Robert B. Sherman .... songs: music and lyrics by
Ethmer Roten .... musician: flute (uncredited)

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25 min
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Sound Recording)
UK:U | USA:G (certificate #29147)

Did You Know?

Gopher is largely based on the beaver in Lady and the Tramp (1955).See more »
Continuity: In the scene where Pooh is stuck in Rabbit's hole, Christopher Robin's socks (short/long) change sides between shots.See more »
Winnie the Pooh:Oh, bother. Empty again. Only the sticky part's left.See more »
Movie Connections:
Rumbly in My TumblySee more »


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3 out of 4 people found the following review useful.
possible candidate for best short film for young children, 20 June 2006
Author: MisterWhiplash from United States

Like the other three Pooh shorts that made up the feature film of the Many Adventures released in 1977 and on video in the 80s, the Honey Tree short was one of those works I've watched countless times. It does have its 'valuable lesson' for the kids, but it's also just very silly, cute entertainment that ranges from jokes so absurd they work for some adults ("You messed up my moose" is a line I still quote today, the Gopher material is also rather off-key for a children's short), to the suspenseful moments that, for lack of a better description, capture kid's imaginations. And the whole structure of it being a book-as-animated short give it an inventiveness that don't come with other adaptations of books to Disney animation. Here, Rabbit becomes irate and near impatient as Pooh gets stuck in his rabbit-hole after consuming more honey than needed. Pooh then is stuck for a week until he can loose the excess baggage, where a very climactic and momentous pull of Pooh is lead in song and action. All of this is very clever, and even for little kids its got nothing at all complicated about it- even if all the points and little jokes aren't caught the thrust of the storytelling and joyous nature even in the safer moments are near-perfect. And unlike what apparently is meant for current pre-K programming today (Teletubbies aren't on anymore at least), the whole mood is very pure without being pandering. There's no overt vulgarity, and the over-the-top moments don't get old ("Don't feed the bear" is another quotable phrase). Highly recommended.

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