Monday, April 11, 2016

Literary Toons: Winnie the Pooh & the Blustery Day (1968)

It's perfect weather for the middle portion of April. Cold, windy, with rain. In other words, a blustery day.

Fittingly, then, our next subject is Walt Disney's 1968 adaptation of A. A. Milne's Winnie the Pooh & the Blustery Day, which, like the other Pooh featurettes, would find its way to television as a prime-time special, airing on NBC, which at the time was home to The Wonderful World of Disney, and, as memory serves, sponsored by Sears.

Sebastian Cabot (Family Affair) narrates the tale of an atypical day in the Hundred Acre Wood, where Pooh (Sterling Holloway) thinks that "Windsday", as a gopher refers to this day, is a holiday. Piglet (John Fielder) tags along, but the two ultimately are blown right into the treehouse of Owl (Hal Smith, Davey & Goliath, ex-The Andy Griffith Show), which takes us to this snippet of joy......

Unfortunately, Disney no longer has the rights to Pooh, and whomever does hasn't authorized the full half-hour to be available at this point. While Christopher Robin makes the scene at the end of the above clip, we won't hear him talk. A pre-The Waltons Jon Walmsley essayed the part.

Rating: A.

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