For Disney, Winnie the Pooh and all of his friends have been the gift that keeps on giving.
At one of the shortest run-times of any films in the animated canon (just 63 minutes), Winnie the Pooh tells a simple tale of how gloomy Eeyore lost his tail and his friends worked hard to help him find a new one. Meanwhile, the group misreads a note from Christopher Robin saying he’ll “be back soon” and instead fear he’s been captured by an imaginary beast they call the Backson, so they set off to come to his rescue. All the usual hijinks that befall Pooh and the gang occur.
It should be noted that, despite the library of Pooh titles that bear the Disney name, only this one and 1977’s The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh were produced by Disney Animation Studios — and it’s only the third time a sequel has been included in the official canon.
Gaining the film rights in the 1960s proved to be a very lucrative move for the studio. The company has produced numerous featurettes, television shows, and feature films, both theatrical releases and direct-to-video, including favourites like The Tigger Movie, Piglet’s Big Movie, Pooh’s Heffalump Movie and Pooh’s Grand Adventure.