Silly Old Bear

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Topiaries have been an iconic feature of Disney’s theme parks for many years. Although they can be found many places throughout Walt Disney World, they truly take center stage every spring during Epcot’s International Flower and Garden Festival. This topiary of Winnie the Pooh can usually be found in World Showcase’s United Kingdom pavilion during the festival in honor of the character’s British roots (no pun intended).

Inspired by his son Christopher Robin’s stuffed toy, English author A. A. Milne wrote a poem entitled  “Teddy Bear” for his 1924 book When We Were Very Young. Introduced in the poem as Edward Bear, Milne’s teddy bear character would soon be known around the world by the improbable name of Winnie the Pooh. A. A. Milne’s 1926 book Winnie-the-Pooh and its 1928 sequel The House at Pooh Corner have attracted many fans over the years, two of which were Walt Disney’s young daughters. It was their enthusiastic reactions to these stories that made their famous father look into the potential of adapting the books in animation, which he eventually did beginning with the 1966 featurette “Winnie the Pooh and the Honey Tree.”

What’s your favorite Winnie the Pooh film or television show? Let me know in the comments section!

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