Rabbit: An inspiration for the Home Gardener

GardenPeppersBefore having a garden in the backyard was a la mode, Rabbit was doing and doing big. It you watch episodes or movies of Winnie the Pooh, you will notice that Rabbit has rows of vegetables planted in his yard. Granted being in a 100 Hundred Acre Wood does afford the space to go all out with the planting, there are some elements that others can take and implement in their own spaces.

If you have a yard, you can select a sunny portion to use for your garden. Some choose to begin by planting the seeds. You can also start with small little seedlings. Both of these can be purchased at your local plant nursery or garden center. You may also want to do it the old fashion way and use seed from the fruits or vegetables that you have consumed.

Those living in small area can also plant some small vegetables in pots. They can be hanging pots or pots that you can place on the porch of patio.

Some individuals have also brought their outside garden from to the outside to the inside. The inside garden can include some small potted herbs or tomatoes. Not only does these small plants add to the meals that you make, but the aromas that they release into the house can be wonderful.

Maybe you won’t be growing cartloads of carrots like Rabbit, but you can have you own garden space that can fit any size space.

Classic Winnie the Pooh Movie Heading to Blu-ray and HD Digital

ManyAdventuresOfWTPBlurayComboThe “Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh” will now be available on Blu-ray and HD Digital.  Although the medium of delivery has change the story remains the same.

Audiences first saw “The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh” back in 1977.    That movie contained many of the scenes and stories that Pooh lovers have come to cherish.  The film contained a few previously aired Winnie Pooh animated featurettes that were taken from taken from the books of A.A.Milne.   The original featurettes were “Winnie the Pooh and the Honey Tree,” “Winnie the Pooh and the Blustery Day,” and “Winnie the Pooh and Tigger Too.”   Those stories were all tied in together with additional animation to form “The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh”

Now the movie will be rereleased in Blu-ray and HD Digital.    This will be the same movie, but with some bonus features.

The re-release will be available in several different formats.   There will be a Blu-ray combo Pack that retails for $36.99 and will contain the Blu-ray, a DVD, and a Digital Copy.     The DVD can be purchased separately for $26.99.   Digital copies can also be purchased separately for various prices from different retailers.

With the Blu-ray copy viewers will get special features like:

  • NEW! Disney Intermission – Press “pause” during the movie and find out what happens!  The narrator invites younger viewers to play along with the Hundred Acre Wood friends in a variety of engaging activities.
  • NEW! Pooh Play-Along – In this bonus feature, the narrator invites viewers to play along with Pooh and his friends.
  • NEW! 5 “Mini Adventures of Winnie the Pooh” Shorts: “If I Wasn’t So Small,” “Piglet’s Drawings,” “The Expedition,” “Geniuses” & “The Honey Song”
  • LEGACY  “A Day for Eeyore” – Classic Animated Short
  • LEGACY  “The Story Behind the Masterpiece” – Making of Featurette
  • LEGACY  “The Winnie the Pooh Theme Song” – Performed by Carly Simon

The DVD will have less things.  It has the Mini Adventure “Geniuses” and  “The Winnie the Pooh Theme Song.”

The Digital copy has everything that the Blu-ray copy contains, but the special Disney Intermission.

These are scheduled to be in store on August 27,2013.

Winnie the Pooh Story Contest Closes Tomorrow

Winnie the Pooh Storyteller of the year contestThe Disney Store has been running a contest called Winnie the Pooh Story of the Year Contest.  Submissions are being taken through May 15th.    The contest is for entrants to create a video of demonstrating how they tell one of the Winnie the Pooh tales.    You can use stuffed Winnie the Pooh toys as part of your presentation.

You are encouraged to keep the video short.  It is recommended that you make the  video  about 15 seconds to 30 seconds.  Of course this may be a little short notice, but you with a little creativity you can still submit a great video.    The stories are all provided for you and now all you have to do is prove the best presentation that you can.   You can visit the Disney Store website for more specific information.

The grand prize winner will be awarded a family trip to California for 4.  The individual will also receive a prize pack that includes an iPad, books, and a plush Winnie the Pooh.

Local Actors Perform Winnie the Pooh Play for Christmas Play in Portsmouth, New Hampshire

Those living near Portsmouth, New Hampshire will get to see a local production of the play “A Winnie the Pooh Christmas Play.”  Adult and child actors from the Seacoast Repertory Theatre will be performing the play on Saturdays and Sundays from December 8th through December 23rd.     More information about the play can be found at http://www.seacoastrep.org

Diamond Jubilee Winnie the Pooh Tree

This year, the Diamond Jubilee year, marked the 60th anniversary of the Queen Elizabeth II of England ascending to the throne.   Many things have been done to mark the event, like concerts and celebrity performances.  Before the year comes to a close a Winnie the Pooh tree planting ceremony was conducted to mark the Diamond Jubilee year.  The event was attended by members of  the Aldenham Country Park Trust.  Winnie the Pooh fans may already know the Aldenham Country Park, located in Hertfordshire, England, already includes a touch of Pooh.    There is a location in the park called the “100 Aker Wood” that features different areas that are made to look like objects and homes that are in the Winnie the Pooh stories.


Producer of “Winnie the Pooh” behind new Disney “Frozen”

Animation waits for no man and Disney is releasing a new computer animated movie next year entitled “Frozen.”     The movie will by Peter Del Vecho, the producer of “Winnie the Pooh” and the Princess and the Frog.”       Frozen is an animated epic adventure and comedy.

In Frozen, a prophecy traps a kingdom in eternal winter, so Anna (voice of Bell) must team up with Kristoff, a daring mountain man, on the grandest of journeys to find the Snow Queen (voice of Menzel) and put an end to the icy spell. Encountering Everest-like extremes, mystical creatures and magic at every turn, Anna and Kristoff battle the elements in a race to save the kingdom from destruction.

For those that cannot wait for the 2013 release of “Frozen”,   Disney has an adventure movie in theaters now called “Brave. ”   That movie debuted at number one with a 3 day gross of over $66 million.  I am sure that Disney is hoping that “Frozen”  is met with the same success.

Brother Bears : Winnie the Pooh and Kung Fu Panda Po

Winnie the Pooh and Kung Fu Panda’s are brothers from another mother.    Over the years there have been several different fun and loveable that have developed a huge fan base.  Winnie the Pooh and Po are two such Pop culture icons and share lot of commonalities.

First they both have a childlike naivety about them.  Longtime Winnie the Pooh fans are familiar with how Winnie the Pooh’s innocent personality has gotten him in some tight squeezes, especially when it comes to getting honey.   Po may have a bit higher maturity, but he still has a youthful innocence about him to also get him into just as much trouble.

Both bears love to eat.     If you know anything about these to bears that the preceding statement hardly requires any explanation.    Pooh’s food of choice is honey while Po seems to want to consume about everything in his path, but his favorites seems to be sticky been pies.   But either way they love to eat and given the chance they will eat until there is nothing left to consume.

Another trait that both possess is loyalty.   Winnie the Pooh is always there for his friends in the Hundred Acre Wood.   If Piglet , Eeyore, Rabbit, Kanga, Roo, Tigger, or one of his other friends need him he is always there to help.       Being the Kung Fu Panda really helps when a friend needs assistance, but Po has a natural loyalty that would still be there even if he did not have any martial arts skills.

Each of these characters has their own guru or personal adviser.  It is obvious that Po has Master Shifoo to help him and guide him.       Pooh’s advisor is not as obvious and he is not as straightforward as Shifoo, but he is always there to be a friend.  Christopher Robin, although a child himself, has always been there to give Winnie the Pooh the advice that he needs.

Pooh and Po , by first appearances may appear to be complete opposite, but if you just take a look at them you will see  that they are more alike than different and   could be brothers from another mother.

Author Highlights Winnie Pooh Figurines Collection

If you are a Winnie the Pooh fan -that cannot get enough that loveable bear, you are not alone.  All over the world there are adults and children that have become enamored with Pooh.   One author has showcased some pieces from his wife’s porcelain Winnie the Pooh collection.    There are hinged Christmas themed Winnie the Pooh porcelain items, and some that feature Winnie pooh doing every day activities.   They certainly are worth taking a look at on the USA Today website.   Several different pictures are available for visitors to see the items.    These are Some Winnie the Pooh items that are not as suitable for young fans as, maybe,some plush Winnie the Pooh dolls .

Auditions for Vero Beach, Florida Children’s Theater Winnie the Pooh Play

Riverside Children’s Theater is Vero Beach, Florida will be holding auditions on March 30th for their local production of a Winnie the Pooh play.  The play, Winnie the Pooh Kids, promises to have classic Winnie the Pooh songs.   Children 7 and up can audition on March 30 starting at 10a.m.  Visit the Riverside Theater for additional information.

An Americanized Winnie the Pooh Drawing Criticism

Winnie the Pooh stories originated on British soil.  Disney, an American based company, bought the rights to Pooh and has since created several different movies, television shows, and books `based on the original Winnie the Pooh.   Winnie the Pooh books, according to some critics, has now had too much “Americanism”.   The original work, as some see it, should reflect the same dialect and wording of the original writing by author A.A. Milne.    Book publishers of the new Winnie the Pooh say that they are trying to appeal to a wider audience.    The question does remain to be asked if audiences across the globe and those in the United States like the “Americanism” of Winnie the Pooh.  Original fans of Pooh fell in love with the original Pooh.   Will these fans also embrace a more modern Winnie the Pooh?   That is a question that Disney and all those behind Winnie the Pooh have to be asking themselves as they create new products.

Source:  Time