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Balloonatics
Season 1, Episode 3b
Balloonatics
Production Information
Director

Karl Geurs
David Block (Animation Director)

Writer

Mark Zaslove (story)
Bruce Reid Schaefer (teleplay)

Prod code

103b

Airdate

January 31, 1988

Episode Chronology
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There's No Camp Like Home

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Find Her, Keep Her

Balloonatics is the second segment of the third episode of the first season episode of the first season of The New Adventures of Winnie the Pooh. It originally aired on January 31, 1988.

Synopsis

Christopher Robin lets Pooh borrow his red balloon, and Pooh swears to keep it safe, no matter what.

Plot

This article/section features spoilers. Continue reading at your own risk.

Pooh walks up to Christopher Robin’s house, but instead is greeted by Christopher Robin with a red balloon over his face. Pooh falls for the trick and thinks he’s someone else. Pooh asks if he can borrow the balloon for a walk. Christopher, knowing it is in good hands, lets Pooh borrow it. Pooh promises to keep it safe and floats through the forest singing a song.

Meanwhile, Rabbit is having trouble keeping the crows out of his garden. When he sees Pooh passing by with the balloon, he asks if he can borrow it himself, giving Pooh a fresh pot of honey in exchange. Pooh lets him have the balloon, reminding him to be careful with it. Rabbit paints a scary face on the balloon and uses it as a scarecrow. After Rabbit has set the scarecrow up, Piglet comes by and mistakes it for a friend of Rabbit’s. When he gets a look at the face painted on the balloon, though, he runs off, thinking that it’s a monster. Piglet bumps into Tigger, who goes to pick a fight with the scarecrow. When the scarecrow appears to fight back, Tigger tosses Piglet at it, and in the process, he ends up untying the balloon and letting the air out. Rabbit runs outside and finds that Piglet and Tigger have broken his scarecrow, then panics when he finds the balloon deflated, thinking that it has been popped.

When Pooh returns to retrieve the balloon so he can return it to Christopher Robin, Rabbit and the others try to convince him that it’s taking a nap right now, claiming that it shrank so it could fit in the bed. When Pooh sees that the balloon is in fact not sleeping (“its eyes are open; but shouldn’t it be big now that it’s awake?”), Rabbit admits that they “popped” the balloon. Pooh decides that he should tell Christopher Robin what happened to the balloon, but Rabbit worries that he’ll never talk to them again if he finds out, and makes them all swear never to tell Christopher Robin what happened. However, Pooh feels guilty and has a nightmare about being put on trial for letting the balloon get popped, so he decides to tell Christopher Robin the truth anyway.

The next day, Rabbit, Piglet and Tigger all try to cover up what happened - Rabbit tries painting a large rock red and tying a string around it to disguise it as the balloon, Piglet puts on a balloon costume, and Tigger tries blowing a big bubble gum bubble. When Christopher Robin comes by and asks what they’re doing, they all confess to popping the balloon, as does Pooh when he shows up with the actual balloon. But Christopher Robin tells them that it’s actually only been untied and deflated, and promptly re-inflates the balloon back to its original size and ties a new string to it, because the old one is gone, and Pooh becomes happy again, and he floats away on the balloon. Then Piglet thinks there’s a monster again, Then Tigger has to save Piglet again, then this time, Rabbit has to stop Tigger and Piglet from deflating the balloon again. Then the episode ends with Christopher shouts, “Hey, come back here, you Balloonatics!”

Characters

Trivia

Cast

Voice actor Character
Jim Cummings Winnie the Pooh
John Fiedler Piglet
Paul Winchell Tigger
Ken Sansom Rabbit, Nightmare Balloons
Tim Hoskins Christopher Robin

Songs

Credits

Produced by

WALT DISNEY

TELEVISION ANIMATION

Producer/Director

KARL GEURS

Story Editor

MARK ZASLOVE

“THERE’S NO CAMP LIKE HOME”

Story by

MARK ZASLOVE

Teleplay by

DEV ROSS

“BALLOONATICS”

Story by

MARK ZASLOVE

Teleplay by

BRUCE REID SCHAEFER

With the Voice Talents of

JOHN FIEDLER

KEN SANSOM

TIM HOSKINS

PATTY PARRIS

JAMES GALLEGO

JIM CUMMINGS

as Winnie the Pooh

and

PAUL WINCHELL

as

Tigger

Animation Director

DAVID BLOCK

Assistant Producer

KEN TSUMURA

Art Director

ED GHERTNER

Associate Story Editor

BRUCE TALKINGTON

Storyboard Designers

HANK TUCKER

KEN BOYER

JAN GREEN

Character Designer

TOBY SHELTON

Additional Character Design

KENNY THOMPKINS

Background Stylist

PARO HOZUMI

Additional Background Styling

GARY EGGLESTON

Color Stylist

JILL STIRDIVANT

Additional Color Styling

DEBRA JORGENSBORG

Timing Directors

DAVE BRAIN

BOB ZAMBONI

TERENCE HARRISON

Artwork Coordinator

KRISTA BUNN

Overseas Animation Supervisor

MIKE REYNA

Post Production Coordinator

SARA DURAN

Production Assistants

JACALEEN VEBER

LUANNE WOOD

Track Reader

SKIP CRAIG

Managing Film Editor

RICH HARRISON

Supervising Editor

CHARLIE KING

Editor

RICK HINSON

Assistant Editor

GLENN LEWIS

Songs Written and Produced

by

STEVE NELSON

Music by

THOM SHARP

&

STEVE NELSON

The Floating Song

Performed by

JIM CUMMINGS

Animation Production by

TMS

ENTERTAINMENT, INC.

*.

©1988 THE WALT DISNEY COMPANY

All Rights Reserved

Walt Disney

Television

Distributed by

Buena Vista International, Inc.

Gallery

Video releases

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