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Donkey for a Day
Season 1, Episode 2b
Donkey for a Day
Production Information
Director

Karl Geurs
David Block (Animation Director)

Writer

Mark Zaslove (story and teleplay)
Dev Ross (story)
Bruce Talkington (teleplay)

Prod code

102b

Airdate

January 24, 1988

Episode Chronology
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Friend, In Deed

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There's No Camp Like Home

Donkey for a Day is the second segment of the second episode of the first season of The New Adventures of Winnie the Pooh. It was originally broadcast on January 24, 1988. To date, it remains one of the most popular and well-reviewed of all installments in the series.

Synopsis

When Piglet shows sympathy for Eeyore always being so sad, Rabbit, Pooh, Tigger, Owl, Roo and himself decide to do various activities to cheer him up. Piglet is upset by the fact that there is nothing he can do to try to cheer Eeyore up, but it turns out that Eeyore is not as gloomy as they all thought.

Plot

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On a dark and stormy night, Piglet is sympathetic for Eeyore as he watches him looking at the sky on the top of the lonely hill, when he should be inside with him. Piglet calls a meeting with Pooh, Tigger, Rabbit, Owl and Roo. He shows to them that Eeyore is always sad and that they have to do something. They come to the idea of they each take turns the next day trying to cheer Eeyore up. Piglet questions to himself what he can do, while the rest of them decide what they’ll do.

Piglet tries to visit Pooh to ask what he can do to cheer him up. But Pooh is already taking his turn. Pooh explains that the way to stay the happiest you just have to “let your tongue lickle, and keep your tummy tickled”. Pooh shoves some honey into Eeyore’s mouth when Eeyore is about to say that he doesn’t LIKE honey. He tries to say this again, but Pooh thinks he’s asking for more, so he gives Eeyore the whole jar. Piglet thinks they’re having a wonderful time when he looks in the window and sadly walks away.

Then Pooh realizes that Eeyore doesn’t like honey, so instead he gets him some apples from a tree (all hitting Eeyore on the head no matter where he moves). It turns out Eeyore doesn’t like apples either because he says after they eat them “I’d like to call a doctor.”. Eeyore runs away when Pooh says they’ve still got lunch and dinner to go.

Next, Owl tries to teach Eeyore to fly by strapping balloons to his legs. At first, he is flying well, until Owl pops all the balloons he’s been strapped to and he falls to the ground. Piglet thinks Eeyore is having a great time. After that, Rabbit tries to teach him how to garden by strapping him to a sleigh-like machine with a knife at the end of it to cut open the ground to plant seeds. But, when Eeyore’s tail falls off, Rabbit pins it back on with such force that then Eeyore starts running very fast, with Rabbit barely holding on. Unfortunately, when Piglet was settling on teaching Eeyore how to run, Eeyore and Rabbit pass by quickly and Piglet has to choose another thing.

Next, Tigger and Roo try to cheer Eeyore up by strapping springs to his legs so he can bounce like them. Unfortunately, Tigger, Roo and Eeyore bounce too high and fall quickly to the ground. Roo and Tigger manage to break their fall but Eeyore still continues to bounce. Tigger and Roo put a mattress near a lake to break Eeyore’s fall, but Eeyore crashes into a lake. Piglet still cannot think of any ideas and it’s his turn next.

In the Evening, Piglet comes to Eeyore when he’s sitting on the top of the lonely hill, and apologizes that everybody else did such a good job of cheering him up and that he cannot think of anything. Then Eeyore realizes that they were only trying to cheer him up, and then thanks them (even if they almost killed him). Then Eeyore reveals that he doesn't come up to the hill because he’s sad, but because he’s happy.

Then Eeyore tells Piglet to watch a particular cloud. Piglet is amazed as beautiful multicolored lights start to fill up the sky. Pooh, Tigger, Rabbit, Owl and Roo join them and are as amazed as Piglet. Piglet names this “cloud painting” and credits Eeyore for it’s invention, as rainbows of starlight began to rain down from the sky. Piglet thanks Eeyore for this wonderful time, and Eeyore says he’s just returning the favor.

Characters

Cast

Voice actor Character
Jim Cummings Winnie the Pooh
John Fiedler Piglet
Paul Winchell Tigger
Ken Sansom Rabbit
Peter Cullen Eeyore
Hal Smith Owl
Nicholas Melody Roo

Quotes

  • Pooh: Now to stay the happiest, you just have to let your tongue lickle, and keep your tummy tickled!
  • Tigger: (as they’re falling) ABANDON DONKEY!
  • Eeyore: (to Piglet) So that’s what this is all about. Well, I’m grateful to you all, even if you almost killed me. But I don’t come up here because I’m sad. I come up here because I’m happy.
  • Piglet: No?
  • Eeyore: Nope. Let me show you something, because you are a good friend.
  • Roo: (when bouncing) “LOOK AT US GO!”

Credits

Produced by

WALT DISNEY

TELEVISION ANIMATION

Producer/Director

KARL GEURS

Story Editor

MARK ZASLOVE

“FRIEND, IN DEED”

Story by

MARK ZASLOVE

Teleplay by

JYMN MAGON

“DONKEY FOR A DAY”

Story by

MARK ZASLOVE

& DEV ROSS

Teleplay by

BRUCE TALKINGTON

MARK ZASLOVE

With the Talents of

JOHN FIEDLER

KEN SANSOM

HAL SMITH

PETER CULLEN

MICHAEL GOUGH

NICHOLAS MELODY

JIM CUMMINGS

as Winnie the Pooh

and

PAUL WINCHELL

as

Tigger

Animation Director

DAVID BLOCK

Assistant Producer

KEN TSUMURA

Associate Story Editor

BRUCE TALKINGTON

Storyboard Designer

BRUCE MORRIS

Art Director

ED GHERTNER

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

“Buzz Buzz”

Performed by

PAUL WINCHELL

Animation Production by

TMS

ENTERTAINMENT, INC.

*.

©1988 THE WALT DISNEY COMPANY

All Rights Reserved

Walt Disney

Television

Distributed by

Buena Vista International, Inc.

Trivia

  • Owl and Roo make their first appearances in the series.
  • The sequence at the end of the story where Pooh and the others race to the top of Eeyore’s hill and then join in the cloud-painting is seen towards the end of the opening sequence of most episodes of the show, just before Pooh and Christopher Robin are shown sitting on a hill. Additionally, Pooh’s force-feeding of honey to Eeyore is also seen in this intro, immediately before the cloud-painting scene.
  • In this Sing-Along Video, Piglet’s lines are modified.
  • Tigger and Roo bouncing with Eeyore, Eeyore is seen with balloons on his tail and Owl is next to him, Eeyore is seen running with Rabbit holing him on the back is used from the Opening sequence.
  • First Episode of Bruce Morris, Jymn Magon & Dev Ross.

Gallery

Releases

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