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Monkey See, Monkey Do Better
Season 1, Episode 8b
Monkey See, Monkey Do Better
Production Information
Director

Karl Geurs
David Block & Terence Harrison (Animation Directors)

Writer

Mark Zaslove (story)
Terrie Collins (teleplay)
Bruce Reid Schaefer (teleplay)

Prod code

108b

Airdate

March 6, 1988

Episode Chronology
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Stripes

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Babysitter Blues

Monkey See, Monkey Do Better is the second segment of the eighth episode of the first season of The New Adventures of Winnie the Pooh. It originally aired on March 6, 1988.

Synopsis

It’s almost Christopher Robin’s birthday, and they find a giant present in his room. It is a monkey called Bruno, saying he is the best present anyone can have. Pooh, Tigger, Rabbit and Piglet make it their goal to show Christopher what they can all do.

Plot

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Pooh, Piglet, Rabbit and Tigger go visit Christopher Robin, but they didn't find him in his room. Instead, they find a large birthday present. Despite Pooh’s warning that it belongs to Christopher, Rabbit opens the package. Inside there is a large wind-up robot monkey. They wind it up and the monkey comes to life, introducing himself as Bruno, the best toy a child can have. After Bruno says he can do anything, Pooh and the others get worried that Christopher Robin might be planning to replace them with Bruno.

The guys try to prove that they can do things better than Bruno, but fail. Bruno The monkey seems to be a better jumper than Tigger, a better gardener than Rabbit and a better honey taker than Pooh Bear. Pooh and his friends sadly realize their inferiority and decide to move out, but before they can, Christopher Robin finds them and assures them that he doesn’t want them to leave, and that he won’t stay with Bruno. When Bruno overhears this, it is him who gets depressed. He’s the best toy a child can have, and they’re rejecting him! Bruno escapes to the woods and sits sadly in a log. As he takes out his key, he turns off. Christopher, Pooh and the others find Bruno, wind him up once again and he wakes up confused. Then Christopher Robin explains that Bruno is a gift, but not for him; Christopher had bought him for a human friend of his who’s having a birthday party. Everyone is happy now and Bruno goes back to his package waiting to be given to Christopher Robin’s friend, with Pooh hungry along the way.

Characters

Cast

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

Credits

Produced by

WALT DISNEY

TELEVISION ANIMATION

Producer/Director

KARL GEURS

Story Editor

MARK ZASLOVE

“STRIPES”

Story by

TERRIE COLLINS & MARK ZASLOVE

Teleplay by

TERRIE COLLINS

BRUCE REID SCHAEFER

and MARK ZASLOVE

“MONKEY SEE, MONKEY DO BETTER”

Story by

MARK ZASLOVE

Teleplay by

TERRIE COLLINS

and BRUCE REID SCHAEFER

With the Talents of

JOHN FIEDLER

KEN SANSOM

PETER CULLEN

TIM HOSKINS

JIM CUMMINGS

as Winnie the Pooh and Bruno

and

PAUL WINCHELL

as

Tigger

Animation Directors

DAVID BLOCK

TERENCE HARRISON

Assistant Producer

KEN TSUMURA

Art Director

ED GHERTNER

Associate Story Editor

BRUCE TALKINGTON

Storyboard Designers

HOLLY FORSYTH

BRUCE MORRIS

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

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

I Don't Have a Name

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.

Gallery

Trivia

  • This episode’s plot is very loosely similar to the first Toy Story film, which was released in 1995. “Monkey See, Monkey Do Better” was released in 1988. It is pretty unlikely that this episode was an inspiration for the film’s plot, however.
  • Jim Cummings provides the voice of the Bruno character, but Robin Williams was also asked to voice him but he didn't.
  • The first appearance of the "Grandma" bees.

VHS Releases

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