Monkey See, Monkey Do Better
|Season 1, Episode 8b|
March 6, 1988
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.
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Pooh, Piglet, Rabbit and Tigger go visit Christopher Robin, but they don'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.
- Winnie the Pooh
- Christopher Robin
- Christopher Robin’s friend (mentioned)
|Jim Cummings||Winnie the Pooh and Bruno|
|Tim Hoskins||Christopher Robin|
and MARK ZASLOVE
“MONKEY SEE, MONKEY DO BETTER”
With the Talents of
Associate Story Editor
Additional Character Design
Additional Background Styling
Additional Color Styling
Overseas Animation Supervisor
Post Production Coordinator
Managing Film Editor
Songs Written and Produced
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Buena Vista International, Inc.
- 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 did.