Mr. Narrator is an unseen entity which serves as the omniscient storyteller for most of the Winnie the Pooh franchise.
Unlike most narrators in television programs, Mr. Narrator is not simply a convenient narrative mode to help the (often very young) viewers understand what's going on; he is also an actual character within the stories and interacts regularly with Pooh and his friends. Although the mysterious Narrator never appears on screen, his calm voice is often heard and his presence is usually, though not always, acknowledged by the other characters.
While most installments of Disney's Winnie the Pooh franchise do include meta-references (i.e. "breaking the fourth wall"), The Book of Pooh is particularly odd in that the major characters occasionally find themselves discussing the story with the narrator at the same time this story is happening. Mr. Narrator rarely interferes, however, and prefers to discuss matters with the audience rather than the protagonists if possible. Perhaps his most memorable story was the eponymous episode "Mr. Narrator" in which he attempts to tell a story about himself.
While Mr. Narrator surely fits in the "third-person omniscient narrator" category, his omniscience is sometimes limited, and no matter how much he deviates from the typical narrator figure, he will reveal the end of a story.
- Sebastian Cabot (1966 - 1977)
- Laurie Main (1983)
- John Rhys Davies (1996, Boo to You Too!)
- David Warner (1997 - 1999)
- John Hurt (2000, The Tigger Movie)
- Mitchell Kriegman (2001 - 2003, The Book of Pooh)
- David Ogden Stiers (1999 - 2005)
- John Cleese (2011)