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The Great Honey Pot Robbery
Season 1, Episode 7
The Great Honey Pot Robbery
Production Information
Director

Karl Geurs
David Block (Animation Director)

Writer

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

Prod code

107

Airdate

February 28, 1988

Episode Chronology
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The Great Honey Pot Robbery is the seventh episode of the first season of The New Adventures of Winnie the Pooh. It originally aired on February 28, 1988.

Synopsis

Every honey pot in the Hundred Acre Wood is disappearing. At first, the Wood inhabitants suspect of Pooh, but a simple investigation reveals that the real thieves are heffalumps (Heff the Heffalump) and woozles (Stan the Woozle). Now Pooh and his friends must find ways to protect their honey and foil the thieves.

Plot

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It is a beautiful morning in the Hundred Acre Wood, and Pooh awakens to look for his breakfast. To his bemusement, all of his honeypots are empty, but, being a bear of very little brains, even a trail of honey leading under his bed and faint voices from under his bed fail to make him realize that something unusual is up. Changing out of his nightshirt, he sets off to Rabbit's, hoping to borrow some honey for breakfast.

Soon after, over at Kanga and Roo's house, Roo is woken from his sleep by a leaf tickling his nose and making him sneeze. A strange voice from under his bed tells him "Gesundheit", but Kanga appears and carries him off for breakfast before he can investigate, ignoring his claims about there being something under his bed and instead assuring him it's probably nothing more than mice.

On the way to Rabbit's, Pooh is confronted by Piglet with a large, empty honeypot. Despite Piglet's wishes, though, Pooh is fairly sure that he doesn't recall emptying this pot of Piglet's. Pooh dismisses the matter, assuring Piglet that they can both borrow some from Rabbit.

At Rabbit's house, however, Pooh finds himself the target of Rabbit's anger. The enraged bunny demands to know why Pooh has snuck in and eaten all of his honey, much to Pooh's confusion. Especially when Kanga, Roo and Tigger show up and likewise blame him for stealing their honey as well. Pooh is truly upset, because he really doesn't remember doing anything like that. Roo tries to speak up, suggesting that maybe the mice from under his bed were responsible, but is ignored.

At least, until Gopher appears and reveals his honey was taken just this moment, which means Pooh can't be at fault, because he was with the rest of the toys at the time. Now the other toys listen to Roo, and all of them remember that they had something hiding under their bed and disturbing them this morning. Convinced that a band of mice with a sweet tooth are to blame, Pooh leads the group to try and capture them.

That evening, Poo, Piglet, Tigger and Roo set up mousetraps around a lone pot of honey and start patrolling around it for hours. Only at 1 in the morning do the tired toys finally decide to try hiding somewhere instead. Naturally, they end up in bed and soon fall asleep. And that's when the thieves appear; a Woozel named Stan, and a Heffalump named Heff. Although hardly the smartest of thieves, the toys are so deeply asleep that they don't hear the two crooks bickering and bumbling as they go after the honeypot.

The next morning, seeing the splattered failures of their plan, the four toys plan an even bigger trap. Tigger accidentally catches them in it, but it does bring the thieves out of hiding, and the toys quickly give chase to the two honey-thieves. Unfortunately for them, they catch up, and the two hardened thugs quickly throw Pooh, Tigger and Piglet into a nearby tree. Fortunately, Roo looks so much like a giant mouse that Heff panics, forcing Stan to flee with his terrified partner, though the Woozel vows they'll be back to settle the score, and this time they'll have friends.

Climbing down from the tree, the larger toys congratulate Roo, and consider this a victory... though Piglet doesn't like the sound of that promise.

Later on, as Pooh, Tigger and Piglet are bunking together, a knock at Pooh's door makes him cautiously open it. An angry Rabbit chews Pooh out for being unprepared for the return of the honey thieves. Bemused, Pooh asks why they can't just offer to share their honey with the heffalumps and woozles if they promise to be nice, only for the others to say the idea is crazy. Determined to show off, Tigger prowls out into the night to challenge the thieves, though all he succeeds at doing is getting in a fight with Pooh's clothesline and dragging all the washing through the dirt and back into the house.

Meanwhile, in the depths of the wood, Heff asks Stan who they could possibly get to stand up to a giant mouse. A smirking Stan replies that they're going to get... Wooster. This news doesn't sit well with Heff, who promptly freaks out, pleading that they go back on their own; the mouse isn't so bad if Wooster is the alternative. Stan will hear nothing of it, instead grabbing the heffalump by the tail and dragging him off to find the mysterious Wooster.

The next morning, Rabbit and Pooh search for Gopher, asking him to come and fortify Pooh's house. They succeed, although Pooh ends up stuck face-down one of Gopher's holes and left behind as Rabbit and Gopher set off for Pooh's house.

Elsewhere, Stan drags the pleading Heff to Wooster's lair; an enormous cave in a hill, the entrance surrounded by smashed and toppled trees. Calling out that he has found honey, a deep voice rumbles out from the cave, and a smirking Stan prepares to lead Wooster back to Pooh's place.

Meanwhile, Pooh has finally gotten out of Gopher's hole and returned home. Gopher's efforts at fortifying his house... don't exactly work well. The first attempt is an immensely tall and thick brick wall... that's only a few feet wide, and easily stepped around. The second attempt entails absolutely covering Pooh's tree in bricks and mortars... leaving no opening for Pooh himself to get back inside. Frustrated at his failures being pointed out, Gopher angrily storms off, leaving Pooh to handle things himself.

So, Pooh turns to Rabbit, who creates a huge sign intended to lead the honey-thieves in the wrong direction entirely. Owl drops by the warn the group that the honey-thieves are arriving; Tigger and Roo set out to meet them halfway and, hopefully, scare them off, while Pooh wanders back to his house to prepare for "brunchfast".

Tigger and Roo eagerly wait for Stan and Heff's return, boasting about how they'll show the thieves a thing or two. Of course, Tigger's bravado quickly fades when he sees the enormous, tree-toppling form of Wooster for the first time. Intimidated, he submits to the thieves and promises to show them a shortcut to the honey... which takes them to Rabbit and his sign. Unfortunately for Rabbit, Wooster can't read, and he just plows through the sign in his search for the precious sweet.

At Pooh's house, Pooh is happily setting up a table for an outdoor group brunchfast, much to the disbelief of his friends. As they cower behind the table, Pooh boldly strides out to Wooster and asks him why he wants to steal honey. When Wooster explains he wants to eat the honey, Pooh replies that there's a better way to get it than just stealing.

Despite Stan and Heff's attempts to talk Wooster into ignoring him, Pooh explains how friends would share their honey with Wooster if he just asked. The bemused woozle asks if this means Pooh would be his friend. Stan and Heff interrupt Pooh's response, but Wooster simply grabs them, growling that he wants to ask first. In response to the giant woozle's politeness, Pooh happily asserts that Wooster can have some honey, and gives him a pot. Realizing that their plan is foiled, Stan and Heff leave, and Wooster joins the toys for brunchfast.

Characters

Cast

Voice actor Character
Jim Cummings Winnie the Pooh
John Fiedler Piglet
Paul Winchell Tigger
Ken Sansom Rabbit and Stan the Woozle
Michael Gough Gopher
Patricia Parris Kanga
Nicholas Melody Roo
Chuck McCann Heff the Heffalump
Hal Smith Owl
Peter Cullen Wooster

Credits

Produced by

WALT DISNEY

TELEVISION ANIMATION

Producer/Director

KARL GEURS

Story Editor

MARK ZASLOVE

“THE GREAT HONEY POT ROBBERY”

Story by

BRUCE TALKINGTON

and

MARK ZASLOVE

Teleplay by

BRUCE TALKINGTON

With the Voice Talents of

JOHN FIEDLER

KEN SANSOM

PETER CULLEN

HAL SMITH

MICHAEL GOUGH

PATTY PARRIS

CHUCK McCANN

NICHOLAS MELODY

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

KURT ANDERSON

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

Animation Production by

TMS

ENTERTAINMENT, INC.

Animation Director

KAZUHIDE TOMONAGA

*.

©1988 THE WALT DISNEY COMPANY

All Rights Reserved

Walt Disney

TELEVISION

Distributed By

Buena Vista International, Inc.

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Trivia

  • The episode title appears to be a parody of The Great Train Robbery.
  • This episode has been released on VHS, but no DVD release has ever been announced.
  • This is one of the few 23-minute long episodes of the series (which makes it a half-hour episode due to commercial breaks in most airings). Most episodes are only 11 minutes and a half long and are aired in pairs.
  • This is also one of the extremely rare instances in The New Adventures where we see Tigger enjoying honey, further adding to the unusual mystery of whether he’s supposed to like it or hate it.
  • This episode is the first confirmation that woozles are real creatures (as for heffalumps, this confirmation happened in the earlier episode “There's No Camp Like Home”). It is nice to note that Heff, the heffalump seen in this episode, as well as the heffalump family seen in “There's No Camp Like Home” walk bipedally. More recent productions such as Pooh's Heffalump Movie and My Friends Tigger & Pooh would always portray heffalumps as quadrupeds.
  • During this episode, a new meal was created called “brunchfast”.
  • This marks the first appearance of Stan Woozle and Heff Heffalump, as well as the only appearance of Wooster.
  • Ken Sansom, who provides the voice of Rabbit also provides the voice of Stan Woozle.
  • This was the first episode in The New Adventures that Pooh got stuck in a hole.
  • The scene where Pooh gets stuck in a hole was recycled from a scene in the DuckTales episode “The Money Vanishes” where Burger Beagle gets stuck in a sewer. The scene would be re-used again in the Chip 'n Dale Rescue Rangers episode “Adventures in Squirrelsitting”, where the Rangers’ arch nemesis Fat Cat gets stuck in a vat. First Episode of Kurt Anderson and Chuck McCann.

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