The films plot is based on fifteen A. A. Milne stories In which We are introduced to Winnie the Pooh and some honey bees and the stories begin (Chapter I of Winnie the Pooh) In which Pooh goes visiting and gets into a tight place (Chapter II of Winnie the Pooh) In which Piglet does a very grand thing (Chapter VIII from The House at Pooh Corner) In which Eeyore finds the Wolery and Owl moves into it Chapter IX from The House at Pooh Corner In which Tigger comes to the forest and has breakfast Chapter II from (The House at Pooh Corner) In which Piglet meets a Heffalump (Chapter V from Winnie the Pooh): Pooh's bad dream of Heffalumps and Woozles, In which Piglet is entirely surrounded by water" Chapter IX of Winnie the Pooh In which Christopher Robin gives a Pooh Party and we say goodbye (Chapter X of Winnie the Pooh) In which Tigger is unbounced" (Chapter VII from The House at Pooh Corner) In which it is shown that Tiggers don't climb trees Chapter IV of The House at Pooh Corner In which Pooh and Piglet go hunting and nearly catch a Woozle (Chapter III of Winnie the Pooh) In which Pooh invents a new game and Eeyore joins in (Chapter VI from The House at Pooh Corner) In which Eeyore has a birthday and gets two presents (Chapter VI of Winnie the Pooh), and In which Christopher Robin and Pooh come to an Enchanted Place and we leave them there (Chapter X from The House at Pooh Corner).
The film’s content is derived from four previously released animated featurettes Disney produced based upon the Winnie-the-Pooh books by A. A. Milne: Winnie the Pooh and the Honey Tree (1966), Winnie the Pooh and the Blustery Day (1968), Winnie the Pooh and Tigger Too (1974), and Winnie the Pooh and a Day for Eeyore (1983). Extra material used to link the four featurettes together was added to allow the stories to merge into each other.
A fifth, shorter featurette is added to bring the film to a close. The sequence was based on the final chapter of The House at Pooh Corner, where Christopher Robin has to leave the Hundred Acre Wood behind as he's starting school. In it, Christopher Robin and Pooh discuss what they liked doing together and Christopher Robin the boy asks his bear to promise to remember him and to keep some of the memories of their time together alive. Pooh agrees to do so, and the film closes with The Narrator saying that wherever Christopher Robin goes, Pooh will always be waiting for him whenever he returns.
- Winnie the Pooh, voiced by Sterling Holloway, later Hal Smith
- Christopher Robin, voiced by Bruce Reitherman, later Jon Walmsley then Timothy Turner along with Kim Christianson, and finally Sean Marshall
- Piglet, voiced by John Fiedler
- Tigger, voiced by Paul Winchell
- Eeyore, voiced by Ralph Wright
- Kanga, voiced by Barbara Luddy, later Julie McWhirter
- Roo, voiced by Clint Howard, later Dori Whitaker Dick Billingsley
- Rabbit, voiced by Junius Matthews, later Will Ryan
- Owl, voiced by Hal Smith
- Gopher, voiced by Howard Morris
- Narrator, voiced by Sebastian Cabot, later Laurie Main
Differences from the BookThe following is a list of differences from the A.A. Milne classic children's books and the film created by The Walt Disney Company.
- Most of the stories are out of order. For instance, the introduction of Tigger doesn't happen before the flood.
- Gopher is present in some of the original stories. This is alluded to by his frequent line (in context meaning his mining company's phone number is listed) of "I’m not in the book, you know."
- In the original stories, Heffalumps and Woozles aren't associated with each other.
- In the original stories, Pooh only wears his trademark shirt in the winter time.
- Rabbit’s friends and relations aren't in the movie at all, although they are seen at the beginning of the film near Christopher Robin’s house. This is a reference to the original books, as they are seen on the map at the beginning of the book.
- The part where Roo and Tigger jump out of a tree in Winter in the movie and not in winter in the original stories.
- In the original stories, Piglet’s sweater is green, while it is magenta in the movie.
- Some stories are omitted, including The Search for Small, and Making a Trap for Heffalumps, etc.
Film critic, Leonard Maltin, calls the movie a gem. However, Friz Freleng says the funniest Walt Disney adaptations are based on the books The movie has a 91% fresh rating in Rotten Tomatoes.
The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh was first released on VHS, Betamax, CED video record, and laser disc in the early 1980s. It was re-released on VHS on March 27, 1996 as part of the Masterpiece Collection and included video footage of the making which was shown before the movie starts.
The movie was released on DVD for the first time on May 7, 2002 as a 25th anniversary edition, with digitally restored picture and sound. The individual shorts had also been released on their own on VHS in the 2000s. The first DVD release is packed with bonus features, includes an 1983 animated short Winnie the Pooh and a Day for Eeyore, the music video performed by Carly Simon, and "The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh: The Story Behind the Masterpiece", which documents the history of the books and their initial film adaptations.
The "Friendship Edition" DVD was re-released on June 19, 2007. The DVD re-release included the only bonus feature which was an episode of Playhouse Disney’s computer-animated series My Friends Tigger and Pooh. The DVD re-release coincides with the 30th anniversary of the release of the film.
The Blu-ray version was released as a 35th anniversary special edition for the first time on August 27, 2013. It includes an 1983 animated short Winnie the Pooh and a Day for Eeyore, 5 Mini Adventures of Winnie the Pooh segments, and the music video performed by Carly Simon and it does not include a digital copy.
- "Winnie the Pooh"
- "Up, Down and Touch the Ground"
- "Rumbly in My Tumbly"
- "Little Black Rain Cloud"
- "Mind Over Matter"
- "A Rather Blustery Day"
- "The Wonderful Thing About Tiggers"
- "Heffalumps and Woozles"
- "The Rain, Rain, Rain, Came Down, Down, Down"
- "Hip-Hip Poohray!"