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The Rats Who Came to Dinner
Season 1, Episode 17b
The Rats Who Came To Dinner
Production Information
Director

Karl Geurs
Terence Harrison (Animation Director)

Writer

Mark Zaslove (story)
Bruce Talkington (teleplay)

Prod code

117b

Airdate

January 7, 1989

Episode Chronology
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The Rats Who Came to Dinner is the second segment of the seventeenth episode of the first season of The New Adventures of Winnie the Pooh. It's original air date is January 7th, 1989.

Synopsis

The Pack Rats are stealing things, and giving walnuts in return. When the sneak into Pooh's house, Pooh takes them in from the flood and tries to teach them that giving is better than getting. But when the rest of the friends appear, determined to catch the rats, will they listen to Pooh?

Plot

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It’s a rainy night in the Hundred Acre Wood and the Pack Rats are secretly stealing lots of things, putting walnuts in place of what they take. After their refuge is flooded, they go over to Pooh's house. After a brief shock, Pooh allows them to stay, but tells them they are lucky to find someone who does, since they have a reputation for stealing. The three rodents are shocked by this statement, and explain that they don’t steal, they just trade.

Then Pooh tells them that walnuts are nice and stuff but that it is wrong to take other people’s stuff, and that in the moment, for example, he doesn’t need any walnuts, what he needs is pots to stop the leaks. Upon hearing this, the Pack Rats decide to steal pots from Rabbit and the rest of the gang, who are not very happy about it. Meanwhile, Piglet is pushing a huge Bath tub full of water. Later, Pooh further explains to the rats that it is better to give than to take, which causes the rats to give all Pooh’s things to Piglet. When Pooh finds out about this, he explains that he is really sad that the rats took his things without asking, as he had been really nice to them.

With the rain still falling outside, Rabbit and the others arrive again, determined to catch the burglars. Pooh defends the Pack Rats, saying that they are not thieves, really, they’re just confused. Rabbit captures the rats and opens the door, causing the water to enter and flood Pooh Bear's house. When the rain stops, the woods are still flooded. Gopher enters the gang’s houses with a diving suit to discover that everybody’s stuff has disappeared, and finds only walnuts. Pooh admits that maybe the rats are thieves after all. Later, the gang goes to Owl's house, the only place not flooded, only to find that the rats had saved all the gang’s stuff from the flood by putting them in Owl’s closet. Pooh and his friends commemorate by giving the Pack Rats a party and a big cake.

Characters

Cast

Voice actor Character
Jim Cummings Winnie the Pooh
John Fiedler Piglet
Paul Winchell Tigger
Ken Sansom Rabbit
Michael Gough Gopher
Hal Smith Owl

Quotes

  • Pooh - “The Pack Rats! Burglars! Thieves! Heeeelp!!! (stops and turns to the Pack Rats) Ah, excuse me, but I believe this is my house. Perhaps... You should leave?”
  • Pooh - “When someone does something nice for you, you’re supposed to do something nice for them. That’s called friendship, and I thought you were my friends.”
  • Tigger - “Gone! Everything I had, nothing left!” (crying)
    Pooh - “But you never had anything, Tigger”
    Tigger - (cheers up) “Hey, you’re right, kiddo! Saved by circumchances!”

Credits

Produced by

WALT DISNEY

TELEVISION ANIMATION

Producer/Director

KARL GEURS

Story Editor

MARK ZASLOVE

“KING OF THE BEASTIES”

Story by

MARK ZASLOVE

Teleplay by

CARTER CROCKER

“THE RATS WHO CAME TO DINNER”

Story by

MARK ZASLOVE

Teleplay by

BRUCE TALKINGTON

With the Talents of

JOHN FIEDLER

KEN SANSOM

HAL SMITH

PETER CULLEN

MICHAEL GOUGH

TIM HOSKINS

JIM CUMMINGS

as Winnie the Pooh and Tigger

and

PAUL WINCHELL

as

Tigger

Animation Director

TERENCE HARRISON

Assistant Producer

BARBARA FERRO

Assistant Story Editor

CARTER CROCKER

Art Director

ED GHERTNER

Storyboard Designers

HOLLY FORSYTH

HANK TUCKER

Character Design

LEONARD SMITH

Background Stylist

PARO HOZUMI

Color Stylist

JILL STIRDIVANT

Timing Directors

DAVE BRAIN

BRAD CASE

JOAN CASE

RICK LEON

MIRCEA MANTTA

JAMIE MITCHELL

MITCH ROCHON

JAMES T. WALKER

BOB ZAMBONI

Track Reader

SKIP CRAIG

Overseas Animation Supervisors

KEN KESSEL

JAMIE MITCHELL

Talent Coordinator

OLIVIA MINER

Archives Administrator

KRISTA BUNN

Artwork Coordinator

KAREN SILVA

Post Production Manager

SARA DURAN

Post Production Coordinator

BARBARA BECK

Production Assistants

JEFFREY ARTHUR

PEGGY BECKER

STEPHANIE ELLIOTT

LEONA JERNIGAN

VITELLO & ASSOCIATES:

Supervising Editor

ELEN ORSON

Sound Effects Editor

ROY BRAVERMAN

Music Editor & Re-recording Mixer

ED BARTON

Songs Written and Produced

by

STEVE NELSON

Music by

STEVE NELSON

&

THOM SHARP

King of the Beasties

Performed by

JIM CUMMINGS

Animation Production by

TMS ENTERTAINMENT, INC.

THIS PICTURE MADE UNDER

THIS JURISDICTION OF

*.

AFFILIATED WITH

A.F.L. C.I.O.

©1989 THE WALT DISNEY COMPANY

ALL RIGHTS RESERVED

Walt Disney

Television

Distributed By

Buena Vista Television

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