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Tigger's Houseguest
Season 3, Episode 3b
Tigger's Houseguest
Production Information
Director

Terence Harrison
Jamie Mitchell
Ken Kessel (Supervising Director)

Writer

Carter Crocker (story and teleplay)
Bruce Talkington (teleplay)

Prod code

303b

Airdate

September 1, 1990

Episode Chronology
Previous

What's the Score, Pooh?

Next

Rabbit Takes a Holiday

Tigger’s Houseguest is the second segment of the third episode of the third season of The New Adventures of Winnie the Pooh. It originally aired on ABC on September 1, 1990.

Synopsis

When Tigger makes a friend, everyone in the Hundred Acre Wood loves it, except for if that friend is a termite!

Plot

Tigger decides he wants to play with Pooh, but Pooh is too busy, cleaning out his empty honey jars for refilling. While this happens, something devours the wooden handle to Pooh’s sink pump. When Tigger leaves to see if Piglet wants to play, Pooh notices his sink pump handle is gone and goes looking for it as his table is devoured behind his back.

Next Tigger appears at Piglet’s hoping to play with him, but Piglet is working on his Christmas List, saying his list is long because of his many friends. As Tigger leaves to visit Rabbit, Piglet hopes to finish his lest before it gets too dark to see, only to have it granted when something eats his window frame.

Then Tigger arrives at Rabbit’s garden, and Rabbit refuses to play with him as he is far too busy gardening. As Tigger wanders away sadly, something eats the wooden stand for Rabbit’s scarecrow and his fence, leaving Rabbit quite alarmed.

Tigger heads home, only to find his door jammed. When he tries to force it open, he ends up crashing into his house when something eats the door. Then he hears an insect that proceeds to hide in a matchbox. Making friends with the bug (which he calls a “blue-faced, yellow-bellied housefly”), he ties the matchbox to a string and puts wheels on it, allowing him to take his bug friend anywhere. However the bug, in reality a hungry termite, has other ideas and promptly sneaks away.

Meanwhile, Rabbit, Pooh and Piglet are wondering what is eating the Wood in their homes. Then Tigger arrives to introduce his new friend to them, but Rabbit ignores it and Pooh and Piglet think Tigger’s new friend is imaginary and decide to make up to him for their inability to play with him earlier.

Tigger comes home, feeling sad after finding his insect friend has disappeared only to find him there. When Pooh and Piglet arrive, and Tigger tries introducing them to his big friend, Tigger finds he’s disappeared again in the commotion, leaving his friends to think he’s imagined that his friend has run away.

At Piglet’s house, Piglet and Pooh are trying to think of a way to help Tigger while Rabbit tries to discover what’s chewing everything into sawdust. Then Rabbit solves the mystery when the Termite eats the floor boards under his feet. When he gathers everyone to see what he’s discovered, Tigger states that the Termite resembles his blue-faced, yellow-bellied housefly friend. Then they set out and split up to find the termite, and Pooh, Rabbit and Piglet end up all encountering it. When The Termite seeks shelter at Tigger’s side in the matchbox. Upon realizing that Tigger’s insect friend is the termite and that Tigger’s new friend is more real than they imagined, Rabbit tries to make Tigger make the termite leave, only for Tigger to refuse. Tigger then, after listening to Rabbit’s reason, Rabbit is glad to hear it, Tigger decides to leave with the termite to keep it company. However, the Termite disappears again, probably having overheard what everyone has said and they go off after it.

The four find the termite again after a long search, only to find it rebuilding for them everything it ate. Then the termite makes a statue of Tigger in thanks for being its friend and leaves, leaving Tigger saddened as he tows his statue home.

After, Rabbit, Pooh and Piglet visit Tigger to be there for him as friends and that they’re sorry about his friend. Tigger, glad for their arrival, says that they’re just in time to see his newest set of insect friends; he says that he has had so much fun with one bug that it will be ten times as fun with ten of them. Then He introduces them to his newest friends; fleas. Tigger has decided to start a circus with them, but finds they too have disappeared. Then Everyone starts scratching as they jumped on by the fleas and Tigger remarks that while he’s heard of close friends, he’s never had them this close before as the episode ends.

Characters

Cast

Voice actor Character
Jim Cummings Winnie the Pooh and Tigger
John Fiedler Piglet
Ken Sansom Rabbit

Credits

Produced by

WALT DISNEY

TELEVISION ANIMATION

Producers

KEN KESSEL

ED GHERTNER

Supervising Director

KEN KESSEL

Story Editor

BRUCE TALKINGTON

Directors

TERENCE HARRISON

JAMIE MITCHELL

Assistant Story Editor

CARTER CROCKER

“What’s The Score, Pooh?”

Story and Teleplay by

SINDY McKAY

LARRY SWERDLOVE

BRUCE TALKINGTON

“Tigger’s Houseguest”

Story by

CARTER CROCKER

Teleplay by

CARTER CROCKER

BRUCE TALKINGTON

With the Talents of

JOHN FIEDLER

KEN SANSOM

PETER CULLEN

MICHAEL GOUGH

JIM CUMMINGS

as Winnie the Pooh and Tigger

and

PAUL WINCHELL

as

Tigger

Assistant Producer

BARBARA FERRO

Art Director

ED GHERTNER

Storyboard Designers

RYAN ANTHONY

LARRY EIKLEBERRY

HANK TUCKER

Key Layout Design

JIM SCHLENKER

Character Design

LEONARD SMITH

Background Styling

PARO HOZUMI

Color Stylist

JILL STIRDIVANT

Supervising Timing Directors

DAVE BRAIN

MIRCEA MANTTA

Timing Directors

ROBERT ALVAREZ

RICK LEON

MIRCEA MANTTA

MITCH ROCHON

BOB SHELLHORN

MIKE SVAYKO

Track Reader

SKIP CRAIG

Script Coordinator

MIRITH SCHILDER

Archives Administrator

KRISTA BUNN

Artwork Coordinator

KAREN SILVA

Talent Coordinator

OLIVIA MINER

Post Production Manager

SARA DURAN

Post Production Supervisor

JOSEPH HATHAWAY

Post Production Coordinator

JEFFREY ARTHUR

Production Assistants

PEGGY BECKER

WADE ZIA NASSIR

JOHN ROYER

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

STEVE NELSON

&

THOM SHARP

Animation Production by

WALT DISNEY

TELEVISION ANIMATION

AUSTRALIA

Animation Supervisor

DALE CASE

Animation Directors

GAIRDEN COOKE

IAN HARROWELL

HENRY NEVILLE

Layout Director

ALEX NICHOLAS

Layout Artists

YOSH BARRY      SCOTT BENNETT

ZHIGIANG DING            JOHN HILL

VICTOR JUY            STEVE LYONS

MARK MULGREW DAVID SKINNER

BUN UNG              KEVIN WOTTON

Animators

ROWEN AVON-SMITH         WALLY MICATI

TY BOSCO                     KATHIE O’ROURKE

CHRIS BRADLEY                  KEVIN PEATY

ANDREW COLLINS               CAROL SEIDL

GEOFF COLLINS RICHARD SLAPCZYNSKI

DICK DUNN                         PAULO SANTO

ARIEL FERRARI             MIKE STAPLETON

PETER GARDINER   ANDREW SZEMENYEI

WARWICK GILBERT    MARIA SZEMENYEI

GERRY GRABNER           STEVEN TAYLOR

LIANNE HUGHES       STEVEN TRENBIRTH

DWAYNE LABBE                      JEAN TYCH

MORRIS LEE                      KANG-LIN ZHU

HELEN McADAM                                       

Assistant Supervisors

JANEY DUNN

MICKIE CASSIDY

DI RUDDER

Background Supervisor

BEVERLEY McNAMARA

Background Artists

BARRY DEAN       JERRY LIEW

PAUL PATTIE HELLEN STELLE

KEN WRIGHT

Production Manager

DAN FORSTER

*.

©1989,1990 The Walt Disney Company

All Rights Reserved

Walt Disney

Television

Distributed by

Buena Vista International, Inc.

Trivia

  • This episode, along with “King of the Beasties”, were on “The Tigger Movie: 10th Anniversary Edition” DVD and VHS as Bonus Episodes.
  • Termites don’t spit out wood in real life.


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