Winnie the Pooh and a Day for Eeyore is a Disney Winnie the Pooh animated film released on March 11, 1983. After The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh was released six years later, Disney commissioned a fourth featurette and it was later added as a segment to the 1977 film The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh.
The film's plot is based primarily on two A. A. Milne stories: "In which Pooh invents a new game and Eeyore joins in" (Chapter VI from The House at Pooh Corner), and "In which Eeyore has a birthday and gets two presents" (Chapter VI of Winnie the Pooh).
One day, Winnie the Pooh is walking at an old wooden bridge he goes to regular do nothing in particular. On the way there, he finds a fir cone, which he loses at the bridge. He then finds it slipping away on the other side, so he does it again, inventing a game called Poosticks.
One day, Pooh, Piglet, Rabbit and Roo are playing Poosticks when they find Eeyore floating under the bridge. Pooh gets the idea to hoosh him out, but accidently hits him with the biggest stone he could find. They learn that Eeyore was bounced into the river by Tigger. Rabbit angrily scolds at Tigger when Eeyore leaves in a more gloomy mood than usual.
Pooh goes after him and learns that it is Eeyore's birthday and nobody has taken any notice of it. He goes back to his house with Piglet knocking his door. He then takes honey to Eeyore when he eats the honey so Owl writes a happy birthday on the jar and sends the jar to Eeyore while Owl goes to tell Christopher Robin the good news when Piglet bursts his balloon. Eeyore is happy with both presents when he puts Piglet's balloon.
At Eeyore's birthday party, Tigger comes back and Rabbit says that Tigger should leave because of the way he treated Eeyore while Roo states that Tigger should stay. Christopher Robin insists they all play Poohsticks, and Eeyore wins more times than anyone else. However, Tigger wins none at all and Kanga, Roo, Owl and Rabbit go home. Eeyore tells Tigger his method for winning Poosticks and Pooh, Piglet and Christopher Robin agree that everyone is alright really.
Original 1983 versionEdit
- Jim Cummings as Winnie the Pooh.
- Hal Smith as Owl.
- Bud Luckey as Eeyore.
- Jim Cummings as Tigger.
- Ken Sansom as Rabbit.
- Brady Bluhm as Christopher Robin.
- Travis Oates as Piglet.
- Kath Soucie as Kanga.
- Jimmy Bennett as Roo.
- Narrated by Laurie Main.
Hal Smith, who voiced Owl, also Jim Cummings provided the voice of Winnie the Pooh after Sterling Holloway gave up the role. Will Ryan replaced the late Junius Matthews as Rabbit, Julie McWhirter replaced the late Barbara Luddy as Kanga, and Laurie Main replaced the late Sebastian Cabot as the Narrator. This would also be Ralph Wright's final role, for he passed away for nine months after its release. Smith, Ryan, and Main reprised their roles on Welcome to Pooh Corner, where Ryan also provided the voice of Tigger.
For the 2007 version featured on the Friendship Edition of The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh, Disney redubbed some of the voices.
- Jim Cummings as Winnie the Pooh.
- Peter Cullen as Eeyore.
- Steve Schatzberg as Piglet.
- Will Ryan as Tigger.
- Tom Kenny as Rabbit.
- Tim Hoskins as Christopher Robin.
- Tree MacNielle as Kanga.
- Nikita Hopkins as Roo.
- Craig Ferguson as Owl.
- Narrated by John Cleese.
The first home video release for Winnie the Pooh and a Day for Eeyore was Winnie the Pooh and Friends, released on VHS in 1984, followed by other releases of this film, including the December 28, 1990 Walt Disney Mini-Classics release and the July 11, 2000 Storybook Classics release. It has since been included as a bonus feature on VHS and DVD releases of The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh.