A Touching Winnie the Pooh Segment

In the video below, Disney’s version of Winnie the Pooh teaches kids that, “There are certain private places on your body that nobody is supposed to touch except you.” Let’s hope Pooh isn’t speaking from personal experience.

(Thanks, Christian Larocque)


  • http://www.electricminstrel.com Brett McCoy

    “Don’t say that! Don’t touch there!
    Don’t be nasty!” says the silly bear.

  • http://www.tommyday.com Tommy Day

    Wow. I grew up with that show on the Disney Channel I’m pretty sure, but I do not remember that episode.

    This ranks right up there will Pooh talking about drugs in Cartoon All-Stars to the Rescue.

  • http://trevour.blogspot.com Trevour

    I watched “Welcome To Pooh Corner” as a kid and I don’t remember this at all. That’s probably a good thing!

    Next up: the ‘say no to drugs’ episode of “Dumbo’s Circus” (complete with pink elephants on parade)!

  • http://www.quuatermass.org.uk Andrew Smith

    Sweet Zombie Jesus, this video feels like one big wrong touch.

  • Chris Sobieniak

    I remember this one all too well personally, it was aired on Disney Channel as well as getting a VHS release that probably got stuck in the “Free Rental” section along with other instructional/self-help tapes.

  • EHH

    Sonic the Hedgehog did something similar. http://youtube.com/watch?v=IYBIt3uyntM “That’s no good.”

  • http://www.frankpanucci.com FP

    If a plush toy gets molested, does the police psychologist ask him to show, using a doll of a human child, “where the bad man touched you”?

  • http://robcatview.blogspot.com robcat2075

    -Is it just a little bit of a disconnect that Pooh tells us our bathing suit covers our private parts while he’s walking around with nothing covering his private parts?

    -If one were in an animation class and animated the characters with all those mirrored poses and cliched gestures, one would get a poor grade.

  • http://portapuppets.does.it uncle wayne

    I remember this tv show, too. I was always amazed at its pretty melding of blue-screen & animatronic heads!

  • http://ryanmcculloch.com Ryan McCulloch

    wow.

  • http://garydoodles.blogspot.com/ Gary Doodles

    Around 2:19 Pooh slightly falls out of character and giggles a little while singing.

    Around 4:40 There’s a kid rocking a Lacoste Polo.

  • http://smarterthantheaverage.tumblr.com/ Jonathan Sloman

    That’s nothing – the Henry Winkler-hosted video Safe Kids, Strong Kids features Fred Flintstone, Yogi Bear and The Smurfs all advising kids how to avoid getting molested. The most surreal scene features The Fonz having a conversation with Baby Pac-Man, possibly the most ridiculous crossover in history.

  • http://www.myspace.com/brandontoons Brandon Pierce

    Is that Sterling Holloway voicing Pooh?
    And that is most certainly not John Fiedler as Piglet.
    I remember Pooh Corner.

    It’s interesting how most cartoons nowadays are not allowed to educate kids on how to avoid child molesters. So much for trying to keep them safe. But then again, parents themselves need to do their job in teaching them.

  • http://thad-k.blogspot.com Thad Komorowski

    “I’m not very good at saying no…”
    I’ll bet, Piglet-ho.

    Hilarious stuff!

  • Kris

    Rabbit sure comes and goes!

  • Bugsmer

    Jonathan, Here’s a link to Strong Kids, Safe Kids! This short with the Fonz was highly entertaining, albeit a little strange, in particular the song the man sings, which seems very out of place and unnecessary. As silly as it may seem now, this kind of thing should really be on TV from time to time nowadays. Programming can be educational without going on for too long.

  • Andy

    Wow! I thought this 25 year old Disney Channel crapola program was a rape of the source. I’m so glad to see that it has done so much to prevent pedophilia in real life here in 2008.

    BTW – the person in the Piglet suit is Sharon Baird from the original “Mickey Mouse Club.”

  • http://www.bishopanimation.com Floyd Bishop

    Not to bring the mood down, but work like this serves a very important purpose, regardless of production budgets, awkward dialog, and artistic aesthetics. One of my classmates in fifth grade was molested by her father… from the time she was two. She thought that was just the way fathers acted with their daughters. It wasn’t until public education, and she saw things like this piece, that she learned otherwise. Yes, it is a parent’s job to educate their children about such things, but when the parent is the offender, public service pieces like this do the job that needs to be done. My friend’s father was arrested (he had been abusing the mother as well) and went to prison. The girl moved away, and I haven’t heard anything from her since then.

  • http://www.realmofquickpaw.com QuickPaw

    lol…I think I saw all of Pooh Corner during its original run (…i was 5 or 6 years old maybe?). I probably saw this >_

  • Pedro Nakama

    Now we know why Eeyore is so depressed.

  • Chris Sobieniak

    What Floyd Bishop said is right. I think when this special aired on Disney Channel, there was some sort of panel discussion deal at the end of it where a group of psychiatrists or parenting groups discuss what the parent needed to know a little more on the issue of child molestation. Of course with the internet today, it has doubled/triple the problem further.

  • J

    They showed this video to my kids at school a year or two ago. They had a parents’ meeting prior so we could see it first. Having never seen Pooh Corner I thought that the characters were kind of creepy. I also thought it strange that Pooh wasn’t wearing pants, considering the subject matter. Something about Rabbit bothered me at the time as well, but I can’t remember what it was.

  • Lucy

    Great, a pants-less bear is teaching me where I shouldn’t get touched. This show was already creepy enough as a kid…

    Seriously, good message at heart, nice attempt, butttt just a little bit weird. Wonder what message they got the ‘Dumbo’s Flying Circus’ cast to talk about…. My mind wonders o.O

  • Chuck R.

    Thanks for your comment, Floyd!

    Yes, the clip is a bit weird, especially when you take it out of it’s intended context, but that’s only because it’s trying to thwart weird behavior. I think it’s wrongheaded to trivialize it.

  • dcuny

    I’m not sure how this topic can be broached in any way not considered to be weird and creepy. But I thought the video was well done.

    As far as parents teaching their kids, the sad reality is that most molestation is not by strangers, but by a trusted adult. So it makes sense to create a PSA using characters kids trust.

    Did anyone notice the lack of continuity on the bridge? In the long shots, he’s leaning on the railing post that’s in front of him, while in the medium shots, the post is behind him.

    How about the kid with the pastel clothing and Steve Urkel suspenders? It made me feel better about wearing demim suits as a kid in the early 70′s.

  • Sarah

    I have to come out and say that even though this may seem ridiculous to some of you, it was very important to me as a child.

    I watched this show as a child- this and “Dumbo’s Circus” were my favorites. This episode, along with some other events at the time, helped my parents and teachers to discover that I was being sexually abused by my Grandfather, and after it was discovered, the abuse was stopped.

    I had so many nightmares about the abuse as a child. Monsters with horrible male parts chasing me. But then I had a dream where Winnie the Pooh came and told the monsters to go away, and he took my hand and led me out of the forest. As a small helpless child, Pooh was my hero.

    In my opinion, this type of subject matter should be more prevalent in children’s’ entertainment. It serves a very important purpose. It may make you feel uncomfortable and laugh, but I can honestly say that this segment helped to save my life.

  • Joel O’Brien

    Hmmm…Donald Duck never wore pants either…

  • Nichole

    I can’t wait to watch this when I get home.

    I’m twenty-three, so I grew up when this show was “new” (I think it was new..) I hated it (this and “Dumbo’s Circus”). Even as a kid, I hated it and thought it looked cheap and ugly. Big costumes, are you kidding me? I couldn’t understand why they couldn’t just made more “New Adventures of Winnie the Pooh,” which was better. I guess it was more expensive to make, beings that it was animation. Guess I was showing my aesthetic tendencies very early on… I remember even complaining about it aloud!

  • Sarah

    Nichole-
    I’m 28 and I watched “Pooh’s Corner” when I was preschool/kindergarten age. So by my estimation, you would have been in about 5th grade when you watched this show? I think that is definitely above the targeted audience age range.

    I remember watching “The New Adventures of Winnie the Pooh” later, too. The plots were much more sophisticated and the animation was outstanding on some of those episodes. I especially remember an episode where Rabbit befriends a little bluebird, and I was very impressed with the bird flight animation.

  • Nichole

    Hi Sarah–
    I just said I was a kid, I didn’t say what AGE I was. I don’t remember that. According to Retro Junk, it came out in ’83 and went until ’95. I was born in ’84, so I was probably 4-8 when I watched it.

    I see what you’re saying, though. While shows like SpongeBob can be watched by all ages, shows that are meant for pre-K and K aren’t watchable to most people above that age group. (Think Dora the Exploerer)

    And I LOVE that blue bird episode, so sweet and cute. I think I saw that on Toon Disney about a year or so ago. BTW, that show was ’88-’91. (WOW, seemed like it was on so much longer.)

    Anyway, I finally got home from work and watched the video. I don’t remember it, of course. I don’t know if it is “creepy.” What was really weird to me was seeing Pooh speaking in an authoritative way! I’m glad that it helped other commentors when they were younger; that mean it really lived up to its purpose. Even if it helps only one person, it was worth it, even at the risk of being creepy, weird or out of place with the show.

  • Jeff

    According to IMDB, Pooh was played by Hal Smith, who also played Gyro Gearloose and Flintheart Glomgold in “Duck Tales” as well as Owl in “Pooh Corner” and “The New Adventures of Winnie the Pooh”.

  • Fidel

    wow…i used to watch ‘pooh corner’ but i think this was a special episode that was available on vhs at the local video store. i almost rented it once, but never did because i wasn’t particularly fond of the show. I just happened to watch it when I was young because it played on disney channel and i pretty much just watched anything that played there haha.

  • Leda

    I was born in 1980 and I grew up watching this show as well as Dumbo’s Circus and I loved them both. I would watch it everyday and could not wait for it to come on. I learned many life lessons from this show some that still apply today. It’s a pity they don’t air more shows like this anymore. Its bad enough children watch television all day but now they watch it and learn nothing.

  • Joe

    But shows like Spongebob serve no purpose other than to entertain (and make money doing it), whereas Pooh (the 70′s shorts, this show, and New Adventures), the Henson-created Muppets (Sesame Street, The Muppet Show & Muppet Babies, and Fraggle Rock), and others (even Warner Brothers’ cartoons like Animaniacs) served a purpose to both entertain and enlighten. And I am glad I am still fan of that style of television.

    “shows that are meant for pre-K and K aren’t watchable to most people above that age group (Think Dora the Exploerer)”

    The difference? The shows of the 80′s and 90′s preached morals, but weren’t forceful in implementing them (they were direct at times, but they didn’t overdo the moral once it was utilized, PSAs like “Too Smart For Strangers” and “Cartoon All-Stars To The Rescue” excepting) and unlike shows of today, they didn’t direct themselves to a specific demographic (sadly, all these quality shows are considered for children nowadays, due to the influx of MadTV/SNL/[adult swim]-esque television that takes beloved icons and real people and ends up making a mockery of them), they didn’t insult the viewer’s intelligence (taking 2 minutes to answer an obvious question in an attempt at being “interactive”), and they didn’t exploit the people involved (like reality TV and the teenybopper craze have done lately).