In the Winnie-the-Pooh stories, where do Pooh and his friends live?
And the answer: Hundred Acre Wood.
In the books by author A. A. Milne, the name "Hundred Acre Wood" was originally used only to refer to the parts of the forest surrounding Owl's house, while the other characters lived outside of it. But it eventually became known as the general location of Pooh Bear's House, Kanga's House, the Bee Tree, and other familiar settings.
While Winnie-the-Pooh is now quite a household name, the lovable bear wasn't always so well known. His fame today largely grows out of the animated series of short films created by Walt Disney in the 1970s, which came as the Pooh franchise's first on-screen adaptations. In fact, the Winnie-the-Pooh series was the final project overseen by Disney before his death in 1966. Today, Pooh is the third best-selling franchise in the world.
Before Disney made the move to adapt Pooh to the screen, he had a keen realization: the bear was well loved by British children, but virtually unknown to his American audience. As such, he needed a way to introduce the colorful cast of characters before investing in a new animated feature film. Thus, Disney made the decision to create a short film series that introduced the fantastical world of Pooh and his friends, drawing from original illustrations and aptly cast voice actors to support it. Additionally, Disney added the distinctly American character of Gopher to help ground that portion of his audience.
The animated series drew heavily on the the illustrations from A.A. Milne's original version, but added depth and dimension to the characters. Shots from the first installment offer animations that, quite literally, jump off the page of the book on which they're drawn – reminding children that reading about Winnie-the-Pooh is just as joyful.
Winnie-the-Pooh's commercial success also draws largely from its retail appeal. It's estimated that the franchise has brought in over $76 billion to Disney since its inception, and between $3-6 billion every year, most of which comes from Winnie-the-Pooh branding on anything from backpacks to stuffed bears to theme park rides. Lovable bear indeed!
Check out a scene from the animated adaptation below.