January 18th is the birthday of Pooh’s creator, A.A. (Alan Alexander) Milne, born in 1882, making today the 135th anniversary of Milne’s birth. Pooh is a fictional bear inspired by a black bear named Winnie who lived at the London Zoo during World War I. The author’s son, Christopher Robin, would visit the bear often and named his own teddy bear after her and a swan named Pooh.
Pooh’s friend, Christopher Robin, was named after Milne’s son.
The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh follows the antics of Pooh and friends Eeyore, Kanga & Roo, Christopher Robin, Piglet, Tigger, Gopher, Owl, and Rabbit.
Winnie the Pooh is Disney’s third largest franchise, after Disney Princesses and Star Wars.