I’ve gone on record to state my dislike of sequels. Direct-to-video being the worst offenders. And even though Walt Disney himself didn’t like them, or repeating himself (“You can’t top pigs with pigs.”), I have come to realize that a business like Disney (the company) must do what it has to in order to remain in the black. And so we have ended up with a series of lackluster outings into The Hundred Acre Wood. The one featured here is known as Winnie the Pooh’s Grand Adventure: The Search for Christopher Robin (released August 5th, 1997).
Front of Folder
The Disney Store released a nice set of four lithographs to coincide with the video release. Each is on archival stock paper and presented inside an amazing folder.
Back of Folder
Sometimes, The Disney Store provides a fun package for the prints, and this release is certainly a good example. Let’s begin to open the folder:
Top Flap Opened Upwards
Close-up of Map
Folder Opened Completely
I haven’t seen this movie in years and so don’t remember if it managed to capture the magic of the first series of Shorts. But here is a brief synopsis of the storyline: The story begins on the last day of summer. Christopher Robin is unable to tell his friend Winnie-the-Pooh some sad news, that he is going off to school and won’t be around as much. Pooh doesn’t understand the absence of his friend and goes to Owl to get a note, left by Christopher Robin to explain, interpreted. Owl deduces that Christopher Robin has been taken to a distant, mysterious and dangerous place called “Skull” against his will, to a cave where the monstrous “Skullasaurus” resides. Owl equips the group with a map and sends them into the “Great Unknown” of the Hundred Acre Wood. There are mishaps aplenty until Christopher Robin returns from school and finds them. They return home, and that evening, Christopher Robin says he will return to school the next day. Pooh declares that he will always be waiting for him.
Whether the movie was good or not, the prints in this set are excellent! Let’s have a look:
All’s Well That End’s Well!
This adventure of Winnie the Pooh and his friends would definitely appeal to the younger Disney fan!
Can’t get enough Pooh? Then eat more fiber and check out these posts featuring the little yellow bear in pewter, egg form, and all lit up.
Well, tut tut, it looks like the post is finished. Oh, bother!
We return to the Dixieland Flea Market to check out some more great ceramic collectibles. This time we are featuring teapots and piggy banks, all in the shapes of our favorite Disney characters.
Let’s get right to it:
Peter Pan, Alice in Wonderland, and Cinderella all have their own unique teapot. I like how each has a complementary character perched on top of the lids! And look, Cinderella even brought a snow globe to display!
Modern Winnie the Pooh
Perhaps my favorite example! Of course, you would have to have your tea with a smackeral of hunny to use this teapot.
Classic Pooh and Piglet
This is actually a piggy bank. Although I grew up on the Disney-style Winnie the Pooh (with red sweater) I’ve always loved the look of the classic style!
He’s not the only one!
On the left is a cookie jar (it photo-bombed my shot) but on the right is another piggy bank. Or perhaps a tiggy bank?
All of the above examples were priced between $20.00 and $30.00 US but were on sale for 50% off. This sale continues until all stock is gone, likely sometime this summer.
To conclude, we have a Limited Edition figure that is neither a teapot nor a piggy bank, but simply a display figurine:
Va Va Vrooooom!
Roger and Jessica Rabbit are out for a ride in this great piece selling for a whopping $200.00 US (but with 50% off, the whop is lessened).
So if you need teapots or piggy banks, be sure to drive over to The Dixieland Flea Market at 2045 Dixie Hwy. in Waterford, MI. Tell them I sent you and they’ll charge you double!
For more Dixieland offerings, check out my post featuring lots and lots of cookie jars featuring not only Disney characters, but also other cartoon and cultural icons!
So are you a fan of the classic Winnie the Pooh look or have you grown up on the Disney version? I like both, but I must say, this classic Tigger figurine by Beswick is awesome:
T I double Guh Ur!
Alan Alexander Milne was an English author, best known for his books about the teddy bear Winnie the Pooh and for various poems. Milne was a noted writer, primarily as a playwright, before the huge success of Pooh overshadowed all his previous work. And then Disney got ahold of his franchise and the rest is history!
“And we’re the only ones!”
John Beswick Ltd., formerly J. W. Beswick, was a pottery manufacturer, founded in 1892 by James Wright Beswick and his sons John and Gilbert in Longton, Stoke-on-Trent. In 1969, the business was sold to Doulton & Co. Ltd. The factory closed in 2002 and the brand John Beswick was sold in 2004. The pottery company was chiefly known for producing high-quality porcelain figurines like the one featured here.
Psst! Look behind you!
In 1952, Beswick began manufacturing a range of Disney characters including Snow White, Mickey Mouse, and Bambi. And of course, the cast of the Winnie the Pooh stories. It is likely that the Pooh figurines were released in the late 1960’s according to a consensus of eBay Sellers.
This Tigger was one of a set of eight characters:
The gang’s all there
Tut, tut! I must say that Piglet seems twice his usual size in comparison to the other characters. “Probably my fault” says Eeyore.
These figurines are plentiful on eBay and other selling sites and range in asking price from $20 to $90 each. My advice would be to buy the lower-priced offerings.
To see more Tigger figurines, check out these archived posts featuring one from Britto and another from the Arribas Brothers.
Winnie the Pooh is a fictional anthropomorphic teddy bear created by English author A. A. Milne. The first collection of stories about the character was the book Winnie-the-Pooh from 1926 but it was followed by many others. The original look of the characters was designed and illustrated by E. H. Shepard. But as you will see, Jim Shore has given his take on the character of the silly old bear with this Pooh Egg:
There must be hunny!
Jim Shore’s official website has this to say about his unique artistic style: “Jim Shore grew up in rural South Carolina, the son of artistic parents who instilled a love of the traditional imagery of American folk art. His grandmother was a master quilter who taught him an appreciation for the patience and skill required to bring intricate designs to life. Jim drew inspiration from these roots.“
His figurines have a chiseled look to them. They are then covered in somewhat random folk art patterns.
Definitely a Pooh Egg shape!
Shore has tackled most of the biggest Disney characters but has also done many other franchises as well. Warner Brothers and Peanuts along with Hanna Barbera, to name but a few.
A large part of Jim’s popularity is based on his successful partnership with Disney. Again, his official website has this to say about this arrangement: “Jim’s unique design style applied to iconic Disney characters has made Disney Traditions by Jim Shore one of the most successful co-branded lines in the gift and home decor industry. “”I’m extremely proud of my association with Disney,”” Jim says of the relationship. “”I can’t think of a more important name in American popular culture, it’s a privilege to be linked with that kind of tradition.”” Disney Traditions by Jim Shore has sold more than $100 million at retail and can be found at Disney parks and fine retailers throughout North America, Europe, Australia and Asia.“
And he just sold another one to a Canadian in rural Ontario.
Alternate names for this post: Winnie the Pewter. Pooh Bank. OK, that’s all I got! But sometimes the real fun of posting is coming up with the post name.
So, enough of that, let’s take a look at the piece:
This little cutie is about 4″ tall and in need of some serious cleaning. I’m not sure if I want to have it shining like new as I kind of like the patina.
This little bank is obviously not for the well-to-do as you wouldn’t get a whole lot of pocket change inside!
The first thing I look for in a piggy bank is if the cork or stopper is still inserted. Most banks you find have this part missing, which I feel affects the value and collectibility.
It was empty when I got it 🙁
I cannot find any information about this bank so do not know how old it is nor can I extrapolate a value. Other metal Pooh banks are being sold on eBay as of the date of this posting for between $20 and $40.
For more pewter Disney items, check out our earlier post entitled Pewter Epcot Center Bell and Figment Figure.
Or… is it? This little ceramic piece is quite a mystery. It resembles other nightlights in structure but I can’t figure out how any light would escape it if it had a bulb in it.
Let’s have a look together:
Roughly 4″ square and 2″ deep
Uses aside, it will make a great display piece with a classic style Pooh and a charming little blue bird. He is sitting on a window ledge looking out with the inside shutters open.
Now let’s have a look at the back so we can ponder our mystery:
It is the perfect size for a nightlight bulb to fit inside. Also note the notches at the bottom which would allow a base to be slid in. Presumably the same base would have prongs for plugging into an outlet. If it is indeed a nightlight shade.
Well, with a little research I have found a ceramic Winnie the Pooh nightlight that will help us to confirm once and for all that our example is also a nightlight:
Same material and rear configuration
And my wife has conducted an experiment to determine if light could indeed shine through such a dense ceramic shell, and if so, how much. I am missing the nightlight mechanism so she held it up to a ceiling light and it does indeed light up! The light shows through the window panes. So it wouldn’t give much light, but it would try.
Hallmark stores are almost becoming as good as, or better than, The Disney Store for offering great Disney treasures! I kid you not.
Take a look at what we just picked up yesterday:
15″ W x 15″ H x 1 1/2″ D
This great reproduction of the Hundred Acre Wood map can stand or be hung, which is what we have done with it. It features all of your favorite characters from the A. A. Milne’s classic Pooh stories. Here are closer looks at each corner of the piece:
The houses of Rabbit, Kanga, and Owl
Christopher Robin’s house
Winnie the Pooh’s house (or Mr. Sander’s, depending on who you ask)
Eeyore’s gloomy place… er, house
The only omission is Piglet’s house. Poor little guy! But he shouldn’t feel too bad as Tigger is missing altogether! Most of the other main attractions of the Hundred Acre Wood are represented here.
In conclusion, kudos to Hallmark for offering such wonderful things. And to Christopher Robin we say: Work on your spelling!
While picking through a local flea market, I found some Disney Store merchandise catalogues. The asking price was 50 cents apiece and I was sorting through them to see which ones I wanted. But then, on the shelf directly below them, I spotted some hardcover Disney books. I switched to them. But then, on the shelf directly below them, I found the Mother Load:
18 Disney Magazines!
Actually, 17 Disney Magazine issues, and one Disneyana Magazine. Let’s have a look at some of the best covers:
Who remembers Bill Nye the Science Guy?
Everyone loves an Anniversary!
Stepping out in style!
I especially like these magazines because they are a snapshot of the Disney company throughout the years. The earliest magazine in this set is from Fall of 1994 with the latest being from 2004.
The earlier magazines had a full-page pull-out image that was suitable for framing. Fortunately, all of the image pages were still in each magazine. Let’s have a look at some of the best of these:
Neat to see the castle in the plan stage!
Slippery fun at the Magic Kingdom
Time for a tasty treat!
I hope you enjoyed this brief look at some Disney memories courtesy of these old issues of the Disney Magazine!
My favorite attraction in both Walt Disney World and Disneyland is Splash Mountain. It gives one of the longest rides. It has perhaps the most animatronic figures. And… it is one of the most awesome flume rides ever!
So when I can find unique collectibles featuring this ride, I snap them up. The piece I’m featuring today was found in a large flea market in Florida:
This is a great concept as it makes a nice piece even when it is not opened up. But when you open it, the display potential explodes!
Tigger and Winnie the Pooh are riding the flume together and can be removed from the piece. Why these two Disney characters were added to a Splash Mountain collectible is unclear, although they do appear to be having fun!
At least Br’er Fox and Br’er Bear get to wait in ambush, but I think they’ll be surprised when they catch a Tigger and a Pooh Bear instead of Br’er Rabbit!
“Please keep paws and cute noses inside the log at all times.”
It’s pieces like this that make my day as a disneyana collector! If you’d like to see another post about Splash Mountain, you can view my post entitled Br’er Chicken on Splash Mountain. I bet you didn’t know there was a Br’er Chicken, did ya?
The hardest think about thinking a thunk is not remembering the think you wanted to thunk about. I imagine Pooh has this trouble quite often!
I was able to capture this contemplative moment during a parade at Walt Disney World back in 2008.