The classic character designs by E. H. Shepard definitely have a charm all of their own and seem to appeal more to a mature taste. The Disney versions are more cartoonish and appeal to a younger audience.
The base of this musical figurine is decorated with some of the more famous inhabitants of the 100-Acre Wood, such as Tigger and Eeyore, along with Pooh and Piglet, of course. However, I wonder why the pair that features so prominently on the top of the stand are repeated below when characters like Owl, Rabbit, or Kanga and Roo could have been used?
One would expect a tune from the original animated Shorts to be used for the music here, but instead, we have an excerpt from Mozart’s famous Opera entitled The Magic Flute:
The plot of this Opera follows Prince Tamino and Papageno as they are sent by the Queen of Night to save her daughter Pamina from the clutches of the evil lord Sarastro. Which obviously parallels the adventures of Pooh and Piglet in the 100-Acre Wood. He says sarcastically.
Yeah. I don’t get it either.
I picked this up at a local charity shop for under $10.00 CAN. I was delighted to find that it was in perfect working order with no chips or other damage. It’s always good to check that such a collectible hasn’t been over wound before you purchase, and that should be the first question you ask if buying one unseen and untested from the Internet.
NARRATOR: “And now the day was ending for Pooh and Piglet. The strange music they had been hearing had stopped. So they discussed what they should do next…”
POOH: “Well, Piglet. It seems we’ve twisted and twirled so much that we’ve turned and dizzied ourselves right to the end of the Blog.”
PIGLET: “Oh de-de-dear! So what do we do now, Pooh?”
POOH: “Well, I think we should likely just… fall down!”
NARRATOR: “And so they did.”