Today is Winnie the Pooh day: one of the most successful characters ever created. The author AA Milne was born on this day in 1882 and for almost a century has been entertaining children with his stories of Winnie, Tigger, Piglet, Eeyore and of course Christopher Robin.

Winnie the Pooh was based on AA Milne’s child and his stuffed toys. From there AA Milne’s creations have enjoyed decades of being loved and adored by children and even adults. The first collection of stories about Winnie the Pooh were published in 1926, and the brand grew from there.

Winnie the Pooh has been a global success, translated into many languages including Latin. The only Latin book and the first foreign language book to ever feature of the New York Times Best Seller List was Winnie. Winnie the Pooh has been translated into German, Spanish, Dutch, Portuguese Italian, Polish and even Scots (to name a few). In total Winnie the Pooh has been translated into over 50 different languages, making it one of the largest reaching franchises ever.

Disney’s takeover

In 1961, Winnie the Pooh joined the Disney team and became a massive franchise. By 1966, Disney were ready to release numerous animated productions and create a global superstar in Children’s entertainment. Winnie and friends have gone from strength to strength with various TV shows, films and adaptations made. They are some of Disney’s most recognisable characters after Mickey and Minnie Mouse of course. Since there have been many films based around the characters, including Heffalump.

The Legacy of Winnie the Pooh

winnie the pooh 1024 × 768The Hollywood Walk of Fame has a whole host of celebrity names. From the biggest artists in the world to the greatest actors. It also includes only 16 fictional characters. Mickey Mouse, Kermit the Frog, Bugs Bunny are some who were awarded a star. In 2006, Winnie was finally honoured with his own star on the walk of fame. The only even bear to be honoured!

Children across the world will continue to read the stories of Winnie the Pooh and Christopher Robin in One Hundred Acre Wood. They fall in love with the characters, just like their parents, grandparents and great-grandparents did as children. This is the legacy of Winnie. AA Milne’s characters will continue to entertain children across the world for many more generations to come.

‘You are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem and smarter than you think.’