When I was very young, I regrettably sang the "Little Black Rain Cloud" song to my parents, complete with a balloon. Ugh, what a mistake that was! Had I known that they would repeatedly ask me to sing it for guests; I never would have done it. This post is not about dark childhood memories though, but actually just Winnie the Pooh. However, I knew as soon as I brought up anything Pooh Bear related, *ahem* someone was bound to blow my secret.
Moving right along...
I'm sorry Disney, but you just don't hold a candle to A.A. Milne's wonderful creation. Also, why did you change E. H. Shepard’s sweet illustrations? That was unnecessary. Frankly, I think you should give up. Fortunately, years after the fact, many people still keep the spirit of the classic Pooh alive.
I was a stuffed animal girl living the Christopher Robin life and so, I love love loved animal stories, especially one's in which authors, like A.A. Milne who created a whole world for their characters to live and move in. I adore animal stories with maps in the front. What could be more appealing to a child (and children’s-books-loving-grownups) than a pack of animal friends that roam around the 100 Acre Woods having adventures?
A few months ago, I stumbled over this fun webpage. The author has categorized the classic Christopher Robin and friends according to the Myers-Briggs Temperaments Indicator. If you know your Myers-Briggs temperament, you can match yourself up to one of the characters.
As an ENTJ/P, I am most like Rabbit. Fortunately, the real Rabbit is nowhere near as high-strung and cantankerous as he is portrayed in the Disney version. I don't think I am quite as bossy or domineering as A.A. Milne's Rabbit. Still, I think it is a good fit since I do appreciate planning, organization, gathering friends together, and gardening. I also share his love for the domestic. Rhys is an ENFP. Sadly, this temperament isn't a very clear match on the test. However, in the past he has often been compared to Tigger. Due to my "captianish air" as rabbit, I deem this to be a good assessment. This is very amusing if you think of the Rabbit and Tigger together in the classic Pooh.
What about you, who is your 100 Acre Wood's doppelganger?