I recently appeared on a podcast to discuss my love for this Winnie the Pooh collection. Released in 1977, this musical anthology is comprised of three previously released animated featurettes - 1966's Winnie the Pooh and the Honey Tree, 1968's Winnie the Pooh and the Blustery Day, and 1974's Winnie the Pooh and Tigger Too. A fourth scene, a shorter one, was added to give the film a more cohesive ending. It's based on the final chapter of The House at Pooh Corner and involves Christopher Robin's leaving Hundred-Acre Wood to go to school.
Winnie the Pooh and a Day for Eeyore was added to this collection in 1983, though it's not in this particular collection.
This collection was the final collection on which Walt Disney himself had direct involvement. There's no denying it's a kinder, gentler collection that avoids the razzle-dazzle of contemporary animation. It's sweet, fun, and filled with gentle, life-affirming values. It's easily one of my favorite of Disney's animated collections even over 40 years after its release.
If you look at the voice work, you also find some old television familiar faces including multiple voice actors who played live characters on The Andy Griffith Show. Music by the Sherman Brothers is warm and winning.
As a fun fact, the character of Gopher does not appear in the Milne stories. It was added by the studio as an American character to better draw in American audiences. It was also hoped Gopher would add a light element of comedy to the Pooh universe.
Animation has changed greatly over the years but The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh remains one of my absolute favorite animated features.