"Many Thanks for Christopher Robin" is a Thanksgiving-themed episode, though the holiday is instead referred to as "Many Thanks Day." The story of "Turtle's Need for Speed" may be a subtle reference to the Aesop's fable "The Tortoise and the Hare."
For those viewing the program on Playhouse Disney in the United States, this episode features the first appearance of Darby's friend Christopher Robin. Viewers in some other markets, however, including the U.K., have already seen him in "Christopher Froggin'."
Darby: Turtle, what if you didn't have to go all the way to Rabbit's house for the game.
Turtle: Well, now that's a thought.
Darby: Turtle, I think we've solved your problem.
Tigger: We have? Whew. You know, sometimes Dar-Dar's train of thought just leaves me at the station.
Pooh: Did you forget to run, Turtle?
Turtle: I am running. You know, I'm beginning to think maybe we turtles just aren't meant to go fast.
Turtle: Believe you me, I don't like being late all the time. I even left my house extra-early today, but... nothing seems to help.
Pooh: (regarding Turtle) He's probably just, um, running a little late.
Rabbit: Well, that's the problem. He never runs and he's always late.
Rabbit: He should be here by now. Where is he?
Pooh: Rabbit, who is the who you're asking the where about, exactly?
Rabbit: Why, Turtle, of course. I'm at the end of my rope!
Pooh: Well, if it's more rope you need, I'm certain we can help you find some.
Tigger: But ya' have to promise to take better care of the new one.
Darby: Maybe the woozles don't want to come to our feast because they're afraid of us.
Porcupine: Oh, I'm terribly sorry, Tigger. I was just picking berries on the other side and I think I picked you instead.
Tigger: Well, at least you got good taste.
Christopher Robin: I've always wanted to go on a Super Sleuth adventure. I suppose I better clap my cap. To the woozle cave!
Darby: Those woozles could be anywhere.
Pooh: Hello? Oh bother. Ahem. Flag? I don't suppose you could be more specific?
Lumpy: So that's what Many Thanks Day is for? Eating?
Roo: Well, not exactly. It's more about, well (ears droop)
Christopher Robin: Many Thanks Day is when everyone comes together to give thanks for what they have.
Lumpy: Everyone? Rabbits and Pooh bears and Tiggers and Darbies and Busters and Roos and heffalumps and woozles?
Rabbit: Exactly. What? Woozles? Oh no! Not woozles!
Lumpy: But you said everyone. Doesn't that mean we should invite the woozles, too?
Tigger: Christopher Robin, old pal. What'd you bring, huh? What'd you bring? Something Tiggers like best, I hope.
Rabbit: Pooh bear, we're not supposed to eat until everyone sits down together.
Pooh: Oh, of course, Rabbit. It's simply my traditional Many Thanks Day taste.
The premiere of this episode was part of "Pooh Friends and New Friends" week. This special block of programming included episodes with stories focusing on a specific characters of the show Monday - Friday. On Saturday, Playhouse Disney premiered two new episodes of My Friends Tigger & Pooh, as well as new episodes of Higglytown Heroes and Little Einsteins and the premiere of a new series, Bunnytown.
This episode will repeat on Saturday, November 17, as well as on Thanksgiving Day, November 22.
Don MacKinnon is the director for "Many Thanks for Christopher Robin," Nicole Dubuc is the writer and Roy Meurin is the storyboard artist. David Hartman is the director for "Turtle's Need for Speed," Brian Hohlfeld is the writer and Kirk Van Wormer is the storyboard artist. Brian Hohlfeld is the story editor for both stories.
Darby: Um, uh, you OK, Pooh?
Pooh: Um, uh, yes. (chuckles unsurely) It's just that, um, pretending to be a woozle is rather... confoozle-ing.
Possibly a nod to the classic tune, "Heffalumps and Woozles" by the Sherman Bros. from Winnie the Pooh and the Blustery Day, in which it was sung that "A heffalump or woozle is very confusil." Viewers first learned that heffalumps weren't exactly what Pooh and his friends thought in Pooh's Heffalump Movie.