Winnie the Pooh at 90

Everybody's favourite bear turned 90 this past week and our venerable friend has gone through many changes over the years. However, call me old fashioned, but I like the original Pooh look over the Disney version of him and so my quick sketch tribute follows that version.

If you're curious, you should look up the history of this character. The roots of Winnie the Pooh are based on a real bear, Winnipeg Bear (Winnie for short) who was brought to London during the first World War by a Canadian soldier. The bear was very tame and friendly and, when the soldier's unit was deployed to Europe, the bear stayed at the London Zoo.

Winnie proved to be a massive draw because she was so tame. Yes, the real Winnie was a girl! So tame that children could be inside the enclosure with her and feed her treats. One such child was Christopher Milne who, if you put two-and-two together, is the son of A.A. Milne, the author of Winnie the Pooh. Both the original real bear and the fictional one based on her remain, to this day, a pretty incredible legacy.

Happy birthday Winnie.