Piglet Might be a Thinker, but Winnie the Pooh Still Tears Him Apart

Welcome to Poohdickery! Writer Don Ferguson and artist Richard Moore did a syndicated Winnie the Pooh comic strip for ten years that was reprinted for decades after they stopped making new strips in the late 1980s. One of the notable aspects of the strip is how Winnie the Pooh and his friends often act a lot less nice than they do in their animated appearances. In this feature, I'll post one of these examples each installment. Click here for an archive of past installments!

In the original Winnie-the-Pooh books by A. A. Milne, the tiny, timid pig known as Piglet is Pooh's best friend (among the animals, that is, as I suppose you could argue that Christopher Robin is Pooh's best friend. Then again, Pooh and Christopher Robin have a bit of an odd relationship, so maybe Piglet would be Pooh's best friend no matter what). Piglet is a shy little guy, but when the need arises, he often shows himself to be capable of some notable acts of bravery.

Shockingly, when Winnie the Pooh was first adapted in animated form by Walt Disney, Disney decided to replace Piglet in the story with Gopher. Fans of the books responded with a resounding, "Say whaaaaaaa?" and Disney quickly relented and soon, Piglet's place in the Pooh animated mythos was secure. He and Pooh have been inseparable in the cartoons ever since.

As for the comic strip, the main stars of the strip were definitely Pooh and Piglet, as most of the strips depict the two friends going about their lives in Hundred Acre Wood. However, since they are the main stars of the book, they are also the two characters who end up being jerks to each other the most in the strips.

One of the areas where they come into conflict is the fact that, of the two, Piglet is a good deal smarter than Pooh, but that doesn't mean that Pooh doesn't still manage to zing him a lot, as in this comic strip, Pooh will just come at you with no provocation. For instance, today's featured strip...

"Brains before beauty" is a variation on a famous phrase, "Age before beauty," basically suggesting that the things that one learns in life are more important than looks, which are temporary. Here, though, Winnie the Pooh turns it around and explains that of course Piglet thinks brains are more important, because his looks aren't good. SAVAGE, POOH! SAVAGE!

That's it for this installment! If you happen to know of a good example of Poohdickery, feel free to drop me a line at brianc@cbr.com!

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