The Jenn Theory Of Pooh Personalities

This silly little idea is so simple and has such a long-standing history in my family that I can’t believe I haven’t shared it sooner. The concept is just this: Pooh Personalities.

Basically my family has a long held belief that everyone’s personality can be distilled into two characters from A.A. Milne’s Winnie the Pooh, and by extension the Disney films (I have a ton of love for both). Certainly there may be elements of more than two characters that could describe parts of you at times depending, but you only ever need two characters to make up your essence.

Milne did a wonderful job of creating characters that are both easily understood and well-rounded, although admittedly some more than others. Traditionally we have defined them as follows:

Pooh: Philosophical. Unhurried. Largely gentle. Somewhat oblivious. 

Piglet: Nervous. Anxious. Uncertain. Hopeful. Kind. 

Tigger: Enthusiastic. Simultaneously generous and selfish. High self-esteem. Tendency to steamroller others. 

Rabbit: Fondness for order. Unbridled crankiness in the face of disorder. 

Owl: Professorial. Likes to share knowledge. Not always aware of how interested others are in said knowledge. 

Eeyore: Gloomy (duh). Cynical. Secretly just wants love. 

Kanga: Warm. Maternal. 

Roo: Childlike, I guess. Kinda like a mini-Tigger, but I don’t think anyone has ever been described as Roo so whatevs.   

Christopher Robin: Bisy Backson. 

Gopher: He’s not in the book and he’s a ding-danged glad of it. 

Anyway. Here’s how it works:

I am a combination of Piglet and Tigger. I am anxious and risk-avoidant, but when I get excited about something I go all in.

My dad is a combination of Pooh and Owl. He is philosophical and has a tendency to pontificate.

My mom is a combination of Piglet and Rabbit. She is anxious and likes things to be How They Are Supposed To Be.

My brother is a combination of Rabbit and Owl. We don’t get along.

What’s your Pooh personality? Is this game completely idiotic or are we totally on to something? Should I have given Christopher Robin a real description? But, like, WHAT?

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An Ode to Winnie the Pooh

A couple weeks ago I chose Piglet & Pooh as my Marry for Kill/Refurb/Marry: Disney Partners. Naturally I had to go plumb the depths of YouTube for the perfect video to illustrate why. Shockingly, I did NOT get sucked into the YouTube vortex at that time – but my brain was ready to pick up the slack itself. But the time I went to bed that night, I was singing a rotating medley of both the movie Pooh theme:

And the Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh theme:

And that made me remember the weird live-action Pooh show I have only very vague memories of beyond the fact that I LOOOOVED it as a little kid:

And also the books, with the Spotted or Herbacious Backson and the Expotition and Bisy Backson and Please Ring Bell If Answer is Required and don’t you know what THER means and did anyone else read those Benjamin Hoff books about Taoism?

And it’s the narrator!

And THAT’S trouncing.

Can’t you see the presents? The cake? The candles? Neither can I. After all, we can’t all, and some of us don’t.

Incidentally, THE WONDERFUL THING ABOUT TIGGERS IS TIGGERS ARE WONDERFUL THINGS. Did I say Tigger? I meant Tee-Eye-Double-Guh-Er.

Magnificent magic, most mysterious, make meek me make the monsters into mozzarella marmalade!

And oh my God, PIGLET WAS SECRETLY IN THE EMPEROR’S NEW GROOVE!

Is there any more? No, there isn’t. I thought not.

Or at any rate, I don’t think so. It isn’t meant to be. (Although in all seriousness, every time I watched a clip I would think of ANOTHER good one; I’m leaving out A LOT. DON’T. FEED. THE. BEAR.)

Basically what I’m trying to say here is that Winnie the Pooh in all its forms, at once clever, gentle, and philosophical, shaped my childhood and continues to be one of my favorite things. Ever. You might even say that Pooh, not Roo’s medicine, is what Jenns like best.

TTFN! Ta-ta for now! <– Paul Winchell ad-libbed that


Don’t forget, you can follow us on Twitter @fairestrunofall. To see how our training is going, check out Jenn’s dailymile here and Moon’s dailymile here. If you have any questions for us, leave a comment or email us at fairestrunofall@gmail.comSee ya real soon!

Kill/Refurb/Marry: Disney Partners

It’s Kill/Refurb/Marry time! Today’s blog hop topic is “Disney Partners” otherwise described as “Disney Best Friends.” I’ve put some thought into it and decided upon the following:

Kill:
Mike, Sully & Boo from
Monsters, Inc.

I don’t know if you want to argue that Mike & Boo are more of a team or Sully & Boo are more of a team or what. All I know is that if Boo is playing for your team, YOU LOSE.

Refurb:
The Figment Crew from Journey Into Your Imagination at Epcot


I was having a little trouble determining which Disney buddy pair I wanted to refurb until I remembered, hey, I can totally go outside the movies, right? And so it shall be. Therefore, I wish to refurb the Imagination Pavilion team. Eric Idle, you’re a wonderful Python, but you’re no Dreamfinder. Let’s bring him back, shall we? I guess you could call this half a kill, or Nigel can stay too – I just want a little piece of the original ride I loved back. Let’s make it happen!

Mistakes were made.

Marry:
Pooh & Piglet of Everything Pooh-Related


Don’t get me wrong – of all the randomly added characters the world has ever seen in book-to-movie adaptations, Gopher is the most charming. But I’m glad Disney came to their senses and brought Piglet back for subsequent Pooh projects. Why marry the Pooh-Piglet combo? Here’s why:

I rest my case.

P.S. “W-O-L. That spells Owl.” “Bless my soul, so it does!”

Don’t forget, you can follow us on Twitter @fairestrunofall. To see how our training is going, check out Jenn’s dailymile here and Moon’s dailymile here. If you have any questions for us, leave a comment or email us at fairestrunofall@gmail.comSee ya real soon!

Squirtgun To Your Head: Favorite Disney Character?

Hey, remember that post I promised for this week about treadmills vs. outdoors? Postponed to next week. Apologies! Hopefully I can appease you with the fact that Moon was available for this one! I can? GREAT! Right then; off to Busch Gardens Williamsburg. Follow us on Twitter for more on that today!

JENN:  SQUIRTGUN TO YOUR HEAD! Who is your favorite Disney character?!

MOON: Mr. Ray. Or better yet: OOOOOOOhhhh Mr. Ray.

All knowledge exploring is oh so lyrical
when you think thoughts that are empirical!

JENN:  Haha, I thought you’d say Pluto.

MOON: Pluto was second choice.

JENN:
Do you remember the bike puppet Mr. Ray from Finding Nemo: The Musical?

MOON: Yes! That was really cool. I want a bike like that.

JENN: I’ll have to work on that for your next birthday.

MOON: Ha! Okay, squirtgun turned on you.

JENN:  Ack ack ack. Um…………..

UM.

EEYORE.

MOON:  …Oh.

JENN: Mulan and the Cheshire Cat were fighting for the crown (lion and unicorn style!) but I went with Eeyore because I quote him often.

“We can’t all, and some of us don’t.”

And of course, my perennial birthday favorite: “Can’t you see the cake? The candles? The presents? … Neither can I.”

And like me, he is a master speller. “W-O-L. That spells Owl.”

(Source)

MOON:  Hahaha!

So, I’m sure everyone knows my mom is not doing so hot (although there has been progress and I am confident she will pull through!), so during her first hospital stay I brought Winnie the Pooh to read to her. My mom read to me a little when I was a child, but I have never read to her!

It was smooth sailing until Eeyore came into the narrative. Mom was not pleased with my Eeyore voice. I have to say, it takes a certain personality to nail it.

JENN: We should so do a Winnie the Pooh screenplay reading for her! I can be Eeyore, your dad can be Pooh, you can be Piglet, and Elizabeth can be Rabbit.

MOON: That suits us all pretty well!

Don’t forget, you can follow us on Twitter @fairestrunofall. To see how our training is going, check out Jenn’s dailymile here and Moon’s dailymile here. If you have any questions for us, leave a comment or email us at fairestrunofall@gmail.com. See ya real soon!