Winnie the Pooh
A cuddly bear thats included in the list of cartoon characters, has also been around since the dawn of the dinosaurs.Winnie-the-Pooh, originally a childrens book, was published in 1926 with the character of Winnie the Pooh, Piglet, and Eeyore. The second collection of Winnie-the-Pooh stories, The House at Pooh Corner, was published two years later and introduced the character Tigger. Since then, the books have been published in over twenty languages, worldwide.The author, A. A. Milne (Alan Alexander Milne), was inspired for these stories by his son and his sons stuffed animals.The little boy who talks to the animals was named Christopher Robin, after the name of A. A. Milnes real-life son. The name Winnie came from another real black bear, which Christopher Robin adored, in the London Zoo. Winnie was short for Winnipeg. The Pooh part of the name came from the name of a swan.Thus, the name of the famous lazy bear in the stories became Winnie the Pooh even though traditionally Winnie is a girls name and Winnie the Pooh is definitely a boy bear.Shepards drawings of the fictional Winnie-the-Pooh world and characters were how most children envisioned them until Walt Disney bought the film rights to Winnie-the-Pooh in 1961.