A Bear Named Winnie
Directed byJohn Kent Harrison
Written byJohn Kent Harrison
John Goldsmith
Simon Vaughan (story)
Produced bySimon Vaughan
Kim Todd
CinematographyJean Lépine
Edited byRon Wisman
Music byCharlie Mole
Distributed byCBC
Release date
  • 12 December 2004 (2004-12-12)
Running time
90 minutes

A Bear Named Winnie is a 2004 made-for-television drama film directed by John Kent Harrison. It stars Michael Fassbender and David Suchet.[1][2] It concerns one of the real-life inspirations behind A.A. Milne's Winnie The Pooh.[3]


At the outbreak of World War 1, troops march through the Manitoban city of Winnipeg. Among them is Lieutenant Harry Colebourn (Fassbender), a veteran with a gift for animals. He soon meets a bear, Winnie, who provides comfort for the soldiers and by order of General Hallholland (David Suchet), becomes the regimental mascot.



To avoid legal problems concerning the copyrights of both Disney and the Milne estate, Winnie the Pooh and anything related to the property is never referenced nor discussed throughout the film.[4][better source needed]

Critical response

John Ferguson of The Radio Times awarded it two stars and said, 'This touching fact-based drama almost manages to carry off its combination of First World War setting and sentimental tale, but is unsure of its target audience.'.[5]

See also


  1. ^ Maloney 2012, p. 30.
  2. ^ A bear named Winnie. WorldCat. OCLC 865232108.
  3. ^ Mattick, Lindsay (24 November 2015). "The story of how Winnie the Pooh was inspired by a real bear – in pictures". The Guardian.
  4. ^ "A Bear Named Winnie (TV Movie 2004)". IMDb.
  5. ^ "A Bear Named Winnie – review - cast and crew, movie star rating and where to watch film on TV and online". Radio Times.