Winnie-the-Pooh Pays a Visit
Image from the film.
Directed byFyodor Khitruk
Written byFyodor Khitruk
Boris Zakhoder
StarringVladimir Osenev
Yevgeny Leonov
Iya Savvina
Anatoly Shchukin
CinematographyMikhail Druyan
Music byMieczysław Weinberg
Distributed bySoyuzmultfilm
Release date
  • 1971 (1971)
Running time
10 minutes
CountrySoviet Union

Winnie-the-Pooh Pays a Visit (Russian: Винни-Пух идёт в гости, romanizedVinni-Pukh idyot v gosti listen ) is a 1971 animated film by Soyuzmultfilm directed by Fyodor Khitruk. The film is based on chapter two in the book series by A. A. Milne. It is the second part of a trilogy, following Winnie-the-Pooh (1969) and preceding Winnie-the-Pooh and a Busy Day (1972).


The second part closely follows the first one: it is co-written by Khitruk and Boris Zakhoder and is based on the Pooh's love for honey; its prototype drawings are two dimensional and are created by Khitruk and Vladimir Zuikov. A new character (Rabbit) is added to the core cast of the first part: Winnie-the-Pooh, the narrator, and the Piglet.[1][2]


Legacy and awards

In 1976 Khitruk was awarded the USSR State Prize for the Winnie-the-Pooh trilogy.[4] The animation characters, as designed by Khitruk's team, are featured on the 1988 Soviet and 2012 Russian postal stamps; they are permanently painted on a public streetcar running through the Sokolniki Park, and their sculptures are installed in Ramenki District in Moscow.[5]

When Khitruk visited the Disney Studios, Wolfgang Reitherman, the director of Winnie the Pooh and the Blustery Day, which won the 1968 Academy Award for Best Animated Short Film, told him that he liked the Soviet version better than his own.[4][6]


  1. ^ Mikhailin, yurii (2005) О зарождении идеи фильма (Interview with Khitruk in Russian). Kinovedcheskie Zapiski, Vol. 73
  2. ^ Iten, Oswald (August 8, 2011). Pooh vs. Pukh, a character analysis. Colorful Animation Expressions
  3. ^ a b c d Kapkov, Segey (2006). Мастера дураковаляния (Interview with Khitruk in Russian). Kinovedcheskie Zapiski, Vol. 80
  4. ^ a b Фёдор Хитрук (Fyodor Khitruk). Russian Animated Film Association
  5. ^ Винни-Пуху и всем-всем-всем.
  6. ^ Moritz, William (1999) The Spirit Of Genius: Feodor Khitruk. Animation World Magazine