Winnie-the-Pooh and a Busy Day
Image from the film
Directed byFyodor Khitruk, Gennady Sokolsky
StarringVladimir Osenev
Yevgeny Leonov
Iya Savvina
Erast Garin
Zinaida Naryshkina
Music byMieczysław Weinberg
Release date
  • 1972 (1972)
Running time
20 minutes
CountrySoviet Union

Winnie-the-Pooh and a Busy Day (Russian: Винни-Пух и день забот, romanizedVinni-Pukh i den zabot listen, or Winnie the Pooh and a Day of Troubles in the English dub title) is a 1972 animated short film by Soyuzmultfilm, directed by Fyodor Khitruk and Gennady Sokolsky. Based on the book series by A. A. Milne, it is the final part of a trilogy, following Winnie-the-Pooh (1969) and Winnie-the-Pooh Pays a Visit (1971). Twice longer than either of its predecessors,[1] this installment is co-written by Khitruk and Boris Zakhoder, with prototype drawings created by Khitruk and Vladimir Zuikov.


Eeyore and Owl make their first appearance in the trilogy, while Winnie-the-Pooh, Piglet, and the narrator all return. (Rabbit appears only in the second installment.)[2][3] Once they learn it's Eeyore's birthday, his friends attempt to mark the occasion.


Legacy and awards

In 1976 Khitruk was awarded the USSR State Prize for the Winnie-the-Pooh trilogy.[5] 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.[6]

When Khitruk visited the Disney Studios, Wolfgang Reitherman, the author of Winnie the Pooh and the Blustery Day that won the 1968 Academy Award for Best Animated Short Film, told him that he liked the Soviet version better than his own.[5][7]


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