“T-I-double guh-err; that spells Tigger!”
Tigger first came bouncing in to the world in the 1928 children’s book The House at Pooh Corner. In the 2nd chapter of The House at Pooh Corner Tigger introduces himself to a sleepy Winnie-the-Pooh by bouncing up to Pooh’s house in the middle of the night. From that point forward Tigger became a permanent fixture in the Hundred Acre Wood. He was not in the original book of the Winnie-the-Pooh series, Winnie-the-Pooh (1926). Tigger’s Disney debut was in the 1968 animated feature Winnie the Pooh and the Blustery Day.
“But the wonderful thing about tiggers is that I’m the only one.”
There is nothing shy about Tigger. He is loud, energetic, and almost constantly full of joy. He is the self proclaimed only Tigger in the world. Tigger has a very high opinion of himself and doesn’t believe there’s anything he can’t do – until he tries it. His over confident attitude often gets him into difficult situations. Tigger has his own brand of wit; He views the world through child-like eyes finding incredible truths through over simplified observations. Tigger knows everything….unless he doesn’t. He likes any kind of food until Pooh and the other characters begin to offer different foods to him. It is then that we learn that Tiggers don’t like honey, thistles, acorns, and a great deal of the things. Despite his faults Tigger remains charming and lovable.
“Oh Tigger, where are your manners?”
“I don’t know, but I bet they’re having more fun than I am.”
The author of the original Winnie-the-Pooh series, A.A. Milne, based all of the characters in the series from his son’s stuffed animals. Many of the elements of the Winnie-the-Pooh stories were based on real things in Milne’s life. The character Christopher Robin was based on his son who was also named Christopher Robin (his son later grew resentful of this). Winnie-the-Pooh was named after a locally famous black bear named Winnie (from Winnipeg in Canada) and a swan named Pooh that Christopher Robin had been fascinated by. The Hundred Acre Wood was named after and mapped out the same as a place in Ashdown Forest which the Milne family enjoyed going to. As for Tigger, his personality was not actually modeled after a tiger at all. Rather, Milne claimed that Tigger’s true inspiration was a very excitable black spaniel named Chum.