Welcome to a new take on my weekly Disney column! We will still be taking a look back each week, but instead of looking at a film, we will be singing the praises of a particular character who we feel might have been overlooked.
These are not the stars of the show, nor the main villains we all love to hate but rather those supporting roles which are often taken for granted but without them, the film wouldn’t be what it was at all.This week, I’ll be telling you all why I love Owl, from Winnie the Pooh.
Owl is, in my opinion, the funniest character in Winnie the Pooh. The neurotic Rabbit runs a very close second but Owl tops the list of comedic characters for me, simply because he carries everything out with the utmost conviction, while having no clue whatsoever.
He is the only one of the Hundred Acre Wood character that can read and write, and consequently that elevates his social status to near god-like. The rest of them all look up to him, not realising that Owl’s actual literacy levels are rudimentary at best.
Owl is driven to near nervous breakdown on many an occasion by Pooh, who is a ‘bear of very little brain,’ and the delightfully naive Piglet but also, he would be lost without them. They make him feel useful and wanted when they ask him for advice or help, and actually, that is all Owl really wants to be.
There are so many great scenes from the animated Disney movies involving Owl that it’s hard to pick the best ones. Firstly, in Winnie the Pooh and the Blustery Day, when he notices his tree has crashed, he immediately blames Pooh, which is just hilarious.
Owl: Well, I say now… Someone has… Pooh! Did you do that?
Winnie the Pooh: I don’t think so.
Then Eeyore tells him how to incorrectly spell his name, and Owl, not realising the error, merrily goes along with it:
Eeyore: W-O-L That spells Owl
Owl: Bless my soul, so it does.
And again he demonstrates his total lack of knowledge in Winnie The Pooh’s Most Grand Adventure:
Owl: He has gone to S-C-H-O-O-L!
Winnie the Pooh: [in a funny voice] Skull? What sort of place is that?
But my favourite Owl moment comes in Winnie The Pooh and the Honey Tree, when Owl unintentionally invents the Backson. Christopher Robin leaves a note to tell everyone he will be “back soon” and oh dear, Owl reads it as “backson” and decides that some terrible monster must have taken Christopher Robin.
This leads to a brilliant song, ending with everyone setting off to try and catch the backson. This song sums up all that is great about Owl. He’s thinking on his feet, making it all up as he goes along but most importantly, he never lets his friends down by saying he doesn’t know. Just a quote wouldn’t do this brilliance justice so please, watch the clip below and enjoy!
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