Winnie the Pooh is a character from the Disney media franchise based on A. A. Milne’s Winnie-the-Pooh (1926) and The House at Pooh Corner (1928).
In 1961, Walt Disney Productions licensed certain film and other rights to the characters, stories, and trademarks from Stephen Slesinger, Inc. and the estate of A. A. Milne. and made a series of cartoon films about him. The early cartoons were based on several of the original stories and the distinctive images made popular by Stephen Slesinger, Inc. during the 1930s through 1960s. Alongside the cartoon versions, which Disney adapted from Slesinger, Slesinger’s simplified lines and pastel color adaptations of Shepard’s classical drawings are now marketed under the description “Classic Pooh”.