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The True Story Behind Winnie The Pooh: Struggles Of The Real Christopher Robin

True Story Behind Winnie The Pooh and Christopher RobinEver heard of Winnie The Pooh? I’m guessing you answered yes to that :). I think it would be hard to find a person out there who hasn’t heard of loveable yellow bear with the round stomach and massive addiction to honey.

The adventures of Winnie The Pooh and his friends Eeyore, Piglet, Tigger, and Christopher Robin in the Hundred Acre Wood are so popular that they’ve become a part of people’s childhood memories.

But what most people don’t know is that there’s actually a true story behind it all…


PROBLEMS OF THE REAL CHRISTOPHER ROBIN

Picture of the real Winnie The Pooh and Christopher RobinTo find out the true story behind Winnie The Pooh we have to go all the way back to the year 1920 in England, on the day a boy named Christopher Robin came into the world.

From the day he was born Christopher Robin had problems with his parents. They had the perfect little dresses and dolls in mind for their expected little girl, and a the perfect name, Rosemary, picked out for her. But instead of a beautiful little little girl they got a boy instead.

As he grew older it seemed hard for his parents to let go of their disappointment. His mother would often want him to dress in girly clothes, with a girl’s haircut. And his father was the first to admit that he didn’t even like children in the first place, so it was especially hard for him to bond with his ‘surprise’ son. He was a successful writer, and preferred to spend time on stories and poems rather than deal with the awkwardness of being around his young son.

It’s not that Christopher Robin’s parents didn’t love him but… let’s just say that they liked to keep their distance most of the time. So growing up he ended up being taken care of by a kind woman named Nanny Olive and usually only got to see his parents a couple times each day for short periods.



THE REAL WINNIE THE POOH

Picture of the real bear Winnie The Pooh was named after.With his parents out of the picture for much of the time, Christopher Robin relied on two things to get by during his childhood: the doting attention of Nanny Olive, who he secretly considered to be his ‘real’ parent, and the adventures that his imagination would take him on.

He loved to to run around a place called Ashdown Forest (which is basically the Hundred Acre Wood, only 5 times bigger) and have adventures with his stuffed animal friends… Winnie, Eeyore, Tigger, Piglet, Kanga, and Roo. Winnie was his absolute favorite and had been named after a famous bear he’d seen at the zoo. The bear had been adopted by a soldier in World War I and had traveled to England all the way from Canada.

Winnie The Pooh and Christopher Robin Playing Pooh Sticks true storyEven when Christopher Robin wasn’t in Ashdown Forest he would imagine that he and his friends were back there having a blast jumping over streams, exploring new places, and of course, standing on a bridge playing Pooh Sticks.

Christopher Robin loved to create elaborate adventures for himself and his friends. It was a magical, happy, time whenever he would be with Winnie and the others. So magical in fact, that it even caught the attention of his normally distant father. Imagine how thrilled Christopher Robin felt when his father announced he’d be writing about the adventures with Winnie and the others!

So ironically, the man who felt awkward around children ended up writing a book of stories for children. And he was quite good at it too. In no time Winnie The Pooh, Piglet, Tigger, and all of Christopher Robin’s stuffed animal friends became famous around the world.

The Real Winnie The Pooh Eeyore Tigger Piglet Roo Kanga

And alongside them Christopher Robin became famous as well. The stories were so popular that he was named one of the most famous children ever, alongside the children of people like kings and queens. But there was a price for all this fame.


BULLIES AND FANS

Illustration from Winnie The Pooh book.Christopher Robin had never felt happier. He now shared something very special with his father and was often the center of attention when he was around other people. News reporters would come to his house to try and find out more about the kid behind the Winnie The Pooh stories, and he got tons of fan mail from all corners of the earth.

He rode the wave of fame happily, but it all came crashing down the moment he started school. Like most kids around him he was sent to boarding school at 8 years old, but unlike the other kids from the moment he stepped foot into the school he was bullied relentlessly. There were many kids who were jealous of his fame and wanted to make sure he knew his place. Here was Christopher Robin, a gentle, soft-spoken kid who was used to having adventures with his stuffed animals under the protection of his beloved Nanny Olive. But all those things were gone now, and he was on his own at boarding school.

The face of the real Christopher Robin as a childThe Winnie The Pooh stories that had made him the center of attention at home transformed him into an easy target at school. He couldn’t walk down the hall or even simply sit in his room without someone mocking him with quotes from the books that had made him famous.

The bullies ramped things up more and it got to the point were he was being beaten up over the Winnie The Pooh stories. Year after year this happened and Christopher Robin couldn’t help but to shudder at anything to do with
Winnie The Pooh. Things looked different to him now, and he watched with growing resentment as his father gained fame and money for the stories while he had to keep dealing with bullies. What had once been something special shared between him and his father, now became a big rift.

Picture of cover of the original Winnie The Pooh book of stories.Eventually he got in shape and studied boxing so that he could learn to fend off the bullies, but the relationship with his father continued to deteriorate. Christopher Robin graduated from school. He joined the army and survived being in World War II. He started a family and his own business. Still, the cold reality of fame followed him at every turn.

It seemed to me almost that my father has got to where he was by climbing upon my infant shoulders.

That he had filched from me my good name and that had and had left me with empty fame of being his son.
–Christopher Robin Milne

He was hounded by reporters and fans who wanted to connect with the innocent young Christopher Robin of the Winnie The Pooh books, but instead they found a grown man who was simply weary of the whole thing. He even got angry letters from people who insisted that he force himself to be happy about being the real Christopher Robin. Try as he might though, Winnie The Pooh reminded him of how his father hadn’t spent much time with him as a child, yet was able to gain fame from his imaginary world. But would he really live out the rest of his life like this?



THE ADVENTURES OF CHRISTOPHER ROBIN

Book cover of true story Written By Christopher Robin MilneIt turns out that the thing Christopher Robin needed was the very thing that had caused him so much trouble in the first place. After spending so many years of suffering because of a book inspired by his young life, he decided to sit down at the typewriter and write his own book about it at age 54. Not a fiction book like his father had written, but one about what really happened in his childhood, and to tell things as Christopher Robin the real boy had experienced it.

On January 1, 1974 his book The Enchanted Places was published. The first day of the year was a fitting time for it to be released, as it started off a new lease on life for him when it came to all things Winnie The Pooh. Being able to get his own story out to the public helped him come to terms with the fame and the bad memories, and he was able to start enjoying Winnie The Pooh stories again.

The Real Christopher Robin Grown UpAfter a while he started to make public appearances at Winnie The Pooh related events, and people were thrilled to see him. He would never be able to forget all of his suffering, but talking about it through his book helped to bring back the magic and innocence of his childhood adventures, and let him start to enjoy the stories once more.

He even started to play Pooh Sticks again, just like when he was a boy.

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03/18/2016
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Rugrats Theory Song Is A Glimpse Into Angelica’s Twisted Mind

Rugrats Theory Angelica Crazy StoryIf you’re subscribed to the stories on this blog you probably remember the disturbing but interesting story of The Rugrats Theory.

Basically the theory said that the cartoon Rugrats was based on the true story of a girl named Angelica. She couldn’t cope with the tragedies that were happening in her life (like how Chuckie died, and her mother left the family and never came back), so she went crazy, creating an imaginary world to deal with everything.

I dug into the history of Rugrats and found out that there was actually a true story behind the show, which wasn’t quite what The Rugrats Theory said. However, The Rugrats Theory still sticks in the mind of people who read it due to the haunting image of an insane Angelica.

What most people who’ve read The Rugrats Theory don’t know though is that there’s a song based on it that goes even deeper into the story. The song is usually referred to as ‘Vocaloid Rugrats Rugrats Vocaloid Song AngelicaTheory’. It was originally uploaded in English, but now for some mysterious reason only a version where Angelica sings in Japanese remains.

Luckily there are English lyrics in the video that tell us what she’s singing, and throughout the song you can hear her as she tries and fails to cope with the tragedies of her life.

In the beginning of the song the story starts off with Angelica having a hard time dealing with the loss of those she loves. We can’t quite tell at this point if she’s talking to herself or someone else:

I think the world is so wonderful
(The world is wonderful)
And we only have one chance to be here
So tell me why you’re hurting yourself

I guess I just do not understand
(What’s the meaning of life?)
Everything I’ve been told I believe
And yet people that I love just leave

Then when she sings another part it’s revealed who she is really talking to: her doll Cynthia.

I know you said that you’re not lying
(And well maybe that’s true)
So I’ll push away any doubt I have
Angelica Pickles Cynthia Doll RugratsBecause I Know you will tell the truth

(Right, Cynthia?)

In The Rugrats Theory story Angelica has modified her doll Cynthia to look and “act” just like the mother that abandoned her, as a replacement. In the Vocaloid Rugrats Theory song the story is taken even further and it has Angelica and Cynthia ruling together like queens over her imaginary world:

Welcome to my perfect world, according to Angelica
It’s my turn to run the show
Next to Cynthia Cynthia

With Tommy, Chuckie, Phil and Lil,
I’ll never feel alone
So we can play games all day long,
While the earth is spinning

Round and round and round and round and round and
While the earth is spinning

But things go wrong and cracks start to show in her perfect world:

They just have to listen to me and do what I tell them,
Why why why why why why?
Why won’t they listen?

Everyone’s whispering about me
(What are they talking about?)
Do you think I did something wrong again?
Well I promise you, it wasn’t me

Angelica’s imaginary world and the real world begin to collide as her disturbed actions get noticed by those around her. Then the worst happens, Cynthia abandons her:

Where did you go? When I needed you? (I needed you)
I’m left all alone
and I need to start it over now

Can’t you hear me scream?

I can’t hold it in. (Not anymore)

Who am I again?

The end of the song has her spiraling into madness, and ends with her saying “Now my world is perfect” over and over.

Okay this song is downright spooky, check out the video:

I like this Japanese version because to me as an English speaking person it makes it more mysterious to hear her singing, since I can’t directly understand the words. I can easier imagine looking at this insane little girl chattering strangely to herself while playing with dolls and living in a twisted world that I can’t see.

But what do you think? Is the Vocaloid Rugrats Theory an interesting dive into the story of The Rugrats Theory, or is it too realistic and haunting?

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10/14/2015
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The Boy Behind Pokemon: True Story And Urban Legend Behind The Game

Pokemon True Story Behind GamePokemon is one of the most popular video games ever made, odds are you’ve played it at some point in your life, but did you know that there’s a true story behind the game?

I had no idea until I got an email from blog reader Amanda B, who said:

Hello I recently came upon your blog and I must say they are very intresting ^_^ and I have been wondering about the theory of pokemon.

I have done my own research on it and I keep coming up that ash is in a coma and that he dreaming everything that is happening. I was just wondering if you know the truth behind it. Please and thank you ^-^

This made me wonder if there really was a true story behind Pokemon, and if so would it be a weird one?

I was intrigued by the idea that such an imaginative game could possibly have real people (and …real animals?) behind it. I dug into things and time and time again came across the theory that Amanda B mentioned. It’s the most popular theory of Pokemon out there, and it’s known simply as “Ash’s Coma”.


THE STORY OF ASH’S POKEMON COMA

Pokemon Ash Coma True Story TheoryThe theory of Ash’s Coma came out of the Pokemon cartoon series, which went into detail about the story of Pokemon and it’s main character Ash. In the first episode his life seems fairly normal, but then he gets into a bad accident while riding his bike.

He wakes up from this accident and suddenly his world is changed. Ash starts to travel the globe and has fantastical adventures involving the training and battling of strange creatures. There’s a bizarre twist though, no matter which new town that he goes to there’s always the same nurse and police officer there.

The Ash’s Coma theory came out of this and other weird aspects of the show. The theory states that Ash never actually woke up from the bike accident. Instead he was found unconscious and taken to the hospital. The doctors there put him on medications for his severe injuries and this is how the world of Pokemon came to be.

Pokemon true story Nurse Joy and Officer JennyThe medications were meant to keep his body alive but they also helped his mind to cope with being in a coma. If his mind wakes up before his body is fully healed and able to move then he will likely go insane. So his imagination builds new worlds and situations for him to experience while he slowly comes to terms with his situation. The nurse and police officer are trusted people that he knows from his “real” life and they help him stay anchored to the real world, that’s why they’re in every town that he goes to.

Presumably Ash eventually recovered from the coma, and used his dream world of Pokemon adventures as the basis for the game. But is any of this even true?


THE TRUE STORY BEHIND POKEMON

Pokemon Satoshi Tajiri Life StoryWell, after looking into the history of Pokemon I can tell you this: it was based on the adventures of a real boy, but his name wasn’t Ash. The boy that Pokemon was based on was a Japanese child named Satoshi Tajiri, and he wasn’t your average kid.

Satoshi was born with a condition of the mind called Asperger’s syndrome, which makes a person obsess over certain things to the extreme, at the expense of other parts of their lives. As a child Satoshi was a human bug hunting machine and would go out daily to the woods near his house to find them under rocks, or stick his hands in the local ponds and scoop them right out of the water. Then he’d bring them home to study them, sometimes even observing how they’d fight each other.

Satoshi was such an extreme bug collector that his classmates started to call him “Dr. Bug”. He was sure that he’d collect bugs all his life and become a scientist that studied bugs when he grew up. But then things started to change in his hometown. The population was booming, and the places that he got his bugs from were paved over with concrete to make way for buildings. Soon there weren’t enough bugs around, forcing him to give up on bug collecting.

Satoshi Tajiri True Story Behind PokemonBut Satoshi still had Asperger’s syndrome, which meant that to make his mind happy he needed to find something else to be obsessed with. He eventually found a new love, video games. He started to spend massive amounts of time in video arcades having a great time playing games like Pac-Man and Space Invaders. His parents, however, were absolutely horrified. He often skipped class, and the more he got into video games the more his grades slipped. They could imagine “Dr. Bug” growing up to be a scientist, but the only future they could see for “Dr. Video Game” was as a low wage worker at an arcade.

True Story Boy Behind Pokemon AshSatoshi never gave up though. Slowly but surely he worked his way up in the video game world, publishing a magazine about video games and developing his skills as a game programmer. Then in the 1990’s he saw two kids playing against each other on Game Boy’s using a link cable and he had a flash of inspiration. His imagination showed him a picture of bugs crawling along the link cable, and the idea for Pokemon was born. He wanted to use video games give the new generation of kids the chance to find and collect weird creatures like he did as a child.

He took his idea to Nintendo and the rest is history. He based Ash on himself as a kid and put the fun he had as a child into the game. Pokemon went on to become one of the most popular video games ever. Millions of people of all ages play the game each day, but they probably have no idea that it all started with an extremely curious kid named “Dr. Bug”.

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12/19/2014