Who else would have thought to give Kaa -- the villianous, hypnotizing python of Jungle Book fame -- the voice of our hero of The Hundred Acre Wood?
Sterling Holloway, with the same honey-filled hoots, played both Kaa and Pooh.
I mentioned it to Annabel, who at the time was trying to hide from the snake, wondering if she'd recognize the voice.
You'd think I just told her Santa won't be fitting into the woodstove this year the way she reacted.
She put her hand over my mouth and brought her forhead to my forehead, and warned with all the emphasis of a jackhammer:
"Don't say that, Mama! That is not Pooh, that is Kaa. We are not watching POOH!"
All is well, though as soon as Baloo starts to sing:
"All we need are the bear nassesames, the very bear nassesames."