Too Smart for Strangers, also known as Too Smart for Strangers with Winnie the Pooh, is a 1985 musical TV special spun off from Welcome to Pooh Corner. It aired on the Disney Channel and was also released on home video. It involved Winnie the Pooh and his friends teaching the viewer about the dangers of strangers, what to do if you encounter one and how to avoid them, while also showing real children in dramatizations dealing with the situations at hand.
Pooh skips through the Hundred Acre Wood singing the title song "Too Smart for Strangers". He then asks himself what exactly is a stranger. He soon meets up with Piglet and then remembers that a stranger is somebody you don't know. They discuss about how you can tell if someone is a stranger, with Pooh advising Piglet that all strangers can't be trusted. Piglet becomes afraid and Pooh invites him into his house where it's safe and they sing about what to do to help yourself in the face of a stranger.
The show then goes to Tigger and Roo, where they talk about where strangers can be found and what to do when you encounter one. Tigger says that you should run away as fast as you can and do anything you can to get away, and that you shouldn't be afraid to tell somebody you trust. As Tigger drops Roo off at his house and goes along his merry way, he hears bushes rattling and fears a stranger is about, but is relieved to find it's only Eeyore. Rabbit then magically appears and tells them about tricks that strangers sometimes pull to lure kids, like offering candy or money.
Pooh and Piglet then let Owl take over the show. He teaches the audience about what to do if you're home alone and a stranger arrives at the door or calls you on the phone. Once again, Rabbit appears to talk about tricks that strangers pull, such as saying if he's a friend of a parent. Owl advises the audience to say no and not to answer no matter what they say. Tigger also stops by to tell the viewers to always keep the door locked when they're home alone.
The show goes back to Pooh and Piglet. Piglet reminds Pooh that sometimes trouble doesn't always come from strangers, but from people you know. Pooh then tells Piglet about certain private places on his body what nobody but himself is allowed to touch. Pooh then goes on to tell the difference between "okay" and "not okay" touching and sings a song about saying no to people who touch him in what he feels is "not okay". Rabbit then appears and reminds them about threats strangers can make to force children to stay quiet, telling the viewers not to believe them and tell someone they trust anyway. Pooh and Piglet then discuss all that we've learned and tell the viewers if they follow all those rules, they'll be too smart for strangers. The show ends with Pooh and all of his friends having a celebration and saying goodbye.
- "Too Smart for Strangers"
- "Three Things to Remember"
- "Keep Telling Them Till They Do"
- "Don't Be Fooled by Tricks"
- "When You're Home Alone"
- "Say No"
- "Keep Telling Them Till They Do" (reprise)
- "Three Things to Remember" (reprise)
- "Too Smart for Strangers" (reprise)
- Hal Smith as Winnie the Pooh and Owl
- Phil Baron as Piglet
- Will Ryan as Tigger and Rabbit
- Ron Gans as Eeyore
- Kim Christianson as Roo
- In recent years, especially on the Internet, the special became notorious for the scene where Pooh and Piglet discuss what to do if either a stranger or someone you know "touches you in a not okay way". It also became infamous for containing scenes of the characters bluntly mentioning private parts, which is inappropriate for family-friendly content and out-of-place in this particular franchise.
- The special was also infamous for implying that only strangers try to do abductions on children and that you are safe at a neighbor's house, with several people, including Brad Jones, the Cinema Snob, of the web review series "DVD-R Hell" pointing out that a lot of abductions are done by people the abductees know full well instead of strangers - such as neighbors, teachers or relatives. He concludes that the best advice to avoid this is to simply move out of town, because "apparently all of its citizens want to either kidnap or touch children."