Incredibly inspired wordplay vs. the welcome return of Stan, Heff and Kessie
As a fan of Winnie the Pooh, 'The New Adventures of Winnie the Pooh' was always one of my favourite shows as a child. Not all childhood favourites have held up, but 'The New Adventures of Winnie the Pooh' is one of the strongest examples of those that have.
While the original three 60s-70s short films ('Honey Tree', 'Blustery Day' and 'Tigger Too') and the 1977 'The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh' are just a little better, 'The New Adventures of Winnie the Pooh' is one of the Winnie the Pooh franchise's high points. 'The New Adventures of Winnie the Pooh' is, as said a few times already, a rare example of a show with not a bad episode for the whole four seasons it ran, and has something for kids and adults alike.
Both "Tigger Got Your Tongue" and "A Bird in the Hand" are great episodes. There are better Tigger-centric (well mostly, there are subplots with Gopher and Rabbit) episodes around, and "The Great Honey Pot Robbery" and "Find Her Keep Her" are slightly superior episodes with Stan and Heff and Kessie.
The animation is very bright, well drawn and colourful, everything looking lush, detailed and smooth. In addition to that, the music is playfully jaunty and beautifully orchestrated, enhancing sadder moments with poignant and particularly lush and emotional scoring, whimsical parts with an energy but also pathos and the more playful moments with a jaunty touch. The theme tune is very rousing and one of the catchiest theme songs of any animated show of the late 80s.
Writing has a perfect mix of whimsy, drollness, wit, charm and childhood innocence, while both stories are charming and fun throughout.
"Tigger Got Your Tongue" is an example of childhood innocence and inspired wordplay at its finest. The story is always sweet and engaging, helped by the whole Nobody concept. And if I had to pick a favourite scene it is the scene with the echo, Pooh and Piglet's exchange "Tigger's shouting a great deal more quietly than before./Perhaps it's part of Plan T". Always have loved the dialogue in this show, and Pooh's obvious but lovable "But Rabbit, Tigger says he was saving your vegibibles from the nobody" is yet another great Pooh quote.
"A Bird in the Hand" is funny, moving and nostalgic. It is not quite as great as "The Great Honey Pot Robbery", which also featured Stan and Heff, or especially "Find Her Keep Her", with Kessie as a baby, somehow I find those funnier and more genuinely poignant. But it is still a great episode, that has a heart-warming story, droll dialogue and beautiful animation. Stan and Heff are suitably fun and antagonistic, and while more older/adolescent than as we saw her recently Kessie is still very sweet. Rabbit once again shows a more caring side, and Pooh and Tigger still entertain. Plus the moral is great.
Love the characters and their chemistry, and the voice acting is excellent all round, Tigger, Pooh, Stan, Heff and Kessie especially are superbly voiced.
Overall, two great episodes if not quite among my favourites. Nothing wrong with them whatsoever, just that there are other episodes of 'The New Adventures of Winnie the Pooh' that have the extra wow. 10/10 Bethany Cox
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