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. "A Knight to Remember" is a personal favourite from the show, and one of the best of the show's 22-minute episodes (most of them are about 11 minutes, with two being 5).
The animation is very bright, well drawn and colourful, everything looking lush, detailed and smooth, along with slightly darker visuals in the Tim Burton-like attic. 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. "A Knight to Remember" has some of the show's best ever lines, especially "There's all sorts of fun hiding around in this house. All we gotta do is seek it!" and "Must be Spring. The knights are getting shorter."
Regarding the story, it is incredibly imaginative, very funny and also cute. Eeyore's moans are also pretty scary to a younger viewer. Love the characters, Tigger makes for a great Bish-up of Bounce, with Rabbit contrasting with him wonderfully, while adorable and brave Piglet comes very close to stealing the show. The voice acting is excellent all round, especially Jim Cummings as particularly Tigger and John Fiedler.
In conclusion, a personal favourite and one of the best of the show's longer episodes and in general. 10/10 Bethany Cox
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