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.
"Grown But Not Forgotten" is another fine example of an episode from 'The New Adventures of Winnie the Pooh' that you say once and it stays with you for a long time after, in fact it's very difficult not to forget it. This said, there is so much to "Grown But Not Forgotten" that makes one want to re-visit it more than once, it and all the episodes of the show have so much re-play value and with each viewing of every episode there's always something new to like about them each time and what came over as particularly good on first viewing have yet to become stale.
The animation is very bright, well drawn and colourful, everything looking lush, detailed and smooth, particularly colourful in the dream sequence imagining Christopher Robin grown up and quite imaginative when Tigger is narrating how the house should look. 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 and the storytelling has a perfect mix of whimsy, drollness, wit, charm and childhood innocence, the highlights being the etiquette scene (Rabbit couldn't have been a more perfect strict but knowing teacher model and Tigger a more perfect naughty student, due to their very contrasting personalities that clash so entertainingly in this scene) and the dream sequence (so whimsical, sweet and funny, Gopher as a baby is quite a sight), two of Season 4's funniest and most charming scenes and among my favourite scenes of the show too.
Love the characters and their chemistry, as well as the gang's loyalty to Christopher Robin, and the voice acting is excellent particularly Jim Cummings and Ken Sansom, while Tim Hoskins is appealing without being cloying, whiny or sickly sweet.
In conclusion, a very apt title for this great episode. Not quite a top 10 favourite episode from 'The New Adventures of Winnie the Pooh' but close. 10/10 Bethany Cox
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