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.
'The New Adventures of Winnie the Pooh' has consistently done a great job entertaining, warming the heart of and moving the viewer, and "Home is Where the Home Is" is one fine example. Like with all the episodes of the show, one remembers at least one thing about "Home is Where the Home Is" for a long time after and this is just on first viewing, furthermore there is so much to it that makes one want to re-watch it more than once due to its enormous re-play value. With each viewing, 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.
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 and the storytelling have a perfect mix of whimsy, drollness, wit, charm and childhood innocence. One really relates to the situations Christopher Robin does here, most of us having through been them ourselves so we see a bit of ourselves in him. As often with the show, "Home is Where the Home Is" even includes some messaging, and delivers it with enough subtlety to not lay it on too thick while still making impact. The story is very charming, has some entertaining parts towards the end, it's heart-warming and there is a lot of emotion here too.
Love the characters and their chemistry, as well as the gang's loyalty to Christopher Robin. The voice acting is uniformly excellent.
In conclusion, a heart-warming and poignant episode. 10/10 Bethany Cox
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