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Disney's "My Friends Tigger & Pooh" is their newest offering in the
line of television series featuring the character Winnie the Pooh. For
this edition, they've decided to shake things up a bit by making some
changes -- doing the show in CGI, adding a new character, Darby (with
her dog Buster), and targeting the show squarely at younger preschool
audiences. Each idea had the potential to be dangerous if not handled
well, Yet, for all the hullabaloo about how Christopher Robin was being
"replaced" and the Pooh franchise was being ruined, this show has
turned out to be more than a pleasant surprise. It's lively, a lot of
fun to watch, and may actually teach its target audience a few things.
Isn't it nice to know that even while some things change, the best things remain the same? Pooh and his friends are still the same old lovable characters they always are. Pooh, Tigger and Darby may now be the Super Sleuths, but in many ways, Pooh is still "a bear of little brain." Roo is endearingly cute, and Lumpy (the wonderful heffalump first seen in "Pooh's Heffalump Movie") livens up the show every time he appears, and is a great friend to Roo.
In each episode, the Super Sleuths are called upon to solve a mystery. There have been some pretty unusual turns, however, and no matter what the outcome, you can count on a lot of fun and humor along the way. Oh, and Christopher Robin isn't gone. He's appeared in two episodes so far, and could easily be back for more. The quality of the animation, and general production in general, is wonderful.
As of the writing of this review, 22 episodes and a Christmas special have been released in the United States. Three more have aired only in other markets, and I look forward to these installments of the show. The program has also been renewed for a second season, and I can't wait to see what new direction it takes. So, in the words of Tigger, "TTFN - Ta ta for now!"
I don't this is the best of anything to do with Winnie the Pooh, the
underrated(by today's standards) The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh
and the wonderful 80s show The New Adventures of Winnie the Pooh are
the epitome of childhood innocence and never cease to delight me.
I have to say My Friends Tigger and Pooh is surprisingly good, and perfect for kids. The animation is surprisingly well done, colourful and vibrant with sophisticated movements, while the music is memorable, catchy and simple. The stories are also simple and charming with some lovely educational morals, while even the dialogue is good on the most part, it is a little ropey on occasions especially in the first couple of episodes but as the series progressed it got significantly better. The characters are what make the show so worth watching though, they are all really charming and engaging. Pooh, Piglet and Tigger are delightful as always, while Roo is endearing, Darby is nice and resourceful and Lumpy is really cute and brightens up every episode he appears in. The voice work is top-notch as well, so overall, this is surprisingly good and I actually recommend this. 8/10 Bethany Cox
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