Western Animation: The New Adventures of Winnie the Pooh
In a word, "Why, it's spectacular!"
The New Adventures of Winnie the Pooh is a Disney animated TV series in the style of the original The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh, the second Winnie the Pooh television series. It ran originally started on January 17, 1988 on The Disney Channel, moving to ABC in September of that same year and airing new episodes until October 26, 1991, while reruns aired until September 4, 1993 and again from December 9, 1995 until September 7, 2002, including a Saturday morning spot on Disney's One Saturday Morning and also on Disney's Playhouse Disney block. It also had a number of VHS releases and was also featured on a number of DVDs. The show also twice won the Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Animated Program.Surprisingly for the source material, this was a somewhat Darker and Edgier installment by Pooh standards, with real villains and peril for Pooh and friends in some episodes. It's also noted for having the occasional Story Arc such as the story of Kessie.
Babysitting Episode: The episode "Babysitter Blues" had Christopher Robin, Pooh, Piglet, and Tigger being babysat by an unnamed babysitter who also appeared as The Faceless like Christopher Robin's mother. Later on in the episode, Christopher Robin has to babysit Roo while Kanga goes out into the Hundred Acre Wood.
"Find Her, Keep Her" starts off looking like this, but it turns out to be a Parenting Episode.
Baths Are Fun: "The Old SwitcheRoo," based on earlier material, has Tigger and co. trying to help get Roo out of taking a bath because baths are "the end." Piglet ends up getting used as a substitute for Roo and being bathed by Kanga. But when Tigger and Roo get covered in mud and gum, they both end up in the bath. "Scrubbly bubbly." Tigger is forced to admit that when you take a bath "You get... you get clean" and Roo declares "This is fun!" Tigger was right about one thing, though... it was The End. (And the episode ends.) These events were later adapted for Piglet's Big Movie and the Carly Simon song "Mother's Intuition."
Be The Ball: In the episode "Paw and Order," horse thief Nasty Jack shows Piglet the difference between bouncing and trouncing by turning another horse thief into a basketball... dribbling and shooting him into a hoop for good measure.
Box-and-Stick Trap: An episode had Pooh trying to locate Rabbit's lost hammer, by using one of these and setting out a bunch of nails as bait. The trap gets set off and when Pooh goes over to see what he caught, he finds that he caught a saw instead.
Calling Card: The Pack Rats' gimmick of stealing things and leaving behind walnuts as "payment".
Calvinball: It is not at all clear what the point of the game that they are playing in "What's the Score, Pooh?" is, or what even the basics of the game are.
Cartoon Bug-Sprayer: Sometime wielded by Rabbit in his battles with the bugs that invade his garden. He wants one for Christmas in "Winnie the Pooh and Christmas, Too".
Christmas Carolers: In the Christmas Episode Rabbit hears someone singing at his door and thinks they're carolers, but it's actually the vegetable eating bugs, trying to get into his kitchen.
Christmas Episode: "Winnie the Pooh and Christmas, Too". There were also special episodes for New Year's Day, and Valentine's Day.
Continuity Nod: In "Friend in Need" Rabbit asks how Pooh got into his house with the door locked, Pooh responds that his back door was open, which is what he did in The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh. (Although the wooden door leading to the garden was the "back door" in that film.)
One episode says that Pooh is a pro at doing "nothing," a reference to the end of the film.
Clothing Damage: The back of Pooh's shirt gets torn off at the end of "Gone with the Wind".
Crazy Enough to Work: In "Things That Go Piglet in the Night," Tigger's plan to help Eeyore swing from the tree is to attach wooden wings and a parachute, and then launch him from another swing. Even Tigger is shocked that this works.
Cultural Translation: Moreso than the original: Christopher Robin now had an American accent and lived in what looked like a typical US suburb — albeit one that seems to use the British street-numbering system.
Darker and Edgier: Compared this one to the original featurettes, and more to the later movies and shows such as My Friends Tigger and Pooh this show has surprisingly many dark and scary moments, even if most of them have a distinct comical undertone. This is probably as Dark And Edgy as you'll ever see Winnie the Pooh.
Dark Reprise: "There's No Camp Like Home" opens with Piglet in a scary version of "Heffalumps and Woozles" from Blustery Day.
Et Tu, Rabbit?: Rabbit's nightmare in "Rabbit Marks The Spot" which causes him to worry of losing his friends' trust when they found out that he hid rocks in the chest that he buried for them, even though their reaction is quite the opposite towards the end.
Rabbit: I'm sorry! It was just a joke! It was just a joke! A JOOOOOOOOOOKE!!!(wakes up from his nightmare) It was just a joke... just a... just a... Oh, my, it was just a bad dream!
The Faceless: Christopher Robin's mother. Whenever she appears, we only get to see the back of her head.
Fool's Map: "Rabbit Marks The Spot" saw Pooh, Piglet, Tigger, and Gopher looking for buried treasure, with help from a fake treasure map that Rabbit had created.
Foreign Remake: The cartoon counts as one. In 1977, Jackanory aired original Winnie the Pooh stories on CBBC (who also aired Noddys Toyland Adventures and Pingu), but when this was first broadcast The BBC could not believe their eyes! They were surprised at how Disney bought the rights to the protagonist! They were originally going to broadcast him on CBBC, but they didn't like how many superstitions there were, and thus, the cartoon aired on ITV.
Forgotten Birthday: In "How Much Is That Rabbit in the Window?", Rabbit thinks it's happened to him due to a complicated series of misunderstandings. Pooh (sticky with honey) accidentally pulls several pages off Rabbit's calendar, leading Rabbit to mistakenly believe it's his birthday and misinterpret his friends' activities as preparations for a surprise party. Angst ensues when he concludes they've forgotten, but fortunately there's a party on his actual birthday the next week.
While not a Fairy Tale, the episode "The Monster Frankenpooh" is fractured storytelling as well.
Frankenstein's Monster: "The Monster Frankenpooh" is a parody of this, with Piglet as Frankenstein, and Pooh as the monster.
Heel-Face Turn: Nasty Jack in "Paw And Order" ends up becoming the sheriff.
I Just Want to Be You: Tigger tries to teach Eeyore how to be more cheerful. Eeyore interprets his lessons as "being just like Tigger", and soon he's painted himself in orange and black stripes and bouncing the others.
Insomnia Episode: The episode "Rock-A-Bye Pooh" had Piglet unable to go to sleep, due to a bad dream that he had where he lost his friends while they were going on a picnic. Pooh, Rabbit, and Tigger then work hard using different methods to try to get Piglet to go back to sleep, but to no success, until a storm blows up to which Piglet's dream does sort of come to reality. Fortunately for him, he's reunited with his friends in the end and he is able to sleep at night again.
I Owe You My Life: In "My Hero", Piglet "saves" Tigger from drowning in a puddle, and Tigger tries to "help" him with everything until Piglet begins trying to set up a situation where Tigger can "save" him.
Interacting with Shadow: In one episode, Piglet befriends his shadow when his friends were too busy with their own activities to play with him.
Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Most everyone agrees Rabbit's a jerk, but he has several moments throughout the series and features where he's clearly a softy and a good friend in the long run.
Joker Jury: The trial by balloons in "Balloonatics".
Living Toys: The cast, minus Christopher Robin and sundry antagonists are living plushies; as per the book. One episode featured an obnoxious clockwork gorilla in a blue three-piece-suit and matching top hat Chris was set to receive for his birthday.
Malaproper: Mostly Tigger, but occasionally other characters too, such as Pooh.
Tigger is the origin of this, at least in Winnie the Pooh. Heffalump, Woozle, Gabloon, Animule, anything except Jagular which Pooh came up with.
Never Say "Die": When Rabbit disappears in one of Gopher's many dynamite explosions and a search of the area fails to turn up any sign of hide nor bunny, Tigger states glumly, "We're just gonna have to face it! Bunny-Boy is gone." (He turns up immediately afterward hanging from a tree).
Subverted by Eeyore in "Donkey For A Day": "Even though you almost killed me."
Ninja Pirate Zombie Robot: When you hear about "horse thieves", you'd expect thieves who steal horses instead of thieves who are horses.
Noir Episode: In Eeyore's Tail Tale, Tigger takes the role of 'Private Ear' to investigate the mystery of Eeyore's missing tail, complete with Private Eye Monologue and black-and-white scenes.
Non-Fatal Explosions: Gopher's dynamite causes plenty of property damage, but the characters emerge from the same explosions unharmed.
Noodle Incident: In The Bug Stops Here, Tigger, Rabbit, and Piglet go off to try and catch a bug. When Pooh and the others find them in a place set off with traps, the three of them are caught in a net suspended in the air, with no explanation of what happened.
Or My Name Isn't...: At least two episodes had Pooh say, "...or my name isn't Winnie the Pooh! Which it is..."
Out-of-Character Moment: In "The Piglet Who Would Be King", Rabbit is friendly with Tigger and enthusiastic of going on a journey with him and Piglet. Normally, he would try to keep himself out of these journeys, especially if Tigger's involved.
Parrot Expo-what?: In Monkey See Monkey Do Better, Rabbit challenges toy ape Bruno to gardening.
Priceless Ming Vase / It's Going Down: Continuing a running gag from the various specials. Rabbit's home is very immaculate and ordered, and he is the only person in the wood who owns things like ornate plates and furniture, expensive looking jars and other bits of finery. Naturally, his house it wrecked nearly every time we see the inside of it. Lampshaded in "Gone With The Wind."
Rabbit(buried under a pile of his ruined furniture and dishes): "Why does this always happen to me?"
Another episode subverts this with Tigger swiping a table cloth that's got Piglet's fine china on it. They manage to land back on the table without a scratch, causing Tigger to remark "Thought they were all going to crash, didn't ya?". Then it's double subverted, as they crash anyway due to the vibration of Tigger slamming the closet door.
Real After All: Prior to this series, Heffalumps and Woozles were merely creatures of Pooh and the others' imagination in both the original books and Disney features. Starting from New Adventures they begin appearing in person, usually as bumbling antagonists.
Runaway Train: The basis for the fantasy sequence in "The Good, The Bad and the Tigger."
The Runt at the End: "The Piglet Who Would Be King" had a herd of heffalumps thunder past, followed by a tiny heffalump chanting "The land of milk and honey! The land of milk and honey! Hooray!"
Sanity Slippage: Rabbit, very quickly, when he first starts taking care of Kessie, giggling and making faces like maniac and babbling about having carrots to take care of. He snaps out of it before long, though.
Shout-Out: In "Rabbit Takes a Holiday", the others manage to completely destroy Rabbit's home and garden while he's away, so they erect huge murals depicting them in pristine condition to try to fool him. Sound familiar?
Shown Their Work: Though more directly based on the Disney featurettes, occasional episodes make references to story material from the original A.A. Milne novels. In "The Big Switcheroo", for example, Tigger switches Piglet with Roo inside Kanga's pouch so Roo can avoid getting a bath (this story would again be adapted for part of Piglet's Big Movie), while in "Eeyore's Tail Tale" Owl mistakes Eeyore's tail for a door bell (this story would again also be adapted for part of the 2011 Winnie The Pooh film).
Stop Helping Me!: invoked Eeyore went through this when everyone tried to cheer him up in "Donkey For A Day".
Superstition Episode: On one episode, Tigger breaks a mirror in Rabbit's home, and Rabbit tells him that means seven years bad luck. Tigger dismisses it, as it wasn't his mirror that broke, and he tries to help Rabbit avoid bad luck, which just results in Rabbit getting one misfortune after another. Eventually, it's revealed that the mirror belonged to Pooh, so Tigger tries to help him avoid bad luck, with the same results. Eventually, after everyone but Tigger suffers from bad luck, it become apparent that Tigger is the one who is unlucky, so he's cast out. The others feel sorry for him and reverse the bad luck by "fixing" the mirror (taping a picture of Tigger so that he thinks it's his reflection).
Surprise Party: In "Goodbye, Mr. Pooh," Winnie the Pooh's friends throw him one because they think he's moving away. Because of it, he actually does move away, but soon returns, only to find his house taken by Eeyore.
As a result of a screw-up involving his calendar, Rabbit thinks he's about to be thrown one in "How Much Is That Rabbit In The Window?". He's sorely disappointed when he realizes otherwise.
Survival Mantra: Subverted in "Knight for a Day" with Piglet chanting "I am not brave, I am not brave..."