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The Forgotten Toys is a 1995 animated movie and cartoon series by Hibbert Ralph Entertainment and Cosgrove Hall that tells the story of two abandoned toys searching for a child to love them. The toys are a teddy bear named Teddy (voiced by Bob Hoskins) and a ragdoll named Annie (Joanna Lumley). At first the two don't get on, but soon realise they need to rely on each other to survive the cold streets of the city without an owner. In time they come to care for each other and work together to find what they both need.

The film, The Forgotten Toys: The Night After Christmas, was used as the series pilot with the rest of the episodes taking place after it. It got a DVD release in 2002.


The Forgotten Tropes:

  • Accidental Ventriloquism: Annie and Teddy first meet when they're thrown out in neighboring dustbins. Annie's dustbin has the lid on, so when she speaks up Teddy thinks at first that the dustbin itself is speaking.
  • Always Someone Better: Teddy and Annie can't compete with the newer toys and they know it.
  • An Aesop: Delivered by Annie: Love is what makes children happy.
  • An Arm and a Leg: Teddy's arm falls off at one point and getting it back almost leads to him getting crushed in a rubbish lorry.
  • Angel Unaware: The old, homeless man Teddy and Annie meet is heavily implied to be Father Christmas.
  • Animal Talk: Animals and toys can talk to each other but dogs can't talk to humans.
  • Because You Were Nice to Me: Teddy and Annie save a stray dog named Chauncey who lets them live with him and later saves them from some other dogs.
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  • Big Damn Heroes: Chauncey appearing to rescue the toys from the junkyard dogs.
  • Bland-Name Product: Annie's replacement is a Kylie doll.
  • Cool Old Guy: Two; Chauncey and the homeless man who helps the toys find the school... Who may or may not be Father Christmas.
  • Darkest Hour: When Teddy and Annie are cornered by the junkyard dogs. Being toys, they've got no chance of escaping or fighting them off and are about to be torn to pieces... Until Chauncey shows up, that is.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Teddy at times.
  • Distressed Dude: Teddy and Chauncey both need to be saved at different points in the movie.
  • A Dog Named "Dog": A teddy named "Teddy."
  • Downer Beginning: The film begins with the titular toys being thrown away the day after Christmas.
  • Earn Your Happy Ending: Teddy and Annie go through a lot before they finally find some new kids to adopt them.
  • Fire-Forged Friends: Teddy and Annie go through a lot together and come out the other side as close friends.
  • From Dress to Dressing: Annie pulls a thread out of her dress to sew Teddy's arm back on, then tears a strip off to bandage Chauncey's wounded leg.
  • Gentle Giant: Chauncey to the toys.
  • Guile Hero: Annie is a very smart doll who isn't afraid to put Teddy in his place when he's saying or doing something stupid.
  • Huge Girl, Tiny Guy: Annie is twice as tall as Teddy.
  • Interspecies Friendship: Teddy and Annie if teddies and dolls count as different species. The toys and Chauncey if toys and dogs count.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Teddy is moody and acerbic but inside he's a good, brave friend.
  • Kids Are Cruel: Played with. The titular toys are thrown out the day after Christmas because their owners got new, flashier toys. Obviously this is devastating to Teddy and Annie, but their owners had no idea they were even alive. They're more portrayed as easily distracted and a bit too material for their own good, but then a lot of kids are like that.
  • Living Toys: The two main characters.
  • Namedar: Annie correctly guesses that the teddy bear she's just met is named Teddy, though as she points out it was a pretty safe guess.
  • No Antagonist: The children who throw out the toys don't know they're alive and the junkyard dogs are probably just hungry.
  • The Quest: The toys' is to find new children and a new home.
  • Roadside Wave: Annie and Teddy get splashed by a passing car while they're wandering around looking for a new home.
  • Running Gag: Teddy's hatred of sprouts and getting his face slobbered by Chauncey.
  • Sausage String Silliness: Chauncey's usual method of obtaining a meal is to steal a string of sausages from a hotel kitchen.
  • Shout-Out: At one point, Teddy is shown looking at a copy of The Snowman.
  • Take My Hand: When they're climbing out of the trash compactor, Annie gets out first because Teddy's looking around for his detached arm, so she turns and calls to him to give her his hand. He passes her his detached arm, and she has to clarify what she meant. He takes her hand, and she pulls him free just in time.
  • Talking the Monster to Death: Teddy tries this with some junkyard dogs. It doesn't work.
  • You Called Me "X"; It Must Be Serious: Teddy calls Annie "Pigtails" throughout the whole of the film. He only uses her real name when they're about to be adopted and there's a chance they won't see each other again. Annie is touched when he does it.


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