The New Adventures of Winnie the Pooh

Season 4 Episode 2

Grown, But Not Forgotten

Aired Saturday 8:00 AM Sep 21, 1991 on ABC

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  • Pooh, Rabbit, Tigger and Piglet try to act more grown up, fearing that Christopher Robin's developing maturity will soon mean the loss of his friendship.

    At the end of this episode, Christopher Robin states that he'll never be too old for Winnie the Pooh and friends. While this is a sweet sentiment, it also feels dishonest and completely at odds with the poignant final chapter of "The House at Pooh Corner," in which Christopher Robin does in fact leave the Hundred Acre Woods because he is growing up. I've never minded the Disneyfication of A.A. Milne's works, but it's like the writers of this show felt they needed to go out of their way to flatly contradict him because that last chapter was too much of a downer.

    Okay, considering that I'm an adult who is still a fan of Pooh Bear, I suppose it is entirely possible to keep parts of one's childhood in tact. And if you're a writer for Disney, for instance, then that's another way these characters might remain an important part of your life on into your adulthood. However, imagine if "Toy Story 2" had ended with Andy telling Woody and Buzz that they'll always be as special to him as they are now. Is anybody going to believe that?

    That aside, I guess this is a cute episode, though as I watched it, I got the feeling this show had dropped in quality since it began. Still, there are some humorous moments, like Gopher as a baby. This is one of those episodes where I wondered where the other characters were. When Pooh is supposed to invite a girl to their party, why doesn't he go to Kanga? Well, it's not unreasonable to assume Pooh doesn't even see Kanga as a girl. Also, Kanga is probably too sensible to get mixed up in such silliness, which is why she's one of the most underused characters.