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When I was in elementary school (around 2nd-3rd grade), I remember getting made fun of because I still liked Winnie the Pooh. Apparently, Winnie the Pooh was a show for babies. Yeah, because all the tear jerkers "The New Adventures of Winnie the Pooh" had were clearly made for small children. Seriously, I can remember so many episodes of this show making me burst into tears. "Find Her, Keep Her" was probably the worst (that scene where Kessie starts crying by herself because Rabbit said she didn't need his help anymore, only for Rabbit to be in the other room just listening to her...UGH). But we're not here to talk about that episode. Instead, we're here to talk about an earlier episode also guaranteed to bring on the waterworks: "Stripes."

Yeah, looking back now, this plot kind of doesn't make sense. I'm guessing the reason Tigger's stripes washed off in the bath was because he's technically a stuffed animal, meaning his stripes were painted on (that doesn't explain why he didn't lose them in "The Ol' Switcheroo," though). And yeah, I can buy Pooh and Piglet not recognizing Tigger without his stripes, but Rabbit? I'm pretty sure he was supposed to be the character with the most common sense...of course, he could be pretty outlandish too sometimes.

But all that goes away once we get to the climax of this episode. Tigger doesn't get down about too many things, but when he does...holy cow. And of course, the scenes where Tigger is wondering who he really is are highlighted by the late, great Paul Winchell's amazing voice acting, and even singing. Seriously, Tigger's song is only about two lines, and yet it's hands-down one of the most emotional scenes from the show. 

And all that sadness just makes the ending of the episode that much more triumphant. Of course, it's another chance for Eeyore to shine when he gives the episode's Aesop: changing yourself on the outside doesn't change who you are on the inside. And then...I guess some sort of magic is activated when Tigger gets his confidence back, because with each bounce he does, his stripes just pop back on.

So does this plot make a whole lot of sense? Well...no. Does it stop the episode from being an emotional roller coaster from beginning to end? Not in the slightest. And besides, this is a show where a bear hangs out with a pig and a tiger can bounce on its tail. I think they're allowed to not be 100 percent realistic.

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srbarker Featured By Owner May 29, 2015  Hobbyist Artist
I did a 1000 Animations page for this, too!
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kyrtuck Featured By Owner May 18, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
oooh, I remeber this one! :)
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