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The Forgotten Toys is a 1995 animated television special.

Synopsis

The first episode is a feature-length story that begins with Teddy and Annie in adjacent trash cans, sometime after Christmas. They have been thrown out to make room for new, more exciting toys. They can't understand why this has happened to them. Before long, the garbage truck comes along and they narrowly escape being crushed. So begins their journey to find another child to love them. They meet Chauncey, an old stray dog, who shelters them in the basement of a hotel. They soon grow tired of sitting there all day. Eventually Chauncey inadvertently causes the basement to flood, and they have to escape again.

They meet up again with Chauncey who takes them to see an old man with a long white beard (parallels with another such gentleman can be made). He deposits them outside a school, whereupon they are scooped up by the noisy children as they run out. The last sequence shows them happy in a new home.

Subsequent episodes show that they have again been abandoned and are each week seen trying to get home, having all sorts of adventures on the way. The series is somewhat melancholy for children as there is never a "happy ending", they are always shown walking hand in hand in the sunset, forever searching. Sometimes one of them finds a new owner, briefly, then something will happen to ensure they leave and begin searching again.

However, despite the poignancy of the stories, there is often a lot of humor. Teddy is rather gruff and ill-tempered, with a heavy cockney accent. Annie is a "posh" rag doll, whom he refers to as "Pigtails". They often have differences of opinion and it is usually her that gets him out of a scrape. He has an aversion to a certain green vegetable..."Sprouts!, I hate sprouts!" he is often heard saying. He even encourages a baby to spit his sprouts out at mealtime.

Cast

  • Bob Hoskins: Teddy
  • Joanna Lumley: Annie
  • Clement Freud: Chauncey

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