The Forgotten Toys
|The Forgotten Toys|
|Created by||James Stevenson|
|Directed by||Graham Ralph|
|Voices of||Bob Hoskins
|Country of origin||United Kingdom|
|No. of seasons||1|
|No. of episodes||28|
|Running time||10 minutes|
|Production company(s)||Silver Fox Films
|Original channel||CITV (United Kingdom)|
The Forgotten Toys is an animated series made by Hibbert Ralph Entertainment, featuring the voices of Joanna Lumley and Bob Hoskins. The voice of Andrew Sachs is also featured. It is a poignant tale of abandoned toys who are searching for a child to love them.
Teddy (voiced by Bob Hoskins) - An ill-tempered scruffy bear. Sometimes he moans about everything, and whenever he passes or sees green vegetables, he says his catch phrase "Sprouts! I hate sprouts!". In the episode called 'Baby', he is encouraged to eat Brussel Sprouts, but he spits them out. He also gets into lots of trouble.
Annie (voiced by Joanna Lumley) - An old rag doll. When she is in charge of Teddy, she usually gets him into trouble. She is often interested in and curious about various things. Teddy often calls her "Pigtails".
Chauncey (voiced by Sir Clement Freud) - An old, gray stray dog. He only appears in 'The Night After Christmas' and becomes a good friend who gives them a place to stay.
Keef (voiced by Andrew Sachs) - The thin and tall male burglar of the two. He wears a blue jacket, a flat cap, thin trousers and a red waistcoat. He gets very stern with Kath, and sometimes he gets very moody & bored.
Kath (voiced by Kate Sachs) - The fat female burglar. She wears a green coat, a yellow woolly hat, a yellow scarf and pink fingerless gloves. She gets very scared, anxious & nervous about anything to do with Keef.
|Annie and Teddy get left behind by their new children on holiday and need to find their own way back home.|
|Annie becomes infatuated with action figure doll Captain Courage.|
|In a puppet theatre, Annie becomes a star for the show, but the puppet master Dolby has other ideas.|
|4||"Toys on Trial"|
|Annie and Teddy get caught in the middle of a jewelry robbery. With help from the bloodhound Skip, Annie reveals the burglars Kath and Keef to the police. (NB: this is Kath and Keef's first appearance on the show)|
|Annie and Teddy go to hospital where they try to help a sick girl and get Teddy's arm mended.|
|6||"On the Road"|
|Teddy and Annie are used as mascots by a truck driver. They then befriend an angry dog named Spud who is mistreated by his owner.|
|Annie and Teddy rescue a little boy's teddy bear from a burning building.|
|Teddy tells the story of his Wild West ancestor Little Big Teddy.|
|Teddy reveals he was once a secret agent.|
|Annie and Teddy help the animals of a zoo run by a mean keeper.|
|In a henhouse, Teddy hatches a chick who thinks he's his mother.|
|Annie is taken in the house of a girl who likes dolls for fashion and rejects the misfits.|
|13||"Toy Boy 2"|
|Annie meets Captain Courage again and Teddy challenges him.|
|14||"A Fridge Too Far"|
|When Annie and Teddy go inside two neighbouring houses, they find themselves caught in a war between the toys.|
|15||"Close Encounters of the Toy Kind"|
|Teddy and Annie meet a toy Martian. Annie tries to get it back to its owner, while Teddy tries to send it back to Mars.|
|Teddy finds a magic wand, but eventually the theatre magician wants it back. Annie summons help before the magic gets out of hand.|
|17||"Teddy in love"|
|Teddy develops a crush on a ballerina toy, but fails to try and woo her. Teddy and Annie have to save her from Keef and Kaff.|
|Teddy swaps places with a posh teddy bear, but they eventually find their new places don't suit them.|
|19||"Cast Away Toys"|
|Annie and Teddy get stranded on an island. They meet a doll named Friday, thwart Keef and Kaff's egg poaching and find a way back to the mainland.|
|After watching a circus show, Annie gets taken by an escaped gorilla. Teddy helped by the mouse Mr. Big rescue her and the gorilla.|
|Teddy is taken for a baby toy. After Teddy has to stay with the baby, Annie finally finds the baby's lost teddy Humphrey.|
|At the dockyard, Annie and Teddy befriend a lonesome dog and try to train him to be suited for a new owner.|
|23||"Trouble in Store"|
|Annie and Teddy explore a shopping centre to get a ribbon for Annie's hair. Annie then has to save Teddy from a Sprouts advertisement.|
|24||"The Night Before Xmas"|
|At a fair, Annie and Teddy try to keep a puppy out of trouble and bring him back to his owners.|
|26||"Toys That Go Bump in the Night"|
|Annie and Teddy take shelter in a church and befriend an owl who lives there. But Keef and Kaff break in to steal two candlesticks.|
|After getting dirty, Teddy and Annie go and get washed in a house that is marked for demolition. They rescue the bath toys and find them a new owner.|
|28||"Funny Little Teddy"|
"The Forgotten Toys" was first shown in 1995, and was repeated on Tiny Living, a TV channel that screened children's television programmes in the early morning. Numerous videos were released in or around 1995 and 1996 and a couple of DVD's followed in 2002. "The Forgotten Toys" has now been long considered dissolved, though 'the end' of the series was never officially announced. Therefore, nor Hoskins, Lumley or any of the other cast or crew ever plan to reunite for another episode/episodes disappointing some fans who would now be in their 'mid/late teens'.
Critical Reception and Awards
"The Forgotten Toys" received many awards. 3 were won for 'Best Short Film', 2 for 'Best Animated Film' and 1 for Best Children's Film 1996 and Children's Jury Prize, 1997. The majority of the critics reviewed the story from a children's point of view which meant that all of the comments were positive. 'The Telegraph' stated that it was, "An enchanting festive tale for children". The Daily Mail said that it was, "A real tear-jerker... Full of twists and turns, dramatic moments, and a great sausage stealing sequence". Other reviews were more or less the same, in that they were all positive (as mentioned before).