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Winnie the Pooh: Springtime with Roo (2003)

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Roo is upset when Rabbit cancels Easter and declares "Spring Cleaning Day" instead.

Directors:

Saul Blinkoff (as Saul Andrew Blinkoff), Elliot M. Bour

Writers:

A.A. Milne (characters), Tom Rogers
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Cast

Cast overview:
Jim Cummings ... Winnie The Pooh / Tigger (voice)
Ken Sansom Ken Sansom ... Rabbit (voice)
Jimmy Bennett ... Roo (voice)
David Ogden Stiers ... Narrator (voice)
Kath Soucie ... Kanga (voice)
John Fiedler ... Piglet (voice)
Peter Cullen ... Eeyore (voice)
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Storyline

A wonderful adaptation of the Charles Dickens's classic, A Christmas Carol. An overexcited Roo, along with Pooh, Piglet, Tigger and Eeyore, pay Rabbit a visit to celebrate Easter. But instead of finding an Easter party they find a Spring Cleaning day celebration. Rabbit refuses to celebrate Easter and a very disappointed Roo tries to cheer him up. How can they celebrate Easter without the Easter Bunny? Past, present and future intertwine in this marvelous movie, as the characters jump from page to page, teaching everyone a very valuable lesson. Written by Geniz

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Official Sites:

Disney's Official Site

Country:

USA

Language:

English | Arabic

Release Date:

9 March 2004 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Forår i Hundredemeterskoven See more »

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The events of the film directly parallel those of the classic Charles Dickens novel "A Christmas Carol." The Narrator first shows Rabbit events from the past, then has him listen in on another character in a present, then shows him a dismal future, leading Rabbit to realize that he can change. Later, Rabbit references lines from the novel by stating "I'm as jumpy as a jackrabbit! I'm as giddy as a schoolbunny!" See more »

Quotes

Rabbit: Pooh! The jelly beans are for decorating not for eating!
Winnie The Pooh: Bother.
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Alternate Versions

On the 2004 DVD, the Walt Disney Pictures logos were shown in 1.66:1, but the rest of the movie was in 1.78:1 (the film negative aspect ratio). But in the original theatrical release (printed on 35mm spherical film at a 1.85:1 letterbox aspect ratio), both the logos and movie were in the same aspect ratio, 1.85:1 (the intended theatrical aspect ratio). See more »

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Follows The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh (1977) See more »

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The Wonderful Thing About Tiggers
Written by Richard M. Sherman and Robert B. Sherman
Arranged and orchestrated by Mark Watters
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31 October 2004 | by DrNoSee all my reviews

Well, I'm not sure if the other person that commented on this movie watched the same one as myself. Granted, this film is geared toward children, however, it's message seems a bit off target, considering the subject matter.

To say this movie was something the entire family can enjoy together is to assume the parents have an IQ not much higher than that of their child.

But before I say anything, I'm not some religious nut.

The movie is loosely adapted from Charles Dickens' "A Christmas Carol". Had the central holiday in question in this movie been Christmas, it's message would have made more sense. However, it was Easter, and, according to the characters, Easter is the time of year when "we show our buddies that we care." Easter is about caring and sharing, not a religious holiday celebrating the death and resurrection of Jesus. In effect, the movie makes it explicitly clear that Easter isn't a religious holiday at all, but a time to celebrate the coming of Spring.

It seems to have been made in typical Disney fashion; sanitized and devoid of the true meaning behind the holiday, such as Christmas, which, as has been transformed over the years to be a celebration of Winter and, yet again, a time when "we show our buddies that we care", as opposed to its original context, that being a religious holiday to celebrate the birth of a particular religious figure.

Had Disney done the same thing to a Muslim, Jewish, or even Hindu holiday, I dare say there'd be quite the backlash and protest. However, it's just a Christian holiday and who cares if a few "believers" are even slightly taken aback by the warped rendition and interpretation Disney gives to their holiest of days.

Thankfully, my daughter is far to young to understand any of this and certainly too young to care. She just likes watching Winnie the Pooh bumble his way through life. However, with older children, I hate to sound conspiratorial, but honest to God, you really have to wonder: are the people who made this film trying to re-educate children? You can write it off as merely a fun movie for tots to sit and gawk at for an hour, but at the same time, you have to admit, children aren't entirely stupid. They understand a lot more than I think we normally give them credit. And I find it difficult to believe that of all the people who helped make this movie, from director to child psychologists, surely at least one of them had to have the same sense of it all as I did.

If I were you, I'd probably just skip this title in favor of getting some of the old Warner Brothers cartoons.


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