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Springtime with Roo is a 2004 direct-to-video animated musical adventure film, featuring characters from Disney's Winnie-the-Pooh franchise. It is a very loose adaptation of Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol and normally based on the A.A. Milne stories.

Synopsis

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 led by Rabbit who makes up the holiday to replace Easter. While the gang clean up Rabbit's house, Roo finds all their Easter eggs and decorations stored away in Rabbit's closet, and throws a surprise Easter party for Rabbit. Unfortunately, he is enraged at them for not doing his "Spring Cleaning Day", and sends them out to clean. Roo is sad that Rabbit is unhappy, and Tigger wants Roo to have a happy Easter, so Tigger tries to talk to Rabbit while Roo and the others try to make an Easter celebration of their own in their hopes of cheering up Rabbit.

In order to convince Rabbit that he still misses Easter and how he used to like it to which Rabbit does not believe from hating it so much, Tigger and the Narrator take Rabbit out of the storybook and back in time [a few chapters of the book] (Which is over hundreds of pages away) to last year's Easter celebration. Rabbit, as the Easter Bunny, tried to make everything as organized, orderly, and perfect as possible, treating Easter like a professional occasion rather than a great holiday. Tigger and the others wanted to have fun and unique with making and hunting the eggs, but Rabbit was actually shown to be very over-protective on his views of the holiday, claiming, "It isn't fun; it's Easter!" So Tigger and the others swiped all the Easter eggs behind Rabbit's back, and he found them hunting the eggs and celebrating Easter without him. Everyone is more happy with Tigger being the "Easter Bunny" instead of Rabbit. Feeling left out of the fun and disappointed that he isn't the one getting this kind of honor from his friends, it was then he decided to stop the Hundred Acre Wood from having another Easter celebration again. Rabbit finds out Tigger was right about him liking Easter in his past, but instead of agreeing to allow the holiday back, Rabbit then sadly tells Tigger he wants to be left alone, still upset about his past, and accusing Tigger of stealing his role as the Easter Bunny.

The present Tigger sadly returns to tell Roo and the others that Easter is still banned while Rabbit returns home in the book. Although Tigger feels that he had let Roo down, the only thing Roo wants is for Rabbit to be happy again, so he and the others try to come up with a plan to do so. Meanwhile, the narrator purposely takes Rabbit to Roo's house instead of his own to show him how much Roo and the others still care about him, and how he should do the same thing, but Rabbit remains stubborn and angry and unconvinced. So late that night, the narrator takes Rabbit into the "pages that not have yet been written", or into the future of the Hundred Acre Wood. It is Spring Cleaning Day, and all the supplies and chores are organized exactly as Rabbit wanted. Rabbit is happy about this at first, but he later learns that the Hundred Acre-Wood is deserted. All his friends had moved away because of his selfishness. Christopher Robin, Owl and Gopher (who are not present in this film) have also moved away. Rabbit wonders why his friends would leave him and the narrator tells him it's because he didn't treat them like friends and shows him how he acted telling him that all he thought about was what he wanted. Rabbit finally realizes that he was a jerk to his friends, and he was wrong to try and control something that everyone shares and loves, and decides to change the future by changing his attitude to everyone else. But however he learns that the Easter supplies were taken with his friends when they moved and he screams in terror or fear until he wakes up on Easter day finding out he still has a chance to change the future.

At the same time, Roo and the others come up with another idea in hopes of cheering Rabbit up, and while they are busy working, Rabbit, feeling as "giddy as a jackrabbit", brings out all the Easter decorations and starts happily preparing a big surprise for his friends. The movie ends with the annual Easter celebration proceeding as planned.

Cast

Songs

  • We're Huntin' Eggs Today
  • Sniffly Sniff
  • Easter Day With You
  • The Way It Must Be Done
  • Easter Day With You (reprise)
  • The Grandest Easter Ever (Rabbit's reprise)
  • Easter Day With You (finale)

Home video

The film was released direct-to-DVD on March 9, 2004. It included the theatrical trailer for Pooh's Heffalump Movie and the two episodes from The New Adventures of Winnie the Pooh ("Honey for a Bunny" and "Trap as Trap Can"). The film was later released on Blu-ray on March 11, 2014 as the Hippty-Hoppity Roo edition. The film is a part of Disney Movies Anywhere program.

Background Information

  • Christopher Robin, Owl and Gopher are absent in this film.
    • The former was mentioned at the opening.
  • The story's climax resolves in a direct homage to A Christmas Carol, with the Narrator speaking to Rabbit about his poor behavior and showing him a dark future in which Rabbit lives alone in the Hundred Acre Wood.
    • The similarity is noted by Tigger in when he asks Rabbit, "What the Dickens—and I do mean 'Dickens'—is going on here?", during which he turns and winks at the audience (and breaks the fourth wall).
  • When Tigger was guessing what word that Rabbit didn't want to say, he said onomatopoeia and explains that it is a word.
  • Like A Christmas Carol, Tigger takes on the role of Ghost of Christmas Past and the Narrator takes the roles of Ghosts of Christmas Present and Future.
  • Roo interrupted the beginning just like Tigger in The Tigger Movie and the Narrator references said movie.
  • Lumpy makes a cameo in this film, but he didn't make his first official appearance until Pooh's Heffalump Movie.
  • It is implied that Rabbit stops Easter because he was not the Easter Bunny in his past saddening him.
    • This is based on how Ebenezer Scrooge's sister dies in Scrooge's past which starts him to be stingy, selfish, and unkind.
  • From this movie onward, running time is about one hour and three-to-five minutes.
  • The fourth wall is completely destroyed in this movie.


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Media

Films: Winnie the Pooh and the Honey Tree | Winnie the Pooh and the Blustery Day | Winnie the Pooh and Tigger Too! | The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh | Winnie the Pooh and a Day for Eeyore | Pooh's Grand Adventure: The Search for Christopher Robin | The Tigger Movie | The Book of Pooh: Stories from the Heart | Piglet's Big Movie | Winnie the Pooh: Springtime with Roo | Pooh's Heffalump Movie | Pooh's Heffalump Halloween Movie | Winnie the Pooh | Christopher Robin
TV Shows: Welcome to Pooh Corner | The New Adventures of Winnie the Pooh (Episode list) | House of Mouse | The Book of Pooh (Episode List) | My Friends Tigger & Pooh
Video Games: Winnie the Pooh in the Hundred Acre Wood | Tigger's Honey Hunt | Piglet's Big Game | Winnie The Pooh's Rumbly Tumbly Adventure | Kinect Disneyland Adventures | Kingdom Hearts | Kingdom Hearts Birth by Sleep | Kingdom Hearts:Chain of Memories | Kingdom Hearts II | Adventures in the Hundred Acre Wood | Animated StoryBook: Winnie the Pooh and the Honey Tree | Animated StoryBook: Winnie the Pooh and Tigger Too

Disney Parks

Fantasy Gardens | Garden of the Twelve Friends | Hunny Pot Spin | Pooh's Hunny Hunt | Pooh's Playful Spot | The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh
Entertainment: Disneyland Forever | Fantasy Festival | It's Party Time... with Mickey and Friends | Once Upon a Time | Winnie the Pooh and Friends, too!
Shops: Hundred Acre Goods
Parade: Disney Magic on Parade | Flights of Fantasy Parade | Happiness is Here Parade | Tokyo Disneyland Electrical Parade: DreamLights
Halloween: Mickey's Boo-to-You Halloween Parade

Characters

Winnie the Pooh | Christopher Robin | Piglet | Tigger | Eeyore | Rabbit | Kanga | Roo | Owl | Gopher | Bees | Heffalumps | Woozles | Dexter | Kessie | Crows | Bugs | Pack Rats | Rabbit's relatives | Tigger's mom | Pygmy Piglets | Squirrel | Skippy | Nasty Jack | Nasty Jack's Gang | Papa Heffalump | Stan and Heff | Wooster | Crud | Smudge | Bruno | Toy Villains | Birdzilla | Balloon | Lumpy | Mama Heffalump | Darby | Buster | Beaver | Woodpecker | Opossum Twins | The Backson | Long John Cottontail | Christopher Robin's Mom | Winifred | Jagular | Mr. Narrator | Santa Claus | Skullasaurus

Locations

Hundred Acre Wood | Pooh's House | Piglet's House | Tigger's House | Rabbit's House | Eeyore's House | Owl's House | Rabbit's garden | Christopher Robin's room | The Land of Milk and Honey | Skull Cave | North Pole | Gopher's Tunnels | Heffalump Hollow | The Scary Woods | Poohsticks Bridge

Objects

Winnie the Pooh doll | Winnie the Pooh storybook | Rock Remover | Rabbit's Scarecrow

Songs

Movie Songs
Winnie the Pooh and the Honey Tree: "Winnie the Pooh" | "Up, Down, Touch the Ground" | "Rumbly in My Tumbly" | "Little Black Rain Cloud" | "Mind Over Matter"
Winnie the Pooh and the Blustery Day: "A Rather Blustery Day" | "The Wonderful Thing About Tiggers" | "Heffalumps and Woozles" | "Rain, Rain, Rain Came Down, Down, Down" | "Hip-Hip-Poohray"
Boo to You Too! Winnie the Pooh: "I Am Not Afraid" | "I Wanna Scare Myself"
Pooh's Grand Adventure: The Search for Christopher Robin: "Forever & Ever" | "Adventure is a Wonderful Thing" | "If It Says So" | "Wherever You Are" | "Everything is Right"
The Many Songs of Winnie the Pooh: "It Really Was a Woozle, Yes it Was"
Sing a Song with Pooh Bear: "Kanga Roo Hop" | "You're the One and Only One" | "Harvest What You Grow" | "My Song"
Winnie the Pooh: A Valentine for You: "Girls are Like Boys" | "When the Love Bug Bites" | "Places in the Heart"
The Tigger Movie: "Someone Like Me" | "Whoop-de-Dooper Bounce" | "Lull-a-Bee" | "Round My Family Tree" | "How to Be a Tigger"
Piglet's Big Movie: "A Mother's Intuition" | "With a Few Good Friends" | "Sing-Ho (For the Life of a Bear)"
Springtime With Roo: "We're Huntin' Eggs Today" | "Sniffly Sniff" | "Easter Day With You" | "The Way It Must Be Done" | "The Grandest Easter of Them All"
Pooh's Heffalump Movie: "The Horribly Hazardous Heffalumps" | "Little Mr. Roo" | "The Name Game" | "Shoulder to Shoulder" | "In the Name of the Hundred Acre Wood/What Do You Do?"
Pooh's Heffalump Halloween Movie: "Trick 'R' Treating With Our Friends" | "Brave Together" | "As Long As I'm Here With You"
Winnie the Pooh: "The Tummy Song" | "A Very Important Thing to Do" | "The Winner Song" | "The Backson Song" | "It's Gonna Be Great" | "Everything is Honey" | "Pooh's Finale"

Television Songs
Welcome to Pooh Corner: "Welcome to Pooh Corner Theme Song" | "Try a Little Something New" | "The Right Side" | "Just Say, 'Yes I Can'" | "You're the Only You" | "I Hum to Myself" | "Please and Thank You" | "Responsible Persons" | "Be a Buddy, Be a Pal" | "Trees" | "A Part of Me" | "Welcome to Pooh Corner Ending Theme"
The New Adventures of Winnie the Pooh: "Pooh Bear" | "'Cause It's Make Believe" | "The Floating Song" | "Nothing's Too Good for a Friend" | "Under the Bed" | "I Don't Have A Name" | "King of the Beasties (song)" | "The End" | "Pirates is What We'll Be" | "Tigger, the Private Ear is Here"
The Book of Pooh: "Everyone Knows He's Winnie the Pooh" | "Your Best Wishes" | "On the Double" | "Who is Me" | "Think, Think, Think" | "A Pirate Has Got to Have Arrr" | "Day in the Life of a Pooh" | "What Piglets Are" | "Dinosnores" | "I Watch for Signs" | "We're Making a Cake" | "A Mystery" | "If I Could Be Big" | "Isn't that Funny?" | "Find the X" | "Everyone Wants a Valentine" | "That's What We Do" | "Keep it Simple" | "Have You Got a Book For Me?" | "Give It a Try" | "The Play's the Thing" | "On Your Way Back Home" | "Nightmare Wranglers" | "We Royaly Request" | "The Sweetest Thing You Are Seeking" | "Carry On" | "The Plumed Protector" | "Flying Up, Up and Away" | "The Bluebird Song" | "Green Thing" | "What's Your Name, River?" | "Thank You, Please" | "When You're a Monster Too" | "Where Do Words Go?" | "Show the Sign" | "Under a Spelling Bee's Spell" | "With Books You Get Carried Away" | "Adventure" | "Mental Altitude" | "I Want to Know Everything Now" | "Happy Tailiversary" | "Get Growin'" | "Tigger's Lullaby" | "A Wood Without Pooh" | "Impossible to Live With" | "Rhyme-a-Bye" | "Friends Until the End" | "Perfect Party" | "If We Were Talkin'" | "Party Animal" | "Bravehat" | "That's All it Was" | "What's a Tigger Without a Bounce?" | "Our Favorite Day" | "Someone New to Meet" | "Every Day is a Song" | "When I Meet a Heffalump" | "Time Stands Still" | "The Who, What, When, Where, Why" | "24 Hours to Save the Day" | "Gardener of the Year" | "The Hundred Acre Circus" | "Into Outer Space" | "Blissful Bossa Nova" | "My Hero\If You Don't Have Friends" | "Talking Tomato" | "Flying" | "I Want To Be Scary" | "Nothin' Much Scares Me" | "The Hundred Acre Halloween" | "Just Ring Your Bell" | "Our Perfect Map of the Wood" | "Broken Friendships" | "Do the Roo" | "The Rabbit Tango" | "The Honey Dance" | "Piglet Ballet" | "Call Me Buck-a-Roo" | "It's Only Magic" | "I Never" | "King of the Heffalumps" | "Pouncing Panther Pledge" | "At Chez Piglet" | "A Perfect Forest" | "That's How You Put on a Show" | "Let it Rain" | "Stripey McSnarl Always Gets His Man" | "The Littlest Dinosnore" | "Nothing Ever Happens" | "Power of the Pencil" | "Too Much Honey" | "Lost in a Book" | "Goodbye for Now"
My Friends Tigger and Pooh: "My Friends Tigger and Pooh Theme Song" | "Bouncin'" | "Just a Few Simple Rules" | "One Big Happy Family" | "Think, Think, Think" | "Ask a Question"

See Also

Winnie the Pooh Discovers the Seasons | The Disney Afternoon | The Many Songs of Winnie the Pooh | Sing a Song with Pooh Bear (and Piglet Too) | Sing a Song with Tigger

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