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Winnie The Pooh: Springtime With Roo Blu-ray Review

Winnie The Pooh- Springtime With Roo Blu-ray

“Springtime With Roo” is the best “Winnie the Pooh” movie since “The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh.”

In this 2004 direct-to-DVD “Winnie the Pooh” title, Roo and Rabbit get the spotlight in this Easter Special. The story, of course, takes place in the Hundred Acre Wood and finds Winnie, Tigger, Piglet and Eeyore getting ready for their annual Easter egg hunt. Unfortunately, the selfish, control freak Rabbit squashes their hope of an Easter celebration and instead makes the gang do spring cleaning for him. As we soon learn, Rabbit wants nothing to do with Easter anymore even though he once adored the holiday. Why does Rabbit feel this way and can Roo and company help Rabbit find the Easter spirit again?

Let’s face it, when it comes to animated “Winnie the Pooh” adventures, “The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh” is the gold standard. Not only has it stood the test of time, but it’s a perfect adaptation of the source material. Since that movie, there have been a multitude of “Winnie the Pooh” movies and TV series, but none of them have been comparable to that 1977 classic. When “Winnie the Pooh: Springtime With Roo” arrived in my mailbox, I admittedly wasn’t expecting much, but shockingly, this 2004 re-release turned out to be a heartfelt surprise that harkens back to ‘Many.’ While the “A Christmas Carol” inspired story is light and strangely missing Owl and Christopher Robin, writer Tom Rogers has crafted a story that really captures the spirit of this tight knit group of characters. What really grabbed me about this particular story was how character driven it was. I’m not going to spoil what exactly happens, but suffice to say, it’s a very mature and emotionally rewarding story that involves Roo and company helping Rabbit through his issues.

In typical ‘Pooh’ fashion, ‘Springtime’ is also loaded with humor and songs. While none of these songs wil ever be bonafide Disney hits, I was rather taken to Pooh’s amusing sneeze song. On top of that, every character has a genuinely humorous moment. Whether Eeyore is busting out a mopey one liner or the narrator is talking to Rabbit, there’s bound to be something to make anyone laugh here.  

Video/Audio:

Presentation: 1.78:1 1080p. How does it look? The animation quality is so-so as the hi-def print highlights the flaws. With that said, the mixture of old school and more modern animation works to the film’s benefit in being more in line with classic ‘Pooh.’

Audio Track: DTS-HD. How does it sound? The 5.1 track delivers crisp and clear sounding voice work and music. You can’t ask for a better track for this movie.

Extras:

* Disney trailers.

* Digital HD Copy.

* “Get up And Dance!”- Dance instructions for one song.

March 9, 2014 - Posted by | Blu-Ray review | ,

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