Originally released direct-to-video in 2004 this Disney production is a Winnie the Pooh version of the class Dickens tale, A Christmas Carol. Only the holiday season has changed from Christmas to Easter.
At Easter every year Rabbit (voiced by Ken Samson) dresses up as the Easter Bunny. This year he decides to eschew that tradition in favour of another – Spring Cleaning Day. When Winnie the Pooh (voiced by Jim Cummings), Roo, Piglet (voiced by John Fielder), Tigger (voiced by Jim Cummings) and Eeyore (voiced by Peter Cullen) arrive at Rabbit’s expecting their usual Easter celebration they are disappointed. Rabbit orders everyone to get dusting, mopping and scrubbing. Everyone is sad that there will be no Easter Bunny. This is doubly so for little Roo (voiced by Jimmy Bennett). Rabbit refuses to celebrate Easter and is upset. Despite his disappointment Roo tries to cheer Rabbit up. Soon the past, present and future mesh together and end up teaching everyone valuable lessons.
While this is certainly not the best Disney animated Winnie the Pooh film it certainly has a charm about it that makes it an enjoyable watch. There are certain aspects about its retelling of the Easter holiday that might upset older viewers youngsters won’t give a hoot. With young ones in mind it has been kept short and the pace is fairly brisk. Easy enough to follow that kids will ask to watch it numerous times.
While the animation will remind you of the stuff Disney did in the 60s and 70s, what really was superior about this film was the voice work of Jimmy Bennett as Roo. He is asked and is up to stretching this character further than I have ever seen before.
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