Blu-ray Review: Winnie The Pooh: Springtime with Roo
Winnie The Pooh: Springtime With Roo is a perfect children’s film for when your child wakes you up at 6 a.m. and you want to get back for another hour of sleep. Other than that purpose this movie will not satisfy an older audience as its plot goes back and forth several times losing any real attention of any audience other than that of a young child. Yes the movie is cute and provides a few smiles and laughs but it is definitely aimed at children who needs to be entertained for an hour. So if you have a child at home who enjoys the adventures of Winnie The Pooh and his pals then Winnie The Pooh: Springtime with Roo is the film for your child.
The movie starts off with Roo (Jimmy Bennett) and Tigger (Jim Cummings) excited to go to Rabbit’s for the best holiday of all time – Easter! Only when Winnie (Jim Cummings), Piglet (John Fiedler), Eeyore (Peter Cullen), Roo, and Tigger arrive at Rabbit’s they find out Rabbit has absolutely no interest in celebrating this magical holiday. Rabbit is much more interested in Spring cleaning than any sort of fun or whimsical magic. He promptly orders everyone to help clean and organize his house but Roo finds Easter decorations and decides to surprise Rabbit. Rabbit realizes what Pooh and friends have done and becomes enraged and declares there will no longer be an Easter nor will Roo get an Easter Egg hunt. As the movie progresses we learn the true reason behind Rabbit’s hatred of the most wonderful holiday of all. The movie truly pays homage to Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol.
Winnie The Pooh: Springtime with Roo would be an enjoyable children’s film in any year that was not 2013/2014. We have been blessed with some of the best animation and children’s films this year from Frozen to The Lego Movie, and even Mr. Peabody and Sherman. If these movies were not coming out, then yes Winnie the Pooh: Springtime with Roo would be a pleasant time killer for children; however with all these other great animated films in theatres and coming out on Bluray/DVD there are better options for ensuring children will be entertained for longer periods of time that will have even older audiences enjoying themselves.
Winnie The Pooh: Springtime with Roo is a subpar animated film in a year filled with great animation, it falls into the realms of Free Birds and The Nut Job.