Film & DVD Review: Winnie The Pooh: Springtime with Roo

RUNNING TIME: 62 Minutes DIRECTORS: Elliot M Bour Saul Andrew Blinkoff

Reviewed By Jacqueline

Springtime with Roo

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Great introduction! Loved the fact that the Narrator, (David Ogden Stiers), introduces Christopher Robin’s room, at first glance you will see the wonderful exciting Winnie the Pooh book. Quite unexpectedly a surprise character jumps in and out of the book and talks to the Narrator. I thought it was quite quirky that throughout the entire animation the Narrator continues to talk to his characters, whilst they jump back and forth from chapter to chapter.

You will enjoy seeing all of your favourite friends from the Hundred Acre Wood. Fun and adventure is definitely on the agenda for Tigger, Eeyore, Piglet, Winnie the Pooh, Kanga and Roo. They are all looking forward to their annual Easter egg hunt, but their friend Rabbit has other ideas as he tries to spoil things.

It is only later when Rabbit is taught a lesson that he will never forget about friendship, that he tries to make amends. “is it too late to put everything right?”, well you will just have to watch and find out for yourselves.

In criticism, perhaps it is time for Winnie the Pooh and Tigger to have new voices! Thought that Jim Cummings needed to step down as their voice. The characters sound old fashioned and tired, at times, especially Winnie’s. Furthermore, Winnie and Tigger’s voiceovers sound too much alike. On the plus side the Narrator has a fantastic voice!

Easter songs galore! Listen out for “Winnie the Pooh”, orchestrated by Mark Watters, “We’re Huntin Eggs Today”, words and music by John Kavanaugh, “Sniffly Sniff” performed by Jim Cummings(as Winnie the Pooh).

Do the songs sound amateur like? Perhaps they should have been performed by well-known music stars, instead of the voiceovers of the characters? Why not compare these songs to the those in Brother Bear, where Tina Turner and Phil Collins sing their heart out.

Not all bad news though! The storyline was excellent, animation exciting and colourful, characters wonderful as ever.

It is great that your children will be able to enjoy the extras which appear on the Disney DVD, which include the entertaining “Sounds of Spring” game. Furthermore, there are sneak previews of the forthcoming Winnie the Pooh titles for you to add to your collection.

CREDITS

PRODUCER: John A Smith

SCREENPLAY:Tom Rogers

VOICEOVERS:

  • Jim Cummings, (Winnie the Pooh and Tigger)
  • Ken Sansom, (Rabbit)
  • Kath Soucie, (Kanga)
  • John Fielder, (Piglet)
  • Peter Cullen, (Eeyore)
  • David Ogden Stiers, (Narrator)
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