My opinion right after watching the film
My opinion right after watching the film is that it is not as insufferable or as bad as the many other Winnie the Pooh films that I was forced to endure. There is some sentiment and emotion in the film, that was used as a focal point. Ultimately, the film is too short to really have much substance, or be anything better than decent.
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Roo (Jimmy Bennett) is thrilled about going to Rabbit (Ken Sansom)’s house for Easter with everyone else, but when they get there, Rabbit forces them to clean, creating his own holiday that resembles spring cleaning. He was avoiding Easter like the plague, and left to tend to his garden as everyone else was supposed to clean the house. Let’s just say that they mess up the house even more, and they mess it up by decorating Rabbit’s house with Easter decor, paintings, and decorations. This is literally dragging on so much. We are 20 minutes in the film, and this is all I typed. When Rabbit returns, he is pissed off, and kicks everyone out, because that was not what he told them to do, and is traumatized by Easter for some reason. Roo takes it really hard, since he was looking forward to the season.
Rabbit said that he was traumatized by Roo’s first Easter, which was last year. Rabbit liked controlling the Easter, but Tigger ended up ruining it for him. I love how the main character is Roo, but his mother Kanga (Kath Soucie) is barely in the film. The flashback consists of Tigger comes up with the idea to host Easter, and manages to get Rabbit to help. This ends up turning into a hot mess thanks to Tigger’s disorganization and insolence causing chaos. Okay……….. This film is only continuing to get me to hate the Winnie the Pooh franchise, but I get how that would take Rabbit out of his favourite holiday.
Back to the present day, all of the others are deciding to look for Easter rocks. So Tigger returns and tells Roo that Rabbit is not coming to Easter with them. Rabbit ends up coming up with an epiphany, and decides to celebrate Easter with everyone else, but when he sees them, he gets sad that they really took it upon themselves to celebrate it without him.Rabbit decides to make things right, and turns Easter around by his support.
I am so sick of talking about these characters, and having these films being treated like they should be anything but package films. I refuse to give any of them their own sections because they are the exact same, and they do little to nothing. The only thing I can note of from this specific film is that Rabbit had to remember that it is not the organizing that is important, but enjoying time with others that is important. Roo is seen as a main character in the film but he was only seen in my eyes being used as an emotional ploy to connect Rabbit to the main theme of the film.
What I can say about the animation is that it looks relatively the same as all of the other straight-to-video Winnie the Pooh films, but this film uses a lot more vibrant colors and shapes.
The music in this film was not memorable at all, which is a shocker, since even the worst Winnie the Pooh films contain memorable music. It was still good enough, and did its job, but nothing stood up. To be fair, the film was too short to really have songs.
Reception at Release
There is no information on the reception of this film at the time of release, regarding the critical reception or the financial earnings it made. It was released on March 9th, 2004.
From what I have looked around, there is not a lot of talk about this film, so I assume many do not know it exists, or do not care about this film at all to talk about it.
22.5/40 = 56%