Springtime with Roo

2004 film by Saul Andrew Blinkoff, Elliot M. Bour

Winnie the Pooh: Springtime with Roo is a 2004 American direct-to-video animated musical comedy film produced by Walt Disney Pictures and DisneyToon Studios, animated by Toon City Animation, Inc., featuring characters from Disney's Winnie the Pooh franchise. It is an adaptation of A Christmas Carol starring Rabbit and Roo.

Directed by Elliot M. Bour and Saul Andrew Blinkoff. Written by Tom Rogers.


[A live action shot shows a boy's bedroom in a house]
Narrator: [first lines] This could be the room of any small boy. But it just happened to belong to a boy named Christopher Robin. Like any small child, Christopher Robin had toy animals to play with. And together they shared many exciting and unusual adventures.
[Just as the narrator goes to open a book titled "Winnie the Pooh", it bounces]
Narrator: Oh! Uh… Huh. Uh, where was I? Oh, yes. They shared many exciting and unusual…
[The book bounces again]
Narrator: Huh. What's going on here? Hello? Is anyone there?
[Roo, in cartoon animation, flies out of the book, bursting it open]
Roo: Yaa-hoo! Hi, Mr. Narrator.
Narrator: [chuckles] Hello, Roo.
Roo: Are you going to tell a story about Winnie the Pooh? And Piglet?
Narrator: Well, not exactly. Although I can assure you, they'll be joining us very soon.
Roo: Then it must be about my best bouncing buddy, Tigger, huh?
Narrator: Ah, Tigger is right in the thick of things, as always, but this story isn't really about them.
Roo: [while dangling on the top of the book by his tail] Oh, then what is it about?
Narrator: Actually, the story begins with you.
Roo: Me?! [falls off from the top of the book] No way!
Narrator: Yes way!
Kanga: [offscreen] Roo, dear, your breakfast is getting cold.
Roo: That's my mama. I got to go. [leaps into the book] Oh, see you later!
Narrator: [chuckles] See you in a few pages.

[Rabbit looks shocked at the Easter decorations]
Roo: Happy Easter, Rabbit!
Rabbit: [whimpers]
[From Rabbit's point of view, Tigger and Pooh wave at him. Piglet laughs as he rocks in his basket]
Rabbit: Easter? EASTER?!
Roo: Sure, you remember Easter, don't you? You know, with jellybeans and Easter baskets and a great big Easter egg hunt.
Rabbit: Well, Roo. [gulps] I'm afraid you've been terribly misinformed. Why, this is… This is Spring Cleaning Day... [suddenly angry] AND YOU'VE ALL RUINED IT! I don't believe it! I told you exactly what to do, and you didn't do any of it!
Roo: But Rabbit…
Rabbit: Not another word! I want you all out of here at once! Out! Out!
Pooh: But…
Rabbit: [shoving the others outside] All of you, out!
[Rabbit slams his door]

Tigger: Huh. Well, that went well. Maybe we should've sung it in a different key.
Piglet: I don't think so, Tigger. I don't think Rabbit wants us to sing anything.
Tigger: Now that you've mentioned it, I'm starting to get the feeling that Rabbit doesn't want to celebrate Easter… [gulps] …at all.
Roo: Huh?

Tigger: Guess there's nothing left to do but go home then. [sighs sadly] Come on, Roo boy.
[Roo is not here]
Tigger: [confused] Roo?

Rabbit: [as Tigger comes to have a talk with him] Tigger! What on Earth are you doing here?
Tigger: Eh…
Rabbit: Well?
Tigger: Rabbit, I… I mean, you… When…
Rabbit: What?
Tigger: Roo is really upset about what happened today!
Rabbit: Oh, I see. If Roo is upset, what about me? Look at all this mess you've caused on Spring Cleaning Day, no less.
Tigger: I'm not talking about Spring-ity Cleaning Day, I'm talking about…
[Just as Tigger was about to say "Easter", Rabbit shoves a feathered duster on his mouth]
Rabbit: Don't say it, Tigger, don't say it! Do not say that word in my house.
[Tigger removes the feathered duster off of his mouth]
Tigger: What word?
Rabbit: I refuse to say it.
Tigger: If you won't tell me what word I'm not supposed to say, then how am I going to know not to say it? Let's see, is it… Carrots?
Rabbit: No!
Tigger: Rutabagas?
Rabbit: No!
Tigger: Thingama-whatchama-higgety-jigs?
Rabbit: That isn't even a word.
Tigger: Onomatopoeia? And that is a word.
Rabbit: Why would you even want to say that?
Tigger: Why wouldn't you say it? [sings] ♪ Onomatopoeia! ♪
♪ Onomatopoeia! ♪
♪ All I want to be is an Onomatopoeia! ♪
Rabbit: Easter! The word is Easter!
Tigger: That was going to be my next guess.
Rabbit: [sighs] Tigger, would you please just leave?
Tigger: Come on, Rabbit, aren't we never ever going to have another Easter egg hunt again?
Rabbit: No! Not never ever. Never again!
Tigger: [gasps] But you used to love Easter!
Rabbit: Says who?

Rabbit: I don't understand. Roo was looking forward to...
Narrator: Spring Cleaning Day, was it?
Rabbit: No. Easter. [feels heartbroken] What have I done? Where are all my friends?
Narrator: Friends you say? You certainly didn't treat them like friends. Don't you remember?
[Flashback clouds appear on top of Rabbit's head of what he said]
Rabbit: I'm sorry but I'm the Easter Bunny so I make the rules. It isn't fun it's Easter. I told you exactly what to do, and you didn't do any of it!
Narrator: You see Rabbit? You never thought about what your friends wanted. All you do was care for yourself.
Rabbit: No, I didn't! Did I?
Narrator: It looks as if you got what you wanted. Now you can always have things your way.
Rabbit: No, that's not what I want. [sobs] Mr. Narrator, you said that the pages of the future haven't been written yet. So, does that mean these words can be changed? Please, tell me I still have time to change!
[Rabbit lays down on one of the pages while sobbing]
Rabbit: No! No, it's not too late. It can't be. [stands up] I'll be a good friend. Yes, that's it. [runs back to his house] I can change. [opens the door] I'll get their special Easter things. I'll give them Easter. I will! It's not too late.
[Rabbit gasps when he notices the box is empty]
Rabbit: NO!
[The screen quickly goes to black]

Roo: [last lines] B.B.F.N.! Bye-bye for now!


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