"Each year, Rabbit plays Easter Bunny, but this year, he's decided it's 'Spring Cleaning Day,' and he orders everyone to hop to it: scrubbing, dusting, and mopping. All his pals are disappointed – especially little Roo – until Rabbit learns that putting others first and showing friends how much you care turns every day into a precious gift. Sparkling with unforgettable songs and a never-before-seen bonus treat, this delightful 'egg-stravaganza' shows why love, hope and friendship are always in full bloom in the Hundred Acre Wood!" That's the premise for Winnie the Pooh, Springtime With Roo, which is available on Blu-ray, DVD, and Digital HD from Disney.
If you're trying to remember why you may not have heard of this title before, it could be because Springtime With Roo is one of Disney's direct-to-DVD releases. The title is also a bit misleading since the story really revolves around Rabbit and the Easter holiday. In addition to Rabbit and Roo, the other characters that are a part of the story are Pooh, Piglet, Tigger and Eyore. We don't get to see Owl or Christopher Robin in this adventure, which by the way, is really a retelling of "A Christmas Carol" but with an Easter theme. Rabbit plays the part of Scrooge, by cancelling Easter and disappointing all the others. Roo (aka. Tiny Tim) is especially saddened and his sadness is what eventually changes Rabbit's mind about Easter.
In regards to the technical specs, Springtime With Roo is presented in 1080p with a 1.78:1 aspect ratio. The visuals are excellent with all the wonderful colors of Easter represented nicely. The decorated Easter eggs and decorations really "pop" off the screen and the character animations come through nice and clear. It's obvious that this title is well-represented with the Blu-ray format. For sound, a lossless 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio Track is provided. Dialogue is clear througout the film and all the music performances are nicely balanced and very enjoyable. A bit more use of the surround channels would have been welcome though, since most of the audio seems to come from the front channels.
There is one bonus feature provided, but it might as well not exist because it's simply a music video showing kids dancing to Rabbit's upbeat tune from the movie's finale. It's nothing special. More bonus features would have been nice, but I think most children will enjoy the title itself and be satified with that. It's not the best Winnie the Pooh movie, but it's something fun to enjoy during the Easter holiday.
For more information, visit winniethepooh.disney.com.