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Springtime With Roo is a Direct-to-Video Easter Special featuring the Winnie-the-Pooh cast.

Roo is upset when Rabbit cancels Easter and declares "Spring Cleaning Day" instead. Both Tigger and the narrator work to get to the bottom of Rabbit's Scrooge-like behaviour.

This is notable as being the only Winnie the Pooh holiday special not to consist of any Stock Footage from New Adventures Of Winnie the Pooh episodes or any previous outings.


Tropes in this work include:

  • A Day in the Limelight: For Roo and Rabbit.
  • An Aesop: Easter is best celebrated when you don’t restrict everyone to what you want them to do and just let it all happen naturally.
  • Be Careful What You Wish For: In the hypothetical future Mr. Narrator created, Rabbit is happy to have everything ready for Spring Cleaning Day. Except that there's no one else to "celebrate" it with him.
  • Big "NO!": At the end of his nightmare of everyone having left, Rabbit screams this upon finding out that his chest of Easter props is gone.
  • Big "SHUT UP!": Rabbit screams "STOP!" at the very end of "The Way It Must Be Done", frustrated that no one is following his rules.
  • Borrowed Catchphrase:
    • After Tigger bounces Eeyore, he is helped back up, only for Roo to do the same.
    • When trying to solve the problem with Rabbit, the whole gang imitate Pooh's "think" method, even Kanga and Eeyore.
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    • After Rabbit's giddy epiphany, he notices he's starting to sound like Tigger, and mimics his trademark "Woo-hoo-hoooo!" in amusement.
    • At the very end of the film, Roo does a variant on Tigger's "But Now I Must Go" catchphrase to end it all off: "BBFN: Bye Bye For Now!"
  • Control Freak: Rabbit has this attitude throughout last year’s Easter, demanding everyone to follow his rules. When they disobey him, he becomes upset and vows never to celebrate Easter again.
  • Dark Reprise: Roo sadly singing the song about what he loves about Easter after Tigger's attempts to have Rabbit bring back Easter all while Rabbit is watching this outside.
  • Disproportionate Retribution: Rabbit cancels Easter after seeing everyone having fun at last year's Easter without him.
  • Easter Special: The movie is about the Hundred Acre Wood trying to celebrate Easter combined with the story of A Christmas Carol.
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  • Eureka Moment: Roo waking up to find the tattered Easter Bunny hat on his bunny plushie gives him a bright idea on how to make Rabbit happy. By letting Rabbit be the Easter Bunny like he was supposed to be last year.
  • Gilligan Cut: Just as the gang nearly finish singing about having a "flippity, floppity, hippity, hoppity, hap-py..." *zip* "Spring Cleaning Day!"
    Tigger: Well that wasn't quite what I had in mind.
  • Ignored Epiphany: After the Dark Reprise and Roo going to bed, Rabbit has none of that and mutters how it's everyone else's fault, not his.
  • Interactive Narrator: Even more so than usual, due to "Mr Narr-at-tor" playing the role of the three ghosts for Rabbit's Yet Another Christmas Carol.
  • Innocently Insensitive: What kickstarted Rabbit's "Spring Cleaning Day" mindset? Him overhearing Roo's Big Brother Worship for Tigger being the Easter Rabbit after everything else went downhill. Tigger apologizes for how they treated Rabbit, but Rabbit has none of that.
  • Kicked Upstairs: After too many frustrations from Pooh during Spring Cleaning Day, Rabbit "promotes" him to supervisor, which is apparently someone who sits on a stool and doesn't cause trouble.
  • Leitmotif: Instrumentals of both the original Winnie the Pooh theme and "The Most Wonderful Thing About Tiggers" are used in scenes introducing the respective characters.
  • Mass "Oh, Crap!": Everyone gets it in the final act of the movie when Rabbit arrives at Kanga and Roo's house, knowing that Rabbit is absolute pissed off about anything Easter-related.
  • Musicalis Interruptus:
    • As Pooh and the gang reach the climax of "We're Huntin' Eggs Today", they are suddenly stopped by Rabbit who exclaims, "Spring Cleaning Day!".
    • "The Way It Must Be Done" is abruptly halted by Rabbit stopping everyone from doing their own things.
  • Never My Fault: Rabbit blames everyone else for not following his rules or doing as he says as to why he hates Easter, not realizing that it's his Control Freak attitude that is what caused everyone else to have fun without him. It takes the narrator showing him a vision of a Bad Future to set him straight.
  • Never Trust a Title: Despite the movie's title beginning with "Winnie the Pooh", it's Roo and Rabbit who are the main stars here.
  • Nice Hat: The Easter Bunny hat is a purple top hat with a pink ribbon.
  • Nothing Is Scarier: The Narrator's vision of Easter the year after shows everyone having left the Hundred Acre Wood after they got tired of Rabbit's Control Freak tendencies.
  • Not So Above It All:
    • Eeyore borders on uncharacteristically jovial about Easter in parts of the film. He apparently loves wearing fluffy bunny ears as an Easter tradition, and can even be heard laughing during last year's egg hunt.
    • The narrator gets rather playful trolling Rabbit, even taking on a ghostly voice at one point.
  • Rule of Symbolism: The Easter Rabbit hat which is worn by whoever is the Easter Rabbit. Rabbit stomps on it in the beginning to emphasize how there will be no more Easter, but it's only when Roo gathers everyone else to patch it up that Easter is brought back. Roo gives it back to Rabbit to finalise the latter's mending.
  • Scare 'em Straight: After Rabbit doesn't get the hint about bringing Easter back, the narrator decides to take things into his own hands.
  • Serious Business: Rabbit takes Easter very seriously, wanting everything perfect, on schedule and how he wants it to go. This gets deconstructed as Rabbit is so focused on doing Easter/Spring Cleaning Day his way, that it would potentially cause everyone else to leave for good.
  • Sneeze of Doom: Pooh shoots out an epic one while spring cleaning. Though not before singing a whimsical little ditty about it first.
  • The Scrooge: Rabbit is left incredibly bitter about Easter, after his attempt one year ago ending up going crazy, trying to abolish it in favour of Spring Cleaning Day.
  • Tears of Joy: Rabbit, after Roo gives him back his mended Easter Bunny hat.
  • Triumphant Reprise:
    • Following Roo's Dark Reprise as said above, "Easter Day With You" returns in a more celebratory fashion at the end.
    • "The Way It Must Be Done" also returns in a more peppy manner as Rabbit has a change of heart and declares Easter for everyone.
  • Unfulfilled Purpose Misery: Rabbit tells Tigger "Every spring, I look forward to one thing most of all. Being the Easter bunny. You took that away from me."
  • Yet Another Christmas Carol: An Easter variation centred around Rabbit. Tigger plays a Marley type role, while the narrator uses their manipulation of the book's timeline to play the three ghosts and Roo is a stand-in for Tiny Tim.

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