Winnie the Pooh: Springtime for Roo appears in an aspect ratio of 1.78:1 on this single-sided, double-layered DVD; the image has been enhanced for 16X9 televisions. It fared very well and offered a consistently excellent picture.
Sharpness appeared immaculate. At all time, the movie looked distinct and crisp. If any instances of softness occurred, I didn’t notice them in this detailed and well-defined offering. Neither jagged edges nor moiré effects marred the presentation, and I noticed no signs of edge enhancement. As for print flaws, the movie remained clean and fresh.
Roo enjoyed a suitably lively palette for springtime, and the DVD replicated those tones well. The colors always came across as tight and vibrant, as they virtually leapt off the screen at times. The hues never displayed any bleeding, noise, or other concerns, and they consistently appeared stellar. Black levels also seemed deep and rich, while shadow detail looked appropriately dense but never became too thick or opaque. In the end, Springtime for Roo provided a very strong picture.
While not up to the level of the visuals, the soundtrack of Springtime for Roo seemed satisfying for this sort of piece. The speakers demonstrated a strong bias toward the front spectrum. Music showed nice stereo separation, and some environmental and other specific effects cropped up from the sides. The soundfield showed a light level of activity. Surround usage was relatively minor; some voices popped up in the rear during the Easter egg hunt, but not much else occurred. For the most part, the rear speakers simply reinforced the front ones.
Audio quality appeared solid. Speech came across as natural and concise, and I noticed no issues related to edginess or intelligibility. Music sounded fairly tight and brisk, with good dynamic range evident. Effects also seemed clean and accurate. Low-end was lackluster, as not much bass appeared throughout the flick. Still, the audio seemed acceptable given the modest scope of the production.
Springtime for Roo tosses in a very small compilation of supplements. Sounds of the Season has you click on different 100 Acre Wood items and hear their noises. What’s the point? I have no idea.
Decorating Rabbit’s House forces you to do exactly what the title implies. You pick items and place them around Rabbit’s house and his yard to set up for a party. It’s also fairly pointless, but it still beats “Sounds”.
Disney’s Art Project teaches kids how to make toys from items found around the house. It teaches how to construct a butterfly. This feature seems to present some minor potential for fun among the kiddie set.
As the DVD starts, we encounter a mix of ads. We find trailers for Home on the Range, Winnie the Pooh: ABCs, Winnie the Pooh: 123s, The Magical World of Winnie the Pooh, Brother Bear, and Disney Sing-Along Songs. These also show up in the Sneak Peeks domain along with an ad for JoJo’s Circus: Under the Big Tent. First Look gives us a trailer for Pooh’s Heffalump Movie and a full-length show from The Magical World of Winnie the Pooh called “Honey for a Bunny”.
A lackluster piece of work, Winnie the Pooh: Springtime for Roo provides something slightly enjoyable but nothing more. The program gives us gentle fun that seems watchable. It just never becomes anything memorable and distinctive. The DVD offers excellent picture with average audio and a small package of extras. With a list price of almost $30, Springtime seems awfully expensive for the slight entertainment it offers.