Winnie the Pooh: A Very Merry Pooh Year is a direct-to-video Christmas/New Year's movie, based on and starring the Winnie the Pooh characters, released on VHS and DVD by Walt Disney Home Entertainment on November 12, 2002. Produced by Walt Disney Television Animation and presented by Walt Disney Pictures, it is a compilation film featuring the 1991 Christmas TV special Winnie the Pooh and Christmas Too along with a newly-made special, Happy Pooh Year.
On Christmas Eve, Pooh is having trouble setting up his Christmas tree. He slips and falls, and breaks a shelf holding a present he made for Piglet. When Piglet suddenly arrives, Pooh desperately searches for a new hiding place for the present (since the broken shelf can no longer stay up) as more of his friends arrive, eventually putting it in an empty honey pot and then helping himself to a full one with satisfaction, in which he forgets to answer the door. They eventually open it themselves per Roo's advice after wondering why he won't let them in. Although surprised to see him eating honey, they begin helping him decorate his tree. After Tigger briefly annoys Rabbit with jingle bells, everyone (including Rabbit) joins in and sing a Winnie-the-Pooh version of "Jingle Bells".
That night, Roo wonders if Santa is coming. Rabbit tells him the story of how, on a previous Christmas Eve, their letter failed to reach Santa and Pooh dressed up as him to bring gifts to his friends. After Rabbit finishes the story, Pooh (who is once again dressed up as Santa) arrives with a sack of gifts for everyone.
The next day is Christmas Day and everyone heads outside to have fun. While playing in the snow, Tigger annoys Rabbit with his jingle bells again, forcing him to take them away. Tigger nevertheless lets him have them, and he then discards them into a tree stump. Sometime later, Piglet gives Pooh some honey pots as a Christmas present. Remembering his own present, he suddenly begins searching for it, but the search lasts until New Year's Eve. When he hears Christopher Robin calling for him, he heads outside to find him. After finding Christopher Robin, he reveals that he is preparing a party to celebrate New Year's Eve, in which Pooh suggests having it at Rabbit's house. He then takes the box of decorations and heads off there.
At Rabbit's house, Rabbit and Piglet are tending to a potted carrot. While Rabbit goes to get it food, Pooh suddenly comes in, scaring Piglet into hiding with it. While Pooh examines the honey in Rabbit's cupboard, Rabbit returns and closes it, unknowingly pushing him inside, but is shocked to find the carrot gone. A noise in the cupboard leads him to open it and finds Pooh inside eating honey, to his annoyance. After finding Piglet, another visitor knocks on the door, which turns out to be Tigger, followed by Eeyore emerging from the snow underneath them after Tigger bounces Rabbit. Tigger further annoys Rabbit after failing to catch a self-thrown snowball that lands in his house. When Pooh informs them of the party, an excited Tigger tries to decorate the place, but ends up making a mess, making Rabbit so angry that he throws everyone out and plans to move. Believing that their personalities are a threat to Rabbit, Pooh suggests doing a resolution (which Christopher Robin had told him about earlier), a promise which they must keep no matter what. Piglet starts behaving like Tigger, Tigger (who has a rock tied to his tail to keep him from bouncing) starts behaving like Piglet, Pooh starts behaving like Eeyore, and Eeyore starts behaving like Pooh (in which he is shown standing on two legs, eating honey, and wearing a red shirt that resembles Pooh's).
As Rabbit prepares to move, his friends return with their changed personalities, which immediately makes him leave, but after falling down a cliff, he is sent flying with his carrot. His friends find him stuck in a tree with bees attempting to abduct him. They then regain their old personalities and Tigger unties the rock from his tail and rescues Rabbit. He reconciles with his friends, convincing them to just be themselves while admitting that he's the one who needs to change just as Christopher Robin arrives. They then head back to his house to prepare for the party.
Later at night and at the start of the new year, Rabbit returns the jingle bells he took from Tigger. Pooh finally remembers where he left Piglet's present and goes home to get it. After returning with the honey pot containing it, revealed to be a music box, he then gives it to Piglet. After singing a song to Piglet following the music, Piglet claims that Pooh is a greater gift and everyone sings "Auld Lang Syne" to celebrate the new year.
- "Winnie the Pooh"
- "Jingle Bells" (with alternate lyrics)
- "Snow Snows"
- "Jingly Bells"
- "Happy Pooh Year"
- "Honey, No Not For Me"
- "Jingly Bells (reprise)"
- "Auld Lang Syne"
Home video releases
|Jim Cummings||Winnie the Pooh|
|William Green||Christopher Robin|
- Disney Wiki: Winnie the Pooh: A Very Merry Pooh Year
- Winnie the Pooh: A Very Merry Pooh Year at the Internet Movie Database
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