Seasons of Giving
|Seasons of Giving|
|Directed by||Harry Arends
|Produced by||Harry Arends
|Written by||Barbara Slade|
|Distributed by||Buena Vista Home Entertainment|
|November 9, 1999|
Seasons of Giving is a 1999 direct-to-video animated musical comedy-drama film which included A Winnie the Pooh Thanksgiving, and two episodes from The New Adventures of Winnie the Pooh (Groundpiglet Day and Find Her, Keep Her). It features new songs by The Sherman Brothers.
The story begins with Tigger wanting to ski, but Winnie the Pooh and Piglet point out that there's no snow. So, they go ask Rabbit what day of the year it is, but after opening his front door and letting the wind blow in, it causes a mess: the kitchen table gets blown over, a picture falls off the wall, a table with a bowl of carrots topples over, and Rabbit's calendar pages (November to February) get torn off and get swept under Rabbit's bed. Although annoyed at first, he look at the calendar, but he doesn't realize that some of the pages are gone, and claims that it's February 2, Groundhog Day. In an effort to find out if there are two more weeks of winter or if spring comes tomorrow, they ask Gopher if he sees his shadow. Gopher angrily points out he's a gopher not a groundhog, so they have Piglet pretend to be a groundhog. His hat falls over his eyes, preventing him from seeing. Thinking that winter is over, they all prepare for spring by airing out their houses, planting gardens and spring cleaning. Piglet returns home, feeling happy about telling his friends that winter is over, but later that day, it snows.
Tigger is puzzled to see that it's snowing during spring while snow is being blown into Pooh's house. A discouraged Rabbit confronts Piglet for lying to them and tells him that it's all his fault, and goes home to see wind blowing into his house and the calendar pages being blown outside. After putting the lost pages back on the calendar, he realizes that it's not Groundhog Day, it's only November 13. Feeling awful for what he said, Rabbit goes to apologize to Piglet, only to find a note from Piglet saying that he's gone to look for a real groundhog. Rabbit frantically goes looking for Piglet. Meanwhile, Piglet can't find a groundhog, and decides to go home after a pile of snow falls on him, and he leaves his hat behind on the pile of snow. Rabbit finds the pile of snow. Thinking that it's Piglet frozen solid, he rushes to Pooh's house, where he, Tigger and Pooh struggle to help him with hot chocolate and an ice pack but these attempts melt the snow. Thinking that Piglet has melted, Rabbit cries, and apologizes for everything, only to realize that the real Piglet is behind him (startling him so much that he throws himself to a wall backwards) and the melted snow was just a normal pile of snow. Rabbit tells everyone that it's November 13. So, they decide to get ready for Thanksgiving.
A month later, on Christmas Eve, where everyone except Christopher Robin and Gopher are at Rabbit's house, Rabbit receives a letter from a bluebird named Kessie and tells Roo the story of how he met her. During a cold winter, Rabbit, Tigger, Pooh, and Piglet struggle to save a single carrot when they suddenly see Kessie blowing in the wind. Realizing that she's in trouble, Rabbit's goes to find a ladder, but when opening his front door, it breaks off, sending Rabbit crashing through his house, out the back door, and into his friends, sending them flying through the air while riding on Rabbit's front door like a magic carpet. Rabbit catches Kessie with Pooh's honey pot but the wind suddenly dies down, causing them to crash-land back into Rabbit's house and planting the front door back in place. Rabbit was not happy that his house had been trashed but nevertheless, decides to raise Kessie. While making milk for her using the stove to heat it while it's in a baby bottle, he struggles to teach her how to say his name (who calls him Rabbi). Unfortunately, he forgets to pay attention to the stove and finds that the baby bottle's lid is inflating to an enormous size. Mistaking it for a monster, he smashes it with a broom, causing an explosion (that Kessie laughs at). Pooh and Piglet arrive and ask to join him in having breakfast. He instead asks them to watch over Kessie while goes out to his garden but is forced to come back when he hears Kessie cry and calms her with a stuffed rabbit. He instructs Pooh and Piglet to give Kessie a bath before heading back out again. They do so, but Kessie knocks a box of soap into the tub, creating large amounts of soap bubbles that flood the house. Meanwhile, Rabbit has finished planting his carrots and suddenly hears rumbling coming from his house and it explodes in a flood of soap bubbles. Upon seeing Kessie floating away in a soap bubble, Rabbit runs after her and ends up falling off a cliff, sliding across a frozen lake, and falling off another cliff. Despite this incidents, he is still able to rescue Kessie and insists that she shouldn't go up in the air again. Even though she enjoyed it, she promises to not do it again as they head back home.
Later that summer, an older Kessie helps Rabbit with his garden and reveals that she had planted her first carrot. Tigger shows up and asks Rabbit to borrow Kessie for a while but he refuses, as he wants her to do more important things. When Tigger literally annoys Rabbit even more by pulling out his carrots at rapid speed, he finally lets her go play with Tigger. After bouncing over a tree, they proceed to climb a tall, leafless tree, but it suddenly falls over, suspending them over a high cliff. Hearing Kessie's cries for help, Rabbit goes to help them but can't get any closer as his weight could make them fall. Rabbit instructs Tigger to throw Kessie to him using his tail. Although he succeeds, Rabbit fails to pull her up and she begin to fall down the cliff. Rabbit tries to jump after her but Tigger (who somehow got on top of the tree) stops him, as it is too late to save her. Owl comes to Kessie's rescue. Rabbit cries, believing that Kessie is gone but is suddenly delighted that Owl had saved her. Unfortunately, the tree, unable to support their weight, begins to give way. Rabbit, Tigger, and Kessie frantically get off but Owl doesn't. Instead, he flies off the tree just as it falls down the cliff. He intends to teach her how to fly but Rabbit refuses to let him do so, and with that, they go home.
In the fall, while Rabbit is reading Kessie a story, she looks out the window to see wild ducks flying South for the winter. For days, she tries to fly, but is discovered by Pooh, who promises not to tell Rabbit. Pooh, Tigger, and Piglet have an idea on how to get Kessie South for the winter, using a giant slingshot. When Kessie is about to take off, Rabbit arrives, and stops them. He yells at Pooh for trying to teach Kessie how to fly against his wishes. Although Rabbit isn't happy that Kessie is breaking her promise, she claims that she must fly. Rabbit then tells Tigger to let go of the slingshot. Although Tigger protests, Rabbit forcefully makes him do so anyway, but suddenly realizes that he's the only one still in the slingshot. It then launches, sending Rabbit falling off the same cliff Kessie had fallen off of that summer. Kessie quickly swoops down, and grabs Rabbit, and brings him back to the top. Rabbit, heartbroken that she may leave him forever now that she can fly, goes home. Kessie tries to cheer him up by asking him to read another story for her but Rabbit, still too depressed, refuses and goes into his bedroom. Kessie then begins to cry, which Rabbit hears from inside his room. Meanwhile, winter has arrived. The next morning, Owl, Pooh, Piglet, and Tigger say goodbye to Kessie as she prepares to fly South. Meanwhile, Rabbit searches for Kessie's potted carrot and after finding it, he rushes to say goodbye to Kessie, but gets his scarf stuck in a tree along the way. By the time he gets there, he is too late and Kessie is gone. However, he is happy when Kessie comes back to say goodbye. Later that day, Pooh and Piglet are relaxing by Christopher Robin's favorite tree talking about how Rabbit loved Kessie, and how they can't wait to see her again and Rabbit is sitting nearby, waiting for Kessie to return.
Back in the present, Rabbit tells Roo that he hasn't seen Kessie since then, as Tigger cries and blows his nose on a Santa Clause hat. Rabbit looks at his clock to see that it's getting late, and hurries everyone outside to decorate a tree. Christopher Robin arrives to help decorate. After the tree is done, Rabbit realizes he forgot the most important part, a star to go on top of the tree. Rabbit is really sad, but then sees a falling star. Everyone gathers to make a wish, only to realize that it's not a falling star, it's Kessie holding a star, which she puts on the tree. Rabbit and Kessie hug, and Kessie wishes Rabbit a Merry Christmas, ending the story.
- Jim Cummings as Winnie the Pooh and Tigger, Lianne Hughes served as the supervising animator for Winnie the Pooh.
- Steve Schatzberg as Piglet
- John Fiedler as Piglet (Archive Footage), Lianne Hughes served as the supervising animator for Piglet.
- Ken Sansom as Rabbit, Bob Baxter served as the supervising animator for Rabbit.
- Brady Bluhm as Christopher Robin
- Gregg Berger as Eeyore
- Peter Cullen as Eeyore (Archive Footage), Andrew Collins served as the supervising animator for Eeyore.
- Laura Mooney as Kessie
- Nikita Hopkins as Roo
- Tress MacNeille as Kanga
- Andre Stojka as Owl, Bob Baxter served as the supervising animator for Owl.
- Michael Gough as Gopher
- Paul Winchell as Tigger (Archive Footage), Andrew Collins served as the supervising animator for Tigger.
- Hal Smith as Owl (Archive Footage)
- Laurie Main as The Narrator
Seasons of Giving was originally released on VHS in 1999 and was later re-released on VHS on October 31, 2000. It was released on DVD on November 4, 2003.
It was reissued again as a 10th anniversary gift set edition on DVD on September 29, 2009 the same day as Muppet Christmas: Letters to Santa DVD. This release included an collectible stocking gift pack.
- Official website
- Seasons of Giving at the Internet Movie Database
- Seasons of Giving at The Big Cartoon DataBase