|A Very Merry Pooh Year|
|Narrated by||Michael York|
|Music by||Original score:|
Score from Winnie the Pooh and Christmas Too:
Thomas Richard Sharp
|Distributed by||Walt Disney Home Entertainment|
A Very Merry Pooh Year (also known as Winnie the Pooh: A Very Merry Pooh Year) is a 2002 American direct-to-video Christmas animated musical film produced by Walt Disney Animation (France), S.A and the series premiere of The New Adventures of Winnie the Pooh. The film features the 1991 Christmas television special Winnie the Pooh and Christmas Too, as well as a new film, Happy Pooh Year. The film animation production was done by Wang Film Productions Co., Ltd., and Sunwoo Animation, (Korea) Co., Ltd.
It was the only Winnie the Pooh film where Jeff Bennett provided Christopher Robin's singing voice. It is also the first Winnie-the-Pooh film where Owl does not appear at all, and the first Winnie the Pooh film that Carly Simon is involved in.
On Christmas Eve, Winnie the Pooh is having trouble setting up his Christmas tree. Pooh 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. Although they are able to find Pooh eating honey, they decorate his house. Rabbit points out that he made a present for Pooh, that is a Honeypot. After they settle down to tell stories, Piglet is able to explain a story that he managed to find his way back home during a snowstorm. Pooh tries to hide his honey pot in the broken cupboard, but it causes an avalanche of pots.
Rabbit Hosts a Christmas tree decorating contest where Tigger gets tangled up in bells. Eeyore and Piglet create a windy snowstorm so that they could return back to their own homes, but it causes havoc. By guilt, Pooh accidentally uses gopher's hole for refuge for Piglet's gift where gopher points out that honey pots do not belong in holes. Everyone begins to wonder where Pooh is and what is taking him so long, so they decide to hold an expedition. While they search, they all get lost and build a campfire. However, Eeyore and Roo also wander off and get lost. Pooh sadly begins moping about being lost, but after falling off a cliff, he goes flying off with Piglet's gift. The friends do not notice Pooh's cry for help and search for Eeyore and Roo. When they hear a strange noise, they all split up to hide where they find Roo and Eeyore hiding in a tree.
After finding them, they all begin searching for Pooh where they find him about to be abducted by bees. They all rescue him with Tigger bouncing to grab hold of a scarf the bees were using to abduct him and luckily get him down from the tree. They all begin to make their way home but soon a snowstorm hits. Everyone is frightened that they might get lost, but Piglet uses a flashlight so they can find themselves out of the snowstorm. They still make it back to Pooh's house and celebrate Christmas. Pooh suddenly remembers Piglet's gift and goes to get it. By the time he returns, Piglet opens the gift to find a musical box that he made for him. They all hug and sing we wish you a Merry Christmas just as the film closes.
The film was released as a direct-to-DVD on November 12, 2002. The film was released for the first time on Blu-ray on November 5, 2013 as the "Gift of Friendship Edition", the same day as the 30th Anniversary Blu-ray release for the 1983 animated featurette Mickey's Christmas Carol.