This is a 22 minute tv special in the style of The New Adventures of Winnie the Pooh with the same cast and animation style. It was nominated for an Emmy with great reception, but it is overall a basic Thanksgiving message about focusing on what we have instead of the ideal we do not have.
It starts with… Why is House spelled correctly instead of “howse”? Oh, bother. Gopher, Owl, Rabbit, Piglet, Pooh, Tigger, and Eeyore gather for thanksgiving dinner using the various stuff they happen to enjoy. Tigger just brings melted ice cream for hot chocolate ice cream. Yes, hot chocolate ice cream does exist, and I did not care for it.
Rabbit shows up and gives this special more plot. He says the point of thanksgiving is the traditional turkey dinner instead of seeing it as the traditional symbol of nature’s food we have to be thankful for. The older I get the more I think Rabbit is the most important character. He drives so many plots, is the biggest butt monkey, yet he strives so hard to be the most normal guy.
I really love the dialogue when they ask if Rabbit is right. Eeyore says “even if he isn’t he is.” Apparently Eeyore knows the answer and also that it is pointless to fight rabbit. They are all set to do a task like decorating or gathering food. Why is the tiger sent to get cranberries instead of the turkey and the bear sent to get turkey instead of the berries? This is just bad stuffed animal management Rabbit?
Pooh and Piglet are convinced that turkeys are vicious monsters, as they look for them and the colors get much darker. After that Gopher gives comedic relief by blowing up all the pumpkins. I love Gopher. He just pulls the pieces off the dirty house, and uses dirty mining tools to make one with so much spice it destroys the spoon. It is probably for the best nobody will get to actually eat it.
As predicted everything gets destroyed, and this is too realistic to be as funny as it should be. Rabbit declares that this is now just a chilly Thursday and there is nothing to be thankful for. I enjoy seeing how they mope differently. Piglet and Tigger are just sad, Owl is in full denial, and Gopher is frustrated with working for nothing.
Pooh decides to just celebrate what they do have making it more accurate to the colonial Thanksgivings.
They dedicate their Thanksgiving to Rabbit for all the work he put into a dead project. One nice detail is Eeyore earlier said nobody would eat his thistles but him. At this point Gopher says he loves the thistle soup proving him wrong.
After this they sing their song, “Our Thanksgiving Day.” It is nothing special, but it shows the enjoyment of the quiet and simple preparations of Thanksgiving, and I think that summarizes this well, it feels like Thanksgiving. It is not the big deal like Winnie the Pooh and Christmas Too, since that is not what Thanksgiving is about.
Thanksgiving is a relatively simple major holiday, and this special reflects that. It is not big, that memorable, or ambitious. It is a simple work that reminds me of spending time with my family (I am sure it helps that I first saw it with MawMaw).