“"The Whimsy That Has Surrounded Previous Pooh Films Is Almost Completely Gone."”
Making this your kids' first Pooh experience would be like weaning them on New Coke.
Scott Brown - Entertainment Weekly
In Pooh's Heffalump Movie, which is adorable, he finally encounters the real thing. And it (the heffalump) is too cute for words.
Anita Gates - New York Times
Pooh's Heffalump Movie is a charmingly sweet experience for very young moviegoers that also may make their parents smile.
Claudia Puig - USA Today
Makes a fine first moviegoing experience for tots.
Jen Chaney - Washington Post
It's not half bad.
Ann Hornaday - Washington Post
Pooh's Heffalump Movie, with its message of tolerance and open-mindedness, is a fine afternoon at the megaplex. And it will make a welcome addition your home library when it's released on video.
Wesley Morris - Boston Globe
Sticking closely to formula, Disney delivers a sweet script and charming storybook backgrounds, with serviceable, if sappy, songs from Carly Simon.
Elizabeth Weitzman - New York Daily News
As comforting and warm as a tummy-full of oatmeal.
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul) - Houston Chronicle
Nothing more than a less charming rehash of the original Tigger tale.
Nancy Churnin - Dallas Morning News
A beautifully animated romp through the world of Pooh as created by A.A. Milne.
Monica Eng - Chicago Tribune
It's as gooey as a jar of honey, and just as sweet.
Jeff Strickler - Minneapolis Star Tribune
Pooh's Heffalump Movie is much like a children's cardboard storybook and is set to the cozy soundtrack of Carly Simon. It's as sweet as hunny and breezy to follow, and before you know it, it's over and everyone is smiling.
Kathy Cano Murillo - Arizona Republic
So insubstantial that it practically evaporates on screen, Pooh's Heffalump Movie likely will play best with toddlers and pre-schoolers easily amused by bright colors, merry songs and lovable, huggable toontoon animals.
Joe Leydon - Variety
While kids older than 8 may be too jaded to sit through this cute flick, at just over an hour, it may be the perfect fit for first-time filmgoers.
Billy Heller - New York Post
Heffalump may have hummable songs by Carly Simon. But it's about two and a half lumps shy of being any good.
Roger Moore - Orlando Sentinel
Heffalump certainly seemed to satisfy a rapt audience of young children at a Saturday morning screening and who can argue with that?
Susan Walker - Toronto Star
A kind of family fare that is rare on the big screen these days.
Jennie Punter - Globe and Mail
On the heels of 1999's The Tigger Movie and 2003's Piglet's Big Movie, Pooh's Heffalump Movie is by far the best of the DisneyToon Studios bunch.
Michael Rechtshaffen - Hollywood Reporter
An innocuous introduction to diversity for the preschool set, Pooh's Heffalump Movie features some charming songs by Carly Simon and is warmly animated so as to evoke nostalgia in parents.
Kevin Crust - Los Angeles Times
Gentle story of friendship is fine for wee ones.
Nell Minow - Common Sense Media
I had fun, so ease up on the marketing schemes, Disney...
Felix Vasquez Jr. - Cinema Crazed
Urban Cinefile Critics - Urban Cinefile
It's lightweight and pleasant entertainment for very small children, short and careful not to wear out its welcome.
Jim Lane - Sacramento News & Review
For childhood's sake, take your little guys and gals to see this movie -- you won't be disappointed.
Mary Lasse - Christianity Today
It's a slight affair, but the cute Heffalump and some cartoon slapstick are endearing enough to its target audience.
Emma Cochrane - Empire Magazine
Lessons are duly learnt about fear of the unknown, and it's a sweet enough tale, if lacking in tension.
Amy Simmons - Time Out
During a time in which wall-to-wall pop culture references have become the standard in animated family fare, it's refreshing to find not a single drop of irony here.
Christy Lemire - Deseret News, Salt Lake City
One of the most delightful, family-friendly animated films in some time.
Jeffrey M. Anderson - SPLICEDWire
A cute little cartoon that ought to please very young children.
Scott Nash - Three Movie Buffs
It's as notable for what it isn't as for what it is, but in a field full of loud, obnoxious fare, its easygoing affability qualifies as a welcome change of pace.
Nathan Rabin - AV Club
The quaint, watercolour cell-animation works nicely, and the characters of Roo and Lumpy the baby heffalump are winning and beautifully voiced.
- Sydney Morning Herald
If I can't say I'm looking forward to the next one, neither can I ignore the medicinal properties of Pooh's latest big-screen outing.
Bill Chambers - Film Freak Central
even a toddler found it too uninteresting to stick around
Christopher Null - Filmcritic.com
Oddly enough, about the first half of Pooh's Heffalump Movie could be thought of as the children's version of The Village.
Mark Pfeiffer - Reel Times: Reflections on Cinema
This is a wonderful film for the under-five crowd.
Maria Garcia - Film Journal International
The film will keep children amused without proving too much of an ordeal for grown-ups.
Neil Smith - BBC
Pooh's Heffalump Movie is a simple, innocent winner with amazing vocal talent, entertaining music and an important lesson for kids.
Willie Waffle - WaffleMovies.com
I'd take Carly Simon and Pooh any day over Ice Cube and the Hateful Little Maggots of "Are We There Yet?"
Audrey Rock-Richardson - Tooele Transcript-Bulletin (Utah)
The purple, elephant-like creature sports a sweet little British accent and a contagious laugh. He more than justifies his presence.
Jeffrey M. Anderson - Combustible Celluloid
Comfort food for the family: a winning, frequently funny tale of love, camarederie and understanding set in a visual universe as arresting as it is idyllic.
Jonathan R. Perry - Tyler Morning Telegraph (Texas)
As fare for families with young children, this is a completely pleasant and harmless time-pass, but other viewers should simply pass.
Michael Dequina - TheMovieReport.com
Tony Toscano - Talking Pictures (U.S.)
While there's nothing WRONG with this trifle, I was hoping there'd be a better finale for the company that more than anyone was the face of moving drawings for the world...
Eric Lurio - Greenwich Village Gazette
A charming movie for tiny tots, preferably under age six, and passably entertaining for their patient parents.
Susan Granger - Modamag.com
The positivity in this endeavour is stretched thin of personality, but young kids should be entranced by the familiar characters and good feelings.
Mark Palermo - Coast (Halifax, Nova Scotia)
A perfectly marvelous matinee option for young children.
Marrit Ingman - Austin Chronicle
Neither the life lesson on tolerance nor Carly Simon's treacly songs can weigh down the bouncy fun of this colorful and kid-friendly adventure.
Sean Means - Salt Lake Tribune
It's nowhere near classic stuff. However, the pace is breezy, the story is charming and the message is wholesome and easy to swallow.
Todd Jorgenson - Denton Record Chronicle (TX)
The proper place for this barely feature-length rehash of Poohism is home video (which was the producers' original plan), not the big screen.
Ken Hanke - Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
Lumpy, the "heffalump," is a welcome addtion to the world of Pooh
Jackie K. Cooper - jackiekcooper.com
Wonderful things can come in small packages. And "Pooh's Heffalump Movie" is one of them.
Linda Cook - KWQC-TV (Iowa)
There is some wonderful music by Carly Simon and this pleasant outing is perfect for the kiddies.
Vince Koehler - Entertainment Spectrum
[It] may entertain easy-to-please younger children while disappointing more knowledgeable kids and parents.
Daniel M. Kimmel - Worcester Telegram & Gazette
...a quaint and sweet-toothed animated film that sends a constructive message...a zesty fun-filled fantasy punctuated by catchy tunes and contemplative forethought
Frank Ochieng - Movie Eye
- Boston Phoenix
Tyler Hanley - Palo Alto Weekly
Pooh's Heffalump Movie exists to introduce a new character that can be sold as a stuffed animal at Disney Stores.
Jeffrey Westhoff - Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
Heads out of the treehouse at an abominable crawl, but once the honey starts to flow, it picks up speed and becomes the sweetest film of the series.
David Foucher - EDGE Boston
Pooh's Heffalump Movie is just the thing for really little kids and their parents.
Liz Braun - Jam! Movies
The perfect way to spend a pleasant hour or so introducing a child to the experience of going out to the movies.
Ted Fry - Seattle Times
Pooh's Heffalump Movie isn't just the best of the bunch (since 2001). As the silly 'ol bear with the sweet tooth would say, 'It's a hunny.'
Larry Ratliff - San Antonio Express-News
Tenley Woodman - Boston Herald
What makes this movie so adorable? It's the voices of Lumpy and Roo. They are full of sweet giggles and playful innocence and Lumpy's British accent is too cute for words.
Cherryl Dawson and Leigh Ann Palone - TheMovieChicks.com
- St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Bring a watch. You'll be checking it often.
Pam Grady - Reel.com
Sure, this should be straight-to-video Disney, but it's still charming, harmless fun.
John Monaghan - Detroit Free Press
- Baltimore Sun
a charming lesson on tolerance that should delight children and adults alike
Laura Clifford - Reeling Reviews
The baby Heffalump, Lumpy, is funny and adorable and carries the film.
Glenn Whipp - Los Angeles Daily News
Adults will become fidgety in the first 15 minutes, nervously checking their watches to see when the next Pixar movie is coming out.
Peter Hartlaub - San Francisco Chronicle
A short, sweet movie perfect for the toddlers and not too torturous for adults.
Angel Cohn - TV Guide's Movie Guide
Apparently the Disney folks don't even bother with A.A. Milne anymore. They just borrow his characters and do with them what they will -- which mostly means cramming toy stores with plush Poohs, Piglets and Eeyores.
Eleanor Ringel Gillespie - Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Newcomer Kyle Stanger, who was just five when the movie was made, gives Lumpy so much personality and charm that every child will want a heffalump playmate of of his own.
Nell Minow - Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies
Pooh's Heffalump Movie is the cinematic equivalent of being tucked into bed with a fable and a glass of water.
Jan Stuart - Newsday
Updating classics to meld with the sensibilities of the current era is only forgivable when the modernization truly honors the source and adds to the enjoyment. Pooh's Heffalump Movie does neither.
Bridget Byrne - Boxoffice Magazine
This nifty little addition to the Winnie the Pooh franchise boasts some nice touches.
Paula Nechak - Seattle Post-Intelligencer
For families with small children, this one's honey in the bank.
- E! Online
They seem to have put some effort into this one, rather than just cranking it out and shoving it into theaters.
Eric D. Snider - EricDSnider.com
Perfect for the very youngest viewers.
David Sterritt - Christian Science Monitor
Comforting and warm as a tummy-full of oatmeal.
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul) - St. Paul Pioneer Press
Amusing, beautifully drawn one-hour film.
Chuck Wilson - L.A. Weekly
...enfolds young viewers like a favorite blanket.
Josh Larsen - Sun Publications (Chicago, IL)
A delightful cinematic trifle ... a lushly illustrated and sweetly told tale that is aimed squarely at the ten and under set.
Steve Rhodes - Internet Reviews
Heffalump is a film of small charms, but what delights are there sound out loudly in today's depressing kid film marketplace.
Brian Orndorf - FilmJerk.com
In contrast to Tigger and Piglet, Lumpy offers fewer incentives to take a trip to the theatre to make his acquaintance.
Frank Swietek - One Guy's Opinion
All in good fun....In the absence of anything better, it's a fine outing for the young'uns.
Peter Canavese - Groucho Reviews
This isn't Spirited Away, and while critics are bound to call the film innocuous (it is, I suppose), this is precisely what's so endearing about it: its innocence.
Ed Gonzalez - Slant Magazine