The Good

The Bad

Pooh’s Heffalump Movie is a very sweet film about friendship and learning to love and accept people for their differences. I was quite surprised with how well done and well crafted this piece of animation was. I think that a film like this is perfect for kids, but that it shouldn’t just be limited to that audience. This movie really says a lot about our world today. There are so many different kinds of people, from different places, with different thoughts and beliefs that inhabit our big world. Why can’t we all just find a way to all live together?

Now, while Pooh’s Heffalump Movie obviously isn’t the answer to all of our problems, it does offer sufficient insight into at least opening up the discussion to start dealing with them. I think for young kids this is terrific. At first, when Pooh and the Gang hear noises around Hundred Acre Wood, they are scared. It takes the uninhibited youth of Roo to find out where the noise is coming from, and to prove to his friends that it is just Lumpy the Heffalump and they have nothing to be afraid of. The very interesting thing in my opinion is that the Heffalump is just as scared of Roo’s friends as they are of it.

Pooh’s Heffalump Movie is a delightful animated movie with a simple story that will touch everyone’s heart. I feel like hugging people.

Features

Music Time

Now, with the magic of DVD you can join in and sing along with the music from the movie! You can sing “The Name Game”, “Shoulder to Shoulder” and other fun songs from this movie’s soundtrack. So right after the movie, click on this DVD track, the captions will come up and you can have your very own karaoke bar in your own living room.

Game Time

This is a game in which kids can play hide and seek in Hundred Acre Wood with Roo and Lumpy. While for someone with even my remedial video game skills, I found this to be easy, kids will have a good time as they “interact” with the characters from the movie.

Backstage Disney

The people who have created Lumpy introduce this new character to us. Man, it must be nice to be a member of the Disney family. There are so many perks, you are part of such a rich tradition, it such a wonderful place it seems. Okay, maybe I am getting a tad carried away but I still thought this featurette was a nice touch.

Video

Widescreen (1.78:1) - Enhanced for 16x9 Televisions. The sheer lushness of the rich colors in this movie make it something special to watch. Even on my tiny TV all the grandeur that is this film came across perfectly. I was a bit surprised that it was in widescreen, mainly because it seems like kids like the full frame look, but I think that children are becoming cinematically sophisticated at such young ages that it doesn’t really matter. They are going to love this movie whatever format it is in.

Audio

Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Sound. One can also screen this movie with a French language track. Good sound in an animated movie is of paramount importance and this movie has all of that in spades. I was very impressed with how well put together and effortless this movie seemed. It was so alive and spunky that I really did come away with a good feeling in my heart once the movie was done.

Package

This packaging is pretty simple but it should certainly appeal to it’s intended audience. The cover features Pooh, Roo, Tigger and other members of the crew entwined(it seems) with Lumpy the Heffalump. The back features another picture of Pooh and the gang, with a description of the movie, a listing of the cool bonus features and the typical DVD specifications. This packaging is both kid friendly and adult friendly, and I think that this movie will take it’s rightful place in the Disney lexicon of important animated films.

Final Word

I really did love Pooh’s Heffalump Movie. I don’t know if it is because I am more keyed into animation now (as I am making my own animated movie 1985-1986), or because I am older and can appreciate this more, or maybe as a screenwriter this is where my interests are taking me. Either way, I think that this is the kind of movie that the world needs. I know that many people my age(myself included) dismiss these kinds of movies when it comes time to spend our moviegoing dollar. I think that this is wrong, simply because it is movies like this that really cut to the quick of our emotions. They tell us things about ourselves that we have either forgotten or that we need to know.

Pooh’s Heffalump Movie will stand the test of time. Good job Disney for creating yet another classic!!

Pooh's Heffalump Movie was released February 11, 2005.