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19 November 1982 (USA) See more »
Orphan Heidi lives with her grandpa in Swiss Alps. She brings joy to all there. However, her aunt takes her to the city to live as a servant girl to a cold rich strict family and their nice but sad handicapped daughter. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)

Lorne Greene ... Grandfather (voice)

Sammy Davis Jr. ... Head Ratte (voice)
Margery Gray ... Heidi (voice)

Michael Bell ... Willie (voice)

Peter Cullen ... Gruffle (voice)
Roger DeWitt ... Peter (voice)

Richard Erdman ... Herr Sessman (voice)
Fritz Feld ... Sebastian (voice)
Pamelyn Ferdin ... Klara (voice)
Joan Gerber ... Fraulein Rottenmeier (voice)

Virginia Gregg ... Aunt Dete (voice)

Janet Waldo ... Tinette (voice)

Frank Welker ... Schnoodle / Hootie (voice)

Michael Winslow ... Mountain (voice) (as Mike Winslow)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Sue Allen ... Chorus (voice)
B.J. Baker ... Chorus (voice) (as Betty Jane Baker)
John Richard Bolks ... Chorus (voice)
Evangeline Carmichael ... Chorus (voice)
Bill Cole ... Chorus (voice) (as William R. Cole)
Paul DeKorte ... Chorus (voice)
Sandie Hall ... Chorus (voice)
Walter S. Harrah ... Chorus (voice)
Ronald Harris ... Chorus (voice)
Darlene Lawrence ... Chorus (voice)
Douglas Lawrence ... Chorus (voice)
Shara Lee Lucas ... Chorus (voice)
Ida Sue McCune ... Chorus (voice)
Gene Merlino ... Chorus (voice) (as Gene J. Merlino)
Loulie Jean Norman ... Chorus (voice)
Marilyn Powell ... Chorus (voice)
Paul Sandberg ... Chorus (voice)
Robert Tebow ... Chorus (voice)

Directed by
Robert Taylor 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Joseph Barbera 
Jameson Brewer 
Johanna Spyri  novel "Heidi"
Robert Taylor 

Produced by
Joseph Barbera .... producer
William Hanna .... producer
Iwao Takamoto .... associate producer
Original Music by
Hoyt Curtin  (as Hoyt S. Curtin)
Film Editing by
Greg Watson  (as Gregory V. Watson Jr.)
Art Direction by
Paul Julian 
Production Management
Jayne Barbera .... production supervisor
Joed Eaton .... post-production manager
Sound Department
Jim Cook .... sound re-recording mixer (as James Cook)
Don Digirolamo .... stereo sound consultant: Dolby
Bill Henderson .... sound re-recording engineer
Sam Horta .... sound effects editor
Chris Jenkins .... sound re-recording mixer (as Christopher Jenkins)
Tomas Krantz .... voice recording engineer (Swedish version)
Don MacDougall .... sound re-recording mixer
Terry Moore .... sound effects editor
Richard Olson .... original recording
Richard Olson .... sound re-recording mixer
Sue Sawade .... sound effects editor (as Sue Brown)
Kerry Dean Williams .... sound effects editor (as Kerry Williams)
Visual Effects by
Colene Riffo .... special effects
Auril Thompson .... special effects (as Auril Pebley)
Camera and Electrical Department
Allen Childs .... camera operator
Candy Edwards .... camera operator (as Candace Edwards)
Curt Hall .... camera operator
Brandy Hill .... camera operator (as Brandy Whittington)
Ray Lee .... camera operator (as Raymond Lee)
Ralph Migliori .... camera operator
Jerry Mills .... camera supervisor
Joe A. Ponticelle .... camera operator (as Joe Ponticelle)
Neil Viker .... camera operator
Roy Wade .... camera operator
Jerry Whittington .... camera operator
Animation Department
Edwin Aardal .... additional animator (as Ed Aardal)
Jayme Adelson .... assistant animator
Sue Adnopoz .... assistant animator
Hal Ambro .... supervising animator
Viki Anderson .... assistant animator (as Viki C. Wintz)
Fernando Arce .... background artist
Bob Bachman .... character animator
Ed Barge .... character animator
Philo Barnhart .... assistant animator
Bronwen Barry .... assistant animator
Edy Benjamin .... assistant animator
Sandra Berez .... layout artist
Dorris Bergstrom .... assistant animator
James Bird .... assistant animator (as Jim Bird)
Tom Bird .... layout artist
Virginia Bogart .... assistant animator (as Ginny Bogart)
Dario Campanile .... background artist
Kathi Castillo .... assistant animator (as Kathy Castillo)
Roger Chiasson .... additional animator
Elizabeth Chislett .... assistant animator
Eunseng Choi .... assistant animator
Chris Chu .... assistant animator
Merry Kanawyer Clingen .... assistant animator (as Merry Kanawyer)
Barry Cook .... assistant animator
Jesse Cosio .... character animator
Gil DiCicco .... background artist
Chuck Downs .... supervising animator (as Charlie Downs)
Paulette Downs .... assistant animator
Betty Doyle .... assistant animator
Robert Dranko .... layout artist (as Bob Dranko)
Dennis Durrell .... background artist
Teresa Eidenbock .... assistant animator
Mike Fallows .... assistant animator
David Feiss .... assistant animator
Flamarion Ferreira .... background artist
Arthur Filloy .... assistant animator
Martin Forte .... background artist
Gail Frank .... additional animator (as Gail Finkeldei)
John Freeman .... character animator
Al Gaivoto .... additional animator
Ayalen Garcia .... assistant animator
Robert Gentle .... background artist (as Bob Gentle)
Mabel Gesner .... assistant animator
Al Gmuer .... background artist
Al Gmuer .... background supervisor
Moe Gollub .... key layout artist
Fernando Gonzalez .... assistant animator
Peter Gullerud .... assistant animator
Ann Hamilton .... assistant animator
Terence Harrison .... additional animator
Julie Harvey .... assistant animator
James Hegedus .... background artist
Eric Heschong .... background artist
Jim Hickey .... background artist
Harry Holt .... additional animator
Renee Holt .... assistant animator
Paro Hozumi .... background artist
Jack Huber .... layout artist
Charlotte Huffine .... assistant animator
Michael Humphries .... background artist
Homer Jonas .... layout artist
John Kafka .... assistant animator
Karenia Kaminski .... assistant animator (as Karenia Haber)
Billie Kerns .... character color
John Kimball .... additional animator
Lureline Kohler .... assistant animator (as Lureline Weatherly)
Emilie Kong .... assistant animator
Marty Korth .... assistant animator (as Martin Korth)
Barbara Krueger .... assistant animator
Rob LaDuca .... assistant animator
Alison Leopold .... ink and paint supervisor (as Alison Victory)
Michael Lessa .... assistant animator (as Mike Lessa)
Judy Levitow .... assistant animator
Phil Lewis .... background artist
Ellen E. Lichtwardt .... assistant animator (as Ellen Lichtwardt)
Leticia Lichtwardt .... assistant animator (as Leticia Ruiz)
Teresa Loewy .... assistant animator (as Terri Loewy)
Ernesto Lopez .... character animator
Ron Maidenberg .... layout artist
Rick Maki .... assistant animator
Mauro Maressa .... character animator
Duncan Marjoribanks .... character animator
Karen Marjoribanks .... assistant animator (as Karen Schultz)
Lorraine Marue .... background artist (as Lorraine Andrina)
Marlene Robinson May .... additional animator
Rae McSpadden .... assistant animator
Burt Medall .... assistant animator (as Bert Medall)
Marija Miletic Dail .... layout artist (as Marija M. Dail)
Bill Mims .... assistant animator
Michele Moen .... background artist (as Michelle Moen)
Jack Mongovan .... assistant animator
Steven Muller .... assistant animator (as Steve Muller)
Sharon Murray .... assistant animator (as Sheri Murray)
Sean Newton .... character animator
Margaret Nichols .... character animator
Michael Oliva .... assistant animator
Lew Ott .... layout artist
Dave Pacheco .... assistant animator (as David Pacheco)
Gilda Palinginis .... assistant animator
Pat Parr .... assistant animator
Spencer Peel .... character animator
Lester Pegues Jr. .... assistant animator (as Lester Pegues)
Manuel Perez .... character animator (as Manny Perez)
Kevin Petrilak .... assistant animator
Andrew Phillipson .... background artist (as Andy Phillipson)
Philip Phillipson .... background artist (as Phil Phillipson)
David Prince .... assistant animator (as Dave Prince)
Bill Proctor .... background artist
Nelson Recinos .... assistant animator
Jeff Richards .... background artist
Jeff Riche .... background artist
Bonnie Robinson .... assistant animator (as Bonnie Martsegis)
Mitch Rochon .... character animator
Ron Roesch .... background artist
Art Roman .... assistant animator
Mike Rowland .... assistant animator (as Michael Rowland)
Raul Salaiz .... assistant animator
Glenn Schmitz .... additional animator (as Glenn C. Schmitz)
Martin Schwartz .... assistant animator
George Scribner .... character animator
Tony Sgroi .... key layout artist
Evelyn Sherwood .... scene planner
Lynn Singer .... animation checker (as Virginia Lynn Singer)
Bob Smith .... layout artist (as R.A. Smith)
Irven Spence .... character animator (as Irv Spence)
Martin Strudler .... key layout artist (as Marty Strudler)
Iwao Takamoto .... character designer
Martin Taras .... additional animator (as Marty Taras)
Tom Tataranowicz .... assistant animator
Marilyn Taylor .... assistant animation supervisor
Robert Taylor .... character animator
Peggy Tonkonogy .... assistant animator
Alex Topete .... assistant animator
Mac Torres .... assistant animator
Bob Treat .... assistant animator
Ann Tucker .... animation checker
Hank Tucker .... assistant animator
Dick Ung .... key layout artist
Michelle Urbano .... cel painter
Dennis Venizelos .... background artist
Karen Villarreal .... assistant animator (as Karen Villareal)
Tran Vu .... assistant animator (as Tran Minh)
John Walker .... character animator
Ken Walker .... character animator
Stan Wallace .... assistant animator
Karen Warren .... assistant animator
Salene Weatherwax .... assistant animator
Ed Wexler .... assistant animator
Cheryl White .... animation checker
Barbara Wiles .... animation checker
Don Williams .... additional animator
Star Wirth .... xerox supervisor
Patricia Wong .... layout artist (as Pat Wong)
Kevin Wurzer .... assistant animator
Xenia .... additional animator
Editorial Department
Larry C. Cowan .... supervising film editor
William E. DeBoer .... negative consultant
Pat Foley .... supervising film editor
Music Department
Paul Aronoff .... music mixer
Hoyt Curtin .... conductor (as Hoyt S. Curtin)
Paul DeKorte .... music supervisor
Joe Sandusky .... music editor
Jack Stern .... orchestrator
Tom Worrall .... orchestrator
Other crew
Iraj Paran .... title designer
Alex Romero .... choreographer
Art Scott .... special scheduling
Tom Wogatzke .... title designer

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The most underrated Heidi adaptation and a surprisingly good one, 30 March 2014
Author: TheLittleSongbird from United Kingdom

Not the most faithful version of the classic book, that would be the Emma Bolger one or the best one, again between the Emma Bolger and Shirley Temple versions(the Jetlag animation is a high point in their output also). Heidi's Song is not to be dismissed though because in so many ways it is very memorable and is the most underrated version. I've seen six, all have shortcomings but none of them are bad, and that is true of Heidi's Song(and no bias is intended despite it being a childhood favourite). Heidi could have been more fluidly drawn in places and moments once Heidi escapes Frankfurt are on the rushed side, but when it comes to shortcomings that's pretty much it from me. The animation is atmospheric and lush, the backgrounds are smooth and the colours rich rather than flat, while the imaginative animation for the Nightmare and Ode to a Rat sequences are unforgettable. Very distinctive Hanna-Barbera. The soundtrack is a very large part of Heidi's Song's appeal, Ode to a Rat is the catchiest number though Clara's song is a melancholic beauty and She's a Nothing has some really clever lyrics. A Christmas-sy Day really advances the story and tells the story through the song, and while most of the others don't quite achieve that neither of them really distract from the story or feel out of place(yes even Ode to a Rat). The orchestrations are beautifully done and very cleverly scored. The Nightmare Sequence is musically very creepy that compliments the somewhat trippy visuals very well and the brass orchestration in Ode to a Rat is a standout too.

The script didn't seem that sugary and has its fair share of funny and touching moments. Depending on tastes, some may find some parts scary and the slapsticky additional animals might not work for some too. It was never a problem for me, the humour/slapstick was funny and didn't come across as misplaced and the Nightmare sequence was a sequence that always was transfixing and it is still memorable now. The story doesn't follow the book closely details wise but the emotional heart and heart-warming spirit is more than evident. If there were any over-sentimental or sickly sweet parts that I've seen Heidi's Song being criticised for that never was the case with me. The characters are very well-balanced, the grandfather's change of heart is believable and doesn't reveal itself too early and and Fraulein Rottenmeier is appropriately despicable. Heidi's Song doesn't make its characters too sympathetic like the 1968 version with Jean Simmons did, neither does it make them too hostile like Noley Thornton's. The animals are very cute and don't detract from the story at all. The voice work is terrific from all, Marjery Gray is instantly appealing and spirited as Heidi, Joan Gerber is sinister and amusing without resorting to pantomime and Clara and Peter are believably voiced too. But there were two standouts. One was Lorne Greene, who whether speaking or singing brings a booming yet emotional quality to the grandfather that makes you warm to him quickly despite his initial reclusive nature. And the other was Sammy Davis Jnr, he doesn't come until late into the film but is very witty and shows some wonderful vocals that you'd recognise with no problem. To conclude, a childhood favourite that holds up, not a first choice out of all the numerous versions of the story but has enough to make it not one to forget. 8/10 Bethany Cox

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