Pooh's Heffalump Movie (2005)
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There is a most tender moment between Roo and Kanga, which is coupled with a heartbreakingly sweet song, sung mostly by Carly Simon. (We bought the CD and it gets a lot of playtime.) Little Roo was courageous and wise - even seeking his parent's help when he couldn't solve a serious problem on his own. Pooh and the gang are featured throughout but are not the 'stars'. Roo plays a charming character growing up just a little bit, and my daughter related to him very well.
NOTE, however, there is a scene that can be seen as a little scary for little ones. My daughter ended up sitting on my husband's lap for security about half way through the film, and stayed there through the end. Afterwards we talked about it a little bit and she hasn't had any bad dreams that we know of. All in all, a new generation of Hundred Acre Wood movies has begun, and so has a new fan base! SEE IT!
The film is very short, but it moves very quickly and doesn't feel boring. The story is also very simple, but it is effective and innocent with a nice message that I actually didn't find preachy. The animation is lovely, and the music while not the best in the world is still delightful and serves its purpose very well. Even the dialogue had some nice moments- I smiled and I was moved too. The characters are a delight, especially Lumpy who is so cute and endearing I fell in love with him the very first moment I set eyes on him. And the voice acting is excellent. Overall, charming and delightful. 9/10 Bethany Cox
Carly Simon wrote some beautiful songs that are sure to become classics.
Overall it is a sweet film that should bring the whole family together and make them want to go out and find some Heffalumps. It is a movie for all ages.
Originally slated as a direct-to-video release, Pooh's Heffalump Movie provides rewarding theatrical fare for children and adults alike. Although the animation isn't quite as intricately stylized as some Pooh tales, it is still quality work, and the story is very entertaining, with a slightly surprising and thinly veiled message.
Any Pooh fan will know that Heffalumps originally arose as dream material in Pooh's head--Heffalumps and Woozles were nightmare creatures (inspired by a mispronunciation of "elephants" and "weasels"), who were insanely wacky and out to steal Pooh's Hunny. In Pooh's Heffalump Movie (which is really more of a Roo tale, ala the Tigger tale of The Tigger Movie (2000) or Piglet's turn in Piglet's Big Movie (2003)), we get real Heffalumps, living in an area adjacent to the 100-Acre Wood called Heffalump Hollow. They're the Pooh gang's Other--imagined as having all of the negative qualities absent in the Pooh gang's image of Self.
The journey to seek out and capture a Heffalump involves crossing borders (a fence), passing over abyss-like ravines, crossing water barriers (rivers) and so on. It's a symbolic trip to a foreign, alien world, where unpleasant strangers live. Roo, the most innocent of Pooh's gang, is the first to encounter a Heffalump, and he learns that the Heffalump has a similarly negative depiction of the Other--an equally negative view of Pooh and our friends from the 100-Acre Wood. Both gradually come to terms with their misleading conceptions. The message of the film is to not "dehumanize" or "demonize" the Other--that the Other is probably someone not that different from you and I. Perhaps it's a surprisingly political message for a Pooh story, but it's valuable nonetheless, and easily meshes stylistically with the Pooh universe. It's interesting that director Frank Nissen chose to voice the principal Heffalumpian Other seen in the film, Lumpy (Kyle Sanger), with a British accent. It could have easily worked with an American accent like the other Pooh characters. The British accent is both more daring than we might expect (making the political distancing of the Other more obvious) and less controversial than we might expect (British culture being the closest one can come to American culture yet retain a distinct, recognizable accent).
Of course, kids aren't going to analyze the film in that way. For them, this is a fun adventure story, with moments of slight suspense and even slight scares (nothing that toddlers couldn't handle, though), where two like-minded creatures meet and become great friends. There are a lot of funny bits in the film, and the new characters are just as cute and likable as anyone else in the Pooh universe; I hope we see more of them in the future. There is a wonderful series of gags over the end credits featuring Lumpy in some of the better-known Pooh adventures. The songs by Carly Simon in the film are good, particularly when Carly sings them.
Now, bring us our Rabbit, Eeyore, Owl, and Gopher films!
As for the story, it was a bit preachy and militant in tone. Overall, I was disappointed, but I would go again just to see the same excitement on my child's face.
I liked Lumpy's laugh....
I LOVED it!!!!
This is the best thing that happened to pooh in a long time. Keep in mind I am in my 20's and I now a stuffed Lumpy because he's just great!
I made everyone at work watch it and they agreed with me it's got a good story that makes you feel like a kid again and the character's are great. At one point one of my male co-workers had the sniffles. I think that everyone who likes Disney movies or cartoons in general should watch this film.
Disney I give you two thumbs up!!
Full of heart and humour this film moves along at a quick pace and the story is one that can teach children and their parents a lovely lesson about friendship, loyalty and judgement.
The little boy who voices Lumpy is a star and makes his character so adorable you just feel for him. All the usual Winnie The Pooh voice actors return as well and do their iconic roles justice.
So go and rent/buy this film for your little one and sit back and enjoy a lovely nostalgic film full of moments only Disney can produce.
But this was a cute movie. I guess I would have enjoyed this more so if I were younger. Lumpy is a Heffalump. A stranger to the Hundred Acre Woods gang. Roo befriends him and they're off doing stuff little children do.
The music was lovely. Especially the songs that Lumpy and Roo had together. WE STAAAAND, SHOULDER TO SHOULDER! Yeah. That stuck with me. Also the song Kanga sang to Roo. Such a sweet mother-child song.
I loved Lumpy! He was so cute! His randomness, his songs, his attitude, his accent, his laugh- everything was adorable! I guess that's why I enjoyed this movie. Makes me want to have a Lumpy stuffed toy, even if I don't usually do stuffed toys.
The ending was great. It gave me shivers, even if I wasn't expecting it to since I wasn't really paying attention while watching it. I think this movie should have been called 'Roo's Heffalump Movie'. Why does Pooh have to get credit for everything? As my title stated, I was never really a Winnie the Pooh fan, but I liked this movie. That must be saying something about it. This one is a great movie to watch with your kids. Give it a shot.
This movie is very funny. When Pooh eats Piglet's jelly beans and when he says that a heffalump forced him to eat his honey are funny. Some other funny parts are when Tigger mocks Rabbit while he's making a speech and when Lmpy's mother shows up Tigger and Rabbit pass out and of course when Pooh does a face plant into his honey pot.
B+ good film
But this movie was so bad I was ashamed to have been a fan in my youth.
OK, OK I know this is a movie for kids and isn't aimed at people like me anyway but this is my thoughts on the movie for other people of my age.
The main downfall in this film is the heffalump itself, it has to be the most annoying character I have seen in a child's movie (possibly even more annoying then the young child in Monsters Inc). It has the most annoying voice and prattles around singing stupid things and making even more stupid comments, I know Pooh movies aren't exactly high brow but this was insulting to even a 2 year old's intelligence!
Secondly - where was the story? Previous Pooh outings had a least a point to the story- yes I can see this was about accepting people who are different to you into your hearts - but really it ended and I felt like I had watched a 5 minute cartoon on kids TV.
I don't have children of my own but when I do I fully intend to show them quality children's movies like The Tigger Movie, Toy Story and Finding Nemo (even though they are too childish for me these days I can see how they would be of great appeal to young children). Not so with this appalling attempt at a movie.
Oh and one more thing - NOT ENOUGH Eeyore! He should have his own movie!
The little boy who does the voice of Lumpy is just perfect, absolutely adorable and makes this film for me.
My only complaint is that the plot is a bit thin on the ground, but the beautiful voice of Carly Simon, singing the songs, makes up for that and I really enjoyed it.