POOH’S HEFFALUMP MOVIE (2005 USA)

Ben Meyers’ rating: 3.8|5.0 Starsììì

Pooh’s Heffalump Movie kindly reminds us that where there is fear, it can be present for no real reason and, very often, is shared equally by everyone sharing the circumstance. Disney creates another gentle Winnie-the-Pooh story that outclasses some previously produced Pooh stories because it consistently returns to several basic, real-to-life themes rather than a single theme—everyone wants and needs acceptance; love is helping others to feel that they have acceptance and place; excitement about new things is a large step in understanding how to overcome fear and to learn how to love; and it’s important to strive for the happy ending for everyone in the story. The script’s dialogue is good with good timing and excellent portrayal of story. The single, small criticism concerns a scene where Piglet makes lasting friends with Lumpy, a small Heffalump, while playing in a pond. The music does not fit this scene. It is too upbeat for the situation. The music is not right for the occasion as if added as an unnecessary fill-in due to time or budget restriction. This whole scene needs deletion or improvement.

Storyline

Tigger’s house is damaged during the night and the Winnie-the-Pooh family believes there is a Heffalump loose in the woods.

Additional Thanks

Thank you to Director Frank Nissen for directing effort. Thank you to Producer Jessica Koplos for making the film possible. Additional characters/cast include: Winnie the Pooh/Tigger (voice of Jim Cummings), Piglet (voice of John Fiedler), Roo (voice of Nikita Hopkins), Kanga (voice of Kath Soucie), Rabbit (voice Ken Sansom), Eeyore (voice of Peter Cullen), Mama Heffalump (voice of Brenda Blethyn), and Lumpy (voice of Kyle Stanger).

Buy a ticketYes? No? Maybe?

Yes. This film is a mini-classic for children that has real meaning similar to the sweet reminders of the Jimmy Stewart movie, “It’s A Wonderful Life”. It’s moral lessons are kindly and softly presented. It’s a good instructive presented in entertainment formatting. This film can be loved by adults as well as children.

Ben Meyers

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