A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this movie.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that this DVD incorporates a previously aired TV cartoon, Winnie the Pooh: Boo to You Too (1996), into its story. Although the DVD has a Halloween theme, the scares are relatively mild -- a few of the worst frights include bats, crows, and a wheelbarrow full of jack-o'-lanterns that seem to come alive.
What's the story?
After Pooh (voiced by Jim Cummings) gobbles all the trick-or-treat candy (and immediately feels remorseful, on top of having one monstrous tummy ache), Lumpy (Kyle Stanger) and best friend Roo (Jimmy Bennett) embark on a brave quest to find the dreaded Gobloon. Whoever traps him gets to make a wish, and the friends plan to wish for more sweets. But since this is Lumpy's first Halloween, he's pretty scared. To comfort him, Roo tells Lumpy the story of how Piglet (John Fiedler) overcame his own fear of Halloween. When the pair locate the Tree of Terror where the Gobloon is said to make his lair, they rig a trap, setting off a chain of events that leaves them separated and scared but still determined to save each other from harm. Throughout, the characters work together in many ways and even compromise for each other.
Is it any good?
Winnie the Pooh and the other lovable characters of the Hundred Acre Wood celebrate Halloween in POOH'S HEFFALUMP HALLOWEEN MOVIE, a delightful, sugar-coated spookfest. October 31 is the perfect night to overcome fears, especially for Piglet and now Lumpy, the timid young heffalump (an elephant-like creature) introduced in a Pooh's Heffalump Movie.
The DVD also features fun songs in which the costumed characters dance and sing "Who's Behind That Mask You're Wearing?" and "We Can Weather Whatever Comes Along." Bonus features include games such as "Trick or Re-Treat" and "Pooh's Boo! Bingo."
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about how the friends work together. How does Piglet get "un-scared" of Halloween? How do his pals help him? How do Lumpy and Roo learn to conquer their own fears?
How are the personalities of each character different? What does Tigger mean when he sings "If only Piglet was more like me and less like him"? Do you ever feel like that about friends?
Why is it important that we're all different, and how do those differences make us special?
- In theaters: September 13, 2005
- On DVD or streaming: September 13, 2005
- Cast: Jim Cummings, Ken Sansom, Kyle Stanger
- Directors: Elliot M. Bour, Saul Andrew Blinkoff
- Studio: Walt Disney Pictures
- Genre: Family and Kids
- Topics: Adventures, Book Characters, Friendship, Holidays, Monsters, Ghosts, and Vampires
- Run time: 67 minutes
- MPAA rating: G
- MPAA explanation: general audiences.
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