Pooh's Heffalump Movie

  • Review Date: May 23, 2005
  • Rated: G
  • Genre: Family and Kids
  • Release Year: 2005
  • Running Time: 68 minutes

Common Sense Media says

Gentle story of friendship is fine for wee ones.
  • Review Date: May 23, 2005
  • Rated: G
  • Genre: Family and Kids
  • Release Year: 2005
  • Running Time: 68 minutes

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What parents need to know

Educational value

Intends to entertain rather than educate, but kids will pick up positive social messages about caring about others. Kids might be encouraged to read the A.A. Milne books.

Positive messages

Roo, Piglet, Pooh and Tigger face their fears and test their preconceived notions in this adventure. They realize that what they knew about Heffalumps was all wrong: they're not scary monsters, at all. Positive messages about friendship, helping others, and respecting difference.

Positive role models

Moms know best in this movie. Roo says that his mom will know what to do in a conundrum. "She will make everything alright," he says. Lumpy's mom saves Roo when he gets caught in a tangle of felled trees.

Violence & scariness

Some very mild frightening themes: a strange bellowing noise scares the inhabitants of Hundred-Acre Forest. They imagine a monster called the Heffalump to be on the loose. They try to capture it with traps and ropes. Characters get lost, have perilous mishaps and fall from heights, but no one is injured. The monster ends up being a friendly mom looking for her lost son.

Sexy stuff
Not applicable
Language
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Consumerism
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Drinking, drugs, & smoking
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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this movie has some mild peril that the most sensitive young viewers may find unsettling. One character loses his mom and cannot call loud enough to get her attention. He gets frightened by the main characters, who are trying to capture him. He is later trapped in a cage and when someone tries to save him, he falls into a tree-filled ravine. Otherwise, it contains positive messages about friendship, helping others, and understanding difference.

Parents say

Kids say

What's the story?

This adventure based on A.A. Milne's books focuses on Roo, the spirited kangaroo son of sweet-voiced Kanga. When the citizens of the Hundred Acre Wood decide to capture a heffalump, they tell Roo he is too young to go along on such a scary expedition. But Roo sneaks out to show the others that he is grown-up enough to capture a heffalump on his own. Roo finds a heffalump, but is surprised to find that not only is he not at all scary, but he is just as frightened of Roo and his friends as they are of him. Lumpy the heffalump is just a child, like Roo. They quickly forget all about being scared of each other as they play games and enjoy getting to know one another. But when Roo tries to take his new friend home so that Kanga can help Lumpy find his mother, Rabbit, Pooh, Piglet, and Tigger do not understand. They try to capture Lumpy. But friendship -- and mothers -- come to the rescue.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

Small children will enjoy this gentle story of making friends. Their families will be grateful that POOH'S HEFFALUMP MOVIE is a suitable movie for younger kids and they might enjoy the pretty water-color backgrounds and a couple of funny moments. And if they take advantage of the well-under-90-minute running time for a bit of a snooze, they can be grateful for that, too.

Newcomer Kyle Stanger, who provides the voice of Lumpy the heffalump and was just five when the movie was made, is the highlight of the movie. He gives Lumpy so much personality and charm that every child will want a heffalump playmate of his own. Brenda Blethyn provides the understanding and loving voice of his mother. And be sure to stay for the credits, as the scenes of Lumpy and Roo playing are among the best in the movie.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about friends. Do you have friends who are different from you? How do you meet new friends? Why is it sometimes hard to make friends?

  • Talk about why you have to wait to be old enough to do certain things. What kinds of things are you looking forward to doing when you get older? What are you NOT looking forward to doing?

Movie details

Theatrical release date:February 11, 2005
DVD release date:May 24, 2005
Cast:Brenda Blethyn, Jim Cummings, John Fiedler
Director:Frank Nissen
Studio:Walt Disney Pictures
Genre:Family and Kids
Topics:Adventures, Book characters, Friendship, Monsters, ghosts, and vampires
Run time:68 minutes
MPAA rating:G

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Teen, 13 years old Written bygulia October 21, 2011
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love kids movi

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Parent Written bygeorgiamonk September 4, 2011
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My 2 year old liked this

Teen, 15 years old Written bypiegus May 21, 2011
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Not so bad, not so good

I remember watching it few years ago and today I was surfing the web and came across it on www.kidsmovieland.com and watch itt again. I have to say that it made bigger impassion the first time. I'm a big fan of Pooh and think this one is OK, would surly change the music!
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