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What 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.
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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?
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.
Talk to your kids 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?
- In theaters: February 11, 2005
- On DVD or streaming: 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
- Last updated: April 10, 2021
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