Pooh's Heffalump Movie Reviews
Pooh, Tigger, Piglet, Rabbit, and Roo hear a lot of crashing and come out to find huge tracks from a mythical beast called a Heffalump. They begin looking for clues from the tracks, and they don't take Roo's ideas too seriously. Roo investigates on his own and finds a baby Heffalump. They get lost and both miss their mothers.
"If we didn't stick together we'd be very lost indeed."
Frank Nissen, director of Man: The Polluter, Cinderella III: A Twist in Time, and episodes of the television series Mini Adventures of Winnie the Pooh, delivers Pooh's Heffalump Movie. The storyline for this picture is fun and well written. The animation style is classic Winnie the Pooh and the voices fit the characters perfectly.
"It had a little less Pooh in it."
This was recently added to the Netflix queue and I instantly added it to the wish list to watch with my daughter. She loved this movie and watched it attentively from beginning to end. This wasn't my favorite Winnie the Pooh movie, and I wouldn't say it's worth purchasing, but it is worth a viewing.
"The sky is finally falling...always knew it would."
(Full review coming soon)
PARENT ADVISORY: Having stated the good, I must say that the overall message of this movie is seriously concerning for parents. The film teaches about not fearing things that you don't understand which is ok to some contexts but the overall message of acceptance is one which I loath and despise. The film has the "can't we all just be friends" attitude. This is dangerous. I don't want to spoil anything but there are at least 2 cases where a child blatantly disregards the orders of a parent.
I would also like to point out that this film wasn't very imaginative. A lot of the animation of environments, props, and so on was blatantly understated and I feel like this film really won't inspire the same level of imagination in children as other installments of this franchise.
The real nail in the coffin is the singing. Please notice that I do not say "music" because the background music was very good for the most part. In recent years, the Winnie the Pooh universe has produced several films that involve many musical numbers. This is a crime against my childhood. Pooh's Grand Adventure was the only movie that actually pulled off the musical numbers and made them exceptionally entertaining. This film just had them in order to shorten the length of the already lacking script.
SUMMARY: This film is weak. Even a die hard fan like myself will not be coming back for a second taste of this one. Indeed, I rather regret the hour which I gave it the first time.
The good news is that there are many other adventures in the Hundred Acre Wood to choose from. Happy exploring!