Pooh’s Heffalump Movie parents guide

Pooh’s Heffalump Movie Parent Guide

Overall A-

When Christopher Robin and the gang of the Hundred Acre Wood stalk an elusive Heffalump, they find a lot more than they bargained for-- including a lesson in prejudice and a new friend.

Release date February 10, 2005

Violence A-
Sexual Content A
Profanity A
Substance Use A

Why is Pooh’s Heffalump Movie rated G? The MPAA rated Pooh’s Heffalump Movie G

Parent Movie Review

If, like me, you’re not an authority on the comings and goings of the Hundred Acre Wood, you may not know what a heffalump is.

Even experts on A.A. Milne’s characters might have a hard time coming up with an accurate description of this fantastical creature who is the stuff of dreams in the author’s original story. The truth is, he never actually shows himself… although Piglet and Pooh do go hunting for him.

Still, that isn’t keeping Disney scriptwriters from expanding on the book’s suggestion and introducing audiences to a new character in the Pooh franchise.

After waking up to the disconcerting bugle of a hefty adult heffalump, Rabbit (voice of Ken Sansom), Piglet (voiced by John Fiedler), Tigger and Pooh (both voiced by Jim Cummings) decide to take action and capture the annoying interloper who lives next door in Heffalump Hollow. Loading Eeyore’s (voice of Peter Cullen) back with a massive burden of highly questionable expedition equipment, they prepare to stalk the wary beast.

Eager to join in, Roo (voice of Nikita Hopkins) shows up equipped with a rope and plenty of youthful enthusiasm. Unfortunately, the older and wiser members of the hunting party believe the little hopper is too young for this kind of adventure and send him home to his mama (voice by Kath Soucie).

Not to be deterred, Roo sets out alone to lasso the foe. But when he finally meets a purple baby heffalump, he discovers that aside from size, shape and color, he and Lumpy (voice by Kyle Stanger) have a lot in common. Carrying on with carefree abandonment, the new playmates find plenty to entertain themselves with, including the produce from Rabbit’s carefully tended garden (an activity they later repent of) and the mud down at the pond.

Sweetening the pot with four original songs written by Carly Simon, the movie’s lesson unfolds gently in typical Pooh fashion. And although the smallest of viewers likely won’t be able to put the moral into words, the message about prejudice is unmistakable. Luckily, Roo’s misguided preconceptions, based on adult fears and apprehensions, quickly melt when he finally meets the enemy face-to-face.

Too bad all misunderstandings can’t be solved in an hour with a pot of honey and a little open-mindedness.

Theatrical release February 10, 2005. Updated

Pooh’s Heffalump Movie Parents' Guide

Why are the residents of the Hundred Acre Wood so afraid of heffalumps? How do they transfer their fears to Roo?

What does Roo discover about Lumpy? What things do they share? What do you have in common with children who look unlike you or live in different places?

Home Video

The most recent home video release of Pooh’s Heffalump Movie movie is May 23, 2005. Here are some details…

Release Date—24 May 2005
Pop in the DVD of Pooh’s Heffalump Movie and join the gang of the Hundred Acre Wood. Come backstage and say—Welcome to the Family, Lumpy, play Hide ‘n Seek with Roo and Lumpy, and Sing Along with songs from the movie with the aid of on-screen lyrics. There are even DVD-Rom bonus features like recipes and coloring pages. And all this fun, fun, fun comes with audio tracks in English (Dolby Digital 5.1) and French (Dolby Digital 2.0).

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Audiences can step into the world of Christopher Robin and his friends in The Many Adventures of Winnie The Pooh. When Piglet gets lost, his friends recall their memories while searching for their little friend in Piglet’s Big Movie.

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