Pooh's Heffalump Movie isn't a brilliant animated feature, but it's a good one. The film, directed by Frank Nissen (who also worked on Disney's Treasure Planet) and based on beloved characters by author A.A. Milne, just can't compete with the jaw-dropping look of Finding Nemo, The Incredibles, Shrek, and other computer-generated animated features. But Heffalump isn't really trying to run with the big dogs. Instead, this shorter feature (68 minutes) takes traditional animation and reunites it with family-friendly plotlines for what may be one of hand-drawn animation's last theatrical releases.
According to the Internet Movie Database (IMDb), Heffalump was originally slated as a direct-to-video release, but later "upgraded" to theatrical release. The decision to upgrade may prove profitable as Piglet's Big Movie (2003) brought in over $60 million worldwide and The Tigger Movie (2001) brought in $96 million worldwide. Then again, audiences in general can be fickle … and cartoon audiences in particular like the new wave of CGI animation.
Heffalump opens with the familiar scene of 100-Acre Wood (a.k.a. the 100-Aker Wood for Milne enthusiasts) and with the familiar strains of Pooh's theme song: Deep in the 100 Acre Wood / Where Christopher Robin plays. This time, as was the case in Piglet's Big Movie, Carly Simon lends her voice to the songs of the film, which are almost too catchy—you'll be humming them long after the film is over.
Even though the first character we see is Winnie the Pooh (voiced by Jim Cummings), the movie is less about Pooh ("Oh, bother!") and more about little Roo (Nikita Hopkins), a kangaroo kid. One morning, the residents of 100-Acre Wood wake to a disturbing trumpet noise, a sound that Rabbit ...1
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Pooh's Heffalump Movie
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