Movie Review by Debbie Winkler
Starring: Jim Cummings, John Fiedler, Nikita Hopkins, Ken Sansom, Peter Cullen
Director: Frank Nissen
Series: a Winnie the Pooh Movie
Release Date: 11 February 2005
Length: 68 minutes
Movie Rating: G
View Format: DVD
My Rating: 3.5/5 stars
“Who or what exactly is a Heffalump? The lovable residents of the Hundred Acre Wood – Winnie the Pooh, Rabbit, Tigger, Eeyore, Kanga and the rest of the pack (voiced by Brenda Blethyn, Jim Cummings, Ken Sansom, and others) – embark on a journey of discovery in search of the elusive Heffalump. But as is always the case, this unusual road trip opens their eyes to so much more than just the creature they’re seeking.” — Netflix.com
This a cute children’s movie, but not particularly exceptional. I thought that the plot was pretty well done, as the youngest resident of the 100 Acre Wood, Roo, actually proves to be the bravest of all. The other characters are convinced that heffalumps are evil monsters who do terrible things so Roo is really surprised when he meets Lumpy, a real heffalump, and all he wants to do is play. Surprisingly enough, Lumpy is terrified of Rabbit, Tigger and Pooh and has heard stories that make them seem like monsters, too! I thought this was a good message to convey to children as there are many things to fear in life and most of them are not quite as bad as you think once you confront them.
The songs were charming in this movie and I enjoyed them a lot. I also loved the mixed-up words that Tigger and the other characters use as they are very close to using the correct word so you know what they are trying to say, but they don’t quite get it right. I used to think that this was just a cute little way of speaking that the writers made up, but my 3-year-old nephew does this sometimes too and it is just adorable! With bright colors and plenty of laughs, this is a good movie to rent on DVD if you have children at home.
This movie is appropriate for all ages.