Pooh's Heffalump Movie (Movie - 2005) I know what you're thinking: Aren't Heffalumps like closet monsters, inventions of a fearful Piglet-brain? Not anymore. In Disney's latest expansion of Pooh Corner ,… Pooh's Heffalump Movie (Movie - 2005) I know what you're thinking: Aren't Heffalumps like closet monsters, inventions of a fearful Piglet-brain? Not anymore. In Disney's latest expansion of Pooh Corner ,… 2005-02-11 G PT63M Animation Brenda Blethyn Jim Cummings Brit Kyle Stanger Walt Disney Pictures
Movie Review

Pooh's Heffalump Movie (2005)

MPAA Rating: G
Pooh's Heffalump Movie (Movie - 2005) | SOMETHING WICKED THIS WAY COMES Harmless kiddie fare about a once-imaginary beastie
Image credit: Pooh's Heffalump Movie: Disney
SOMETHING WICKED THIS WAY COMES Harmless kiddie fare about a once-imaginary beastie
EW's GRADE
C+

Details Release Date: Feb 11, 2005; Rated: G; Length: 63 Minutes; Genre: Animation; With: Brenda Blethyn and Jim Cummings; Distributor: Walt Disney Pictures

I know what you're thinking: Aren't Heffalumps like closet monsters, inventions of a fearful Piglet-brain? Not anymore. In Disney's latest expansion of Pooh Corner, the already xenophobic Hundred Acre Wood community (remember how they reacted when single-mom Kanga moved in?) gets riled over perceived incursions by these elephantine bêtes noires, long feared but (crucially) never glimpsed. It's a call for Rabbit-sponsored alarm, but it's also a chance for little Roo (developmentally delayed by all those Carly Simon-penned songs his mother sings him) to prove he's grown-up enough for a Heffa-hunt. When he meets Lumpy (irresistibly voiced by 8-year-old Brit Kyle Stanger), the martial tone softens and lessons of tolerance are learned. What was accomplished with quiet nuance in A. A. Milne's stories (where Roo himself was the outsider) is all melodramatic fanfare here; but if you're willing to accept the initial betrayal of the mythos, Pooh's Heffalump Movie is a harmless little ''ex-po-tition'' (to use a Pooh-ism). Still, making this your kids' first Pooh experience would be like weaning them on New Coke.

Originally posted Feb 09, 2005 Published in issue #807 Feb 18, 2005 Order article reprints
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