Heidi (1995 film)

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Heidi 1996 Opening.JPG
Directed by Toshiyuki Hiruma, Takashi
Produced by Jennifer Blohm
Mark Taylor
Written by Johanna Spyri (author)
Jack Olesker
Based on Heidi by Johanna Spyri
Distributed by GoodTimes Entertainment
Release dates
1995 (USA)
Running time
49 minutes
Country Japan Japan
United States United States
Language English

Originally released directly to video in 1995, Heidi is a 49-minute animated film based on the classic story of Heidi by Johanna Spyri. The movie was produced by Jetlag Productions and it was distributed to DVD in 2002 by GoodTimes Entertainment, as part of their "Collectible Classics" line.[1][2]


The story begins when Heidi, a little five-year-old girl, is brought up to the Swiss Alps by her Aunt Dete, who took care of the little girl ever since the passing of her two parents. Dete leaves Heidi with her grandfather, who lives alone up in the mountains, and though at first the old man refuses, Dete insists and he finally agrees to take her in but sends Dete away discourteously. Heidi's sweet, innocent nature slowly wins the heart of her grandfather and they soon grow fond of each other. Heidi wonders about every aspect of her new life in the mountains and has questions about all sorts of things. She befriends Peter, a young boy slightly older than she, whose job it is to lead the many goats up to the mountains everyday. However, just as Heidi decides that she could never love anything more than life up in the mountains, Dete returns to take her away from her grandfather and to the city of Frankfurt in Germany, where she expects the girl to serve as a companion for the Sessemann's invalid daughter Clara. Though she misses her grandfather and the goats dearly, once in Frankfurt, Heidi becomes the best of friends with Clara and is saddened by her inability to walk. After many conflicts with Madam Rottenmeier, the strict care-taker at the Sesseman's, at her birthday party, Clara gives Heidi what she thinks she wants most: a train ticket to Switzerland, to her grandfather and old friends. Another surprise awaits Heidi and her grandfather as Clara and her grandmother come to visit them up at their home in the mountains.[1]


  • "Start with a Smile"
  • "This is Home"
  • "The Very Best of Friends"[3]

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  1. ^ a b "Heidi (1995)". imdb.com. Retrieved 12 December 2013. 
  2. ^ "Heidi (1995) Review". toptenreviews.com. Retrieved 12 December 2013. 
  3. ^ "Jetlag Productions' Heidi - "Start With a Smile"". youtube.com. Retrieved 12 December 2013. 

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