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Pooh's Heffalump Movie
Poohs heffalump movie.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed byFrank Nissen
Produced byJessica Koplos-Miller
Written byBrian Hohlfeld
Evan Spiliotopoulos
Based onCharacters created by A. A. Milne
StarringJim Cummings
John Fiedler
Kath Soucie
Nikita Hopkins
Ken Sansom
Peter Cullen
Kyle Stanger
Brenda Blethyn
Music byJoel McNeely (score)
Carly Simon (songs)
Production
company
Distributed byBuena Vista Pictures
Release date
  • February 11, 2005 (2005-02-11)[1]
Running time
68 minutes
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish
Budget$20 million
Box office$52.9 million[2]

Pooh's Heffalump Movie is a 2005 American animated musical comedy adventure film produced by DisneyToon Studios and released by Walt Disney Pictures. Featuring characters from A. A. Milne's Winnie-the-Pooh stories, the film is the third theatrical animated film in Disney's Winnie the Pooh franchise and DisneyToon Studios's third adaptation of Winnie the Pooh stories, following The Tigger Movie (2000) and Piglet's Big Movie (2003). The film was released theatrically on February 11, 2005.

Plot[edit]

One day, Winnie the Pooh and his friends hear a strange noise and find a set of large, circular footprints in the Hundred Acre Wood. During the night, Tigger's house is damaged by what appears to be an earthquake. The friends believe that there is a strange creature known as a "heffalump" in the woods. Rabbit organizes an expedition to go try to catch it. Roo wants to come along, but the others tell him he is too young and small to go. Despite this, Roo slips out on his own in search of the heffalump. He finds one; a playful young creature named Heffridge Trumpler Brompet Heffalump IV - "Lumpy" for short. Roo is afraid of his captive at first but the two quickly become friends and play.

After a while, Lumpy hears his mother calling for him to come home. Roo wants Lumpy to meet all of his friends first, and they head towards the Hundred Acre Wood. Lumpy hesitates, thinking that the "creatures" that live there are scary, but Roo reassures him. The Hundred Acre Wood is deserted, as everyone else is still out searching for the heffalump. Roo and Lumpy continue playing, making a mess of Pooh's house and Rabbit's garden. The two friends hear Lumpy's mother calling him again. They search for Lumpy's mother, but she is nowhere to be seen. Lumpy uses his trunk to call to her, but it does not work. After hours of searching, Lumpy assumes that they will never find her, and starts to cry. Roo consoles Lumpy with a song he learned from Kanga. Then, Roo gets an idea: they could go find his mother, and see if she can help Lumpy.

Meanwhile, the others return home to find Pooh's house and Rabbit's garden a mess. They conclude that the heffalump has invaded. When Lumpy and Roo are discovered, Rabbit thinks that Lumpy has captured Roo. He and the others chase Lumpy through the heffalump traps they set up earlier in the film. Lumpy evades the traps, but Roo gets caught in the last one as Lumpy escapes into the woods. Roo frees himself from the trap, and runs to find Lumpy stuck in a giant cage. Lumpy is upset and hurt, thinking Roo has lied to him about the inhabitants of the Hundred Acre Wood being friendly. Roo tries to free Lumpy and apologizes for everything. Finally, Roo notices a rope at the top of the cage. He climbs up and unties it, freeing a very grateful Lumpy. Kanga, watching the two interact from behind a nearby tree, realizes that the heffalump is her son's friend.

Rabbit, Pooh, Tigger, and Piglet arrive and lasso Lumpy. Roo yells at them to stop. Kanga tells Rabbit to have Roo explain himself. He tells the others that Heffalumps are not scary or mean. While Roo is explaining this, Lumpy stumbles and accidentally knocks Roo into a pile of giant, heavy logs forming a makeshift bridge over a ditch.

Lumpy and Roo's other friends try to rescue Roo, but the logs are too heavy. Lumpy gets an idea, and tries to call out to his mother. After a few tries, he finally gets it right. Lumpy's mother comes and tosses the logs aside, freeing Roo. Lumpy's mother is very proud that he has learned how to call out to her. Roo's other friends realize that the "monster" they were all afraid of was just a mother looking for her baby. They apologize and befriend Lumpy and his mother. Roo and Lumpy get a little more time to play together before Lumpy has to go home.

Cast[edit]

Production[edit]

Heffalumps were first mentioned in the original Winnie-the-Pooh books. They appeared in a nightmare sequence – along with their fellow scary creatures, the woozles – in 1968's Winnie the Pooh and the Blustery Day. Though heffalumps and woozles have appeared in other Disney Pooh media, such as the New Adventures of Winnie the Pooh TV series, this was the first theatrical film to feature a "real" heffalump. Lumpy's design is similar to the heffalumps seen in the 1968 featurette and the song "The Horribly Hazardous Heffalumps!" is in the same style as "Heffalumps and Woozles" from Blustery Day. Carly Simon came up with Lumpy's full name, Heffridge Trumpler Brompet Heffalump, IV.

This was the final theatrically released film to feature voice actor John Fiedler as Piglet. It also marked the final Pooh film to be released in Fiedler's lifetme, as he died four months later from cancer.

Home media[edit]

Pooh's Heffalump Movie was released on DVD and VHS on May 24, 2005 in the United States. In the United Kingdom, the film was released in a trilogy DVD on November 7, 2011, along with The Tigger Movie and Winnie the Pooh.[3]

Songs[edit]

The Best of Pooh and Heffalumps, Too
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Soundtrack album by
ReleasedFebruary 8, 2005
Length33:34
LabelWalt Disney Records
ProducerMatt Walker, Carly Simon, Joel McNeely, Rob Mathes, Michael Kosarin
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
Allmusic3.5/5 stars[4]

American singer-songwriter Carly Simon wrote five new songs exclusively for the film, and performed four of them.[5] "The Name Game" features Kyle Stanger and Nikita Hopkins, as Lumpy and Roo. On "The Horribly Hazardous Heffalumps!" Simon is accompanied by Jim Cummings, John Fiedler, Ken Sansom, Peter Cullen, and Nikita Hopkins.[6]

Two songs from Simon's earlier soundtrack for Piglet's Big Movie are also included on the soundtrack, "Winnie the Pooh (Theme Song)" and "With A Few Good Friends", in which Simon is joined by her children Ben Taylor and Sally Taylor.[7]

The soundtrack also features one instrumental track entitled "The Promise" by Joel McNeely, as well as seven classic Winnie The Pooh songs written by The Sherman Brothers.

Track listing
  1. "Winnie the Pooh" - Carly Simon featuring Ben Taylor
  2. "The Horribly Hazardous Heffalumps!" - Carly Simon
  3. "Little Mr. Roo" - Carly Simon featuring Kath Soucie
  4. "The Name Game" - Kyle Stanger and Nikita Hopkins
  5. "Shoulder to Shoulder" - Carly Simon with The Heffalump Chorus
  6. "In the Name of the Hundred Acre Wood/What Do You Do?" - Carly Simon with The Heffalump Chorus
  7. "With a Few Good Friends " - Carly Simon featuring Ben Taylor and Sally Taylor
  8. "The Promise" - Joel McNeely
  9. "Heffalumps and Woozles" - Chorus
  10. "The Wonderful Thing About Tiggers" - Chorus
  11. "Up, Down, and Touch the Ground" - Chorus
  12. "Rumbly in My Tumbly" - Chorus
  13. "Little Black Rain Cloud" - Chorus
  14. "Luv-a-Bye" - Kira Small
  15. "Winnie the Pooh" - Chorus

Reception[edit]

Box office[edit]

The film made $5.8 million in its opening weekend, a per theater average of $2,296 from 2,529 theaters. The film ended up with a final gross of $18.1 million in North America and $34.8 million internationally, bringing the total worldwide gross to $52.9 million.[2]

Critical reception[edit]

Reviews were generally positive, resulting in a "Certified Fresh" rating of 79% on Rotten Tomatoes.[8]

Sequel[edit]

A sequel, Pooh's Heffalump Halloween Movie, was released direct-to-video on September 13, 2005.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Detail view of Movies Page". Retrieved 26 October 2016.
  2. ^ a b "Pooh's Heffalump Movie". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved 2015-04-01.
  3. ^ "The Winnie the Pooh Movie Collection Winnie the Pooh Movie/ Heffalump Movie/ Tigger Movie DVD: Amazon.co.uk: Stephen J. Anderson, Don Hall, Jun Falkenstein, Frank Nissen, Peter Del Vecho, Clark Spencer, Cheryl Abood, Jessica Koplos-Miller". Amazon.co.uk. Retrieved February 8, 2015.
  4. ^ "AllMusic review". Retrieved April 11, 2015.
  5. ^ "Carly Simon Official Website - Soundtracks". Web.archive.org. Archived from the original on December 13, 2010. Retrieved 2015-04-01.
  6. ^ Internet Movie Database. "Pooh's Heffalump Movie". IMDb. Retrieved April 1, 2015.
  7. ^ "Piglet's Big Movie". Allmusic. Retrieved April 1, 2015.
  8. ^ Rotten Tomatoes. "Pooh's Heffalump Movie". Retrieved April 1, 2015.

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