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FILM DETAILS
Certificate
U
Cast
Jim Cummings
Brenda Blethyn
Ken Sansom
David Ogden Stiers
John Fiedler
Nikita Hopkins.
Directors
Frank Nissen.
Screenwriters
Brian Hohlfeld
Evan Spiliotopoulos
Brian Hohlfeld
Evan Spiliotopoulos.
Running Time
68 minutes

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Pooh's Heffalump Movie
Likeable Disney spin-off of the A. A. Milne tales.


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Plot
The continuing adventures of Pooh and the gang, with the new character of Mama Heffalump.


Review
A glance at school holiday box office figures is enough to show that child-friendly fare is in much demand at certain times of the year. Parents desperate for anything to keep their little angels quiet are the reason this Disney film, originally destined to go straight to DVD, earned cinema status upon its release. As such, its pale-washed, 2-D animation betrays its heritage, but it still boasts impressive voice talent and original songs to liven proceedings.

"The Hundred Acre Wood crew" - as the hip Disney press notes very uncharacteristically describe A. A. Milne's characters - go in search of the mysterious Heffalump and learn some lessons about prejudice and friendship. It's a slight affair, but the cute Heffalump and some cartoon slapstick are endearing enough to its target audience.


Verdict
Insubstantial 'Pooh Story' that will none the less appeal to its target audience.


Reviewed by Emma Cochrane

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