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Thursday, October 21, 2010

Movie #11: Pooh's Heffalump Halloween Movie (2005)

"We've gotta catch the Gabloon!"



This film has the lowest Minimum Recommended Age of all the films we're viewing this month. It's perfect for any member of your family who is capable of sitting through an hour-long movie. I have to say, though, that mine showed a lack of interest in it when they watched it for the first time last year.

Family-Friendliness


  • Rating: G

  • Minimum Recommended Age: 3 (Common Sense Media: "On for ages 3 and up", Kaboose: Ages 3 and Up)

  • Quality Rating: 60% (Common Sense Media: 3 stars)

  • Number of Lists Recommend: 6

  • Sex/Violence/Profanity: Roo and Lumpy are easily frightened, especially of something they call the tree of terror, but they learn that it's just their imaginations running wild.

  • Running Time: 66 minutes

  • What does it have to do with Halloween? This movie is all about Halloween and trick-or-treating.

Summary


It’s a haunted Halloween in the Hundred Acre Wood, and Roo’s new Heffalump pal, Lumpy, is excited to be trick-or-treating for the first time. That is, until Tigger warns them about the dreaded Gobloon who'll turn them into a "jaggedy lantern" if he catches them!

Watch Out For


Common Sense Media:
Although the DVD has a Halloween theme, the scares are relatively mild -- a few of the worst frights include bats, crows, and a wheelbarrow full of jack-o'-lanterns that seem to come alive.



















Talk About It


Common Sense Media:
* Families can talk about how the friends work together. How does Piglet get "un-scared" of Halloween? How do his pals help him? How do Lumpy and Roo learn to conquer their own fears?
* How are the personalities of each character different? What does Tigger mean when he sings "If only Piglet was more like me and less like him"? Do you ever feel like that about friends?
* Why is it important that we're all different, and how do those differences make us special?

Of Note


  • Final performance of John Fiedler as the voice of Piglet - a role which he had performed non-stop for 37 years beginning with Winnie the Pooh and the Blustery Day (1968).
  • Christopher Robin and Owl are still absent in this film. Gopher only appears during the Boo To You Too sequence, but is otherwise excluded from all scenes.
  • To date, this is the last in Disney's Winnie the Pooh media line to feature Gopher, although the Beaver in My Friends Tigger & Pooh loosely resembles Gopher.


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