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Pooh's Heffalump Movie Review

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  • 4.0

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  • 58

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly Scott Brown

    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.

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  • 70

    out of 100

    The Hollywood Reporter Michael Rechtshaffen

    It's a charming-looking, tenderly told story about friendship and diversity.

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  • 75

    out of 100

    USA Today Claudia Puig

    A charmingly sweet experience.

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  • 75

    out of 100

    Chicago Tribune

    The film is more than a lesson about overcoming bigotry and ignorance. It's also just a beautifully animated romp through the world of Pooh as created by A.A. Milne.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

OK for kids 4+

Gentle story of friendship is fine for wee ones.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this movie has some mild peril that the most sensitive young viewers may find unsettling. One character loses his mom and cannot call loud enough to get her attention. He gets frightened by the main characters, who are trying to capture him. He is later trapped in a cage and when someone tries to save him, he falls into a tree-filled ravine. Otherwise, it contains positive messages about friendship, helping others, and understanding difference.

  • Families can talk about friends. Do you have friends who are different from you? How do you meet new friends? Why is it sometimes hard to make friends?
  • Talk about why you have to wait to be old enough to do certain things. What kinds of things are you looking forward to doing when you get older? What are you NOT looking forward to doing?

The good stuff
  • educationalvalue true1

    Educational value: Intends to entertain rather than educate, but kids will pick up positive social messages about caring about others. Kids might be encouraged to read the A.A. Milne books.

  • message true4

    Messages: Roo, Piglet, Pooh and Tigger face their fears and test their preconceived notions in this adventure. They realize that what they knew about Heffalumps was all wrong: they're not scary monsters, at all. Positive messages about friendship, helping others, and respecting difference.

  • rolemodels true2

    Role models: Moms know best in this movie. Roo says that his mom will know what to do in a conundrum. "She will make everything alright," he says. Lumpy's mom saves Roo when he gets caught in a tangle of felled trees.

What to watch for
  • violence false2

    Violence and scariness: Some very mild frightening themes: a strange bellowing noise scares the inhabitants of Hundred-Acre Forest. They imagine a monster called the Heffalump to be on the loose. They try to capture it with traps and ropes. Characters get lost, have perilous mishaps and fall from heights, but no one is injured. The monster ends up being a friendly mom looking for her lost son.

  • sex false0

    Sexy stuff: Not an issue

  • language false0

    Language: Not an issue

  • consumerism false0

    Consumerism: Not an issue

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false0

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Not an issue