Pooh's Heffalump Halloween Movie
Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment // G // $19.99 // September 13, 2005
Review by Aaron Beierle | posted September 28, 2005
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The Movie:

A sequel-of-sorts to "Pooh's Heffalump Movie", "Pooh's Heffalump Halloween" is a direct-to-video effort that offers another adventure for the characters. "Heffalump Movie" wasn't a classic, but it was a very pleasant family feature that offered respectable animation for a lower-budget feature and a good story, along with lessons that weren't delivered to the audience in a heavy-handed manner.

"Pooh's Heffalump Halloween" is a bit thinner, but it's still a moderately enjoyable time that kids getting psyched up for Halloween will likely find entertaining. In the previous movie, Roo befriended the feared Heffalump, who all of the other characters thought was rumored to be an intimidating beast. Halloween has come around, and the two new friends begin to gear up to celebrate Halloween after Heffalump has been convinced that there's nothing to be afraid of.

However, things don't go entirely well. It turns out that Poo has eaten all the candy, and Roo and Heffalump decide that if they catch the mythical gabloon, they will get a wish - which would get them all the candy back. However, if the gabloon catches them, they're in the deepest of trouble.

Stretched out by including an old "Pooh" TV episode in the proceedings (which works somewhat better than it sounds like it would) that has a Piglet backstory, "Pooh's Heffalump Halloween" still manages to be a moderately entertaining Fall adventure. It's not as strong an outing as "Pooh's Heffalump Movie", but it does offer a bit more scope and repeat viewing value than most similar direct-to-video family fare.


The DVD

VIDEO: "Pooh's Heffalump Halloween" is presented by Disney in 1.78:1 anamorphic widescreen. The animation quality is a bit less than the original "Heffalump", but still fine to watch and finely presented by this transfer. The presentation shows off the details of the animation well, and the picture remains consistently crisp. No pixelation or edge enhancement was apparent, and colors generally remained bright and well-saturated. The older footage is in perfectly fine shape, and despite looking different than the new footage, doesn't look too vastly different.

SOUND: "Pooh's Heffalump Halloween" is presented in Dolby Digital 5.1 by Disney. As expected from this kind of family fare, the 5.1 presentation is pretty tame. The rear speakers do provide the occasional sound effect and bit of ambient sound, but the majority of the audio comes from the front speakers. Audio quality was fine, with crisp, clear dialogue.

EXTRAS: Four interactive games (Trick or Re-treat, Pass the Pumpkin, Pooh's Boo Bingo, Heffalump Halloween Party Planner), DVD-ROM features, and sneak peeks for other Disney titles.

Final Thoughts: Despite the fact that it integrates a bit better than I'd have thought, the fact that older footage was used to extend this feature makes it feel rather thin. Still, it's pleasant family entertainment, and the target audience of kids will likely want to throw this one on the tube more than once before October ends. Disney's DVD edition provides fine audio/video quality, as well as a couple of slight supplements. Recommended.



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