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Pooh's Heffalump Movie Review


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Points for a descriptive title: This is where Pooh and friends discover the Heffalump, a purple elephant heretofore thought to be mythical in the Hundred Acre Wood.

About an hour long, Heffalump didn't grab my two-year old, who thought the elephant was cute but then wandered away for programming on another TV where more actually happens.

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Piglet's Big Movie Review


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It's hard to believe that Piglet's Big Movie has made any money over the last two weeks. In an era were kids are used to fancy animation and lots of eye-twitching excitement, this latest entry in the classic Winnie the Pooh cartoons/stories is such an anomaly. Lessons are taught with a pat on the back, not with a blaring soundtrack. You can actually appreciate the detail of the backgrounds and the way the animals talk. And Carly Simon songs are featured throughout the movie. She's old enough to be (gasp!) someone's grandmother!

When you're a revered part of childhoods galore, even Disney can afford not to play overt marketing games. Thank goodness. If I had kids, I would take them to Piglet's Big Movie because it feels like a storybook--you get a chance to take in what's onscreen and not get bombarded with toy advertisements and contemporary alterations (let's say: Tigger as a laid-back, smack talking skateboard champ).

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