Pooh’s Heffalump Movie appears in an aspect ratio of approximately 1.78:1 on this single-sided, double-layered DVD; the image has been enhanced for 16X9 televisions. Only minor flaws marred the presentation.
Sharpness seemed very good. Due to some edge enhancement, a few shots demonstrated minor softness, but those instances were modest. Instead, the movie usually remained tight and well defined. No instances of jagged edges or moiré effects popped up along the way. The print displayed no examples of print flaws, as it always stayed clean and fresh.
Though most cartoons provide larger than life tones, Heffalump maintained a pretty natural palette. That didn’t mean the colors lacked boldness, however. The hues consistently looked vivid and lively, and they stayed concise at all times. Black levels were deep and solid, while the rare examples of shadow detail seemed appropriately defined. Overall, Heffalump offered a good image that fell short of greatness solely due to some edge enhancement.
Nothing special manifested itself via the Dolby Digital 5.1 soundtrack of Pooh’s Heffalump Movie, but it worked fine for the most part. The soundfield seemed decent. Music featured positive stereo imaging, and more effects than I expected emanated from the side and rear speakers. The track stayed focused upon the forward channels, where the different elements popped up from the appropriate locations and melded together neatly. Some good directional dialogue appeared at times, and the pieces also panned nicely.
The surrounds kicked in acceptably when necessary. For example, Tigger bounced to the back, and the “scary” Heffalump bits used the surrounds More rear activity would have been good, but the mix still used all five speakers reasonably well.
Audio quality usually seemed solid. Speech sounded distinct and natural, and I noticed no issues related to edginess or intelligibility. Effects came across as accurate and fairly distinctive. Music also appeared reasonably clean and full. Dynamic range was fine; the highs and lows didn’t tax anything, but they sounded concise and smooth. The audio of Pooh’s Heffalump Movie mostly seemed positive.
A smattering of very minor extras appear on this DVD. Disney’s Song Selection basically acts as an alternate form of chapter menu. It lets you jump to any of the film’s five song performances, and it also allows you to show on-screen lyrics.
In “Game Time”, we find Hide ‘n’ Seek with Roo and Lumpy. This forces you to find either Lumpy or Roo. It’s nothing more than a simple guessing game. Maybe this is fun for kids, but it seems pretty lame to me.
”Backstage Disney” offers a seven-minute and 24-second featurette called Welcome to the Family, Lumpy. We find movie clips and comments from producer Jessica Koplos-Miller, director Frank Nissen, writer Evan Spiliotopoulos, Brian Snedeker, and a mix of unnamed kids. They tell us what heffalumps are and their creative design, and other heffalump factoids. The program is pretty cutesy and aimed at kids, so don’t expect to learn much about the topic. We do learn how to make the Heffalump Rumple Doodles, at least.
Heffalump opens with a collection of ads. We find promos for Chicken Little, Little Einstein, and Pooh’s Heffalump Halloween. All of these also appear in the Sneak Peeks domain along with Tarzan II, Pooh’s Grand Adventure, JoJo’s Circus, Winnie the Pooh Shapes and Sizes/The Wonderful World of Words< and the Disney Princess line.
Folks with DVD-ROM drives will find a couple extra bits. They can print out coloring pages or the Rumple Doodle recipe.
While the best Disney fare entertains both kids and adults alike, Pooh’s Heffalump Movie proves more heavily oriented toward the little ones. Grown-ups probably will be able to stand their time with it, but they shouldn’t expect a lot from it. The DVD presents very good picture along with decent audio and only some very minor extras. If your kid loves Pooh, give this a look. Otherwise, stick with Disney’s stronger fare.