A.A. Milnes classic Hundred Acre Woods characters return to the big screen today in Poohs Heffalump Movie, an all-new 2D-animated feature from DisneyToon Studios. The family pic brings some welcomed toon levity to a frame dominated by fright flicks and heavy Oscar contenders.
Directed by Frank Nissen, Poohs Heffalump Movie has young marsupial Roo strikes up a friendship with a Lumpy, an imaginary creature known as a Heffalump. The friendship is tested when Pooh, Tigger and the rest of the gang venture into Heffalump territory hoping to capture what they think is a fearsome nuisance. The entertaining film also aims to teach a lesson about accepting differences.
Nissen returns to the directors chair for the first time since his contribution to the 1973 animated film, Man the Polluter. In the meantime, he has worked as a an artist on such Disney features as Dinosaur, Tarzan, Treasure Planet and Mickey, Donald, Goofy: The Three Musketeers. On Heffalump, he worked from a script by Brian Hohlfed (Piglets Big Movie, A Very Merry Pooh Year) and Evan Spiliotopoulos (Mickey, Donald, Goofy: The Three Musketeers). Hohlfed is developing a Winnie the Pooh series for the Disney Channel.
For more information on Poohs Heffalump Movie, see our cover story in the February issue of Animation Magazine, now available by subscription and at Barnes & Noble booksellers.
Also in wide release today is Sonys Will Smith comedy, Hitch. Meanwhile, martial arts fans can check out the well-reviewed Ong Bak: The Thai Warrior, now in limited release from Magnolia films.