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Heffa nice message

Kimberly Nicoletti
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When you search the Internet Movie Database (imbd.com) for “Pooh,” it pulls up 36 titles related to the honey-loving bear. Why “Pooh’s Heffalump Movie” made the theater release cut as opposed to taking the usual straight to DVD like most of the other 36 titles, I’m not sure.With a tagline of “Heffa nice day,” you know this movie isn’t going to be too deep – at least not on the surface.But I watched it directly after “Hotel Rwanda,” so I was in a deep-thought mood.

As a result, I started comparing and contrasting the two films, as I mention in my review of “Hotel Rwanda,” which will run later this week.Unfortunately, our lives aren’t as simple as those characters’ in the Hundred Acres Woods. But what a nice idea – to drop preconceived notions and see what’s really there.That’s what I like about “Pooh’s Heffalump Movie.” It’s simple. The animation isn’t cool, three-dimensional art. The colors don’t jump out. The music isn’t trendy. Pooh and Tigger and Piglet stay true to their voices instead of employing mega-movie stars.Sure, I got a little bored at times, but then I’d think about “The Tao of Pooh” and the “The Te of Piglet,” two books by Benjamin Hoff that gained popularity in the early 1990s.

They introduced readers to the Taoist point of view, or a way of “appreciating, learning from, and working with whatever happens in everyday life.” (p. 5; “The Tao of Pooh”)Roo, the youngest member of the Pooh crew, drives this point home. He learns to befriend the Heffalump – a creature everyone else fears and wants to capture. It’s not a natural instinct; he has to work at it courageously.Like “Hotel Rwanda,” the hatred started in their own back yard. Maybe “Pooh’s Heffalump Movie” is too simplistic, or maybe not.



Maybe the world would be a more peaceful place if people slowed down a little and just wished each other “Heffa nice day” more often.So I say, good for the Pooh crew for breaking into theaters.Kimberly Nicoletti can be found bouncing along and eating honey in her imaginary Hundred Acre Woods.


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