Pooh’s Heffalump Halloween Movie appears in an aspect ratio of 1.78:1 on this single-sided, double-layered DVD; the image has been enhanced for 16X9 televisions. Most of the time the presentation looked solid, but the reuse of old material caused some issues.
For the new footage, sharpness appeared immaculate. At all times, the movie looked distinct and crisp. If any instances of softness occurred, I didn’t notice them in this detailed and well-defined offering. Neither jagged edges nor moiré effects marred the presentation, and I noticed no signs of edge enhancement. As for print flaws, the movie remained clean and fresh.
As with most things Pooh, Heffalump offered a subdued but suitably full palette. Most Pooh offerings go with a gentle pastel look, and this one followed suit. The colors seemed clean and accurate within that scheme. They were always smooth and concise. Black levels were clear and deep, while shadow detail looked appropriately dense but never became too thick or opaque.
Based on this footage, Heffalump would have earned an “A” for visuals. Unfortunately, the presence of shots from “Boo to You Too! Winnie the Pooh” lowered the overall quality of the package. These elements didn’t look bad, but they were slightly soft and flat. Colors lacked intensity or vivacity, and blacks were a bit dull. Some source defects also appeared, though I suspected that these were mostly the result of sloppy clean-up animation. Since the new footage comprised most of Heffalump, it still received a “B+”, but the old clips forced me to lower my grade.
An unassuming soundtrack for an unassuming flick, Pooh’s Heffalump Halloween Movie offered Dolby Digital 5.1 audio. Actually, the scope of the soundfield was a little better than I expected. The various “scary” sequences allowed the audio to use the various speakers to a moderately active degree. We got spooky noises in all five channels, though the front dominated. The various elements mixed well and we received decent panning. This created a modest but convincing little environment for the story.
Audio quality appeared solid. Speech came across as natural and concise, and I noticed no issues related to edginess or intelligibility. Music sounded fairly tight and brisk, with good dynamic range evident. Effects also seemed clean and accurate. Low-end was pretty good during the smattering of louder sequences; my subwoofer didn’t exactly receive a workout, but the movie used it effectively on occasion. Nothing about this mix dazzled me, but it was more than acceptable for this film.
Pooh’s Heffalump Halloween Movie tosses in a very small compilation of supplements. All fall under the category of “Games & Activities”. Trick or Re-Treat offers a contest in which Roo and Lumpy have to track down some missing candy. It turns into a mildly interesting piece meant for the little ones.
Pass the Pumpkin requires you to get a mix of players together. It acts as a variation on Musical Chairs. I didn’t get my friends together to try it, but I’m sure the kids will have fun with it. Pooh’s Boo! Bingo falls into the same category, as it presents a Pooh-flavored version of that game. The booklet comes with five Bingo cards.
The final piece presents a Heffalump Halloween Party Planner. This offers parents a number a number of activities in which they can engage the kiddies for Halloween. These include those we’ve already seen like “Pass the Pumpkin” and Bingo, but the area adds a few others too.
As the DVD starts, we encounter a mix of ads. We find trailers for Cinderella, Pooh’s Grand Adventure: The Search for Christopher Robin, and Disney Princess: A Christmas of Enchantment. These also show up in the Sneak Peeks domain along with ads for Disney Learning Adventures, Disney’s Princess Fantasy DVD Game, Bear in the Big Blue House, Kronk’s New Groove, and JoJo’s Circus.
Every time I review a Pooh program, it seems like I can call it “mediocre but pleasant”. That description continues to be appropriate for Pooh’s Heffalump Halloween Movie. It’s cheaper than most of this product since it reuses old footage, but it should prove moderately entertaining for the kiddies. The DVD offers picture that usually seems solid along with better than decent audio. Unfortunately, it skimps on extras. At least it’s less expensive than prior Pooh releases; its predecessors retailed for $30 instead of this one’s $20 list price. I think you can find many superior programs for your kids, but if they’re dedicated Pooh fans, Heffalump will probably merit a purchase.