Movie Review: Pooh’s Heffalump Halloween Movie (2005)

Summary

It is Lumpy’s first Halloween with Winnie the Pooh, Roo, and their friends in the Hundred Acre Wood. The group discusses their plans for Halloween and for their first night of trick-or-treating. Until Tigger, warns his friends about the dreaded Gobloon that he spotted in the woods earlier, a monster that comes out every Halloween to search for somebody to catch and will turn them into “jaggedy lanterns” if he catches them. But Tigger tells them that if the Gobloon is captured first, it will grant its captors one wish.

After Pooh eats all of Rabbit’s trick-or-treat candy, Roo and Lumpy set out to capture the Gobloon to wish for more candy. According to Tigger’s directions on the map, they are able to go past the Creepy Cave then down the Slimy Slide and into the Tree of Terror later on. Entering the Creepy Cave, Lumpy and his lunchbox get stuck on some rocks, which leads Lumpy to believe that they’re being followed. He desperately wants to go back, but Roo insists that they should press on, and eventually they find the Slimy Slide, and then the Tree of Terror.

When Roo and Lumpy reach the supposed Gobloon’s lair, Lumpy loses his courage to catch the Gobloon. So Roo tells him the story from Boo to You Too! Winnie the Pooh, when Piglet was afraid to go trick-or-treating, but gained his courage. Roo believes that if Piglet can conquer his fears, then so can Lumpy. An inspired Lumpy helps Roo set a trap for the Gobloon, but the two end up fleeing once they think the Gobloon is returning.

After encountering and fleeing from a mysterious figure (which they think is the Gobloon), Lumpy gets separated from Roo and ends up stuck in the trap they had set for the Gobloon. Lumpy is heartbroken to be alone, as he and Roo had promised to stay together during the adventure. Roo finds a Jack-o’-lantern resembling Lumpy, which makes him think his friend has been caught by the Gobloon and turned into a Jack-o’-lantern.

Once back with the others, Roo recruits Pooh, Piglet, Tigger, Eeyore and Rabbit to help him capture the Gobloon and save Lumpy. The group arrives at the trap and believes the Gobloon is trapped, unaware that it is actually Lumpy. Roo wishes to have his friend Lumpy back, but becomes bitterly saddened when the “Gobloon” doesn’t grant his wish. Hearing Roo’s voice, Lumpy calls for him, but a loud thunder blocks it, prompting him to break his way out of the trap. Roo and Lumpy are happily reunited.

The group finally goes trick-or-treating, and Roo’s mother Kanga, who was the mysterious figure that Tigger mistook for the Gobloon, throws a Halloween party for the friends, complete with Jack-o’-lanterns she had carved in everyone’s likenesses. She explains that she must have accidentally dropped Lumpy’s Jack-o’-lantern—a mistake that sparked the entire adventure. With Lumpy’s first Halloween being successful, everyone from the Hundred Acre Wood enjoys the Halloween party.

Review

Rating: 5 out of 5.

This direct to video, I mean direct to VHS, yes remember those days? I still have my copy too. Anyway this film is a fun halloween film for kids of all ages. Besides The Tigger Movie, this is my favorite of the Winnie the Pooh series. I hope you all enjoy it during the Halloween season as much as we do.

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