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Heidi's Song


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  • Actors: Lorne Greene, Sammy Davis Jr., Margery Gray, Michael Bell, Peter Cullen
  • Directors: Robert Taylor
  • Format: NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: G (General Audience)
  • Studio: Warner Archive
  • DVD Release Date: August 23, 2012
  • Run Time: 94 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B008NNY88Q
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #60,536 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Animated version of the classic children's tale. Heidi must go to live with her Grandfather in the swiss alps. In the process; she learns to appreciate the beauty of nature around her and the pleasures of country life.

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Touching story line and warms your heart!
S. R. GREEN
The Swiss mountain "Wonderhorn" where Heidi lives with her Grandfather is carefully built up to an Eden-like magnificence that will heal everyone who crosses there.
Maizy Malone
I watched this film as a young child and am still in love with it just as much after watching it 20 years later.
M. Lajter

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Maizy Malone on February 1, 2003
Format: VHS Tape
As with apparently every other reviewer here, this film made a huge impression on my childhood, and I lately found myself thinking about it and tracked it down. After watching it again I was not disillusioned one bit--it is a masterpiece of a children's movie like Disney managed two or three times long ago and nobody bothers to make anymore. When was the last time your daughter watched an animated tale with an actual overture? In constrast to the wannabe-pop thing the big corporations have been dealing lately, with their frantically quipping heroes and slapstick animal sidekicks, this movie gives leash to the kind of magic usually left to the Grimms. There is indeed an undiluted evil-stepmother type figure (who is laughed at in due time.) There is also a dream sequence in which Heidi is abducted (to her soon delight) by mythical spirits of the wind. The Swiss mountain "Wonderhorn" where Heidi lives with her Grandfather is carefully built up to an Eden-like magnificence that will heal everyone who crosses there. Interspersed are many moments of humor and spunk, including a charmingly wicked song and dance by rats. As a bottom line, it feels like a lovingly crafted production--even children know when they are watching fluff. Show it to them, and they will notice the difference.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Mara Jade on November 15, 2004
Format: VHS Tape
I saw Heidi's Song as a very small child, and it's had a place in my heart since then. First of all, Lorne Greene is the voice for Heidi's grandfather. His performance is beyond perfect. I absolutely love his singing voice, and I've always been touched by the emotion he puts out to bring grandfather to life.

All the music in this film is well crafted and fun to listen to, and the animation is gorgeous. You can't go wrong with this version of Heidi. It's an animated classic, and hopefully will be remembered for a long time.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Greg Ehrbar VINE VOICE on October 16, 2012
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Timing is everything, especially when a feature film is released. When Hanna-Barbera released "Heidi's Song" in 1982 through Paramount, family films had become more edgy and sophisticated, while this warmhearted musical was something that might have been more widely embraced in the mid-60s, when "The Sound of Music" was a Hollywood smash.

It's very possible that Hanna-Barbera had "Heidi's Song" in the production pipeline for many years, assigning artists to it between TV series projects. Apparently it was a difficult film for Hanna-Barbera to complete. I recall a 1982 cover story in Millimeter Magazine in which director Robert Taylor (DuckTales, Aladdin and the King of Thieves, Men in Black: The Series) was attached to the film and some of it had to be redone.

Hanna and Barbera were clearly hoping for a Disney-type classic that would perhaps live on as an example of what they could do with the right amount of money and time. "Heidi's Song" really does show a lot more loving care -- and a much higher frame rate resulting in above-average animation fluidity by HB standards -- than most of their TV animation of the 70s and early 80s.

Story must have been a challenge, too, but William Hanna, Joseph Barbera, director Taylor and co-writer Jameson Brewer gave it their best shot. Like so many children's tales, Heidi may not have had enough plot to sustain an animated feature in the Disney tradition. So, like Disney, the filmmakers came up with many clever ways to keep things moving and add to the plot, including subplots with dogs and cats -- which are, of course, Hanna-Barbera specialties.

Among the film's biggest strengths is its score.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Jamie Kasik on January 29, 2010
Format: VHS Tape
I absolutely loved this film as a child and even had a cassette recording of the soundtrack. I would listen to the songs over and over and I really think this is a classic that should be preserved. I hope it eventually gets re-released onto DVD for those of us who remember it! I would love to share this film with my own children someday.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 31, 2001
Format: VHS Tape
I was so happy to finally find and buy this movie on Amazon! I had a copy a long time ago, but it got lost. It brought back a lot of memories. It is a funny, lively, and musical movie that I have adored for years. I still love it as much as I used to, however, I noticed something I didn't notice when I was young. Fraulein Rottenmier really puts down Heidi A LOT in the movie and calls her things like "a nothing" and "a zero." She even sings a song about it. I find that very hurtful to watch sometimes. That is the only negative thing about this movie, the rest is really quite pleasant. I guess it is just a judgement call on whether young children should watch it unless they know enough not to call others those same names and be rude and hateful like Fraulein. Maybe since I didn't notice it that much, maybe other children may not either.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 22, 1998
Format: VHS Tape
This animated cartoon with a lot of fun in it, also brings to kids a lot of good positive thinking and helps to develop selfconfidence on them as Heidi shows she was a bit fearful in the begining and then building self confidene as she knew she had to win that game using the resources available. I could see the effect it did to my daughter when she was about 8 years old. From a shy little girl to a more communicative person. I encourage parents to give them the opportunity to see when things looks very grim if they persist on doing good they will succeed and a great feeling of personal satisfaction in doing good.
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