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Heidi's Song

4.8 out of 5 stars 40 customer reviews

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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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  • 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 (40 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B008NNY88Q
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #48,565 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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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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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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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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Fantastic! I just watched it after not seeing it since I was 7 or 8..33yr now. There are some really funny parts in this movie and some parts that make you cry..well maybe just me lol. There was some of this movie I forgot about and seeing it again made me realize just how good it was. I know my daughter will love this when she watches it..shes not 2 yet so she probably wouldnt sit still. I recommend this as a good family movie.
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By Wolfrott on December 13, 2012
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Took the studio long enough, but here it is. An underrated classic. The best part?

This DVD has been digitally remastered. Yes, retuned and cleaned up.. Except for some minor tracking lines during the instrumental intro, the rest of the film is flawless. It feels like I have watched it for he first time, even though I was too young to remember my first viewing nearly 2 decades ago. Nobody makes animated features like one anymore. Heidi's Song has a special place in my heart.

Also: yes, my copy plays on my Toshiba laptop. No problems here.
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I saw this movie back when I was 4 years old. My mom recorded it off of the TV unfortunetly the tape wore out over the years as it became my favorite movie. I have waited for almost 24 years for it to be released again. I now have two little girls of my own who really love this movie as much as I did. The picture is fantastic just as I remember it being. Best movie of its time. Its truly a heart warming story and perfect for all ages!!!
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I must've watched it more than a 100 times when I was a little girl! The music is wonderful, the animation smooth for its day, the voice acting is great! Heidi's great determination to be cheerful and always make the best of her situation is what makes her character admirable! When I was little, I'd always enjoyed the dream sequence because of all the imaginative creatures and bright colors. I still found myself laughing at the ballroom ghost sequence and I was still smiling by the end of this rich cartoon.

This last year I began searching for it and found the VHS offered on Amazon. But I wanted the DVD. My waiting was rewarded. :) And it was at a lower price! Made it even better.

There is a lot of singing in it (8 songs or so). But the story of how one little girl changes several lives by her positive outlook and kind nature is more than worth it!

Family appropriate. :)
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