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Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Heidi's Song DVD Review

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Heidi's Song DVD Review

Synopsis: Johanna Spyri’s best-loved children’s classic, Heidi, is affectionately retold in this colorful, full-length animated musical motion picture. The famed story has been supplemented with three new, unforgettable sequences: a musical review, The Nightmare Ballet, in which Heidi meets the mountain creatures of the Wunderhorn; a dream fantasy in which Clara, Heidi’s wheelchair confined friend, meets her Prince Charming at a fantastic ball; and Ode to a Rat, in which a band of evil but clownish rats, led by King Rat, are roused into attacking Heidi in a dark cellar. Voices are provided by Lorne Greene as Grandfather, Margery Gray as Heidi and Sammy Davis, Jr. as King Rat. Sixteen original songs were written by lyricist Sammy Cahn and composer Burton Lane. Heidi’s Song has all the elements to make a thoroughly enjoyable film that children will cherish a lifetime.

Review: In the tradition of fanciful, but somewhat dark, 1980s animated films, 1985's Heidi's Song is a wonderful children's tale of love, devotion and friendship.  This all but lost animated feature hasn't been seen on home video since the mid-80s VHS release!  Now, the Warner Archive has brought it back for a new generation to enjoy and for we that are now adults to relive.  There were a lot of animated features back in the 70s and 80s that pushed the bar and could now be considered a little creepy....a little twisted.   While this one doesn't top that pile, it certainly falls into the realm.   The video transfer on the DVD is phenominal...the film looks better than ever and it was great to see it again after all these years.

Interest Range: Vintage Animation