“Heidi” is one of those weird kid Lit adaptations. For those that weren’t forced to read a lot of International Literature as students, the original Heidi was kinda scary and rough. Every American film and related adaptation made things cute. While elements of this 2015 German version are cute, they show what lies at the heart of the story. An elderly hermit is raising a young girl in the middle of nowhere. She’s a rough wild child with an ease herding goats.
When she’s forced into German City life, she can’t quite make the connection. By connection, I mean she’s an orphan being forced to realign her life for the second or third time. There are a ton of goofy people trying to help Heidi adapt. But, the girl wants her grandfather and goats. My kid enjoyed it and I’m sure that most kids will be able to sit through a viewing.
- 2.40:1 standard definition transfer
- Dolby 5.1