Theatrical release poster
|Directed by||Robert Taylor|
by Johanna Spyri
|Music by||Hoyt S. Curtin|
|Edited by||Greg V. Watson|
|Distributed by||Paramount Pictures|
Heidi's Song is a 1982 American animated musical feature film produced by Hanna-Barbera. The film is based on the novel Heidi by Johanna Spyri. Among the voice cast are Lorne Greene as Grandfather, Margery Gray as Heidi and Sammy Davis Jr. as Head Ratte. It is one of only four movies Hanna-Barbera ever made that did not feature their trademark characters (along with Charlotte's Web, C.H.O.M.P.S, and Once Upon a Forest).
The film was released on November 19, 1982 and distributed theatrically in North America by Paramount Pictures.
An orphaned girl named Heidi is sent to live with her paternal grandfather by her maternal Aunt Dete, who has been looking after Heidi since she was a baby. Heidi's grandfather initially dislikes having Heidi around because she interferes in his routine. But when grandfather hurts his leg, Heidi helps nurse him back to health, and during this time the two bond together. Heidi meets the local goatherd, a boy named Peter, and often goes with him and the village's goats on their daily grazing trips higher up the Swiss mountain.
On day, however, Heidi's Aunt Dete arrives to take Heidi away again, saying that a wealthy family in Frankfurt, Germany, wants Heidi to come live with them. Heidi's grandfather reluctantly lets her go.
Heidi arrives at the house in Frankfurt, where she learns she's supposed to become the companion of a wealthy but invalid girl named Klara. Klara's Governess and guardian Fräulein Rottenmeier disapproves of Heidi's simple country ways, but Klara likes Heidi and insists that she stays. Heidi brings joy into Klara's life, especially when she gives Klara a basket of kittens as a present. When Rottenmeier discovers the kittens, Heidi is locked in the rat-infested basement.
Peter and the country animals come to Heidi's rescue. Together with Klara, the three travel to the Wunderhorn without telling Rottenmeier. At this time, Klara's father returns to Frankfurt after being away on business, and is angered that his daughter has disappeared. He immediately leaves for the Wunderhorn, and this time Rottenmeier and the butler Sebastian take the opportunity to flee.
The three children travel up the mountain, but Klara stops halfway so that Heidi can run on ahead without pushing her wheelchair. Heidi runs ahead and is joyfully reunited with her grandfather. Back halfway down the mountain, Klara's kitten Snowball is attacked by a hawk. Klara crawls out of her wheelchair and uses a stick to fight off the hawk. Klara then discovers that she is able to stand. Klara's father arrives and together they celebrate Klara's mobility and Heidi's return.
- Lorne Greene as Grandfather
- Margery Gray as Heidi
- Fritz Feld as Sebastian
- Joan Gerber as Rottenmeier
- Pamelyn Ferdin as Klara
- Roger DeWitt as Peter
- Virginia Gregg as Aunt Dete
- Richard Erdman as Herr Sessmann
- Michael Bell as Willie
- Janet Waldo as Tinette
- Peter Cullen as Gruffle
- Frank Welker as Schnoddle/Hootie
- Michael Winslow as the Mountain voice
- Sammy Davis Jr. as Head Ratte
- Associate Producer: Iwao Takamoto
- Production Supervisor: Jayne Barbera
- Original Recording: Richard Olson
- Special Scheduling: Art Scott
- Supervising Editors: Larry C. Cowan, Pat Foley
- Film Editor: Greg Watson
- Promotional Art Directors: Ed Aardal, Robert Alvarez, Frank Andrina, Colin Baker, Ed Barge, Gabor Csupo, Charlie Downs, Lee Dyer, Volus Jones, George Kreisl, Fred Moore, George Nicholas, Ed Parks, Don Patterson, Ray Patterson, Irv Spence, Cecil Surry, Paul Terry, Carl Urbano, Carlo Vinci, Allen Wilzbach, Allen Wilzbach, James T. Walker, John Walker, Xenia, Woody Yocum
- Assistant Art Director: Vanessa Coffey
- Graphics: Xavier Atencio, Don Foster, Don Hahn, T. Hee, John Jensen, Bill Justice, Volus Jones, George Kreisl, Rudy Larriva, Fred Moore, Art Stevens
- Model Design: Ed Aardal, Frank Andrina, Colin Baker, Ed Barge, Rudy Caldwell, Charlie Downs, Hugh Fraser, Bob Goe, Harry Holt, Volus Jones, George Kreisl, Rudy Larriva, Gary Mooney, Bill Nunes, Bob Orrantia, Ed Parks, Don Patterson, Ray Patterson, George Rowley, Cecil Surry, Harvye Toombs, Dick Ung, Frans Vischer, Wendell Washer, Alan Young, Hans Zimmer
- Storyboard Directors: Ed Aardal, Robert Alvarez, Hal Ambro, Frank Andrina, Colin Baker, Ed Barge, Carl Bell, Lee Dyer, Hugh Fraser, George Germanetti, Bob Goe, Harry Holt, John Jensen, Patricia Joy, George Kreisl, Rudy Larriva, Fred Moore, Ken Muse, Bill Nunes, Bob Orrantia, Ed Parks, Don Patterson, Ray Patterson, Bill Peet, George Rowley, Cree Summer, Art Stevens, Harvey Toombs, Carl Urbano, Frans Vischer, Wendell Washer, Xenia, Woody Yocum, Alan Young, Alan Zaslove, Mark Zaslove
- In Charge of Production: Les Goldman
- Supervising Animation Directors: John Jensen, George Kreisl, Rudy Larriva, Ed Love, Tony Love, Ken Muse, George Nicholas, Bob Orrantia, Ed Parks, Don Patterson, Ray Patterson, George Rowley, Art Stevens
- Layout Supervisor: Don Morgan
- Assistant Layout Supervisors: John Jensen, Art Stevens
- Key Layout: John Tucker
- Layout Artists: Hal Ambro, Mary Blair, Bruce Bushman, Al Budnick, Don DaGradi, Oscar Dufau, Robert Givens, Yale Gracey, David High, Dave Hoffman, Jack Huber, Ray Jacobs, John Jensen, Volus Jones, Bill Justice, Bill Keil, George Kreisl, Fred Moore, Don Morgan, Ken Muse, Judy Niver, Ernest Nordli, Bob Orrantia, Ed Parks, Don Patterson, Ray Patterson, Paul Sommer, Art Stevens, Paul Terry, Carl Urbano, Frans Vischer, Wendell Washer
- Supervising Animators: Hal Ambro, Charlie Downs
- Animators: Hal Ambro, Carl Bell, O.E. Callahan, Gabor Csupo, Lee Dyer, Hugh Fraser, George Germanetti, Bob Goe, John Jensen, Volus Jones, Bill Justice, George Kreisl, Rudy Larriva, Bill Litteljohn, Fred Moore, Ken Muse, George Nicholas, Bill Nunes, Bob Orrantia, Ed Parks, Don Patterson, Ray Patterson, Tom Ray, Phil Roman, Paul Sommer, Irv Spence, Art Stevens, Cecil Surry, Carlo Vinci, Ben Washam, Xenia, Woody Yocum, Jack Zander
- Additional Animation: Dick Bickenbach, Pete Burness, Shamus Culhane, Philip DeGuard, Al Eugster, George Gordon, Al Grandmain, Ken Harris, Emery Hawkins, Michael Lah, Bill Littlejohn, Ken Muse, Don Morgan, Ray Patterson, Manuel Perez, Tom Ray, Phil Roman, Irv Spence
- Co-Animator: Morey Reden
- Effects Animation: Harry Love, A.C. Gamer, Al Grandmain, Bill Tytla
- Background Supervision: Philip DeGuard, Al Gmuar
- Background Art Direction: Ron Clements, Philip DeGuard, Volus Jones, Bill Justice, George Kreisl, Ed Love, Fred Moore, John Musker, Harvey Toombs
- Background Design: Volus Jones, George Kreisl
- Background Keys: Xavier Atencio, Volus Jones, Bill Justice, George Kreisl, Fred Moore
- Background Painters: Hal Ashmead, Philip DeGuard, Joseph Dommerque, Jules Engel, John Ford, Robert Gentle, John Didrik Johnson, Jac Kinney, Robert Little, Anton Loeb, Shane Miller, Montealegre, Ken Muse, Rosemary O'Connor, Art Riley, Thelma Witmer, Irv Wyner
- Additional Background Painters: Jules Engel, Rosemary O'Connor, Philip DeGuard
- Assistant Background Painters: Irv Wyner, George Kreisl
- Video Cameraman: Ed Aardal, Hal Ambro, Carl Bell, Ed Barge, Hugh Fraser, Bob Goe, Harry Holt, Volus Jones, Bill Justice, Milt Kahl, George Kreisl, Fred Moore, Ken Muse, Bill Nunes, Bob Orrantia, Ed Parks, Don Patterson, Ray Patterson, Fred Quimby, Tom Ray, George Rowley, Paul Sommer, Art Stevens, Paul Terry, Carl Urbano, Frans Vischer, Wendell Washer
- Camera Supervisor: Jerry Mills
- Title Design: Iraj Paran, Tom Wogatzke
- Cameramen: Wally Bulloch, Jim Dixon, Nick Vasu, Jack Stevens, Roy Hutchcroft, Duane Keegan
- Color Key Supervisor: Norman Deming
- Color Key: Phyllis Craig
- Inking and Painting Supervisors: James Stewart, Hedy Lamarr
- Inkers/Painters: Britt Allcroft, Steve Asquith, Ben Cain, Michael Dixon, Bob Gauld Gaillers, Nashreen Kahn, Lee Lighting, Andrea MacArthur, David Mitton, Terry Permane
- Xerox: Star Wirth
- Shipping Coordinator: Kevin Shaw
- Dubbing Supevisor: Pat Foley
- Music Editor: Joe Sandusky
- Effects Editors: Horta Editorial, Sue Brown, Catherine MacKenzie, Terry Moore, Joe Sandusky
- Re-Recording: Todd-A.O.
- Re-Recording Mixer: Chris Jenkins
- Negative Consultant: William DeBoer, Jr.
- Post Production Superviosr: Joed Eaton
- Post Production Manager: Joed Eaton
- Titles: Westheimer Company
- (c) 1982 Hanna-Barbera Productions, Inc. All Rights Reserved
Home media releases
The film was first released on VHS in 1985 by Worldvision Home Video. GoodTimes Home Video (under their Kids Klassics label) re-release the film on VHS in 1988. Turner Home Entertainment gave the film one final VHS re-release in 1998. Warner Home Video released the film to DVD for the first time on July 31, 2012 through the Warner Archive.
- ↑ http://www.boxofficemojo.com/movies/?id=heidissong.htm
- ↑ "Heidi's Song". Retrieved 24 July 2012.
- Heidi's Song at the Internet Movie Database
- Heidi's Song at the Big Cartoon DataBase