Heidi (1993)

Film reviews are subjective. I tend to rate films not according to how “perfect” they are, seem to be, or are said to be in general but rather to how perfect they are to me.

Heidi (1993)
Rated G. Drama, Period Film, Family Film

Description (from the film case): The classic story of Heidi, the lovable orphan who enriches the life of everyone she meets. After charming her reclusive grandfather and falling in love with the beautiful mountain he calls home, Heidi is uprooted and sent to Frankfurt where she befriends Klara, a young girl confined to a wheelchair. But the big city drains Heidi’s energy and spirit. Torn between her new friendship and her memory of life in the Alps, Heidi faces a difficult decision. And in time, she follows her heart and finds a miracle.

My thoughts: He, as a lover of action and psychological thriller-type films, made fun of us ladies for sitting down to watch a fluffy little movie like Heidi. And he kept on making fun–until he actually started watching along and eventually got as engrossed in it as we ladies were.

There’s real stuff here, real life stuff, well-conveyed: universal themes of love, friends, family, and home, and not just caricatures of them. A sweet family film, yes, but not so fluffy, after all.

My corresponding reading: Heidi by Johanna Spyri.


2018 Update: I knew for years that some scenes had been cut from the first version I saw of this movie. But I had no idea those scenes make up nearly a half hour of footage! I recently got a new copy of this movie with a longer runtime. While I appreciate how the edited version isn’t as slow in places, I like how the longer version fills up some holes of information and also adds a little more dimension to a few of the characters.


Heidi Grows Up by Charles Tritten

Book reviews are subjective. I tend to rate books not according to how “perfect” they are, seem to be, or are said to be in general but rather to how perfect they are to me.

Heidi Grows UpHeidi Grows Up by Charles Tritten

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Yes, I read and enjoy my share of children’s books, so the fact that this book is very much for children is not why it took me out of my reading comfort zone.

Can’t say I’ve ever been the biggest proponent of sequels written by people other than the authors of the preceding books. The sentiment is like, “Dear Sir or Madam, I know you’ve got your own ideas about where you wish the original author’s story would go, as countless readers do. But you’re simply not the author, and this simply isn’t your story to take over, especially not to the extent of a whole additional book.”

Yet, readers of Heidi had been pleading for years to know what happened to Heidi, Peter, Klara, Grandfather, and all the others after the close of the first book (well, originally, the first two books), and author Johanna Spyri had passed on, so what else was one of Spyri’s translators, Charles Tritten, to do? (More or less.) Besides, Heidi had closed with the chapter entitled “Parting to Meet Again,” or as it’s called in the Aladdin Classics copy I read, “Goodbye for the Present!”Heidi It’s only natural that a goodbye-for-the-present should eventually have to be followed by some sort of a hello-again.

Heidi Grows Up is a pleasant “Hello, again!” And while it’s likely that Spyri would’ve written it differently had she decided to continue the story in her own words before she passed, Tritten has done a good job of capturing the spirit of Heidi in his sequel.

I’m glad another Goodreads member recommended this book to me. I may have to go on to read the final book of the series one day, just to round it all out.