Heidi (1995 film)

Originally released directly to video in 1995, Heidi is a 49-minute animated adventure film based on the classic story of Heidi by Johanna Spyri. The film was produced by Jetlag Productions and it was distributed on DVD in 2002 by GoodTimes Entertainment, as part of their "Collectible Classics" line.[1][2]

Directed byToshi Hiruma, Takashi
Produced byJennifer Blohm
Mark Taylor
Written byJohanna Spyri (author)
Jack Olesker
Based onHeidi by Johanna Spyri
Distributed byGoodTimes Entertainment
Release date
  • 1995 (1995) (U.S.)
Running time
49 minutes
United States


The story begins when Heidi, a little five-year-old girl, is brought up to the Swiss Alps by her Aunt Dete, who took care of the little girl ever since the passing of her two parents. Dete leaves Heidi with her grandfather, who lives alone up in the mountains, and though at first the old man refuses, Dete insists and he finally agrees to take her in but sends Dete away discourteously. Heidi's sweet, innocent nature slowly wins the heart of her grandfather and they soon grow fond of each other. Heidi wonders about every aspect of her new life in the mountains and has questions about all sorts of things. She befriends Peter, a young boy slightly older than she, whose job it is to lead the many goats up to the mountains every day. However, just as Heidi decides that she could never love anything more than life up in the mountains, Dete returns to take her away from her grandfather and to the city of Frankfurt in Germany, where she expects the girl to serve as a companion for the Sessemann's invalid daughter Clara. Though she misses her grandfather and the goats dearly, once in Frankfurt, Heidi becomes the best of friends with Clara and is saddened by her inability to walk. After many conflicts with Madam Rottenmeier, the strict care-taker at the Sesseman's, at her birthday party, Clara gives Heidi what she thinks she wants most: a train ticket to Switzerland, to her grandfather and old friends. Another surprise awaits Heidi and her grandfather as Clara and her grandmother come to visit them up at their home in the mountains.[3]


  • "Start with a Smile"
  • "This is Home"
  • "The Very Best of Friends"[4]

See also


  1. "Heidi (1995)". imdb.com. Retrieved 12 December 2013.
  2. "Heidi (1995) Review". toptenreviews.com. Archived from the original on 21 November 2007. Retrieved 12 December 2013.
  3. "Heidi (I)(2005)". imdb.com. Retrieved 12 December 2013.
  4. "Jetlag Productions' Heidi - "Start With a Smile"". youtube.com. Retrieved 12 December 2013.

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