Great news 1980s animation fans, the long overdue release of 1982’s Heidi’s Song is finally a reality thanks to the Warner Archive. This Hanna-Barbera musical feature was a big hit in my house when I was growing up. I am pretty sure I only saw it once, maybe twice, but it left a very positive impression and seeing it now I know why. The movie is well animated, has great music by Sammy Cahn and Burton Lane and brings some serious voice talent to the party, including Lorne Greene as Grandfather, Margery Gray as Heidi and Sammy Davis Jr. as King Rat.
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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.