Tokyopop Releases Cinemanga for Pooh's Heffalump Movie


Los Angeles, CA (March 31, 2005) – TOKYOPOP Inc., the #1 publisher of manga in the U.S., and Disney Publishing Worldwide present an all-new exciting adventure from the Hundred-Acre Wood when Pooh's Heffalump Movie Cine-Manga book arrives in stores everywhere this summer. Releasing day and date with Buena Vista Home Entertainment's DVD, Pooh's Heffalump Movie Cine-Manga is a delightfully funny, lushly illustrated family adventure that teaches children the important lesson of tolerance and the true meaning of friendship. Delivered in TOKYOPOP's trademarked Cine-Manga format, the book version will present the story's charming dynamics and endearing plotline with vivid screen captures and manga-style word balloons.

When awakened by a rumbling that could only be made by the much-feared Heffalump, Pooh, Piglet and Tigger set out to capture the creature. Disregarded as far too young to take part in such a dangerous expedition, Roo opts to search on his own—with far better success than his friends. In meeting a young and friendly Heffalump named “Lumpy,” Roo quickly learns an important lesson: Heffalumps are nothing like he's been told, and he has much more to gain by befriending Lumpy than fearing him. Roo and Lumpy strike up a sweet friendship and work together to dispel the unfounded fears of their respective friends and family.

“Winnie the Pooh and friends are renowned for teaching children terrific life lessons,” said TOKYOPOP's Senior Editor of Cine-Manga, Elizabeth Hurchalla, “TOKYOPOP is honored to bring this sweet educational story to young readers in an entirely new format.”

As the largest English-language publisher of manga in the world, TOKYOPOP is hailed as a leading youth-oriented entertainment brand. TOKYOPOP's innovative product extensions include its pioneering Cine-Manga® book format, which features colorful flavors of pop culture's hottest films, television shows and music videos. The company has expanded its property reach beyond publishing—TOKYOPOP's television series have been broadcast in the United States on Cartoon Network, Showtime and G4Media, and are released on DVD, with consumer products available at all major retail outlets. The company's global reach has recently expanded to Europe, with new offices in the UK and Germany, in addition to its Los Angeles and Tokyo operations. With nearly 28 million books in print, TOKYOPOP's award-winning catalogue of licensed and original properties features more than 200,000 pages of manga compiled over nearly 1,000 manga volumes. Visit for additional information.

About Disney Publishing Worldwide
Disney Publishing Worldwide (DPW) is the largest children's publisher in the world, with 274 million copies of children's magazines sold worldwide and 120 million children's books sold each year. A leading comics publisher, Disney Publishing has been producing comics since 1930, with over 340 regular titles read in more than 80 countries around the globe. DPW is based in New York City.

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