Common Sense Note
Parents need to know that this charming Shirley Temple classic should provide wholesome and exciting entertainment across generations. There are very few issues of concern, expect for some stern and briefly menacing behavior toward the child, but the messages of positivity will shine through. Besides the entertainment value, parents and children can discuss how Shirley Temple was one of the first child stars of the silver screen, and how she compares to today's kid celebs.
In one scene, comic pratfalls abound as characters slip and slide on a floor. Early in the film, the grandfather pulls out a large knife and looks menacing towards Heidi, but merely turns and uses the knife to cut his bread.
The movie promotes the idea that it's best to be kind and cheerful and those around you will be inspired to act that way as well. Also that the bonds of love and family can help people overcome their problems.
Drugs / Tobacco /
Both the grandfather and the chief of police are seen smoking pipes.