We all know and love Winnie the Pooh. Most of us young and old grew up with the character. He was a funny, charming, and adorable character. He had a honey addiction, but he always was wise. We learned many lessons as children watching Pooh and the other animals from the Hundred Acre Woods. We also know and love Christopher Robin. The boy who learned lessons from them as well. Well, this summer we will be able to gain a little more knowledge from the hundred acres characters.
Christopher Robin is a fantasy film based on a much older version of the character. He’s just come home from WWII and he’s not the same as he once was. He’s older, wiser, but he’s an adult. He has a wife, and a kid, but he also has to continue his service to the people. He’s lost his way in the world, but some old friends return to help him find himself again.
Christopher Robin was a real person. He was the son of the author A.A. Milne. The film and stories aren’t based on real things, but they are based on a real person.
Ewan McGregor who will star in this film spoke about his role:
“In those older stories, [Christopher Robin] purveys a lot of wisdom through the way he deals with Pooh. Pooh and Eeyore run through a lot of philosophical questions, and Christopher Robin is there to answer them somehow. And I think, largely, he’s just lost any of that childish wisdom and he’s a bit stuck. He’s just very work-minded and doesn’t have any time for play. I suppose that’s what the film is about: finding his relationship with his younger self again.”
He also speaks about Robin’s trying to be the good guy and do the right thing working in the world as a banker:
“I like that about him, that he is fighting for a greater good, not just for his own ego. It made sense, if he’d been through the war experience, he would just have experienced being responsible, literally, for men’s lives. And now he’s come back and he’s responsible for men and women’s livelihoods.”
Hayley Atwell also stars as his wife Evelyn. She spoke a bit about her role in the film as well:
“She’s worked in schematics. She designed planes. So, she was active in the war in that regard and had her own career,” This new man that returns from war represents the loss of the man that she married, but she sees him change when Pooh the bear comes back into his life. But, of course, she thinks he’s gone mad.”
We also get to see Pooh (Jim Cummings), Tigger (Chris O’dowd), Eeyore (Brad Garrett), and Piglet (Nick Mohammed). The seems like it will be heart-warming and amazing. The thing about the animals is that Christopher Robin is the only one that can see them. To everybody else, these animals look stuffed. I’m sure bringing these characters to life was a dream come true for director Marc
This was him speaking on the characters and how they work into the film:
Other people can see Pooh and the other woodland creatures. But they perceive them as stuffed animals. It’s not that they’re invisible. He’s a mixture of toddler and old man when you read the books and watch the animation. He has these Poohisms that land, but they are totally absurd. It always reminded me a little of Peter Sellers’ character Chauncey Gardiner from Being There.”
So Pooh will still be wise and caring. Christopher Robin will be trying to find his inner child and happiness. Evelyn will be trying to adjust back to her regular life after helping build planes during the war. Everything sounds interesting as the Disney film will likely be something that many of us can relate too.
Here are a few exclusive pictures courtesy of Entertainment Weekly:
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Christopher Robin walks with us in the Hundred Acre Woods on August 3rd!
Winnie-the-Pooh and friends reunite with old pal Christopher Robin — now an adult.