Among a myriad of Disney live-action remakes, Christoper Robin stands out among the pack as a rare opportunity for the studio to tell an original story, revolving around an all grown up Christopher Robin (Ewan McGregor). The loveable characters of the Hundred Acre Wood return for a new adventure in which Pooh bear, Christopher’s old childhood friend, finds a now middle-aged Christopher Robin burdened with the struggles of adult life that he may just need some of his former woodland friends to help him deal with, as much as they need him too.
Set in the year 1949, Robin now works as an efficiency manager at a luggage company, essentially meaning its up to him to make sure that as many people remain employed at the company as possible, which is made difficult to do by the greed of his Boss (Mark Gatiss). His problematic work life is only part of the problem however, as Christopher is also a WWII veteran traumatised by time in service on the battlefield. As a result of all this, his great sadness lies in the fact that he cannot spend much time with his wife Evelyn (Hayley Atwell) and daughter Madeline (Bronte Carmichael). It seems that Christopher is now in more need of Pooh than he ever was as a child.
Christopher is not the only one to have aged, as Winnie the Pooh (Jim Cummings), Piglet (Nick Mohammed), Tigger (Chris O’Dowd) and Eeyore (Brad Garrett) themselves have all become a little worn around the edges, with other people only being able to see them as regular old vintage children’s toys. Not to worry though, as the film’s new trailer shows that amidst the struggles of the titular character’s life there are many joyous moments to be shared with his old chums.
Official Synopsis & Trailer:
In the heartwarming live action adventure Disney’s “Christopher Robin,” the young boy who shared countless adventures with his band of lovable stuffed animals in the Hundred Acre Wood is now grown up and living in London but he has lost his way. Now it is up to his childhood friends to venture into our world and help Christopher Robin rediscover the joys of family life, the value of friendship and to appreciate the simple pleasures in life once again.
While many were initially worried about the way that the Hundred Acre Wood characters looked, once placed in context they seem to fit in perfectly with the overall look and feel of the film. Most importantly, there is a child-friendly warmth to them that will hopefully bring in both those of us who grew up with their stories, and today’s younger children too.
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Christopher Robin opens in theatres August 17th