In the heartwarming live action adventure Disney’s “Christopher Robin,” the young boy who embarked on countless adventures in the Hundred Acre Wood with his band of spirited and lovable stuffed animals, has grown up and lost his way. Now it is up to his childhood friends to venture into our world and help Christopher Robin remember the loving and playful boy who is still inside. Now grown up, Christopher Robin is stuck in a job where he is overworked, underpaid and facing an uncertain future. He has a family of his own, but his work has become his life, leaving little time for his wife and daughter. Christopher has all but forgotten his idyllic childhood spent with a simple-minded, honey-loving stuffed bear and his friends. But when he is reunited with Winnie the Pooh, now tattered and soiled from years of hugs and play, their friendship is rekindled, reminding Christopher of the endless days of childlike wonder and make believe that defined his youth, when doing nothing was considered the very best something. Following an unfortunate mishap with Christopher Robin’s briefcase, Pooh and the rest of the gang including Piglet, Eeyore and Tigger, step out of the forest and venture into London to return the crucial possessions…because best friends will always be there for you.
What We Thought:
As I was watching Disney’s Christopher Robin I was comparing it to last year’s Goodbye Christopher Robin (which if you haven’t seen it, it’s delightful). Because I liked that movie so much, I was comparing this new film to that and was having a hard time with the storylines/time frame. Things happening to Christopher Robin (like going to war) weren’t happening the same way as the other movie so I was a bit confused. Winnie the Pooh became a hit book/series from A.A. Milne when his son was a boy and it was based on his son and his toys. Everyone immediately knew Pooh and Christopher Robin, but in this movie, no one does and it confused me a bit.
Then after the screening I was talking to a fellow press member and it all made sense. I was dumb. This movie is about the CHARACTER named Christopher Robin not the real life boy. No one knows who he is and no one knows Pooh and pals because this film is those characters later on. It’s about a grown up Christopher Robin, not a grown up real life Christopher Robin. Once I put that all together I actually enjoyed the movie quite a bit. Again, I was dumb.
Ewan McGregor plays a grown up adult Christopher Robin who works for a company that makes luggage. He works too much, doesn’t spend enough time with his wife and daughter and must find a way to save money or some of his employees will be let go. Meanwhile The Hundred Acre Wood is gray and Winnie the Pooh can’t find his friends so he sets out to find his old friend Christopher Robin.
Once the interaction with Pooh and Christopher Robin happens the film becomes incredibly charming. He returns to The Hundred Acre Wood to help Pooh find his friends and McGregor is fantastic with the animals. He returns home for a meeting, but his important papers aren’t in his briefcase and Pooh, Tigger, Piglet and Eeyore with help from Christopher Robin’s daughter try to save the day.
That is when the movie is at its best. All the characters we grew up with come to life and have an adventure in London. Eeyore (voiced by Brad Garrett) absolutely steals the film. If you love Eeyore, you will love him here. All the characters have a good look in live action and Pooh himself looks very huggable. Whoever designed the characters did a great job because they look vintage yet also cute and very playable.
Once I was able to piece together what the movie was (and wasn’t) I was able to have a different opinion on it. I first thought it was baffling and not sure who the target audience was. Then I thought about Disney’s Christopher Robin, put it all together and realized it’s a delightful and charming film with adorable animals and great live action cast.
Cast & Crew:
Ewan McGregor, Hayley Atwell, Bronte Carmichael, Mark Gatiss. With the Voices of: Jim Cummings, Brad Garrett, Toby Jones, Nick Mohammed, Peter Capaldi, Sophie Okonedo
Recommended If You Like:
- Goodbye Christopher Robin
- Winnie the Pooh!