Anyone who knows me will know the words Winnie The Pooh will make me smile and the world is a better place when I am surrounded by all things Pooh Bear and friends (especially Eeyore). I am very protective of anything that ruins the wonderful world created by A.A. Milne and E.H. Shepard, so when it was announced that there was going to be live action treatment of Winnie the Pooh I had my concerns.
Yesterday Disney released the synopsis, the cast list, and the first teaser poster for Christopher Robin and I could already feel my cold dead heart starting to melt. The cast includes Ewan McGregor as the adult and disenchanted Christopher Robin, Hayley Atwell as his wife Evelyn, and Mark Gatiss as Robin’s boss Mr Winslow. The voice cast for Pooh and pals is even more exciting with Chris O’Dowd playing Tigger, Brad Garrett as Eeyore, Nick Mohammed as Piglet, Peter Capaldi as Rabbit, Sophie Okonedo as Kanga and most importantly Jim Cummings as Winnie the Pooh. Cummings has been the voice of the bear with very little brains for 30 years and even though Pooh looks a little different, the fact he will sound like everyone knows and love is the best thing for a film that didn’t have to be made.
The synopsis of the movie reads as follows:
No longer “the young boy who embarked on countless adventures in the Hundred Acre Wood with his band of spirited and lovable stuffed animals,” Christopher Robin “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.”
The premise of the movie sounds so wonderfully heartwarming, and let’s be honest the simple messages of Winnie the Pooh is probably something we could all do with right now. The movie poster didn’t fail to deliver on the image that everyone immediately thinks of when someone mentions Winnie the Pooh.
Earlier today (Tuesday) Disney upped their game and released the first teaser for the movie which will be released on August 3 and my heart exploded. It is everything fans could have hoped for and more, Pooh looked like Pooh, and he has a real E.H. Shepard feel to him which is perfect and most importantly he still sounds like Pooh but just like his best friend he is a little bit older. I will admit I cried with joy at the sight of Pooh stroking the face of his best friend saying “I don’t see any cracks, a few wrinkles maybe.”
I can’t wait to see the rest of the gang especially Tigger and Eeyore especially if they keep to the slightly old school feel which is present in Pooh. I can’t wait to book my ticket for my long-awaited return to the hundred acre wood this summer. The only question is will we get a glimpse of the classic theme tune.
Christopher Robin will open in theatres on August 3, 2018.