By Mary Cox
I have to post a caveat I LOVE Winnie-the-Pooh stories and I almost always love Disney movies (A WRINKLE IN TIME being the only exception). So naturally, I was really looking forward to this film! I was NOT disappointed. “Christopher Robin” is a wonderful heartwarming film for the whole family.
Although the film starts with Christopher Robin (Orton O’Brien) as a boy about to leave for boarding school, this is really the story of the grown-up Christopher Robin, (Ewan McGregor), who has forgotten what is important.
Christopher Robin now has a wife, (Hayley Atwell) and a daughter, Madeline, (Bronte Carmichael). Madeline is always disappointed when her father reneges on his promises to spend time with the family.
Christopher Robin works at the Winslow Luggage Factory that is losing money. His boss, Giles Winslow, (Mark Gatiss), has charged him to reduce the costs 20% on a weekend he was to go to the country with his family.
WinnIe-the-Pooh and the whole 100 acre woods menagerie, Winnie, Tigger, Kanga, and Eeyore re-enter Christopher Robin’s life.
Jim Cummings voices Winnie-the-Pooh and Tigger. Brad Garrett, who is the voice of Eeyore, has some of the funniest lines in the film.
The animation that interacts with live actors is phenomenal but you would expect no less from Disney and director Marc Foster who directed “Monster’s Ball,” “Quantum of Solace,” and “World War Z.”
The Screenplay was written by Alex Ross Perry, Tom McCarthy, and Allison Schroeder. The story is by Greg Brooker and Mark Steven Johnson based on characters created by A.A. Milne.
Johann Johannson did the score but died two years before the film was completed. “Christopher Robin” was dedicated to his memory.
I love this film. It is a trip back to childhood and the 100 acre wood. The cinematography is so beautiful so seeing this on the big screen makes it so much better.