Before there was /r/wholesomememes there was Pooh. Winnie the Pooh and friends were a staple of many people’s childhoods whether it was an animated Disney series or a storybook Pooh was there. And now in the new Disney film Christopher Robin your old friend has returned and headed straight for the big screen and he is bringing the feels.
Originally created by A.A. Milne in 1926 the new Christopher Robin (Pooh’s human friend) embraces the period being set mid-1900s. Christopher Robin played by Ewan McGregor having left Pooh and the Hundred Acre Woods to go to boarding school has grown up. After the death of his father and then going to war General Kenobi now an efficiency manager at a luggage company with a family of his own married to Agent Carter/Hayley Atwell. And just like Pooh, with the stress of work and having seemingly lost touch with his inner child, Pooh returns to help his now grown up friend Christopher Robin.
And that is pretty much all you need to know about the new Christopher Robin movie walking in. There is no big bad or sense of urgency in the film, while there is a plot which involves Kenobi’s job and a presentation all of those things quickly become secondary as soon as Pooh and friends hit the screen, with Pooh appearing when Christopher Robin seemingly needing to remember what being happy was like but Pooh needing CR’s help to find his friends.
While it does not feel like a huge special effects movie we cannot short change how good all the residents of the Hundred Acre Woods look like. With Pooh, Piglet, Eeyore, Tigger, Kanga and Roo all appearing as living stuffed animals with finer stitching being clearly visible, only Owl and Rabbit (Rabbit being voiced by the 13th Doctor – Peter Capaldi) resembling ‘real’ animals.
While on the topic of voices Christopher Robin does double down on the feels with the Jim Cummings the voice of Tigger and Pooh since the 1988 cartoon (and Darkwing Duck) returning for both. The end result is if you grew up with Winnie the Pooh cartoons, we are afraid this review may not adequately be preparing for the level of feels you will be having.
So should you go see it? Christopher Robin is not an adventure film, or a drama, or buddy cop movie, it’s just a big helping of Winnie the Pooh from your childhood returning to make you feel good about the world. While the movie might be called Christopher Robin the new Winnie the Pooh movie is like the feeling you get from a cup of hot chocolate in the middle of winter.
Christopher Robin is bringing the feels to Australian cinemas from today.