Disney’s Christopher Robin, and Rediscovering the Joy of Imagination!

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Golden Globe Nominated Director Marc Forster (Finding Neverland) once again brings fantasy to reality in Disney’s Christopher Robin. Christopher Robin is neither a reboot or a revision but rather a continuation of the story of the boy Christopher Robin and his friends Owl, Kanga, Roo, Rabbit, Piglet, Eeyore, Winnie the Pooh and Tigger too.

Ewan McGregor (Moulin Rouge and Star Wars Revenge of the Sith) plays the adult Christopher Robin who after years of being away from his childhood friends from the 100 Acre Woods has become a boring adult that has lost his imagination and is in the process of losing both his family and his job. The film begins with Christopher Robin as boy the day before he is sent away from his friends and off to a boarding school. From there we follow him as he grows into a man, falls in love, goes to war, and even has a child of his own.

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We see all of the major events in his life that not only shape him into the man he becomes. The thing about these major life events is that while they made him a man, they also made the imagination of the boy he was fade away. This affects his family as his wife Evelyn (Hayley Atwell from Captain America The First Avenger and Agent Carter) and his daughter Madeline (Bronte Carmichael from the upcoming show Nightflyers) are being pushed away as Christopher spends the majority of his time focused on work. But he is a workaholic out of necessity alone; he simply wants to be able to take care of his family. One weekend Christopher has planned to get away with his family, he is called to work and has what he believes is a mental breakdown when he is visited by his friend the silly old bear Winnie the Pooh. On a journey to find Pooh’s friends, win his family back, and save his job, Christopher Robin also is on a journey to rediscover something he lost a long time ago: his joy and imagination.

The live action cast is joined by the vocal talents of Jim Cummings (voice of Tigger and Winnie the Pooh), Brad Garrett (voice of Eeyore and one of the stars of Everybody Love Raymond), Nick Mohammed (voice of Piglet), Peter Capaldi (the Twelfth Doctor Who and voice of Rabbit), Sara Sheen (voice of Roo), Sophie Okonedo (voice of Kanga) and Toby Jones (Captain America The First Avenger and voice of Owl). And while the live action cast is wonderfully talented, the film is stolen by these voice actors who, along with the amazingly talented special effects team, breathe magical life into the characters of the 100 Acre Woods.

While watching the film there were true moments that I questioned if what I saw was CG or live puppetry. The animated fibers have the most realistic movements that you would make you believe these “stuffed dolls” were alive. While watching the characters up close, you see how their facial gestures are both incredibly subtle and yet inexplicably expressive. The way the animators are able to convey such emotion in a CG stuffed animal is mind blowing. These animated characters’ performances are so touching and emotionally inspiring that they are sure not to leave a dry eye in the house. In particular, the facial expressions and scenes with Pooh himself will bring out the inner child in everyone who grew up with these beloved characters.

The stories of Winnie the Pooh and his friends were stories for children and the film Christopher Robin is a wonderful story that speaks to that child in us as well as our own children with whom we can share this magical and family friendly experience.

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CHRISTOPHER ROBIN is now playing in theatres everywhere! This is the perfect family film to end the summer! Get your tickets now!

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