The Pulse of Entertainment: The Journey of Christopher Robin and Winnie-the-Pooh
Continues in a Marvelous Tale Starring Ewan McGregor
"The key for me was to have the animals' material to feel used and
hugged," said Director Marc Forster (Quantum of Solace) of the Winnie-the-Pooh characters in the Walt Disney Studios
presentation of Christopher Robin to arrive in theatres August 3, 2018. "As a child this character (Winnie-the-Pooh)
was like a warm blanket."
Forster did just that because the
Winnie-the-Pooh characters in Christopher Robin, which included Pooh Bear, Eeyore (the donkey), Piglet,
Rabbit, Kanga (kangaroo), Roo (a joey, child of Kanga) and Tigger (the tiger), visually
looked used and loved by the young Christopher Robin. In this continuation of the tale
of Christopher Robin and Winnie-the-Pooh Walt Disney offers a marvelous journey for all. Robin is
now all grown up with a wife, played by Hayley Atwell (Ant-Man) and a daughter, played by Bronte Carmichael. However
it seems Christopher has lost his sense of fun and adventure because he is consumed by
work. Golden Globe winner Ewan McGregor (Star Wars: The Force Awakens) excellently metamorphose
into the Christopher Robin - as an adult.
"There is a lot of philosophy in Pooh," said Ewan about the legacy
of the Winnie-the-Pooh character. One of Pooh's philosophies is there is something to be gained
by doing nothing. "I finally took a break this year (after filming Christopher Robin) and I liked it. It took
me 47 years to get here."
This marvelous journey of Christopher Robin finds him a workaholic who, without Pooh, can't seem to find his sense
of fun. As a result his daughter Madeline (Carmichael) has no clue what fun is. His wife
Evelyn (Atwell/Avengers: Age of Ultron) is very sweet in her attempt to get him to see
past his work by planning a trip back to his childhood home, but work beckons Christopher
and so he can't make the trip. However, he is meant to be there because Christopher finds himself back home via
a secret passage way that Pooh enters finding himself with the grown up Robin. This begins the marvelous
journey for us all back to our imagination where fun lives.
I had Ewan and Hayley reminiscing on childhood experiences with the
Winnie-the-Pooh tales and Ewan said, "I had them read to me and I grew up with them
as a child."
Hayley added, "...and I had them on cassette tape and I would listen
The iconic Jim Cummings (The
Lion King) voiced Winnie-the-Pooh and Tigger; the very funny Emmy winning Brad Garrett (Stuart Little, Garfield)
voiced Eeyore; Academy Award winner Peter Capaldi (Paddington) voiced Rabbit; Golden Globe nominated
Toby Jones (Captain America) voiced Owl; Nick Mohammed voiced Piglet; Academy Award nominated
Sophie Okonedo (Hotel Rwanda) voiced Kanga, and Sara Sheen voiced Roo. Brigham Taylor
and Kristin Burr were producers on the Walt Disney Pictures, 2DUX2 production.
Christopher Robin also stars Mark Gatiss, Oliver Ford Davies, Katy Carmichael, Matt Berry, Simon Farnaby and
Tristan Sturrock. The script was written by Alex Ross Perry and Allison Schroeder and
is based on the characters from Disney's "Winnie-the-Pooh" by Disney Animated
Studios, A. A. Mine and E. H. Shepard (1966). www.movies.disney.com/Christopher-Robin
COLUMN: Eunice Moseley, has an estimated weekly readership of over ¼ million with The Pulse
of Entertainment. She is also a Public Relations Strategist and Business Management
Consultant at Freelance Associates, and is Promotions Director (at-large) for The
Baltimore Times. www.ThePulseofEntertainment.com. EVENT: 19th annual "Uplifting Minds II" Free Entertainment Conference (Baltimore on Sat April
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