Charming New Photos From Disney's CHRISTOPHER ROBIN Shows Pooh, Tigger, Piglet, and Eeyore
I recently had the opportunity to see some new footage from Disney's upcoming film Christopher Robin, which Winnie the Pooh fans are going to flip over! The footage that was screened was part of the behind-the-scenes video that was shared, and I'm happy to say that the movie looks absolutely charming.
Now, thanks to EW, we have two new photos from the film to share with you and they offer us the first official look at all of the other iconic characters from Hundred Acre Wood. Those characters include Winnie the Pooh (Jim Cummings), Tigger (Chris O’Dowd), Eeyore (Brad Garrett), and Piglet (Nick Mohammed). As you can see above, they are out of their element and sunbathing on the beach!
Ewan McGregor stars as the grown-up version of Christopher Robin. The story is set in the year is 1949, and now "he’s an efficiency manager at a luggage company, tasked with finding the resources to prevent many of his workers from being laid off. That will mean missing the vacation he has planned with his wife, Evelyn (Hayley Atwell), and young daughter, Madeline (Bronte Carmichael). They’re heading to the Hundred Acre Wood while he’s stuck in London with work, when he gets a visit from his old friend Pooh. But he’s not the same person Pooh remembers."
When talking about the film McGregor said:
"In those older stories, [Christopher Robin] purveys a lot of wisdom through the way he deals with Pooh. Pooh and Eeyore run through a lot of philosophical questions, and Christopher Robin is there to answer them somehow. And I think, largely, he’s just lost any of that childish wisdom and he’s a bit stuck. He’s just very work-minded and doesn’t have any time for play. I suppose that’s what the film is about: finding his relationship with his younger self again."
It's explained that Christopher Robin is trying to do the right thing by the other families who are counting on him, even if that means putting his own family aside:
"I like that about him, that he is fighting for a greater good, not just for his own ego. It made sense, if he’d been through the war experience, he would just have experienced being responsible, literally, for men’s lives. And now he’s come back and he’s responsible for men and women’s livelihoods."
I do love that Christopher grew up to be a good big-hearted man. When expanding on the character a little more director Marc Forster (Finding Neverland) had this to say:
"He’s a mixture of toddler and old man, when you read the books and watch the animation. He has these Poohisms that land, but they are totally absurd. It always reminded me a little of Peter Sellers’ character Chauncey Gardiner from Being There."
As a fan of Winnie the Pooh, of course, I'm excited to see this movie! Christopher Robin will be released August 3rd.