The Christopher Robin movie opens nationwide today! You need to go see this movie: it is heartwarming in a wonderfully simplistic way, something perfect for these stressful times. Our hero, Winnie the Pooh, mysteriously re-enters Christopher Robins life at a time when he is most needed. Christopher Robin was losing sight of what matters most in this world: family, and Pooh’s simplistic, yet very wise guidance, helps Christopher Robin navigate the treacherous road of adulthood where we sometimes forget that our jobs are not the most important thing in the world.
Pooh’s guidance is simple, yet instructive. Zen like in it’s simplicity, with strong meaning and a lesson behind every phrase, filled with heart and wisdom:
-People say nothing is impossible but I do nothing every day.
-I always get to where I’m going by walking away from where I’ve been.
-Doing nothing often leads to the very best something.
-Christopher Robin to Pooh: There’s no opening here. Pooh: I suppose it’s where it needs to be. Christopher Robin to Pooh: That’s a silly explanation Pooh: Why thank-you.
-Plus, Pooh is always hungry, sometimes forgetting that he has just eaten. I relate 100%.
Christopher Robin, the young boy who shared countless adventures with his stuﬀed animal friends in the Hundred Acre Wood, is now grown up, living in midcentury London and dealing with the stresses of adulthood. As an eﬃciency manager at Winslow Luggage, he juggles long hours in the oﬃce with his commitments at home and has all but forgotten the endless days of wonder and make-believe that deﬁned his childhood. But sooner or later your past catches up with you.
After canceling plans to go away with his wife, Evelyn, and daughter, Madeline, in order to work through the weekend, he is reunited with Winnie the Pooh and his old friends from the Hundred Acre Wood, remembering the times when doing nothing with a best friend was the very best kind of something. But as Christopher Robin returns to London to address ﬁnancial problems at the company, some important work papers from his briefcase go missing, and the animals decide that it is up to them to save their friend.
Following a chance encounter with Madeline, Christopher’s young daughter, Pooh, Tigger, Eeyore and Piglet leave the forest and take an excursion into the city to hand-deliver the documents to the oﬃces of Winslow Luggage, surprising Christopher Robin. As a result of their eﬀorts, he begins to see things from a fresh perspective and comes up with a plan to save the company as well as his job, and in the process rediscovers the joys of family life, the value of friendship and remembers to appreciate the simple pleasures in life once again.
A heartwarming live-action adventure, “Christopher Robin” is directed by Golden Globe® nominee Marc Forster from a screenplay by Alex Ross Perry and Oscar® winner Tom McCarthy and Oscar nominee Allison Schroeder and a story by Greg Brooker and Mark Steven Johnson based on characters created by A.A. Milne and E.H. Shepard.
My red carpet experience at the premiere can be found here, and my interview with Ewan McGregor can be found here, please read them both! I will be going live with additional cast interviews next week, so stay tuned for more.
The ﬁlm stars Golden Globe® winner and Emmy® nominee Ewan McGregor as Christopher Robin; Golden Globe nominee Hayley Atwell as his wife, Evelyn; Bronte Carmichael as his daughter, Madeline; and Emmy winner Mark Gatiss as Giles Winslow, Robin’s boss. The ﬁlm also features the voices of Jim Cummings as Winnie the Pooh and Tigger, three-time Emmy winner Brad Garrett as Eeyore, Golden Globe nominee Toby Jones as Owl, Nick Mohammed as Piglet, Oscar® winner Peter Capaldi as Rabbit and Oscar nominee and Tony Award® winner Sophie Okonedo as Kanga.
I met Brad Garrett on the red carpet and was thrilled to share with him that we all loved his portrayal of the forever depressed Eeyore:
I also had the thrill of a lifetime, I met Richard Sherman:
Disney legend Richard M. Sherman provides three new songs for the ﬁlm. Two songs appear in the end credits and one, “Goodbye, Farewell,” which is performed by the animals from the Hundred Acre Wood, can be heard in the opening scene. “Busy Doing Nothing” and “Christopher Robin” are both performed by Richard Sherman himself.
This is possibly the greatest celebrity picture I will ever get. Richard Sherman and his (now deceased) brother wrote the music for numerous animated Winnie the Pooh movies. (They also wrote the score for Mary Poppins, do you remember how they were portrayed in “Saving Mr. Banks,” trying to work with P. L. Travers, the author of the original Mary Poppins book?) As the credits start to roll at the end of the Christopher Robin movie, do not leave your seat, because that is when there is a special scene on the beach, and Mr. Sherman is playing the piano and singing “Busy Doing Nothing.” It is the perfect ending to a beautiful movie.
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