Disney releases the synopsis for the upcoming live-action adaptation project directed by Finding Neverland helmer Marc Forster, Christopher Robin. With a stacked casting sheet with the likes of Ewan McGregor (Christopher Robin) and Hayley Atwell (Evelyn Robin), as well as Jim Cummings (Winnie the Pooh) leading the voice actors, it's hard not to get excited about the flick. While it's arguably a lesser-known property compared to last year's Beauty and the Beast, which pocketed more than $1.2 billion overall global sales, being a non-mainstream IP gives it the breathing room to create its own mythos without being shackled by its original iteration.
The movie tackles the life of an older Christopher, years after he embarked on countless adventures with his friend Winnie the Pooh. Now married, with a family of his own, the protagonist has become a hardened man and it's up to his old faithful friends to rejuvenate his sense of fun and motivation to live life to the fullest.
Less than six months before it arrives in cinemas, the House of Mouse released the official synopsis for Christopher Robin, teasing fans of the kind of story that this modern-day re-imagining of the classic Winnie the Pooh franchise will offer. With this newest release, we could expect that the film's teaser trailer is not too far behind, perhaps tagged in any of the Disney films coming out in the next weeks like Ryan Coogler's Black Panther (February) or Ava Duvernay's A Wrinkle In Time (March). Read the presser below:
In the heartwarming live action adventure "Disney's Christopher Robin," the young boy who loved embarking on adventures in the Hundred Acre Wood with a band of spirited and lovable stuffed animals, has grown up and lost his way. Now it is up to his childhood friends to venture into our world and help Christopher Robin remember the loving and playful boy who is still inside.
The synopsis alone already gives you the notion that the film will encapsulate the kind of heartwarming vibe that Disney projects have been known for. However, despite being an adaptation, we should expect that Forster and his team took some creative liberty to tweak some things to keep the film fresh and interesting, much like previous live-action versions of other properties from the House of Mouse. Its narrative could take some twists and turns that could be more reflective of modern day society to appeal to a wider range of audience.
It's still best to come into the film with tempered expectations. Since Disney actively embarked on remaking their classic animated movies into live-action, the company has a hit-or-miss track record, critically speaking. While most of these projects have been box office hits, a few of them have received mixed reviews. For every Jungle Book that earns acclaim, there's a Maleficent or Alice Through the Looking Glass that are considered disappointments. Hopefully, Christopher Robin is one of Disney's better offerings when it arrives in theaters.