Christopher Robin is continuing to collect his toys thanks to Disney, who has cast its Piglet in the upcoming adaptation of the popular Winnie the Pooh world created by A.A. Milne. The classic tales of a boy and his childhood toys have been beloved the world over and seen multiple adaptations, most from Disney itself. Now in a new take on the modern tale, Christopher Robin will blend live-action and CGI animation to create a new take on the children's classic. The story will put a twist on the classic tale with Christopher Robin returning to the 100-acre wood as a world-weary adult who has lost his sense of imagination; his toys will help him find it again.
The film stars Ewan McGregor as Christopher Robin, who has grown to adulthood and plays the "grown up without a sense of fun" for the film. The film also stars Hayley Atwell as McGregor's wife and Bronte Carmichael as his daughter with Mark Gatiss as his boss who keeps him "away" from his family. They'll be joined by Jim Cummings who will reprise his role as Winnie the Pooh along with three-time Emmy award winner Brad Garrett as Eeyore. The studio is still searching for their Tigger. It is unknown if Rabbit, Kanga, Roo, or Owl will make an appearance.
According to Tracking Board, Nutcracker and the Four Realms star Nick Mohammed will voice the bravest little toy of the group, Piglet. Mohammed's credits include The Martian, Bridget Jones's Baby, and Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie. He joined Nutcracker and the Four Realms as "the butler" prior to heading deep to the 100-acre wood. He's a perfect fit to capture the occasional comedy but also gentleness of the character of Piglet, Pooh's best friend. The film will be helmed by Finding Neverland director Marc Forster and penned by Hidden Figures writer Allison Schroeder.
This take on the classic tale isn't a new one for the Walt Disney company and is reminiscent of their take on Hook starring Robin Williams. The tale of a child grown older who finds a way to be a kid again is one very familiar to fans of Disney lore. Just how the series will take shape and if Gatiss or another figure will be a villain remains to be seen since the original classic stories didn't feature traditional villains.
The looming specter of growing up, along with the omnipresent threat of bosses, bills, obligations, and adulthood, however, is more than enough to make a unique story, particularly with such beloved characters. Fans will have to wait until the movie to judge. Christopher Robin does not currently have a release date.
source: Tracking Board