Winnie the Pooh journeys to the real world with predictable - but nevertheless charming and delightful - results in the latest trailer for Disney's Christopher Robin, which further confirms that tickets are now on sale. The Mouse House's live-action movie takes place in the 1940s, where Christopher (Ewan McGregor) is all grown-up and struggling to balance his life as a husband and father with the demands of his job. Naturally, a reunion with his old friends from the Hundred Acre Wood turns out to be exactly what Christopher needs to get his life back on track.
This "Adventure" sneak peek skimps on the plot details beyond that, but makes up for it by doubling down on the shenanigans that ensue when Christopher's childhood toy bear shows up in London, walking and talking with nary a concern. Since the Christopher Robin trailer dives pretty deep into the story, that frees up this preview to instead spotlight the Silly Old Bear's antics and interactions with the understandably bewildered Christopher.
After showing how Winnie the Pooh (yet again brought to life by beloved voice actor Jim Cummings) and Christopher are reunited, the video trades in foggy London for the forests of the Hundred Acre Wood. Christopher's furry pals take it from there, including diminutive Piglet (Nick Mohammed), excitable Tigger (Cummings again), prim and proper Owl (Toby Jones), and the ever positively-downbeat Eeyore (Brad Garrett). Eventually, Christopher's wife Evelyn (Hayley Atwell) and daughter Madeline (Bronte Carmichael) join him and his friends in their big happy reunion.
Written by Alex Ross Perry (Queen of Earth) and Allison Schroeder (Hidden Figures), Christopher Robin continues to bring to mind David Lowery's Pete's Dragon remake, in the way that it combines whimsy and melancholic drama. The film also makes for another intriguing addition to director Marc Forster's eclectic resume, which includes everything from James Bond movies (Quantum of Solace) to zombie action thrillers (World War Z), surreal comedies (Stranger Than Fiction), and bittersweet biopics (Finding Neverland). Forster tends to be hit or miss with his directorial efforts, but he's always willing to try his hand at something different, and Christopher Robin is shaping up to be one of his best offerings yet.
As far as the film's box office prospects go, Christopher Robin is tracking for a more modest turnout than Disney's biggest live-action movies in recent years (Cinderella, The Jungle Book, Beauty and the Beast). Fortunately, much like Pete's Dragon, it comes with a smaller price tag than its peers and doesn't need to set any records in order to go down as another win for the Mouse House, commercially speaking.
Source: Walt Disney Pictures
- Disney's Christopher Robin (2018) release date: Aug 03, 2018