This weekend my family and I finally saw Christopher Robin. Check below for our Christopher Robin review to see what we thought of it.
Christopher Robin is all grown up. After Pooh visits him in London, Christopher returns to the Hundred Acre Woods and reunites with all of his friends. Then, his friends venture to London to help him.
Christopher Robin Review
We enjoyed Christopher Robin. I particularly enjoyed the antics of Pooh and some of his sayings. With a grown Christopher Robin, the story has a few new twists. At the same time, it pays tribute to many classic Pooh stories. I especially liked the red balloon and playing Poohsticks.
Of course Heffalumps and Woozles play a big part in the story. There’s a Heffalump trap, a fight with the Heffalumps, and worries about a Woozle.
Christopher Robin has a good message about the magic of childhood, the outdoors, and taking time to do nothing. It also emphasizes the importance of time with family.
Christopher Robin has many parallels to Hook – a character better known for his youthful playtime, has grown up. With time, he has forgotten how to play and is overworked. While he loves his family, he is absorbed in his work and neglects them. Through the movie he regains his sense of fun and adventure. The main difference is that Christopher Robin spends more time in the real world and less in the fantasy world.
Age Recommendations for Christopher Robin
Yes, Christopher Robin is a Disney movie. Yes, it features the Winnie the Pooh Characters. Yes, it is rated PG. However, the storyline is geared more to adults and older children than young children. As the title implies, Christopher Robin focuses more on Christopher Robin than Winnie the Pooh.
The movie starts slow with drawings from the original book as Christopher Robin grows from a boy visiting the Hundred Acre Woods, to heading to boarding school, to meeting his wife, to fighting in World War II, to working for a luggage company. Young kids are likely to be bored during these scenes. The war scene, while not graphic, may be disturbing to sensitive children.
The characters also have the design referred to as “Classic Pooh”. While Pooh is quite recognizable, Tigger is more than than orange and his stripes are very difficult to see. They may be less recognizable to younger kids.
We recommend Christopher Robin for ages 8+.
About Christopher Robin
In the heartwarming live action adventure Disney’s “Christopher Robin,” the young boy who embarked on countless adventures in the Hundred Acre Wood with his 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.
Now grown up, Christopher Robin is stuck in a job where he is overworked, underpaid and facing an uncertain future. He has a family of his own, but his work has become his life, leaving little time for his wife and daughter. Christopher has all but forgotten his idyllic childhood spent with a simple-minded, honey-loving stuffed bear and his friends. But when he is reunited with Winnie the Pooh, now tattered and soiled from years of hugs and play, their friendship is rekindled, reminding Christopher of the endless days of childlike wonder and make believe that defined his youth, when doing nothing was considered the very best something. Following an unfortunate mishap with Christopher Robin’s briefcase, Pooh and the rest of the gang including Piglet, Eeyore and Tigger, step out of the forest and venture into London to return the crucial possessions…because best friends will always be there for you.
Disney’s “Christopher Robin” is directed by Golden Globe® nominee Marc Forster (“Finding Neverland”) from a screenplay by Alex Ross Perry (“Golden Exits”) and Oscar® nominee Allison Schroeder (“Hidden Figures”) and a story by Perry based on characters created by A.A. Milne and E.H. Shepard. The producers are Brigham Taylor and Kristin Burr with Renée Wolfe and Jeremy Johns serving as executive producers. The film stars Golden Globe winner Ewan McGregor (“Fargo”) as Christopher Robin; Golden Globe nominee Hayley Atwell (“Agent Carter”) as his wife Evelyn; Bronte Carmichael as his daughter Madeline; and Emmy® winner Mark Gatiss (“Sherlock”) as Giles Winslow, Robin’s boss. The film also features the voices of: Jim Cummings (“Winnie the Pooh”) as Winnie the Pooh and Tigger; three-time Emmy winner Brad Garrett (“Everybody Loves Raymond”) as Eeyore; Golden Globe nominee Toby Jones (“Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets”) as Owl; Nick Mohammed (“The Martian”) as Piglet; Oscar winner Peter Capaldi (“Dr. Who”) as Rabbit; and Oscar nominee Sophie Okonedo (“The Secret Life of Bees”) as Kanga.
Disney has a history with the A.A. Milne characters dating back to 1966 when the studio released the animated short “Winnie the Pooh and the Honey Tree” featuring the character Christopher Robin, which was followed by the shorts “Winnie the Pooh and the Blustery Day” and “Winnie the Pooh and Tigger, Too,” as well as several full-length features and numerous direct-to-DVD titles.
Disney’s “Christopher Robin” will be released nationwide August 3, 2018.
Christopher Robin Trailer