Disney has released the first teaser trailer for the new live-action Winnie the Pooh movie Christopher Robin. While not a remake per se, this movie is very much in line with Disney’s smash hit updates like Beauty and the Beast, The Jungle Book, and Cinderella as it brings a new iteration of the Winnie the Pooh story to the big screen.
Finding Neverland and Quantum of Solace filmmaker Marc Forster directs this new tale, which stars Ewan McGregor as the grown up iteration of the titular character who has “lost his way.” Now it’s up to his childhood friends to help him remember his past, loving self as Pooh, Eeyore, Tigger, and others venture into our world. This project actually originated with acclaimed indie filmmaker Alex Ross Perry writing and directing, but he departed the director’s chair and the screenplay is now credited to Perry and Allison Schroeder (Hidden Figures) with a story by Perry.
Check out the Christopher Robin trailer below. The film also stars Hayley Atwell as Christopher’s wife Evelyn, Bronte Carmichael as his daughter Madeline, and Mark Gatiss as Christopher’s boss Keith Winslow and features the voices of Jim Cummings as Winnie the Pooh; Chris O’Dowd as Tigger; Brad Garrett as Eeyore; Toby Jones as Owl; Nick Mohammed as Piglet; Peter Capaldi as Rabbit; and Sophie Okonedo as Kanga. Christopher Robin opens in theaters on August 3rd.
There have been some interesting takes on animated toy bears in recent years. There’s, of course, the one-two punch of Paddington, and the two-for-the-show R-rated adventures of Ted. In the Pooh family, there’s the relatively recent 2011 animated and G-rated reboot of Winnie the Pooh and the more-recent-than-that 2017 tale Goodbye Christopher Robin. Disney’s new take, Christopher Robin, sees the title character all grown up and possibly hallucinating that his childhood pal–and literary co-creation of his father–has come to life. I’m not sold on this design of Pooh, nor the decision to film it like it’s some sort of documentary, but it is what it is. Let me know your thoughts in the comments!