Winnie-the-Pooh has long been a favorite of children across the world, and is also the inspiration for a franchise that is worth billions of dollars. This truly timeless classic is re-imagined in Disney’s Christopher Robin, a tale about growing up while still keeping some of the same magic that makes A. A. Milne’s books thrive through the ages.
After leaving the Hundred Acre Woods for boarding school, Christopher Robin goes through a number of events; including war, getting married, and having a child, all but forgetting about his friends from the Hundred Acre Woods. He becomes so engrossed with his work that his family (consisting of his wife and daughter Madeline) begins falling apart. It is heartbreaking to see Christopher Robin forget how to be a child at heart as he prepares to send Madeline away to boarding school. For example, he lectures Pooh bear on adult responsibilities that “a bear of very little brain” could not possibly comprehend.
Then, when a turn of events leads him back to the Hundred Acre Woods, it becomes the task of the lovable characters Pooh, Tigger, Eeyore, and Piglet along with Madeline to go on an epic journey to try and save Christopher Robin from the trials of adulthood before he loses the Hundred Acre Woods and his family forever.
The movie is based on the Winnie the Pooh series, and like the much beloved Peter Pan, it remains a reminder that childhood spirit should never die. The lovable Pooh and his pals are portrayed with amazingly lifelike computer animations that sometimes look like they have really come to life. The animated characters are incredibly detailed, with age-worn fur that is reminiscent of The Velveteen Rabbit, who gets faded by age and is as forgotten as these characters are. The acting is wonderful as well, and, coupled with the animation, makes this movie a force to be reckoned with.
I would recommend this for the whole family. It is rated PG for thematic elements, war scenes, some bullying, and brief language. Other than that, it is a wonderful film even for the adults, with themes such as friendship and love. All in all, I would definitely see this movie again and again.