Disney has released a new trailer and a behind-the-scenes featurette for the upcoming film Christopher Robin. Ewan McGregor plays the titular Christopher Robin, who is now all grown up and haunted by traumas he endured during World War II. But when his old playmates from the Hundred Acre Wood find him again, his life is thrown for a loop. Finding Neverland and World War Z filmmaker Marc Forster directs the film from a script by Allison Schroeder and Alex Ross Perry.
This new trailer plays up the comedy of the film, which is pretty darn charming. I love that the film uses the opportunity to get some physical comedy out of Pooh being in the real world, and McGregor appears to be a swell scene partner opposite the CG creation.
It’ll be interesting to see how audiences respond to Christopher Robin. It’s not a traditional live-action remake like Beauty and the Beast or The Jungle Book, and the Pooh franchise has been mined more recently with animated feature films. Still, this certainly looks like a live-action redo, and Disney has done a swell job of establishing that brand as its own “franchise” so to speak.
Check out the Christopher Robin trailer and featurette below. The film also stars Hayley Atwell, Mark Gatiss, and Bronte Carmichael and features the voices of Jim Cummings, Chris O’Dowd, Brad Garrett, and Nick Mohammed. Christopher Robin opens on August 3rd.
Here’s the official synopsis for Christopher Robin:
In the heartwarming live action adventure Disney’s “Christopher Robin,” the young boy who shared countless adventures with his band of lovable stuffed animals in the Hundred Acre Wood is now grown up and living in London but he has lost his way. Now it is up to his childhood friends to venture into our world and help Christopher Robin rediscover the joys of family life, the value of friendship and to appreciate the simple pleasures in life once again.
Disney’s “Christopher Robin” is directed by Marc Forster from a screenplay by Alex Ross Perry and Allison Schroeder 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 Ewan McGregor as Christopher Robin; Hayley Atwell as his wife Evelyn; Bronte Carmichael as his daughter Madeline; and Mark Gatiss as Giles Winslow, Robin’s boss. The film also features the voices of: Jim Cummings as Winnie the Pooh and Tigger; Brad Garrett as Eeyore; Toby Jones as Owl; Nick Mohammed as Piglet; Peter Capaldi as Rabbit; and Sophie Okonedo as Kanga.