The summer is quickly coming to an end for my family. With school just days away, it was a real treat to go on just one more adventure, this time with Disney, Christopher Robin, and the most beloved friends a child has ever had. Of course I’m talking about Winnie the Pooh, Eeyore, Tigger, Piglet, Rabbit, Kanga, Roo, and Owl. So hang on tight as I bring you my Christopher Robin Parent’s Guide – everything that you need and want to know!
P.S. I’ve got an exclusive Winnie the Pooh themed giveaway below for one lucky winner to celebrate the release (huge thanks to Fun.com for sponsoring and providing the gift)! Read on until the end!
Christopher Robin – Parent’s Guide
Playing in theatres everywhere NOW, this heartwarming live action adventure is one I’ve been waiting quite a while to see. I think maybe every child was friends with Winnie the Pooh at one time or another, right? For me, that was most definitely the case, as I’ll explain later.
Christopher Robin, rated PG, is a story about these characters that you’ve never heard of before.
Meet the young boy we all know of, who embarked on countless adventures in the Hundred Acre Wood with his band of spirited and lovable stuffed animals. Christopher Robin has now 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.
The film stars Ewan McGregor as Christopher Robin; Hayley Atwell as his wife Evelyn; Bronte Carmichael as his daughter Madeline; and Mark Gatiss as Keith 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.
Yes, I think that is one of the things I was most excited about! Jim Cummings, one of the most recognized voice actors, is back as Pooh Bear and Tigger. I had the privilege of listening to him while at D23 last year talk about his time working on The Lion King. In Christopher Robin he is nothing short of extraordinary, bringing these two characters to life.
I have to also tell you that casting Brad Garrett as Eeyore was perfection. I have loved Garrett since his time on Everybody Loves Raymond and his playing the gloomy Eeyore was not far from what we knew he could pull off. He is Eeyore!
Kids Corner (rating discussion)
As I mentioned, the movie is rated PG. It’s entirely appropriate and I only saw one scene that I will mention.
The beginning of the film takes you on a journey of Christopher Robin’s life, and during this journey you will watch one scene of him during the war. He is, every so briefly, in the middle of a fighting scene (not him fighting but him being caught in the middle of a war). It’s not a scene that caused any alarm and was done very carefully and respectfully. It’s so refreshing.
Children will love Christopher Robin and the cast of characters, but to be honest, I believe it’s more important for adults to see this movie. I think we needed Christopher Robin.
“Doing nothing, often leads to the very best something.”
This statement seems so contrary to what we believe in this day and age, yet it’s a powerful statement in Christopher Robin.
When I grew up I didn’t spend much time in structured activities. Oh, there was a year I played softball, or the months I took ballet, but as a kid my time was spent in and around our home, playing. Using my imagination. Doing nothing.
Doing nothing. It’s what I believe (and the experts often weight in about) fosters creative ideas, imagination, problem solving skills, and more. It’s one reason my own daughter’s schedule has never been packed with formal activities. I find that she has learned so much through play. And still does.
Though the movie seems to have Pooh needing Christopher Robin’s help initially, I think most of us will clearly see that it is Christopher Robin who ultimately needs Pooh’s help to realize (and put into practice) just what is important in life. Something that I think will resonate with so many of us parents.
Christopher Robin is a great reminder to us as parents. Time is fleeting – something that has hit home recently as another birthday has gone by.
My Silly Old Bear
Not too many steps away, in a big tub of toys well over forty years old, I found my old friend.
I’m lucky. My mom seemed to keep almost everything. At least the important things.
Pooh Bear, well, he was one of my first friends. In fact, from old pictures I can tell that one of my earliest birthdays was themed Winnie the Pooh.
While he might be torn and tattered, with his nose almost completely gone and rips here and there, he’s a reminder of so many things. Some that make me smile. Others that bring uncontrollable tears to my eyes (miss you mom).
He is a part of me. And my hope is that even if you don’t have your silly old bear, Christopher Robin will help you find your way on a path of life that can be filled with so many distractions.
Let’s take a look…
One (1) lucky winner will receive this Winnie the Pooh themed prize pack thanks to my friends at Fun.com! If you haven’t yet visited their website, and especially if you are a Disney fan, you must visit right away. Exclusive merchandise at every turn too!
Prize package includes:
- Like CHRISTOPHER ROBIN on Facebook
- Follow Walt Disney Studios on Twitter
- Follow Walt Disney Studios on Instagram
CHRISTOPHER ROBIN now playing in theatres everywhere!