Disney’s Christopher Robin starring Ewan McGregor hits cinemas on 13 September, and we were lucky enough to get a sneak peek at this beautiful family movie at Event Cinemas Innaloo.
Christopher Robin takes us back to the era of family movies that delight adults and children alike with a timeless tale and wholesome values and ideals. There is also the connection to childhood imaginary friends, and of course the special bond between a boy and his bear.
In the spirit of Steven Spielberg’s instant classic Hook, the live action Peter Pan-inspired tale from 1991, this adventure sees the characters from Winnie the Pooh come to life as character Christopher Robin has reached adulthood.
With a combination of CGI animation and real-life characters, old favourites Winnie the Pooh, Tigger, Piglet, Eeyore, Kanga and Roo join Christopher Robin as he navigates the minefield many parents struggle with – balancing their family and professional lives.
Of course, there is plenty of the bear of little brain, Pooh’s wisdom to counterbalance the now grown up Christopher Robin’s view of the real world. Pooh has a life-changing impact on his old friend and the movie ends with everyone happier and living more fulfilled lives.
Aimed at older children, at 4 and 6 my children were a bit on the young side for this movie, however they thoroughly enjoyed it! It’s worth noting that this is not a cartoon, which I think makes it enjoyable across a greater range of ages. The animated characters are recognisable to anyone of any age who is familiar with the stories from the Hundred Acre Wood created by English author A. A. Milne.
As with all good family movies, there are underlying life messages that are helped along by wonderful characters, adventure sequences and comedic moments. Christopher Robin, Winnie the Pooh and his pals have been the stars of books, movies, TV shows and children’s hearts for many years, and with a release just before the school holidays, this is sure to be a favourite while the kids are enjoying a break in September. Watch the trailer here.