When you lose your childhood at some point your childhood will come back to rescue you is the wonderful moral of Christopher Robin. Pooh and the gang return, a little raggedly for the wear to save their human pal from the suffocation of the humdrum workaday world that separates him from joy and his family in this live action adventure that features Ewan McGregor as CR and Jim Cummings, the voice of Pooh for the last thirty five years.
This is constant happy tears time for all those who were weened on the Disney animated series.
The silly old bear is sweet and optimistic as ever, spouting dialogue that edges on truth and wisdom. Tigger (also voiced by Cummings) had the older folks singing along after the first chorus of the Tigger song, and Eeyore’s (Brad Garrett) wonderfully happy manic depression kept everyone reminded that everything is not quite so sad as it seems. Piglet, Owl, Kanga, Ro, Rabbit and Owl also provide proper nostalgic support.
Christopher Robin is a smart slight reimagining of Pooh that is digestible enough for the next generation of A. A. Milne fans. The story has some fog and gloomy moments but never threatens the sanctity and preserve of that 100 Acre Wood memory collective.
The film is at its joyous best when the rest of the cast start seeing the Pooh gang with Christopher Robin eyes. That’s when Christopher Robin becomes a wonderful thing.