Coming home on blu-ray and DVD today is the wonderful family film from Disney, Christopher Robin, that takes a page from Spielberg’s Hook, and posits what if Christopher Robin (Ewan MacGregor) grew up and left he Hundred Acre Wood, Pooh, Tigger, Eeyore and the rest behind.
Directed by Marc Forster, the film, set in post World War II, England finds Robin working as an efficiency expert for a luggage company, married to Evelyn (Hayley Atwell), and a daughter, Madeline (Bronte Carmicheal) who loves him very much whom he never has time for.
When Pooh (voiced by Jim Cummings, and how can you not love that voice) tumbles back into his life, it throws him for a loop, as he rediscovers the joy of youth, play and good fun as the pair go in search of his friends and family.
There is a zen and beauty to Pooh’s world that has resonated through the decades, and the chambers of the heart. It is perfectly presented on the screen in this beautiful live action adaption that brings some of the most beloved characters in literature and Disney lore to life in a way that we’ve always wanted to see.
Suitable for every member of the family, while pandering to none, there is a beautiful innocence to the film that is missed in most modern cinema, and has a welcome return here, as we rediscover the Hundred Acre Wood, and our own memories of childhood, joy and nostalgia that one associates with it.
The film tugs on heart-strings unabashedly, and is pure delight.
Adding to the joy of the film is a series of extras on the disc, including a look behind the film and the creation of the life like stuffed toys that bring Pooh and company to life, incorporating the same poignant, nostalgic feel that imbues the film with such joy into the behind the scenes featurettes.
I quite enjoyed the piece on the voice of Pooh, and a look at the work of Jim Cummings who followed in Sterling Holloway’s footsteps, and has been doing the voice for the past twenty-seven years.
There’s a look at Pooh’s history with Disney, as well as a glimpse at how the characters were brought to life.
This film, for me, was joy encapsulated, and if you can leave your cynicism, that seems to be part and parcel of the day, behind you will ind something truly beautiful.
Christopher Robin comes home on blu-ray and DVD today.