Disney’s “Christopher Robin” is a fun flick in the typical Disney vein. Director Marc Foster, who dabbled in family friendly fare with J.M. Barrie’s “Peter Pan” (2003) and “Finding Neverland” (2004) with Johnny Depp, Freddie Highmore and Kate Winslet, eases the audience into the storyline.
Christopher Robin (Ewan McGregor) is grown up and has to deal with some corrupt British ne’er-do-wells at his current job. Robin’s job title is that of an “efficiency expert” and his character is forced to “trim the fat” by laying off 20 percent of his work force. This movie is cool since it brings back the voice talents of the ensemble cast including Jim Cummings as both Winnie the Pooh and Tigger, Brad Garrett as Eeyore (the original actor who provided the voice of Eeyore, Bud Luckey, died in 2016), Nick Mohammed as Piglet, Peter Capaldi as Rabbit, Sophie Okoendo as Kanga and Toby Jones as Owl. Robin’s wife, played by Hayley Atwell, brings a certain charm and spunk as Evelyn Robin. If she looks familiar it’s because she’s part of the Marvel Universe with a recurring role as Agent Carter. The character made its first appearance in “Captain America: The First Avenger” (2011). Also important to their storyline is Bronte Carmichael as daughter Madeline Robin, who quickly takes to Winnie the Pooh’s troupe. She is one of the few actresses I have seen in recent memory who actually works well with the inanimate objects that are supposed to be her friends. This drama-fantasy actually works because it deals with the plights and predicaments that occur with age. At one point, Pooh tells Robin, “You still look the same, but with more creases.” The animatronics are captivating from the opening scene, when all of the characters are gathered together for a picnic to say goodbye to Christopher Robin. The antics that occur are vastly improved over the animated feature “Winnie the Pooh” that landed with a thud in the summer of 2011. That film had no spunk or verve. I think I gave it an unimpressive “C” when I originally viewed it.
Disney’s “Christopher Robin” is a family tale worth the full price of admission. It captivates from beginning until end.