‘Christopher Robin’ grows up in new “Winnie the Pooh” feature

Disney is known for producing solid live-action films that bring magic to families that grew up watching animated features. The new feature film “Christopher Robin” is a mixture of live-action and CGI animation, not to be confused with the live-action feature “Goodbye Christopher Robin” (2017). The film follows the two main characters, Christopher Robin and Winnie the Pooh, through the mystery of childhood and adulthood.

“Christopher Robin” stars Ewan McGregor as the title character and Hayley Atwell as his wife Evelyn. Voice actors Brad Garrett (Eeyore), Toby Jones (Owl), Nick Mohammed (Piglet), Peter Capaldi (Rabbit), Sophie Okonedo (Kanga), Sara Sheen (Roo) and the returning voice artist Jim Cummings as Winnie the Pooh and Tigger appear in this feature.

In this film, Christopher Robin has grown up and forgotten everything that happened during his childhood with Pooh and his friends. Pooh and the rest of the gang help Christopher revive his childhood memories and bring back his imagination.

This plot is very good. I love how the characters interact with the CGI “Winnie the Pooh.” The main cast of McGregor, Atwell and Cummings did a remarkable job. The music in the background is outstanding and the CGI is well done. However, the main problem is there is no “Winnie the Pooh” theme song.

Additionally, small parts of the screenplay and the settings are unbalanced. Marc Forster’s direction is somewhat difficult to blame even though he gives children a terrible

meaning of imagination. He has done a good job of keeping the flow of storytelling. Nevertheless, the film doesn’t quite reach a level of pure delight.

This is the second Disney remake for both McGregor and Atwell. They were featured in 2017’s “Beauty and the Beast” and 2015’s “Cinderella” as well. Extra points go to legendary composer Richard M. Sherman for his cameo.

Compared to 2011’s “Winnie the Pooh” feature, produced by Walt Disney Animation Studios, the characters brought some good viewpoints of childhood and imagination, which are the main dynamics of the storyline. I gave that animated film a grade of A+ on a scale of A to F. How about this for a good childhood: I met voice actor Jim Cummings when he was in town. He has given lots of laughs to children by performing the voice of Winnie the Pooh.

“Christopher Robin” is an unforgettable family feature that will refresh your memories. On the outside, it’s a movie for grownups, but on the inside, it’s a movie for both grownups and children. I guarantee this film will bring your childhood imagination back to your senses. It will make you feel like a kid again and you always have your imagination to live on as you grow up. But if you don’t want to watch this, it’s better to watch the animated classics for your own amusement.

Remember the Toys “Я” Us slogan: “Don’t ever grow up. Play on!”

GRADE: A-