Disney has long been the ruler of family entertainment ever since Walt Disney brought Mickey Mouse to life back in 1928. The company has created icon after icon in animated form, adapting fairy tales, children’s books and even creating a few originals along the way. Starting with the groundbreaking Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs in 1937 their formula has stood the test of time as you can blatantly see with the success of 2013s Frozen, which made a total of $1,290,000,000 making it the highest grossing animated movie of all time. More Recently Disney have begun adapting these classics into live action movies, films like Alice in Wonderland, The Jungle Book and Beauty and the Beast have all seen the real world treatment. The latest adaptation however is Christopher Robin, a new take on the original silly old bear Winnie the Pooh.
The films are all based on the original books written by A.A. Milne and illustrated by E.H. Shepard, the first book simply called ‘Winnie-the-Pooh’ was published in 1926. The stories were based on Milne’s son Christopher Robin Milne and his adventures with his toys. The books are still considered as some of the finest children’s books ever written and naturally they have seen many adaptations throughout the years, though none were as successful as Disney’s own instalment.
The first of their films was Winnie the Pooh and the Honey Tree based on the first two chapters of the first book, it was released as a short and shown in cinemas before Disney’s live action feature The Ugly Dachshund’ in February of 1966. As with most Disney movies the film was given a somewhat American makeover, most of the characters were given American voices and a new character, Gopher was added, an animal that cannot even be found in Britain. Shepard was said to have loathed the film; however in contradiction Milne’s wife supposedly enjoyed it. Though with obvious differences the film captured the unbridled innocence of the books and has endured as a loved Disney classic to this day.
On August 3rd 2018 Christopher Robin was released. This film is quite different from the previous additions in that it takes place much later in the title characters life. Christopher Robin is an adult now with a wife and daughter of his own. Though as is often the case life has not been so easy for him since his childhood adventures in the Hundred Acre Wood, at a young age he was sent off to boarding school, it wasn’t long after that his father had passed away and following that a tragedy that would change the lives of everyone in the country, World War I. Christopher has become very serious and work comes first, a fact that is slowly tearing his family apart. Then just when things seem at their lowest we see the arrival of Winnie the Pooh who has lost his friends, Christopher Robin must help him find them and hopefully find himself in the process. It’s a heart warming tale that will make you laugh and cry (so have a few tissues handy) and is perfect for any fan of the previous films or books.