Be ready to smile in spite of yourself with the newest trailer for Walt Disney's Christopher Robin. No matter how cynical or bitter you think you've become as an adult, we're betting the trailer will turn you into a softie and transport you back to your childhood.
Reminiscent of Hook and Saving Mr. Banks, the upcoming film is the touching tale of Christopher Robin (Ewan McGregor), who is now all grown up. He's got a wife and kids, but a grueling work schedule has made him put his career over family and, of course, his childhood memories. Just when it seems that adulthood has taken over, his old friend Winnie the Pooh (voiced by Jim Cummings) shows up to remind him what it's like to have fun in this world.
Watch the trailer below and prepare to have a giant, stupid grin on your face the entire time...
Together, the two old pals will have to track down the likes of Tigger (also Cummings), Eeyore (Brad Garrett), Piglet (Nick Mohammed), Owl (Toby Jones), Kanga (Sophie Okonedo), Rabbit (Peter Capaldi), and Roo (Wyatt Hall). As you'll see in the trailer, Christopher goes from uptight businessman to the carefree boy he once was. He's just gotta keep Pooh from giving the good people of London a collective heart attack when the seemingly innocuous cotton-filled bear speaks out loud. In other words, "Oh bother!"
One nice detail on the part of the studio is keeping the original stuffed animal designs of the characters, rather than turning them into photorealistic CGI creations. The movie is all about capitalizing on the wonders and enjoyment of childhood, meaning that Winnie and the rest are meant to be extensions of Christopher's own imagination when he was a kid playing with his toys.
Disney's choice in hiring Marc Forster could not have been better. The German-born filmmaker made a splash in 2004 with Finding Neverland, a similar story about the inspiration behind J.M. Barrie's Peter Pan.
Co-starring Hayley Atwell (Agent Carter) as Christopher's wife, Christopher Robin will ride the nostalgia train all the way into theaters Aug. 3.