With all the money Disney is printing off these live-action reimaginings of their beloved animated fare, we can likely expect to see an IRL Mickey Mouse coming down the bend sometime soon. But before that, another iconic animated animal from the vaults is set to make his live-action bow: Winnie the Pooh.
Well, as you can see in the first Christopher Robin teaser trailer below, Winnie himself is more of a live-action teddy bear, as he’s made his way back from Christopher’s (Ewan McGregor) childhood and creepily inserted himself into his old friend's very adult weekend.
If your old teddy bear is lurking behind you on a park bench, and then wants to reconnect after all these years, you’d likely freak out. And so Christopher seemingly does, albeit in a very proper and staid way, but that’s definitely mixed with the sentimentality you’d also expect from seeing a long-lost friend.
At this point in his adult life, lost is a good way to describe Christopher. He’s promised to take his wife (Hayley Atwell) and daughter (Bronte Carmichael) away for a special weekend, but his guilt-giving boss (Mark Gatiss) needs him to stick around for an emergency meeting. So Robin sends them off, then heads to the park to sulk. And that’s when we meet Ted… er… Paddington… no… Winnie! But what the heck is he doing there?
According to Disney’s press release, “the young boy who embarked on countless adventures in the Hundred Acre Wood with his band of spirited and lovable stuffed animals has grown up and lost his way. Now it is up to his childhood friends to venture into our world and help Christopher Robin remember the loving and playful boy who is still inside.”
So besides Winnie, who’s voiced by veteran vocal actor Jim Cummings (The Princess and the Frog, Star Wars: Rebels), expect to see all Christopher’s old stuffed mates brought to life as well, including Chris O’Dowd as Tigger, Brad Garrett as Eeyore, Toby Jones as Owl, Nick Mohammed as Piglet, Peter Capaldi as Rabbit, and Sophie Okonedo as Kanga.
Christopher Robin, directed by Marc Forster (World War Z, Finding Neverland) and written by Alex Ross Perry and Allison Schroeder, based on characters created by A.A. Milne, opens wide Aug. 3.