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Tuesday, June 14, 2016

We're About To Learn a Whole Lot More About Winnie the Pooh and Christopher Robin

Am I the only one who didn't know that Christopher Robin from the Winnie the Pooh series was inspired by a real person, actually named Christopher Robin? Well, he was. And we're about to learn more about him in a new film about A. A. Milne, who penned the famous franchise of children's books, TV shows and films inspired by his son's (Christopher Robin) toys.

Fox Searchlight Pictures just announced via press release Tuesday that Domhnall Gleeson is stepping into the role of Milne and Margot Robbie will play his wife, Daphne, in the upcoming film, GOODBYE CHRISTOPHER ROBIN. Synopsis:

GOODBYE CHRISTOPHER ROBIN gives a rare glimpse into the relationship between beloved children's author A. A. Milne (Domhnall Gleeson) and his son Christopher Robin, whose toys inspired the magical world of Winnie the Pooh. Along with his mother Daphne (Margot Robbie), and his nanny Olive, Christopher Robin and his family are swept up in the international success of the books; the enchanting tales bringing hope and comfort to England after the First World War. But with the eyes of the world on Christopher Robin, what will the cost be to the family?

A.A. Milne and his son Christopher Robin
(and I presume the teddy bear prototype for Winnie the Pooh)
Simon Curtis, who's directing the upcoming American remake of The Intouchables with Kevin Hart and Bryan Cranston, is helming this project.

I don't know, in the age of hyper adult video games and grown cartoons, are kids still into old school fare like this? Are they the target audience here? I mean, I am a huge Winnie the Pooh fan, but I feel like my generation is the last to appreciate books and characters like this. I guess we'll have to wait and see. I'm not familiar with any of the real characters, so I am just going to have to assume Gleeson and Robbie are good fits (they're generally good actors, so...).

Anyone else have an opinion on this? Let me know in the comments box.


Brittani Burnham said...

I didn't know that. I'm not sure who the target audience for this one is either, maybe people who saw that recent Saving Mr. Banks movie? Older movie goers that might remember reading this to their kids? Sappy bio pic lovers? No idea.

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