Christopher Robin Parent Guide
This live action sequel to Disney's Winnie the Pooh animated classics, is an enchantingly wonderful family film.
Parent Movie Review
A good family movie is free of objectionable content, is easily understood and enjoyed by children, and provides some entertainment for adults. A great family movie transcends these criteria: it becomes more than the sum of its parts, transporting both children and adults into the very heart of its story. In short, it has the quality of enchantment. Christopher Robin, Disney’s live action sequel to its Winnie the Pooh animated classics, is an enchantingly wonderful family film.
The charm is apparent right from the start, in a backstory revealed through animated book illustrations and live action scenes of a young Christopher Robin (Orton O’Brien) playing with his friends in the Hundred Acre Wood. These moments are almost palpably drenched in nostalgia – a warm golden glow with just a touch of pathos brought on by Christopher Robin’s impending departure for boarding school. Adult viewers can all predict what comes next: Christopher Robin (Ewan McGregor) grows up, goes to war, gets a job, and forgets the Wood and his friends.
As the plot begins in earnest, Christopher Robin is a workaholic middle manager with a wife (Hayley Atwell) he barely sees and a daughter (Bronte Carmichael) he is grooming for the same kind of “success”. Then a crisis at work forces him to miss a promised family getaway in the country. Says his boss (Mark Gatiss), as he insists Christopher Robin work through the weekend, “Dreams don’t come for free. You have to work for them. Nothing comes from nothing.”
Fortunately for Christopher Robin, Winnie the Pooh (voiced by Jim Cummings) is facing his own problems and comes to London seeking his help. Comic mayhem ensues and Christopher Robin winds up back in the Hundred Acre Wood where he reunites with his childhood friends and has the chance to find his way once more.
Christopher Robin is eminently watchable for moviegoers of all ages. The only content concerns are a few moments of minor peril that may frighten very sensitive youngsters.The story is sweet and tender, with lots of gentle humor which had both adults and children frequently laughing out loud in the preview I attended. The audience also loved the whimsical innocence of Winnie the Pooh’s irresistible quotes. (My personal favorite: “People say nothing is impossible. But I do nothing every day.”)
More cynical viewers may complain that the plot is unrealistic and predictable. After all, only a “silly old bear” would have trouble figuring out where this film is headed. And tired parents who struggle with the very real challenge of providing for their children and spending time with them might roll their eyes at the simplistic solution shown here. (If they’re not too busy wiping away tears…) But only a “bear of very little brain” and even smaller heart could be insensitive to the appeal of this warmhearted celebration of love, loyalty, friendship, and family.Directed by Marc Forster. Starring Hayley Atwell, Ewan McGregor, Chris O'Dowd, Toby Jones. Running time: 107 minutes. Theatrical release August 3, 2018. Updated November 8, 2018
Rating & Content Info
Why is Christopher Robin rated PG? Christopher Robin is rated PG by the MPAA for some action.
Violence: B There is a brief combat scene when Christopher Robin serves in the military in World War II. There are scenes of minor peril in the Hundred Acre Wood. Christopher Robin loses his temper and shouts at Winnie the Pooh. A car crashes in London but no one is hurt.
Sexual Content: A A married couple kiss.
Profanity: A None noted.
Alcohol / Drug Use: A None noted.
Page last updated November 8, 2018
Christopher Robin Parents' Guide
What are the most important things in your life? How do you spend the bulk of your time? Does this align with your priorities? Why is it often so difficult to live according to the things that matter the most to us?
Read books about Christopher Robin
If you want to enjoy the original Winnie the Pooh stories, look for The Complete Tales and Poems of Winnie the Pooh. This omnibus collection contains the books in which A.A. Milne introduced the world to Christopher Robin, Winnie the Pooh, and the Hundred Acre Wood. The whimsical illustrations by Ernest Shepard are also included and add to the enchantment of the original stories.
Another series about talking bears begins with Paddington, wherein a little bear from Darkest Peru sets out on an adventure that lands him at London’s Paddington Station. Michael Bond’s series has been loved by children for over fifty years.
If you enjoy these English classics, you will almost certainly appreciate The Wind in the Willows. Written by Kenneth Grahame and charmingly illustrated by Ernest Shepard, this children’s book is set in the English countryside and follows the adventures of shy Mole, adventurous Rat, stay-at-home Badger and very, very naughty Toad. These stories are a perfect choice to read in front of a fire with a mug of hot cocoa.
British author Jane Hissey has created a marvelous series about talking toys. Beginning with Old Bear, the story follows the adventures of the toy box inhabitants, beautifully illustrated with Jane Hissey’s pencil crayon art.
For those children who simply can’t get enough of talking animals in the beautiful English countryside, Beatrix Potter’s timeless stories and tender pictures are sure to be a hit. Her first published book was The Tale of Peter Rabbit, which was followed with hits like The Tailor of Gloucester, The Tale of Squirrel Nutkin, The Tale of Jemima Puddleduck,, The Tale of Mrs Tiggy-Winkle and many others.
News About "Christopher Robin"
From the Studio:
In the heartwarming live action adventure "Disney's Christopher Robin," the young boy who loved embarking on adventures in the Hundred Acre Wood with a 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.