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In Disney terms, 2018 is The Year Of The Bear. It’s the 50th anniversary of Winnie The Pooh And The Blustery Day, the 30th anniversary of The New Adventures Of Winnie The Pooh, and the 15th anniversary of Piglet’s Big Movie (It counts, Pooh was in it). Now, Pooh’s back.
Coming to theaters this August, Ewan McGregor is Christopher Robin, the boy from A.A. Milne’s Winnie The Pooh stories, now grown up and having lost all sense of imagination. But he’s about to find it, with a little help from his friends from the 100 Acre Wood.
Disney announced that a live action film based on the characters from Winnie The Pooh was in development in 2015. Disney has said the film will have strong elements of magical realism as it seeks to tell an emotional journey with heartwarming adventure.
The film finds an adult Christopher Robin reuniting with Pooh and helping Pooh find his friends. In return, Pooh, Tigger, Piglet, and Eeyore head to London to help Christopher Robin. Of course, the adventure becomes a misadventure, with some chaos and lots of fun to follow.
In addition in being Pooh’s first live action film, it’s also the first Winnie The Pooh film in seven years. The design of the characters is meant to be reminiscent of their animated selves, as well as the stuffed animals on which the characters were based.
In addition to McGregor playing the title role, Agent Carter‘s Haley Atwell stars as Christopher Robin’s wife, Evelyn Robin, with Bronte Carmichael as their daughter, Madeline. Sherlock‘s Mark Gatiss co-stars as Robin’s boss, Giles Winslow.
As for the cast of the 100 Acre Wood, an impressive voice cast is featured playing the roles of Pooh and friends. Jim Cummings, who has been the voice of Pooh since 1988, once again voices our favorite silly old bear. Nick (The Martian) Mohammed provides the voice of Pooh’s timid friend, Piglet, Chris (Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children) O’Dowd is the voice of Tigger, Brad (Everybody Loves Raymond) Garrett is Eeyore, Toby
(Captain America: The First Avenger) Jones is Owl, Sophie (Liz Ten from Doctor Who) is Kanga, Wyatt Dean Hall is Roo (a role he’s provided the voice for in a few other Disney projects), and Peter (Doctor Who) Capaldi is Rabbit.
The story is by Alex Ross Perry, with the screenplay by Perry and Allison Shroeder and based on the characters from the stories by A.A. Milne. It’s produced by Brigham Taylor and directed by Marc Forster. The film is set to be released on August 3, 2018 and it looks to be the perfect summer family film.
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