I love Winnie the Pooh, and I bet you do too.
Bobby and I went to see Christopher Robin tonight with our son and his family, and it was wonderful! (I didn’t use a photo of the movie because I don’t want Disney after me. Not worth taking chances!) I wouldn’t take little ones to see it because it wouldn’t hold their interest. It’s more a watch-at-home movie for them.
I have loved Pooh Bear since he first appeared in Winnie the Pooh and the Honey Tree in 1966. Hiring Sterling Holloway to be the sweet voice of Pooh was genius. Pooh’s sweet and gentle spirit, his wisdom (even though he was said to be a bear of very little brain), and his friendship with Piglet make me happy.
At the beginning of the movie, Christopher Robin says goodbye to Pooh and all their friends because he’s going away to boarding school. I had a few tears running down my face. Soon Christopher Robin is all grown up, a workaholic with a wife and daughter. Through a happy accident, Christopher Robin is reunited with Pooh, and they go off and have an adventure in the Hundred Acre Wood.
This movie brings up so many emotions: love, sadness, and contentment to name a few. Most of the feelings show in Pooh’s face. How in the world they got his face to show the emotions it does, I have no idea, but it melted my heart.
Of course, the movie has a happy ending, and by the time it was over, my face hurt from smiling so big for so long. Be sure to stay for the credits; there’s a cute short song at the end.
I think Pooh endures and still resonates with us because of the enduring values of innocence, kindness, gentleness, acceptance, and true friendship. These things transcend time and place. We all have a longing for this in our lives. And since the best way to have a friend is to be a friend, let’s all go out and be somebody’s Pooh.