AceShowbiz - What is much better than the return of a childhood friend to ease someone's burden on a hard time? Walt Disney Pictures has released the first teaser trailer for "Christopher Robin", the new live-action take on A.A. Milne's "Winnie-the-Pooh" book series, that sees the reunion between the grown-up version of the titular character and his old friend, Pooh.
No longer "the young boy who embarked on countless adventures in the Hundred Acre Wood with his band of spirited and lovable stuffed animals," Christopher Robin "has grown up and lost his way," according to the studio's logline. The video sees Christopher Robin canceling a planned weekend trip with his family as his boss orders him to stay amid financial crisis in the company.
"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," the studio teases.
"Christopher Robin" is directed by Marc Forster from a screenplay by Alex Ross Perry and Allison Schroeder. Ewan McGregor plays Christopher Robin, Hayley Atwell stars as his wife Evelyn, Bronte Carmichael portrays his daughter Madeline, and Mark Gatiss stars as Keith Winslow, Robin's boss.
The film also features the voices of Jim Cummings as Winnie the Pooh, 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.
"The movie is so full of joy and emotion and also of scenes that I think are very timely," director Marc Forster, who directed "Finding Neverland", tells EW. "[Pooh] is still as relevant today as he's ever been. Perhaps even more so."
Of how Pooh's philosophy and positivity can relate to the real world, he says, "I believe he's not just a lovely teddy bear for children to play with or who can put you in a good mood. There's this timeliness to him, and his Pooh-isms, as naive as they sound, there's always so much truth to them. He doesn't take himself seriously, but there's so much substance. They make you smile, but at the same time, you think, he's so right. There's almost a New Age aspect to them. Milne was able to capture that, and that sort of philosophy of the character gives him a timeless aspect."
Forster also gushes to ET, "I can tell you one thing, it's a very emotional movie. There's no better time to get a big hug by Pooh."