There’s a little bit of Pooh in all of us, and it’s this very fact that makes the forthcoming Disney feature Christopher Robin such an alluring proposition, as characters, and a world that has a special place in our hearts.
To celebrate the release we sat down with Hayley Atwell, director Marc Forster and the voice of Pooh and Tigger himself, Mr. Jim Cummings. The trio discuss their own relationship with Winnie the Pooh, and what it is about the character’s blissful personality that is so infectious. They discuss their favourite of his most profound quotes, and what makes him so universal and timeless.
Forster comments on the challenges of blending fantasy and reality, and the specific look of the characters, and why he felt they had to look well-worn (and heavily cuddled). He also speaks about working with children, and Ewan McGregor – who he wants to work with again on forthcoming production The Cow.
Meanwhile, Cummings discusses whether he’s able to just switch off after a long day’s work, his favourite characters he has ever voiced, and just how good he is at remembering the roles he has taken on across the years (of which there many iconic figures – and we get to hear a couple too). Finally, Atwell speaks about her future endeavours, and why she enjoys stage work so much, and what we can expect from her character in upcoming drama Blinded by the Light, directed by Gurinder Chadha.
Watch the interviews here:
It was something of a dream to sit down with the real stars of this movie, but a dream we fulfilled nonetheless. Watch below for our chats with Winnie the Pooh, Tigger, Eeyore and Piglet, which absolutely 100% definitely took place.
Christopher Robin, now a family man living in London, receives a surprise visit from his old childhood pal, Winnie-the-Pooh. With Christopher’s help, Pooh embarks on a journey to find his friends Tigger, Eeyore, Owl, Piglet, Rabbit, Kanga and Roo. Once reunited, the lovable bear and the gang travel to the big city to help Christopher rediscover the joy of life.
Christopher Robin is released in cinemas across the UK on August 17th.