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(Sweet & sentimental Disney film)
Parents: Are you tired of all the violent, action-filled movies that your young children are watching?
Then take them to see Disney's sweet, sentimental, PG-rated "Christopher Robin.” We emphasize take them, for there are many messages for the older folks, too.
Ewan McGregor stars as the grown up Christopher Robin, with Jim Cummings providing the voice for his boyhood pal, Winnie the Pooh.
Christopher has left his home and his imaginary playmates at Hundred Acre Wood behind to venture into the real world, where he quickly grows up. School, the war, marriage and the birth of a lovely daughter happen quickly, with Christopher settling into a stressful job as efficiency manager at a luggage company.
It is all work and no play for Christopher, who stays behind to develop a plan to save the company from financial disaster, as his wife and daughter spend the weekend at his old home next to Hundred Acre Wood.
Pooh wakes up one morning to find his pals missing, traveling to London and catching up with a much older and "all work no play" Christopher Robin, who has no time for his old pal. We'll leave the rest of the story for you to see and enjoy, and you can see what is coming.
Pooh, who considers himself to be not too bright, fills Christopher with love and wisdom, showing him the way to true happiness and a solution to his company's financial problems.
OK, so it's a little corny and old-fashioned. What's wrong with that?
The animals come alive with such reality that you, and most certainly the young ones, buy into their silliness.
Brad Garrett steals the show as Eeyore, the negative stuffed animal. The beginning of the movie is a hodge-podge of live action, drawings, and computer generated animals, all blending together magically. There are some memorable adages, mostly provided by Pooh that hopefully will stick with young and old alike.