Winne the Pooh has always held a special place in my life. As a child I had read the books, and my room was decorated with ceramic favorites from the Hundred Acre Woods. My lamp was the tree with Pooh stuck trying to get out of Rabbits home, Tigger and Roo hung near my closet doors, and Eeyore hung on the other wall with hooks for my robe and coat. My daddy and I talked of Pooh and shared our mutual love for honey.
Of course, we had the honey that came in a Pooh like container. Pooh and his friends were my companions, and we shared many adventures. As time does, it marched on and I grew up, but Pooh and the connection to my daddy was never far from my heart. As a young woman I got married, and our first son, Andy was born.
Andy’s life had a rough beginning being born with a rare heart defect and suffering two strokes by the age of seven months. Then I introduced Pooh and friends to him with VHS tapes, a stuffed Pooh Bear, and of course the stories. Andy loved Pooh, and we watched the movies so often I had memorized all the words. When Andy was 4, we took him to Disneyland and he got to “meet” Pooh which brought a huge smile to his face and laughter in his eyes.
Once again Pooh, his friends and their adventures lived on with Andy and my other children. Time continued to move, many years had passed and now I’m a grandma. I was very eager to introduce my granddaughter to Pooh. Finally, we watched Pooh’s Heffalump Movie together, and my granddaughter was hooked. She sang, danced, and has watched the movie over and over. This year we went to Disneyland for her 5th birthday where her little brother and she got to meet Pooh as well.
Winnie the Pooh is timeless and now Disney had brought us a live action movie with Christopher Robin all grown up. When my family saw the first trailers for the movie we knew it was one we had to go see together. This past Sunday my family and I were transported back to the Hundred Acre Woods. While Pooh sang his morning song immediately the audience began humming along.
“When I up, down and touch the ground
It puts me in the mood
Up, down and touch the ground
In the mood (smacks lips) for food
I am stout, round and I have found
Speaking poundage wise
I improve my appetite
When I exercise”
(Up Down and touch the Ground written by Richard and Robert Sherman 1966)
After the movie my husband remarked how he had forgotten how much he knew and loved Winnie the Pooh as a child. He said that the jokes and classic Pooh-isms brought back those wonderful memories. As I hummed along and laughed at Pooh’s clumsy nature my heart warmed with memories of my childhood, my children’s, and now my grandchildren’s.
Christopher Robin is not all smiles and songs. I’m not even sure it would be something young children would be able to stay focused on. Christopher Robin is the tale of the child all grown up and depicts a much too real world where Christopher has forgotten about his beloved Pooh and friends. Christopher Robin is now a father, and not a great one at that.
There are moments in the movie my heart broke, and yes, I cried. But never fear this is a Disney movie after all. With the sudden appearance of his best friend Winne the Pooh, Christopher Robin is reminded of the magic of being a child and having dreams. If you loved Winnie the Pooh as a child, you must see this movie. The nostalgia alone is worth the price of your admission. Take your family and relive the reasons Pooh, Piglet, Rabbit, Tigger, Eeyore, Owl, Kanga,\ and Roo were cherished friends in your youth. Take the time out of your busy grown up world to see Christopher Robin and take a new adventure with a treasured old friend.