A.A. Milnes silly old bear is back and looking ever so slightly — and altogether endearingly — scruffy in this new trailer for Disneys live-action Christopher Robin. Its the best glimpse weve had yet of director Marc Fosters visually realistic, stitched-at-the-seams take on the Pooh bear, depressed donkey Eeyore, Piglet, Kanga, Roo and the rest of Milnes menagerie.
The trailer, posted exclusively today on Ellen DeGeneres Ellentube, focuses more on the animals than previous teasers that set up the tales starting-point dilemma: An adult Christopher Robin (Ewan McGregor) is an overworked London businessman whos apparently not been spending nearly enough time with wife Evelyn (Hayley Atwell) and daughter Madeline (Bronte Carmichael). When hes ordered to work yet another weekend, Christophers stuffed childhood pals arrive to set things right.
Judging from this trailer, Forsters approach combines a bit of the familiar (Jim Cummings, long the Sterling Holloway-influenced voice of Winnie the Pooh, is back) with the new. The clean, 60s-modern look of Disneys animated versions is replaced here with critters that really do look as if theyve been pulled from an old toy chest in the attic. Its an appealing blend.
Hitting theaters August 3, Forsters Christopher Robin has a screenplay by Alex Ross Perry and Allison Schroeder and a story by Perry based on characters created by Milne and E.H. Shepard. The producers are Brigham Taylor and Kristin Burr with Renée Wolfe and Jeremy Johns serving as executive producers. In addition to McGregor, Atwell, Carmichael and Cummings (who also voices Tigger), the movies features Mark Gatiss as Christophers boss, and the voices of Brad Garrett (Eeyore), Toby Jones (Owl), Nick Mohammed (Piglet), Peter Capaldi (Rabbit), and Sophie Okonedo (Kanga).
Check out the trailer above, and the films poster art here: