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IN A QUAINT philo­soph­i­cal mus­ing one might clas­sify as dis­tinctly “Pooh-ian,” A.A. Milne’s beloved Win­nie the Pooh once de­clared that, “I am not lost, for I know where I am. But how­ever, where I am may be lost.” It’s pre­cisely the sort of predica­ment in which Pooh’s beloved hu­man friend finds him­self in the new film that bares his name – Christo­pher Robin. The movie de­picts Christo­pher, played by Ewan McGre­gor, 47, en­trenched firmly in mid­dle age, hav­ing traded the care­free Hun­dred Acre Wood for a de­mand­ing desk job that saps him of any re­main­ing sense of imag­i­na­tion (not to men­tion time with his wife and young daugh­ter).

Cue Pooh – who, along with Tig­ger, is played by their long-time Dis­ney car­toon voice ac­tor Jim Cum­mings, 65 – and friends Piglet, Eey­ore, Owl, Rab­bit, Kanga and Roo, who ven­ture out of the woods and into the city to reignite Christo­pher’s sense of won­der­ment. The char­ac­ter Christo­pher Robin is, of course, based on Milne’s son of the same name, whose love for Win­nie – short for Win­nipeg – a Canuck bear do­nated to the Lon­don Zoo by Cana­dian Army vet­eri­nar­ian Harry Cole­bourn, in­spired the char­ac­ter. His story was told in 2017’s bi­o­graph­i­cal Good­bye Christo­pher Robin.

Mean­while, this live-ac­tion Dis­ney of­fer­ing echoes themes from 1991’s Hook, about a mid­dle-aged worka­holic Peter Pan, played by the late Robin Wil­liams, who re­turns to Nev­er­land to con­front Cap­tain Hook and, in the process, learns to lighten up. Though the moral is a sim­ple one, such films serve as a wel­come re­minder that, though we grow older, we mustn’t nec­es­sar­ily grow old.

The real Christo­pher Robin Milne, whose love for a bear named Win­nie in­spired his fa­ther A.A. Milne’s story.

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