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Pooh Reminds Us That We All Could Use a Little Playtime in the Latest Christopher Robin Trailer

Pooh likes naps.
Pooh likes naps.
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Christopher Robin might reflect the sad reality that adults suck and have to work all the time, but Pooh Bear is here to tell us that everything is going to be okay, with three little words: “I love play!”


Disney has released the latest trailer for Christopher Robin, which stars Ewan McGregor as an older version of the titular character who’s had to replace playtime with work hours. He’s fallen into the “I have to work so I can’t be with my family” trope, with Agent Carter’s Hayley Atwell taking on the role of the beleaguered wife. But given how the original series was about a little boy and his imagination, it makes more sense here than it does in other movies.

Everything changes when Christopher comes across “POOH?!?!” in the middle of London, who’s on a mission to find the rest of his friends. Some funny hijinks ensue as the adorable bear tests Christopher’s patience and engages in some playful banter with other London residents. That poor guy, he was not ready to have a one-on-one with a talking stuffed animal.


This movie may be family-friendly, but it’s definitely going to strike a different chord with adults than it will with kids. Kind of like Toy Story 3, it’s hard to see the realities of adulthood come face-to-face with the childhoods that were sacrificed along the way. But with iconic voices like Jim Cummings (Winnie the Pooh and Tigger) back to remind us of what we once had—and others like Brad Garrett (Eeyore), Toby Jones (Owl), Nick Mohammed (Piglet), Peter Capaldi (Rabbit), and Sophie Okonedo (Kanga)—it can help us rediscover and find joy in the simple things. Everyone could use a little playtime.

Video Editor and Staff Writer at io9. My doppelganger is that rebelling greeting card from Futurama.

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Dan Entwistle

If this makes me feel remotely close to how I felt when watching nigh-on perfect movies Paddington and Paddington 2 (which I am strongly reminded of when I see anything from this movie) then it’s going to be a delight and I will cry many tears. Excited for this.