Disney unveiled the first look at their newest live-action cartoon remake yesterday.
Winnie the Pooh is the next in a long line of reimagined Disney cartoons and the first look has sent fans of the famous honey hunting bear into a tailspin.
Christopher Robin is the new adaptation, and an entirely original story centred around Pooh bear, his Hundred Acre Woods friends and a much older Christopher Robin, played by Ewan McGregor.
The consensus is mixed, some love it, lots hate it, some don't like his voice and others just want to make Star Wars jokes and TED or Paddington comparisons. Some also liken the new Disney flick to that of a horror movie.
*Christopher Robin drops down silently from a tree behind Pooh*— Jeff Peli (@JeffPeli) March 6, 2018
*Pooh turns around slowly, unsurprised by the company as if it were expected*
"When you're down here with me, you float too" pic.twitter.com/BD3ZuNBH1f— Matt Jacobs (@tarantallegra) March 6, 2018
Damn it... I cried hearing Pooh's voice, I miss everything about my childhood 😭😭😭— Kizz 💋 (@highseul) March 7, 2018
Why the hell does Pooh have that awful accent left over from the old American cartoons, he’s British ffs! Unacceptable. https://t.co/E4G2yTj13t— Aletta (@Lettybird) March 6, 2018
Winnie the Pooh ruined https://t.co/5t3W7p0iR4— Joey (@joepiha) March 6, 2018
Me before watching: awe this is gonna be cute but I’ll probably have to love it in principle bc it won’t be THAT good— a brennan (@brennanpierced) March 7, 2018
Me after watching: *instant tears at the sound of his voice* *clutches Pooh bear collection to chest* *clings to Winnie the Pooh picture books* *gross sobbing* https://t.co/oFuGgVebGh
the new Winnie the Pooh character design is fuckin awful— now slice (@tinymicah) March 6, 2018
the real world is an awful dark place when a teaser trailer for live action winnie the pooh movie gives me goosebumps and almost makes me cry— david! (@mmhmmawkward) March 6, 2018
So, about the accent. Let's remember this is, after all, a Disney movie! Of course, the voice won't change, and Pooh is voiced by the voice actor who's played him since the late 80s, Jim Cummings.
It's easy to get critical of the CGI rendering of the classic cartoon bear, because its very easy to forget that Winnie the Pooh, and all his animal friends, were always stuffed animals!
Don't remember? Here's a visual refresh.
As a born-and-raised Winnipeg boy, Winnie the Pooh will always have a special place in my heart. In case you did not know, he is the (unofficial) mascot of Winnipeg, and was even named after my prairie hometown.
Personally, I am here for this!
I say Disney got this one right, and am very curious to see how the rest of the Hundred Acre Woods gang will look in this film. Here's the teaser trailer.
Christopher Robin hits theatre this August.