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  • This is the second live-action Disney film for Hayley Atwell after Cinderella (2015), Toby Jones after Muppets Most Wanted (2014), and for Ewan McGregor after Beauty and the Beast (2017).
  • Gemma Arterton was considered to play Evelyn Robin. However she later decided to not take on the role.
  • Irish actor Chris O'Dowd was initially announced as the voice of Tigger, but he was replaced with his long time voice actor Jim Cummings, alongside Pooh Bear, in the final film due to test audiences not finding O'Dowd's take on Tigger with a British accent very fitting for the character. This would have been O'Dowd's second voice over role after Epic (2013). However his second voice over role was in Mary Poppins Returns (2018) which came out 4 months later after this films release.
  • Brad Garrett's 15th voice role in a Disney movie.
  • This is Brad Garrett's seventh time voicing a character in a live-action film, after Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows (2016) (Krang), The Country Bears (2002) (Fred), Underdog (2007) (Riff Raff), the Night at the Museum trilogy (Easter Island Head), Garfield (2004) (Luca), and Casper (1995) (Fatso).
  • Jim Cummings has played Winnie the Pooh and Tigger in Disney features since 1988 and 1989 (full time since 1999) respectively.
  • Dustin Hoffman, Chris O'Dowd, Alan Tudyk, Andy Richter, Stephen Root, and Martin Short were all considered to voice Tigger.
  • Jim Cummings and Brad Garrett's second Disney film after An Extremely Goofy Movie (2000).
  • Jim Cummings is the only cast member from the animated series to be reprising his roles as Pooh and Tigger, whilst the others have different voices from the rest of the series.
  • Filmed at dover cruise terminal 1 in dover, Kent. England
  • Winnie the Pooh's third live-action appearance after Welcome to Pooh Corner (1983) (as people in costumes) and The Book of Pooh (2001) (as puppets).
  • This is veteran voice actor Jim Cummings sixth time voicing a character in a live action film, after The Garbage Pail Kids Movie (1987) (Greaser Greg and Nat Nerd), Who Framed Roger Rabbit (1988) (the Toon Bullet with a mustache), Babe: Pig in the City (1998) (a Pelican), Cabin Boy (1994) (Cupcake) and Small Soldiers (1998) (Ocula). As it also turns out Who Framed Roger Rabbit (1988) and The New Adventures of Winnie the Pooh (1988) both came 30 years prior in 1988 and are both Disney projects (Who Framed Roger Rabbit (1988) is a Disney movie released by its Touchstone Pictures label, though still considered an official Disney film).
  • This is the first Winnie the Pooh film made in seven years, as well as the first one to be live-action.
  • Tigger should be predictable to come back and Jim Cummings would be the right one to voice tigger
  • The film was released in 2018, the 30th anniversary of The New Adventures of Winnie the Pooh (1988), the 35th anniversary of both Welcome to Pooh Corner (1983) and Winnie the Pooh and a Day for Eeyore (1983), the 50th anniversary of Winnie the Pooh and the Blustery Day (1968), and the 15th anniversary of Piglet's Big Movie (2003).
  • Ewan McGregor and Marc Forster's second film project together after Stay (2005).
  • Klaus Badelt's first musical score for a Disney movie since Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl (2003).
  • Wyatt Dean Hall is reprising his role as Roo from Winnie the Pooh (2011).
  • The seven year gap between Winnie the Pooh (2011) and Christopher Robin (2018) is the same amount of time between the appearance Owl and Christopher Robin's appearances in the series, after they were completely absent between 2004 and 2011.
  • Brad Garrett had previously voiced Eeyore on some Disney Winnie the Pooh CD-ROMs which were released in the mid 1990s.
  • Peter Capaldi, Toby Jones, Sophie Okonedo, and Mark Gatiss's second time working together since Doctor Who (2005).
  • Toby Jones and Mark Gatiss's first time working together since Sherlock (2010).
  • First time Owl is voiced by an actual British actor, rather than an American or Scottish actor using a British accent.
  • Marc Forster and Peter Capaldi's second film project after World War Z (2013).
  • Jim Cummings and Brad Garrett are the only American actors in the film while the rest of the cast members are from the UK doing British Accents for their respective characters to reflect the film now having a more England setting like the original books as opposed to a North American one like Previous Disney Adaptions, although Hayley Atwell has a dual American-British citizenship.
  • When this film was announced various websites explained that this film will be like Seth MacFarlane's adult comedy film Ted (2012) which is basically the same plot which is a boy who has a stuffed bear as a best friend and has him when he's grown up as a man. But unlike Ted (2012) this is a Disney movie for both kids and adults. And the only difference that Winnie the Pooh has that Ted doesn't have is other animal friends.
  • Before his untimely death, composer Jóhann Jóhannsson was set to score this film. The end credits contain a dedication to him.
  • Winnie the Pooh and his friends in this film are a combination of their Disney animated versions (where they were walking talking animals), and A.A. Milne's Pooh children's stories (where they were stuffed animals). The filmmakers also studied the drawings of Winnie the Pooh artist Ernest Shepard for influence.
  • Stars two M.C.U. actors. (Marvel Cinematic Universe): Hayley Atwell and Toby Jones who both worked on Captain America: The First Avenger. Atwell play S.H.E.I.L.D. Agent Peggy Carter. Toby Jones played the villain's right hand man Armin Zola. Atwell went on to get her own series as agent carter with Jones popping up in one episode. Both would also have more parts to play in M.C.U.
  • Not to be confused with Goodbye Christopher Robin (2017) that recounts the inception of Winnie the Pooh and the Hundred Acre Wood. This film is an entirely fictional story.
  • This is the first and only Winnie the Pooh film to be shot in the 2.35:1 aspect ratio.
  • Chris O'Dowd's second voice over film after Epic (2013).
  • Richard M. Sherman has been confirmed to write three original songs for the film after having done so with his late brother Robert B. Sherman in many of the preceding Disney's Winnie the Pooh feature films, including The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh (1977), The Tigger Movie (2000), and also most of the theatrical shorts and one direct-to-video Winnie the Pooh: Seasons of Giving (1999). It has been confirmed that the title song "Winnie The Pooh" from The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh (1977) will be used in this film and so will the other two original songs "Up, Down, Touch the Ground" and "The Wonderful Thing About Tiggers".
  • This is Peter Capaldi's third movie role that features a bear character after playing Mr. Curry in both Paddington (2014) and Paddington 2 (2017).
  • This is the first time Owl is being voiced by a real British actor and not voiced by an American or Scottish actor using a fake British accent.
  • This is the first Disney's live-action film to be rated G by the MPAA since Hannah Montana: The Movie (2009).
  • Toby Jones and director Marc Forster's second film together after Finding Neverland (2004).
  • The plot of Christopher Robin being an adult was reused from The New Adventures of Winnie the Pooh (1988) series called Grown, But Not Forgotten (1991).
  • Prior to the full casting confirmation, Kristen Anderson-Lopez was thought to have been reprising her role as Kanga, after having previously done so in Winnie the Pooh (2011).
  • Like in A.A. Milne's original stories, this film takes place in a more England setting rather than North America. The designs of some of the animal characters compared to their fully animated counterparts now even reflect their appearances from A.A. Milne's stories (e.g. Tigger's fur is yellow instead of orange, and Piglet's sweater is dark green instead of dark pink).
  • This is the first and only Winnie the Pooh film to be rated PG by the MPAA, rather than G like the previous and fully animated films in the franchise had been.
  • Young Christopher Robin's outfit is based on the one he wore in the original Ernest Shepard illustrations.
  • Peter Capaldi, Mark Gatiss, Sophie Okonedo, and Toby Jones have all previously appeared in the modern incarnation of Doctor Who (2005)
  • This is Toby Jones's first voice-over role in a theatrical film since voicing Dobby the House Elf in Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (2002), and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 (2010).
  • Hayley Atwell and Toby Jones also starred together in Captain America: The First Avenger (2011) and Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014) as well as the TV series Agent Carter (2015).
  • This is Jim Cummings's sixth voice over role in a live-action film after The Garbage Pail Kids Movie (1987) (Greasy Gerg and Nat Nerd), Who Framed Roger Rabbit (1988) (the Toon Bullet with a mustache), Cabin Boy (1994) (Cupcake), Babe: Pig in the City (1998) (a pelican) and Small Soldiers (1998) (Ocula). It also turns out that both Who Framed Roger Rabbit (1988) and The New Adventures of Winnie the Pooh (1988) came about 30 years ago prior in 1988 and they are both made by Disney (despite Who Framed Roger Rabbit (1988) being released by Touchstone Pictures it's still considered as a Disney movie).
  • This is the longest Winnie the Pooh film to run at 104 minutes unlike the previous animated ones which were either 60 or 70 minutes long.
  • Jim Cummings and Brad Garrett are the only voice actors from the animated films to reprise their roles (Cummings has been the voice of Winnie the Pooh since 1988 and Tigger full time since 1999 (though partially since 1989) while Garrett voiced Eeyore in Animated StoryBook: Winnie the Pooh and the Honey Tree (1995)), making this the first time in a live-action adaptation of a Disney animated feature film to do so, followed by Frank Welker who reprised Abu and The Cave of Wonders in the live-action Aladdin movie and James Earl Jones who will reprise his role as Mufasa in the live-action adaptation of The Lion King (2019).
  • This movie was released 41 years after The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh (1977), 21 years after Pooh's Grand Adventure: The Search for Christopher Robin (1997), 18 years after The Tigger Movie (2000), 15 years after Piglet's Big Movie (2003), 13 years after Pooh's Heffalump Movie (2005), and seven years after Winnie the Pooh (2011).
  • Ewan McGregor and Hayley Atwell had previously worked together on Cassandra's Dream (2007) with director Woody Allen.
  • This is the very first time since Winnie the Pooh and Tigger Too (1974) where Roo is voiced by a girl and not voiced by a boy.
  • This is the first Winnie the Pooh film to have its music score composed by two composers instead of just one; all the previous Winnie the Pooh films had their music scores composed by only one composer.
  • This, along with The Jungle Book (2016), are the only live-action adaptions of Disney animated feature films to not rename any of the characters from their fully animated counterparts.
  • The film depicts "Christopher Robin" as the character's full name. That is, Robin is his last name. The real Christopher Robin's last name was Milne, as he was the real life son of Pooh creator, A.A. Milne. In previous fictional productions his last name was not given.
  • The opening animation segment is based on the artwork of Winnie the Pooh artist Ernest Shepard.
  • The opening segment, in which the animals bid Christopher Robin farewell and he promises not to forget Pooh, is loosely adapted from the very last Pooh story written by A.A. Milne.
  • Two lines, often erroneously attributed to A.A. Milne on the internet, are in the dialogue for this movie. "People say nothing is impossible, but I do nothing every day" and "What day is this? It's today."
  • When Eeyore reads a poem at the farewell party it is an abridged version of the poem he recited in the last Pooh story, "The House at Pooh Corner".
  • A red balloon also plays an important role in Winnie the Pooh (2011), which was the last time Pooh and his friends appeared on the big screen prior to this movie.
  • Pooh and his friends describe their mission to London as an "expotition." This is another reference to the Milne stories in which Pooh and his friends go on an "expedition" to discover the North Pole. Pooh simply gets the word wrong.
  • Tigger sees his reflection and confuses it for another tigger, just as he did in Winnie the Pooh and the Blustery Day (1968).
  • Some elements from the A.A. Milne stories appear in this film which did not appear in the previous Disney adaptations. Such as the fact of Owl and Rabbit being the only animals who are REAL animals, rather than stuffed toys, Piglet's predilection for acorns (or "haycorns," as he calls them) and the use of the word "expotition."
  • Brad Garrett (Eeyore) is probably best known for his role as Robert Barone, Ray's older brother on TV's Everybody Loves Raymond (1996). In a meeting with the show's head writer Philip Rosenthal, Rosenthal had compared the character to Eeyore. "I am Eeyore," was Garrett's reply. "Yes, exactly," said Rosenthal. "No," said Garrett. "I mean I AM Eeyore. I do the voice for Eeyore."
  • The story is somewhat reminiscent of the film Hook (1991). In both cases, the young hero of a magical world leaves for the real world where he gets married and has children, only to become obsessed with work and to forget his childhood. A character from that magical world comes to the real world, brings the hero back to the magical world, and reminds them how to be young and happy. Both films are set partially in London and are based on popular British children's books which were adapted into animated films by Walt Disney.
  • Besides Pooh and Tigger, all of the animal characters have been recast since their last big screen appearance in 2011. Peter Capaldi succeeds Tom Kenny, and Toby Jones succeeds Craig Ferguson as Owl. Interestingly, both Capaldi and Ferguson are Scottish and affected an English accent when voicing their respective roles. Ewan McGregor is also Scottish, but plays an Englishman.
  • Ewan McGregor plays the adult Christopher Robin. His father, A. A. Milne, was played by Domhnall Gleeson in Goodbye Christopher Robin (2017). McGregor and Gleeson have both appeared in the Star Wars films. McGregor played the young Obi-Wan Kenobi in the Prequel Trilogy, while Gleeson plays General Hux in the Sequel Trilogy.
  • Wyatt Dean Hall was originally considered to reprise his role of Roo for this movie but a girl named Sara Sheen replaced him as the voice of Roo due to his young voice hitting puberty at the time.
  • Several of Christopher Robin's co-workers - Hal Gallsworthy, Ralph Butterworth, Paul Hastings, Matthew Leadbetter, and Joan MacMillan - are named after the original voice actors for the Winnie the Pooh characters in the 1960s: Hal Smith (Owl), Ralph Wright (Eeyore), Paul Winchell (Tigger), Junius Matthews (Rabbit), and John Fiedler (Piglet).
  • The release of Christopher Robin in China was denied. The reason is the banning of images and the name Winnie the Pooh on social media in China. Bloggers have tied images of Chinese president Xi Jinping to Winnie the Pooh in humorous mashups.
  • This film was inspired by A. A. Milne and E. H. Shepard's book "Winnie the Pooh" and is a live-action/CGI extension of the Disney franchise of the same name.
  • Christopher Robin (2018) had its premiere in Burbank, California on July 30, 2018.
  • Much of the filming of the Hundred Acre Wood scenes took place at Ashdown Forest, which was the original inspiration for the setting, as well as Windsor Great Park.
  • Jóhann Jóhannsson was hired to score the film, shortly before his death on February 9, 2018. The film is dedicated to his memory.
  • The film was denied release in China, as Chinese citizens have drawn comparisons between Winnie the Pooh and Chinese leader Xi Jinping since mid 2017.
  • Toby Jones (Owl), Mackenzie Crook (Newspaper seller), and Simon Farnaby (Taxi driver) appeared in the TV series "Detectorists" (2014) together.
  • Tristan Sturrock, who played Christopher Robin's father, is the real-life Dad of Bronte Carmichael who plays Madeline Robin.
  • There is a mid-credits scene with some of the film's supporting cast enjoying the beach. The nearby piano player that performs a song is legendary Disney songwriter Richard M. Sherman.
  • Ewan McGregor and Oliver Ford Davies both appeared in the Star Wars prequels. McGregor was Obi-Wan Kenobi, Davies was Governor Sio Bibble.
  • One of Jim Cummings's films of voice acting after The Brave Little Toaster (1987), The Garbage Pail Kids Movie (1987), Who Framed Roger Rabbit (1988), Cabin Boy (1994), The Lion King (1994), Babe: Pig in the City (1998), Small Soldiers (1998), Road to El Dorado (2000), Titan A.E. (2000), Shrek (2001), Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius (2001), The Jungle Book 2 (2003), Sinbad Legend of the Seven Seas (2003), The Lion King 1/2 (2004), Bee Movie (2007), Gnomeo and Juliet (2011), Winnie the Pooh (2011), and Sing (2016).
  • Walt Disney Pictures' first live-action adaption of an animated classic to not be a live-action remake since Alice in Wonderland (2010) released 8 years prior.
  • This is Nick Mohammed's first Disney movie role in 2018. His next one is The Nutcracker and the Four Realms (2018).
  • Toby Jones and Mackenzie Crook have been in a number of projects together: * Christopher Robin (2018) * Detectorists (2014) * Muppets Most Wanted (2014) * The Adventures of Tintin (2011) * Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll (2010) * City of Ember (2008) * Finding Neverland (2004)
  • Although a work of fiction, some elements of the story are biographically correct. Christopher Robin (Milne) was the son of Winne the Pooh's author, A. A. Milne. Christopher Robin did attend Boxgrove School from the age of nine and later as a young adult, served in the British Army during World War Two.
  • This film is the first Winnie the Pooh adventure to feature the concept on "what if Christopher Robin grew up?"
  • Peter Capaldi and Marc Forster's second film project together after World War Z (2013).
  • The bridge Winnie The Pooh and Christopher Robin cross over on the train on their way to Sussex is the same bridge Hogwarts students cross over on their route from Kings Cross Station (London) to Howarts School. It was prominently fe as tired in "Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets" when H as rory and Ron tried to outrun the Hogwarts Express train in their flying car.
  • Bud Luckey did not reprise his role as Eeyore from Winnie the Pooh (2011) this may have been due to passing away before the release of the film. Instead he was replaced with Brad Garrett who reprised his role from the CD-ROM version of "Winnie the Pooh and the Honey Tree". Brad would later voice Eeyore for a cameo appearance in Ralph Breaks the Internet (2018) released 4 months later.
  • Travis Oates, Tom Kenny, and Craig Ferguson were rumored to reprise their roles as Piglet, Rabbit, and Owl from Winnie the Pooh (2011) but were sadly dropped and were replaced with Nick Mohammed, Peter Capaldi, and Toby Jones respectively.
  • Nominated for the Academy Award for, Best Visual Effects.
  • The first Winnie the Pooh movie to be nominated for an Academy Award since 1968's Winnie the Pooh and the Blustery Day, a fifty year time gap.
  • Ewan McGregor's (Christopher Robin) on-screen wife in this film is played by Hayley Atwell, an English actress who had previously starred in an episode (Be Right Back) of the Netflix anthology series Black Mirror (though it was a production of BBC's channel 4 at the time). McGregor's love interest in his other Disney film (the 2017 live-action adaption of Beauty and the Beast) is also played by an English actress (Gugu Mbatha-Raw) who had previously starred in an episode (San Junipero) of Black Mirror.
  • Jim Cummings and Brad Garrett's second Disney movie together after An Extremely Goofy Movie (2000).
  • The fourth Disney's live-action/computer-animated hybrid film, after G-Force (2009), The Jungle Book (2016), and The BFG (2016).
  • The second live action film of Winnie the Pooh in 2018, the first live action TV show was Welcome to Pooh Corner in 1983.
  • In 1934 A.A. Milne wrote "Peace with Honour". Four years later Neville Chamberlain not only used this same phrase in Downing Street on returning from Munich, but he also obtained passage of the Holiday Pay Act 1938, which provided for paid holidays for working class employees, at least a decade before this film is set.
  • With an international box office take of $197 million, this is the biggest grossing Winnie the Pooh film ever.
  • On the weekend of its release in the USA, this was held off the top spot by Mission: Impossible - Fallout (2018).
  • Marc Forster kept a set of the stuffed animals for his home. Disney charged him for them.
  • Marc Forster's involvement largely stems from his then-six-year-old daughter asking him to make a film for kids.
  • The paintings of English artist L.S. Lowry were a key influence in the look of the film.

Spoilers

  • Christopher Robin's life as depicted in the film bears many parallels to his real-life inspiration, C.R. Milne (A.A. Milne's son, who was the basis for Christopher Robin in his stories). Both Christopher Robins severed their ties with Pooh once they attended boarding school and served in World War II. Both also married and had a daughter; Madeline in the film, Clare in real life. But while Madeline is perfectly healthy, Clare had a severe case of cerebral palsy and she and her mother set up a trust fund to help raise awareness of her disability.
  • When the adult Christopher Robin meets Eeyore for the first time, he is floating on his back down a stream. This mirrors an event from one of the original Pooh books, which itself was featured in Winnie the Pooh and a Day for Eeyore (1983).
  • At one point, Piglet flies through the air and lands against the windshield of Evelyn's car. This is reminiscent of a scene from Winnie the Pooh and the Blustery Day (1968) when a big wind causes him to hit Owl's window in just the same way.
  • At the end of the film, Christopher Robin saves the company by suggesting the idea of giving employees paid vacation in order to encourage them to buy more luggage. The first American businessman to give his employees both Saturday AND Sunday off of work was Henry Ford, and he only did it so that they would drive more.
  • During the end credits, a scene of Winslow employees on vacation at the beach is shown, accompanied by Richard Sherman, songwriter of various immortal Disney songs, including the classic Winnie the Pooh theme, playing the piano singing a song titled "Busy Doing Nothing".
  • When Madeline takes Winnie the Pooh and his friends out of the Hundred Acre Wood and into the city, you can clearly see a woman strolling past them, walking a dalmatian on a leash. This is a nod to another great Disney film, "101 Dalmatians" (1961).
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