Christopher Robin is a must see movie for all ages. This movie has heart and humor and excellent writing. Christopher Robin has a direction that we all should go with an excellent message or two about life and family. We could say it’s full of “Pooh-isms” and we could also say that it’s because of a fantastic director, Marc Forster. We sat down with Marc Forster and talked a lot about Christopher Robin.
One of the first things we wanted to know is why did he make Christopher Robin? Marc Forster is known for movies that are much more adult like World War Z. So his daughter looked at him while on an airplane watching a Pooh cartoon and says why can’t you make a movie for kids once? He then said to her jokingly, “Why don’t I do Pooh?” then he said three years later, he made Pooh.
The cast aligned the way he wanted. He said that he and Ewan have worked together before and that they have been friends every since…..
“We have been looking to do something together, comedically and dramatically, He’s so good, but the one thing is there’s something about him, he’s so likeable and so lovely. You want to just connect with him and you want him that his heart opens again and he becomes playful and he reconnects with his family. And so you really root for him and it was really crucial to have an actor who has that sort of ability because otherwise, you suddenly don’t connect with him or don’t want to root for him because he said okay, rather not connect with your family again. The movie for me ultimately is about love. His red sweater is sort of like this metaphor for love. I always felt like it’s about the heart.”
Marc talked about how much research went into creating Christopher Robin. He said for the time period, people did start going on vacations in England. He also talked about other symbols in the movie because the red color that symbolized love.
“I like metaphors in general. I wanted the film to end suddenly with him, Ewan, with his sweater too short. It’s like the film is too short as well. I just thought it was funny. For instance, the daughter leaves the drawing for him and when she finds the drawing, said I didn’t realize you could draw as well and then he hits the table and then the honey falls down, it’s sort of like, the honey obviously is supposed to then wake up Pooh. Because the idea was that when he actually sees the drawings, that’s sort of when they come back in is consciousness and that’s sort of like when the animals sort of come alive again, in a sense.”
He was also asked about what messages he wanted everyone to take from the film. If you remember Ewan said that he doesn’t like to say because he feels the viewers should be moved in different ways and make that choice for themselves.
“I think it’s so important to have hope, joy and really, it’s about love. Pooh is about love and reconnecting with the people you love. We all guilty of that, you know. Everybody works so much today that to find that balance between work and the people you care for. I don’t want to talk for everybody but I think that mainly the generalization is we don’t spend enough time or attention to the people we love. I think why we’re here for is to connect with one another.”
Watching the film really makes me want to go to England again. I think the locations they filmed were so perfect. He talked about the locations a little bit.
We shot lots of in Ashdown Forrest. Literally next to where Milne’s estate is and where the real forest was. Probably ten miles down the road from where we shot was the little river where we built our Pooh bridge. It is connected to the same river the real Pooh bridge is, so it’s all the same woods and neighborhood. We shot a little bit of also Windsor Park and outside Windsor Castle. Where sort of the Queen’s park is. The great thing about that particular forest is that the Queen park is sort of untouched. Every tree that falls down can’t be touched. Everything is just how nature brings it and it’s very wild and looks also very beautiful. I would say fifteen percent there and the rest at Ashtown.
You can see these amazing symbols and locations in Christopher Robin now in theaters.