This modern-day Hook sees an older Christopher Robin return to the Hundred Acre Wood and reconnect with some not-so-imaginary friends
Christopher Robin, available from Friday 12 April in Sky Cinema on demand. Cert PG. Also available in HD
Ready your nostalgia senses for tickling, because your inner child will likely be set free when you first hear the familiar phrase, “Oh, bother” in this magical movie. That’s right, the loveable, silly old bear, Winnie-the-Pooh (voice by Jim Cummings) is back!
Time has passed, and Christopher Robin is now all grown up and far removed from the imaginative free spirit he used to be. His old pals Winnie-the-Pooh, Tigger, Piglet, Eeyore, Kanga, Roo, Owl and Rabbit are also far from his mind, as he focuses all his energy on his stressful job.
Even his wife Evelyn (Hayley Atwell, Agent Carter) and daughter Madeline (Bronte Carmichael), find themselves playing second fiddle to Christopher’s demanding boss, Giles Winslow (Mark Gatiss). When Pooh awakes one night and is unable to find his furry friends, he sets out on a journey to London in a bid to find Christopher.
Brad Garrett, Peter Capaldi, Sophie Okonedo, Toby Jones and comedian Nick Mohammed lend their voices to the cast of critters.
Whether you grew up with the tales of Winnie-the-Pooh or are new to the honey-loving bear’s escapades, Christopher Robin will definitely charm you. Its sweet story never borders on sickly and will have you thinking about your old stuffed toys with a renewed sense of wonder.
This reunion got us thinking: What might some of our other fictional favourites be up to these days? We tapped into our inner Christopher Robin to imagine where they ended up. Read on to find out more.
Monsters Inc’s Mike Wazowski
Unlike his best friend Sulley, whose towering stature and earth-shattering roar are the stuff of legend, Mike Wazowski, a small, green, one-eyed monster, was never much of a “scarer”. The last we saw of Mike, he was proving the energy-generating ability of children’s laughter (it’s ten times more powerful than screams, don’t you know). His comedy career was gathering steam, and he was building up his portfolio of jokes with some seriously silly slapstick.
We reckon his next move would be a teaching position at the School of Laughing at Monsters University. The natural comedian would have his students in stitches. His side hustle would be a monster-filled variant of a show like Michael McIntyre’s Comedy Roadshow. Mike, on hosting duties, would present a showcase of acts of all shapes and sizes (and monster types!) before zooming off into the night in a seriously slick red sports car.
He’d likely need a little boost to get into the car, but thankfully he’s got his lovely lady friend Celia Mae (and her snake pals) at his side to help him through the tough times.
We imagine Remy’s career to have skyrocketed – the talented rat is highly sought after the world over for his culinary skills and has also branched out into consultancy work. He’s good friends with the mouse from Mouse Hunt too, who he hits up when he needs a good cheese recommendation.
So far, so magnifique! However, he’s facing a bit of a backlash, with some people expressing reservations about having a rat involved in the preparation of their food. As a result, when he’s not busy jet-setting or fine-tuning recipes, Remy can be found campaigning for rodent’s rights.
He’s not only taking to the streets to reverse this bad rep, he’s going underground – the London Underground, that is. Look out for his live demonstrations and pop-up stalls at tube stops across the capital, where he’ll be serving up food and food for thought. Those hungry commuters will eat their words!
Big Hero 6’s Baymax
The non-threatening, huggable aesthetic of Baymax, a personal healthcare companion, is key to his friendly, good-natured appearance. Fun fact: Disney visited a variety of universities for inspiration while designing the loveable robot and struck gold at Pennsylvania’s Carnegie Mellon University, where researchers were developing inflatable, balloon-like “soft robotics”.
We think that, in addition to fighting crime, Baymax would regularly visit hospitals to console patients, spread cheer and dole out quick fixes where he can (popping on a plaster here, dishing out a lollipop there). He’s a big hit – making hospital stays more manageable for patients and healthcare professionals alike. We’ll fist bump to that. Ba-la-la-la!
Toy Story’s Sid Phillips
Ah, Sid – Andy’s next-door neighbour and the antagonist of the first Toy Story movie. His exploits were the stuff of nightmares and had us holding our toys close and promising to treat them better. In Toy Story 3 it’s revealed that Sid has grown up and found employment as a binman.
But before you say good riddance to bad rubbish, consider this theory that first emerged on Reddit: after finding out that his toys were alive in the first film, Sid abandoned his destructive ways and became a binman in order to rescue abandoned toys and fix them up. After all, what better way to do that than through a job that has you rifling through people’s unwanted items? If the theory holds water then we couldn’t be happier for the fella. Here’s hoping he makes a cameo in Toy Story 4 and puts those rumours to rest.
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