The world is such a dark, depressing hellscape these days that it is easy to forget that there are still a few pure things out there. Children still manage surprise us, Bill & Ted 3 is actually happening, and every now and then, people get lucky. To add to that joyful list, it looks like everyone's favorite plump, pants-less bear is coming back to remind us that everything hasn't completely gone to shit.
On Friday, the first full trailer for the upcoming live-action Winnie the Pooh movie, Christopher Robin, premiered on The Ellen Show, and if the movie's overwhelmingly sweetness doesn't melt your cold heart, then nothing will.
The movie follows an adult version of Robin (Ewan McGregor) who, like the rest of us, has grown up and lost all sense of wonder under the crushing weight of work and responsibility and whatever—at least until Pooh and the gang return to help him rediscover what he's lost.
Pooh, Eeyore, Piglet, and the gang all look wonderfully scruffy and realistic in this new version, and Tigger even seems like he's aged a bit—is he going gray?—though the spring in his tail is still springy, apparently. Yeah, the whole plot is basically the same as Hook except featuring a certain silly-old-bear, and the Hundred Acre Wood standing in for Neverland. But come on, so what? Hook was tight as hell when you were a kid, and Christopher Robin looks equally as magical.
Christopher Robin is directed by Marc Forster off a script by Alex Ross Perry, the guy behind Listen Up Philip and a lot of movies your local barista likes. Along with McGregor, the film brings back 1980's Pooh and Tigger voice actor Jim Cummings, and Brad Garrett as Eeyore. Just watch the trailer and let the utter earnestness of the whole thing wash over you.
Christopher Robin is set to hit theaters August 3.
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