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It doesn’t necessarily matter where or when you grew up, it seems like Winnie the Pooh and his pal Christopher Robin are universally known. But, you may not know where the story itself came from. And, that’s all about to change with the live-action film, Goodbye Christopher Robin, hitting theaters this fall (October 13).

Christopher Robin isn’t just Winnie the Pooh’s friend – he’s the son of A.A. Milne, who wrote the story of a little boy, named after his son, and Pooh, Piglet, Tigger, Eeyore and the rest of the gang in Hundred Acre Wood. Christopher reminded his parents — portrayed by Domhnall Gleeson and Margot Robbie — and those around the family, what it was like to have fun and experience joy again post-wartime.

Two years ago, we mentioned the beginnings of how the delightful honey loving bear came to be was being adapted into a live-action film from Disney. As the expression goes, the days might be long, but the years are short… because time just flew by! It’s now here.

Well, not the full-length film itself, but the trailer has just been released today (June 15).

The title alone evokes sadness — but, we trust there must be more to the story than a farewell.

We should warn you, it does start out as a tearjerker, with the narrator setting the scene, saying, “Once upon a time, there was a great war. That brought so much sadness to so many people, hardly anyone could remember what happiness was like.”

Bear with us, because it does get better… the narrator continues on, saying, “But something happened that changed all that.”

And, you know what that “something” was? A baby. A baby named… Christopher Robin.

Alright, we’ll let you get to it:

As you saw in the trailer, it was Christopher’s playing with his stuffed animals (and with his dad), that sparked an idea in his father’s mind that grew into something very special. The story continues on with Christopher grown up, played by Ewan McGregor. He has his own family, is working and just too busy for much else.

It’s not necessarily a goodbye, but a reunion with his childhood friend Winnie the Pooh.

This makes us think of Saving Mr. Banks — are you a fan of the story behind the story movies? 

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By Brigid Brown