You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

Disney Lot Gets Hundred Acre Wood Makeover for ‘Christopher Robin’ Premiere

The Disney Studios lot morphed into the Hundred Acre Wood on Monday night as stars gathered for the world premiere of the live-action “Christopher Robin.”

A garden-themed red carpet lined the entrance to the theater, with Winnie, Piglet, Eeyore, and Tigger sitting in lawn chairs at the start of the carpet.

Christopher Robin” takes place after the eponymous character (Ewan McGregor) has grown up and lost touch with the important things in life. His childhood friends – Winnie the Pooh, Tigger, Eeyore, and Piglet – venture into the real world to help Christopher rediscover the joys of family, friendship, and appreciating the simple pleasures of life.

That’s a message that’s very relevant today, McGregor told Variety on the red carpet. “I felt very much it was a timely movie for me,” he said. “I felt that way before I read when it when (director) Marc (Forster) described what he wanted to do with the film and how he wanted it to feel and his belief that it was an important film for now.”

Directed by Forster, the film is the latest live-action remake of a Disney classic, following the massive success of other live-action remakes like “Beauty and the Beast,” which grossed $1.2 billion at the global box office.

Forster said he approached the making of the feature with an eye toward giving Pooh a well-worn look that would convey the passage of time. “I wanted to go back to the old shepherd drawings that started to create Pooh as (A.A. Milne) imagined it and give it enough wear and tear that you feel this is a well hugged bear, that it’s a loved bear, that Christopher Robin played with him,” Forster said.

Brad Garrett, who voiced Eeyore, said he approached the role with some trepidation given the nostalgia attached to the franchise by fans.

“I really wanted to make sure I was true to this character,” Garrett said. “We stayed true to the character vocally but (Forster) wanted to bring things to it that made him a little more dimensional, to have a little ray of hope once in a while, a little bit of excitement.”

“Christopher Robin” writer Allison Schroeder said the film should inspire people to take stock of their lives. “We all need to take a moment to just enjoy life, step back and relax and appreciate our friends and our family and lives that we have,” Schroeder said. “We forget to do that sometimes.”

Longtime Disney producer Brigham Taylor said the Milne stories featuring the Hundred Acre Woods characters “really exemplifies all the complexities and joys of friendship and you have all these disparate little personalities but they get along and they make an effort to be kind and be polite and look out for each other. That’s a timely thing.”

Producer Kristin Burr agrees: “The messages of Milne, the messages of Pooh, they’re always very simple: it’s about enjoying life and being present and those are all things that we constantly need to learn.”

“Christopher Robin” also stars Hayley Atwell, Bronte Carmichael, and Jim Cummings. Producers were Taylor and Burr, with Renée Wolfe as executive producer. Music was composed by Geoff Zanelli and Jon Brion.

The film bows Aug. 3.

More Scene

  • Andy CohenThe Shops and Restaurants at

    Andy Cohen to Receive Vito Russo Award at GLAAD Media Awards

    Mazel, Andy Cohen! Bravo’s late-night talk show host is set to receive the Vito Russo Award at the 30th annual GLAAD Media Awards on May 4 in New York City. Sarah Jessica Parker will present him with the award, which is named in honor of GLAAD founder Vito Russo. The annual award goes to openly [...]

  • Variety TV Summit Europe

    Variety TV Summit Europe Coming to London on June 13

    Variety’s TV Summit Europe will coincide with London Tech Week this year, returning to the city on June 13. The international conference will be held at the Royal Lancaster and is co-produced by global events company Informa’s KNect365 division, the world’s largest business-to-business organizer. The one-day summit will focus on the intersection of content and [...]

  • David Furnish, Bryce Dallas Howard, Taron

    'Rocketman': Paramount Previews Footage of Elton John Biopic

    “Rocketman” is ready for lift off. Paramount Pictures threw a cocktail party Monday night to preview 15 minutes of the upcoming Elton John biopic, set for release on May 31, at the Troubadour in Los Angeles, the legendary rock club where John made his U.S. debut nearly 50 years ago. The footage featured pieces of [...]

  • The CalArts REDCAT Gala 2019 Honoring

    Pixar's Pete Docter Honored at CalArts REDCAT Gala

    Pixar’s Pete Docter reminisced about his days as a student at CalArts on Saturday night at the 2019 CalArts REDCAT Gala, where he received the Distinguished Alumni Award. For the wide-eyed boy from Minnesota, where life was more routine, attending CalArts “was a free-for-all. It was eye-opening in a lot of ways,” he recalled. “But [...]

  • Sasha Pieterse, Eli Brown, Sydney Park

    'Pretty Little Liars' Spinoff Unexpectedly Coincides With College Admissions Scandal

    It was a case of art imitating life at Saturday night’s Hollywood premiere of “The Perfectionists” — Freeform’s “Pretty Little Liars” spinoff about a scandal involving college students striving for excellence by any means necessary. The TV show’s debut was coincidently preceded by a real-life college scandal involving Hollywood celebrities who allegedly didn’t let a [...]

  • Keira Knightley'The Aftermath' film screening, Arrivals,

    Keira Knightley Talks 'Aftermath,' Alexander Skarsgård and Another Itchy Wardrobe

    The reigning queen of period pieces, Keira Knightley, knows a thing or two about historical clothing. “Lining. Lining is always important,” the Oscar-nominated actress playfully advised on Wednesday at the premiere of her post-WWII drama “Aftermath.” “If you get a lot of itchy stuff always put lining in it. I have learned that from having [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content