CHRISTOPHER ROBIN is the latest movie from Disney. It is a very good movie, but as a mom, I’d like to pass along a few concerns I have for younger viewers. Despite the child-focused Disney label, happy ending and cartoonish-characters, there are some depressing scenes and topics that may spoil the experience for the younger-at-heart viewer. My 13-year old daughter who as a toddler, always loved her stuffed animals as playmates, connected with this movie on a deeply emotional level.
My husband and I cannot remember a time when we did not know and love the heartfelt fantastical world of Winnie the Pooh. We grew up watching the orange cartoon bear and his adventures with his friends. Growing up in Japan, I noticed Pooh there in several places, and thus didn’t feel as homesick for America. Then, while in college, I was delighted to find the Tao of Pooh book series and was thrilled to rediscover the philosophy at that stage of life. Next, when motherhood arrived, it was an easy decision to make our crib-set themed as Classic Pooh. As parents, we loved having our baby surrounded by ‘our friends’. In fact, my daughter’s first full-length movie in the movie theater was The Heffalump Movie! As a family, we have always adored Winnie the Pooh. Therefore, we all jumped at the trailer for this movie.
This CHRISTOPHER ROBIN trailer perfectly captures the movie experience: bittersweet life moments when tedious adulthood happens and trying to explain that to your inner child (who may be lost and confused about who you became).
We did not expect the movie to be as sad as it was funny. We did not expect to experience such haunting themes like: ‘war’, ‘death of a parent’, and ‘separation anxiety’ in a children’s movie. My husband, daughter and I were sobbing as much as we laughed throughout the entire movie.
When my daughter was younger, she preferred more comedy and silliness in her movies. More action, and less talk. Now, that she has entered teen-dom, she is appreciating more of the character-driven and dialogue-heavy movies.
If your kiddo liked both life-like PADDINGTON movies, then they will like CHRISTOPHER ROBIN. The talking-animals are not creepy in this movie.
According to Stella Rating: Family Viewing Disclaimer (1/low – 5/high scale)
CHRISTOPHER ROBIN is rated PG, but psychologically steps into the PG-13 range, primarily due to the bleak themes.
1 – SEX/NUDITY – Scenes include: a couple kissing briefly, a very pregnant woman and eventual daughter, and adults in bathing suits (without cleavage)
3 – VIOLENCE/GORE – Although there are no explicit scenes of blood and gore, the themes of war and death is implied. For example: the detailed montage of a soldier going to WWII with explosions and battle; and a child attending their father’s funeral.
1 – PROFANITY – Very PG-rated: name calling (mad, stupid), also ‘bear with a very little brain’
I can’t wait to hear what you think! Feel free to comment with your spoiler-free thoughts.
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