A Complete Guide to “Christopher Robin”

When I was little, I loved the classic A. A. Milne Winnie the Pooh stories.  I enjoy  live action remakes of Disney classic movies so I was intrigued when Christopher Robin was announced.  This movie begins when Christopher Robin leaves his family cottage and the 100 Acre Woods to attend boarding school.  You see him grow up and slowly loose sight of what was once important. Now it is up to his childhood friends to venture into our world and help Christopher Robin rediscover the joys of family life, the value of friendship and to appreciate the simple pleasure in life once again.

As an adult constantly trying to balance work and fun, this movie hit particularly close to home.  As with most live action remakes, I feel like this film was geared more towards adults, even though both of my daughters thoroughly enjoyed it.  There were several times where I was the only one laughing out loud in the theater!  I particularly related to grown up Christopher Robin who is torn between work and family balance.

I loved the interpretation of Winnie the Pooh and his friends.  Have you ever heard the theory that each childhood friend represents a different mental illness:  Winnie the Pooh hides his feelings into food, Piglet has anxiety, Eeyore suffers from depression, Tigger has troubles controlling his impulses.  Watching this movie from this perspective helped me see how people live with these mental illnesses and how their friends love and embrace them regardless.  This won’t give away any spoilers from the movie, but seeing these characters come to live in a new way gave a fresh perspective on how we can work towards peoples strengths despite their shortcomings.

My girls love their stuffed animals, so they fully understand the connection between a human and a toy.  They were tickled pink to see the toys come to life and fell in love with Piglet and Eeyore.  We’ve been doing Christopher Robin themed activities and even visited Pooh at Disneyland.  LittleSage was excited to show Pooh her new Lipsmackers Pooh lipbalm and it almost looked like Pooh wanted to try some for himself!  I recently made Pooh shaped high fiber high protein pancake mix cookies using Bob’s Red Mill whole grain pancake mixes.  The recipe was super simple and it was really easy to shape them into bear shapes.

Bob’s Red Mill High Fiber High Protein Pancake Mix Cookies

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 cup Bob’s Red Mill High Fiber Pancake Mix
  • 1 1/2 cup Bob’s Red Mill High Protein Pancake Mix
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1/3 cup water

Instructions:

  • Mix all ingredients in a mixing bowl
  • Scoop little balls of dough onto a baking sheet lined with parchment paper (arrange into bear shapes if desired)
  • Bake at 375 for 8 minutes.  Take out the tray and flatten the cookies slightly using the back of a spoon.  Put back in the oven for a few more minutes until the edges are brown.

I made these dresses in honor of Christopher Robin and they are some of my favorite hot weather costumes!  I’m thinking about adding the Pooh sundress to our etsy shop (it is empty now).  I will let you know about a dress drop over on our Instagram account.  LittleGray and LittleSage are literally wearing the same dress so you can see how it will grow with your child throughout the years!  The adorable Pooh donut ears are from Enchanted Honeybee.

I hope you get a chance to see Christopher Robin and fall back in love with these beloved childhood characters all over again!  Christopher Robin is in theaters everywhere starting August 3.

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