100 Acre Wood – Not Such a Happy Place

When you’ve read certain stories, you assume, that they came from a happy place, or a happy life. You would assume tales of a little boy and his stuffed animals would certainly come from a happy place, ESPECIALLY when such tales are based on a real boy and his real stuffed animals. Or was that naive of me to believe?

I’ve recently watched “Goodbye Christopher Robin”, which was recommended to me by both my mum and my sister. But they both warned me, that it was not a “happy” story and that it was quite sad. I couldn’t believe what they were telling me about the film. I grew up reading the original A.A.Milne tales and I bought the entire collection for Jacob. I’ve read the first 7 books to him so far, and there’s 30 altogether. But while reading them, I would never have believed that they were written by a man who didn’t know how to be a parent, and who clearly suffered from PTSD.
Before I watched the film myself, I googled the family, because I didn’t want to believe what I was being told. To my disappointment, it was true. Then I watched the film myself, and to my disbelief, I felt sad. Very sad indeed. I couldn’t believe, the “Silly old Bear” had come from an unhappy home. A very selfish home.
The film had stayed true to the facts, and nothing felt “exaggerated” for dramatic effect. Although if I hadn’t have read both A.A. Milne and Christopher Robin’s wiki pages, I probably would have thought the film was dramatised and exaggerated more than usual.3A927226-9E3E-4135-ABF3-6FEFB1E5C23E

I don’t want to say too much, because if you haven’t seen the film, or read about the author and his family, I don’t want to spoil it for you. Then again, you might not want to know at all, incase the stories mean too much to you.

One thing I will point out though, is that based on what I’ve read about Christopher Robin, the up and coming Disney live-action film “Christopher Robin” is obviously going to be fiction. Well, mostly fiction. You see, the real Christopher Robin didn’t want anything to do with the stories, so much so, he refused his inheritance from his father, because he didn’t want any money from them. He hated it when people discovered who he really was, and kept out of the “spotlight.” I don’t think he would have wanted a film made about him at all, which is probably why both “Goodbye Christopher Robin” and “Christopher Robin” have been filmed and released after his daughter passed in 2012.

Jacob has been watching “Winnie The Pooh” recently (three time a day actually) and he really enjoys it. I forgot how good it was to be honest, I mean the whole “Back Soon” story is brilliant. It’s just a shame that based on what I now know about the Milne family, they wouldn’t have appreciated how much Jacob enjoys this particular story. Or how much I loved “The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh” when I was Jacob’s age. And they wouldn’t have appreciated, or been bothered by the fact that I had the original books as a child, and now my boys have them as well. So sad.
Obviously because I’ve recently watched “Goodbye Christopher Robin” it’s still fresh in my mind, and so I’m still feeling disappointed about the real family. I know in time, it won’t bother me so much, and won’t spoil the magic within the books and the Disney adaptations.

Maybe if the Milne family and the books were written 50 years later than they were, it might not have been so hard for them to be a family, and to love each other. Maybe Christopher Robin wouldn’t have felt the way he did about the books, and then his dad may have continued writing them. Who knows?!

I hope I still enjoy the up and coming “Christopher Robin” film when I see it. And I hope Disney have made it very magical, a bit like Mary Poppins, but without the musical numbers.

Have you seen “Goodbye Christopher Robin”? What did you think?

“Life is a journey to be experienced, not a problem to be solved.” – Winnie the Pooh


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