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3 fun facts you probably don't know about Winnie-the-Pooh

By Say Peng  /  17 Jul 2018 (Tuesday)

Everyone's favourite childhood bear is coming to the big screen!

Directed by Marc Forster (Finding Neverland, The Kite Runner), Christopher Robin finds our eponymous main character, played by Ewan McGregor, all grown up. An adult, Christopher Robin has to deal with the harsh and mundane realities of life and, as a result, he has lost the vivid imagination he once had as a young boy. 

Enter Pooh from the Hundred Acre Wood, who has lost his friends. Little did Christopher Robin know that when he agrees to help Pooh find his friends, he is also finding something he has lost: his imagination, childhood, and, of course, his friends. 

Watching the trailer brought back so much childhood memories for us. We can't wait to watch the movie!

While we wait (impatiently) for the movie to come to our theatres, here are 3 fun facts behind Winnie-the-Pooh.

Fun Fact #1

Before Winnie-the-Pooh came to the big screen and even before it was an animated cartoon, it was originally a children's book written by English author Alan Alexander Milne.

The first volume of stories about Winnie-the-Pooh was published in 1926. 

In the book, we are also introduced to Pooh's friends, Piglet, Eeyore, Owl, a live owl, and Rabbit. 

Tigger was only introduced in the second volume of Winnie-the-Pooh stories, entitled The House at Pooh Corner.

Picture from National Portrait Gallery

Fun Fact #2

The eponymous main character Christopher Robin is named after Milne's son Christopher Robin Milne.

The book is Milne's love letter to his son. What a loving father.

But unfortunately for young Christopher Robin Milne, he grew up under the enormous shadow of his father's books. He wanted to become his own person and to write something he could call his own. He succeeded. In 1974, he published his first book The Enchanted Places.

Fun Fact #3

Winnie the Pooh and his friends are inspired by Milne's son, Christopher's actual toys.

What's more, if you want to, you can actually see the real toys. They are currently on public display at the New York Public Library after Christopher Robin Milne gave them to the books' editor who donated them.

The real toys as well as the animated characters serve as the basis for the character designs in the live-action movie. That's why they feel so life-like and, at the same time, so reminiscient of the characters in the animated cartoon we all grew up watching.

Disney's Christopher Robin will come to theatres near you 2nd August!
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