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TToT: The Fog and the Red Balloon – Oh Bother! #ChristopherRobin #10Thankful

“People say nothing is impossible. But I do nothing everyday.”

—Winnie the Pooh

I like this guy’s thoughts on life and even laziness, because we’re all a little bit lazy sometimes.

This is my weekly edition of…and addition to the
Ten Things of Thankful
and also, a sort of movie review too.

From after one world war to after the next.

From
THIS
to
this!

Christopher Robin: What to do? What to do? What to do?

Winnie the Pooh: What to do indeed.

I’m thankful for five years with an awesome little boy.

We were eagerly awaiting his arrival on that August day. He just inched by being a July baby, and into this new month.

Going from the memory of holding that baby boy, so warm and sleeping soundly. To the fun and spunky kid he is today.

I am drawn to his happy energy and his pure enjoyment of everything he learns and every new thing he loves. A day with Max is my favourite thing.

I’m thankful for Winnie the Pooh and his Canadian origin.

90 weird and wonderful facts about Winnie-the-Pooh – CBC Books

I’m thankful for drive-in movie night.

It takes you back to another time. The short previews they played between the films were clearly from the fifties or sixties. They had that different time’s sound to them. Some were a little creepier than others, honestly, but I loved to feel such nostalgia.

I’m thankful for a cool night for an outdoor movie and for relatively few biting bugs.

I’m thankful for the Pooh philosophy.

I’m thankful for this kind of exposure of oneself, explored through writing.

Walking

The fear of nakedness, not always, necessarily of the literal kind, but really of the vulnerability it requires, to expose the parts of yourself that are the most difficult to share, with someone else.

I’m thankful for red balloons.

I’m thankful for Winnie the Pooh, who’s kind of like Yoda to me.

I’m thankful that I could escape into Pooh’s world and out of my adult one, which is really what this movie is about.

Christopher Robin has a demanding job, a wife and a daughter, who’s childhood he’s missing out on. He has left his friends in the Hundred Acre Wood behind him long ago, to go to school and become an adult with lots of responsibilities that cloud his perspective, a fog of things really.

Now he has forgotten what friendship and true loyalty are. He’s lost sight of his priorities, the ones that really matter. Winnie the Pooh, Tigger, Eor, Piglet, Rabbit, and Owl need his help and he needs theirs by the end.

The entry door to the world of Pooh and friends, kind of like the entry into the land of Narnia, is an attractive idea to me. It’s what makes such stories so compelling.

I was surprised to hear of a lot of bad reviews for Christopher Robin. I did not recognize the voices of Piglet and Rabbit and Owl and the kangaroos so much, but the new voice of Eeyore is done by Brad Garrett. The guy who has been voicing Pooh and Tigger for years now is nearly as good as the original Disney voice, my favourite snake (Sterling Holloway) from The Jungle Book.

I so needed Pooh’s simplicity of thought, which makes him one of the best philosophers I know of, to start out this new month of birthdays, reunions, and summer social events.

“I always get to where I’m going, by walking away from where I’ve been.”

—Winnie the Pooh

Great advice. Thanks Pooh.

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8 thoughts on “TToT: The Fog and the Red Balloon – Oh Bother! #ChristopherRobin #10Thankful

  1. ‘Sterling Holloway’ yow! what a blast from the past and what a voice. (To borrow a hackneyed expression, surely he was born to be the voice of Pooh).

    I went to drive-in theatres when they were competing for audiences (as opposed to being a nostalgia artifact). There was a whole set of elements* that populate those elements. The oddest of them…. (the ellipsis is for the suspense to build)… was that was the only time we could wear our pajamas outdoors. So we could fall asleep during the second feature.**

    **there was a time when movies came in pairs…. yep, two movies, one ticket. hard to imagine.

    * ‘whole set of elements’ …why yes, I do profess to be trying to learn to write, lol

  2. Kristi says:

    I saw that movie last week, too, and really enjoyed it. One thing that delighted me about it was a cameo appearance of the composer Richard Sherman during the closing credits. He is singing and playing the piano on a beach. Years ago, I watched Mr. Sherman perform at Disneyland in front of Small World, and because of that, I was able to recognize him.

  3. Thanks for a Pooh-ful thankfulness list. I am curious about the Christopher Robin movie and will give it a try. I grew up on books like House at Pooh Corner, and remember my father’s lively description the heffalumps in his childhood. I have an affinity for Eeyore, I must admit. I tend toward Eeyoreism by times.

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