Disney released the first trailer (above) for their live-action Winnie the Pooh movie Christopher Robin, and, well, that’s Pooh all right. Directed by Marc Forster (World War Z), the film stars Ewan McGregor as a grown-up Christopher Robin who’s having a crisis. His boss (Mark Gatiss) tells him he has to lay off 20 percent of his employees and skip a vacation with his wife and daughter (Hayley Atwell and Bronte Carmichael). He’s having a bit of a bother on a park bench when a CGI Winnie the Pooh (voiced once again by Many Adventures of Winnie The Pooh‘s Jim Cummings) appears to help him.
Is this a kid’s movie, or a horror film? Not everyone is sure, and Twitter users made jokes and mashup videos, starting with perhaps the most obvious joke of all:
And since Ewan McGregor will forever be Obi-Wan Kenobi, people made Star Wars references and mashed up a scene between Obi-Wan and General Grievous in Star Wars: Episode III — Revenge of the Sith.
People also noticed the similarity between the live-action Pooh and other stuffed, talking bears and took sides:
It’s a high bar to reach. Paddington 2 is so critically acclaimed it’s the highest-rated movie in Rotten Tomatoes history. On the other hand, some people will gladly accept all CGI animals Hollywood has to offer:
Perhaps the most common reaction, however, was to question if this is a horror movie. A grown man seeing a talking teddy bear during a midlife crisis could take a very dark turn…
And the movie’s poster even carries the tagline, “Sooner or later, your past catches up to you.” Is that a threat?
That’s real. That’s the poster. Are we sure this isn’t a horror movie?
Everybody floats in the Hundred Acre Wood this August 3rd.