Remember Finding Neverland? That movie told the bittersweet tale of how J.M. Barrie created Peter Pan, and now we’ve got another author origin story that’s going to pull at the heartstrings. Goodbye Christopher Robin is coming to theaters in October to tell the story of how A. A. Milne dreamed up of Winnie the Pooh, and you might want to have the tissues at the ready.
To get to a character as sweet and endearing as Winnie the Pooh, Milne had to go through one of the worst events in human history. Milne was in the British army during World War I, and was involved in many battles before being injured during the fighting. The horrors of the war form the basis of Goodbye Christopher Robin, which then looks at Milne’s recovery and desire to bring some much-needed happiness to the world after the war.
The movie focuses on Milne’s relationship with his son, Christopher Robin, who would become the central character in his Winnie-the-Pooh stories. By taking inspiration from his son’s stuffed bear, Milne created stories and characters that are still beloved today.
From the trailer, it looks like the movie might end up beloved in its own right. Domhnall Gleeson and Margot Robbie look excellent, and we’re really excited to see how that stuffed bear becomes the honey-loving Pooh bear by the end. We’ll find out on October 17, when the movie arrives in theaters in North America.