Christopher Robin

A middle-aged family man rediscovers his childhood friend, Winnie-the-Pooh, who helps him rediscover what’s important in life.
  • Starring: Ewan McGregor, Hayley Atwell
  • Director(s): Marc Forster
  • Producer(s): Kristin Burr, Brigham Taylor
  • Screenwriter(s): Alex Ross Perry, Allison Schroeder, Tom McCarthy, Greg Brooker
  • Distributor: Walt Disney Studios Motion Picture
  • Animal Coordinator: Birds & Animals UK Ltd, Steve Dent Stunts
  • Release Date: Friday, August 03, 2018
  • Rating: Outstanding

Featured Animal Action

In the scene where the actor walks down the London street with his dogs on a leash, prior to shooting the scene, two extras were selected to walk the dogs and prepped on how to handle the dogs. The two extras also had treats as a reward to give to the dogs before and after the take.

In the scene when the main actor walks into the train station and a bunch of pigeons disperse in his path, the pigeons were homing pigeons but also trained to fly back to their wooden crates on a whistle from their trainer. They were kept inside large cages until just before action when they were carried three at a time to the small metal cage on set. No vehicles were allowed near the pigeons when filming. On action, the actor walked to his mark, the trainer blew his whistle and the pigeons flew to their cages.

The birds were all fed corn after the take as a reward.

In the scene where Pooh walks down the city street and we see policemen on horses in the background and dogs on leashes, prior to shoothig the horses arrived at their home base four hundred yards from set where they were unloaded, brushed, fed hay and offered water. There were three horses on set that day with one hitched to a coal wagon and two police horses being ridden by horsemen in wardrobe. There were also two dogs used in the scene and were both walked to set by their handlers then handed to the extras who were going to walk them along the sidewalk. All the players and their animals rehearsed the scene a few times. On action, they walked the dogs or the policemen rode their horses to their marks. No problems!

In the scene where the train passes fields filled with livestock animals, the animals in the countryside were all with their owners and handlers in the fields. The fields all had hedges / fences and were escape proof.