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Winnie-the-Pooh Returns to the Big Screen in a New Teaser Trailer

A live-action film of the iconic tubby little cubby all stuffed with fluff hits theaters this summer

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It must be classic British children's literature week at Disney Studios. After Sunday night's release of its teaser trailer for Mary Poppins Returns, today brings the first look at Christopher Robin, a Hook-esque tale that checks in on what happens when author A.A. Milne's Christopher Robin (the fictional character, not the author's real son) grows up. Directed by Marc Forster, the film stars Ewan McGregor in the titular role, appearing as an overworked businessman in search of inspiration in post-war Britain.

Winnie-the-Pooh makes a brief appearance in the promo. But the live-action bear is no rotund, Twinkie-yellow animated cartoon. Rather Pooh appears as a more realistic teddy bear with slightly matted fur (though the bear is still voiced by Jim Cummings and dressed in the anthropomorphic character's iconic red shirt).

In 2016, Smithsonian.com reported on the real Pooh's return to his current home at the New York Public Library, where he remains on view today.

The new film, slated for a summer release, comes just after last year's release of Goodbye Christopher Robin, a more based-on-a-true-story interpretation of how Milne came to write the beloved stories of the boy and his bear and their adventures in the Hundred Acre Wood.

Ewan McGregor stars in Christopher Robin. (Disney Studios)
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