Yesterday, Disney dropped their first trailer for their new live-action Winnie-the-Pooh feature, Christopher Robin, and the trailer is jam-packed with hidden secrets, easter eggs, and other facts you may have missed.
1. Much of the trailer is cut from the principal shooting footage from 1926.
When London's Methuen Publishing published Milne's classic in October 14, 1926, the reader reception was unanimously positive. Knowing he had a hit, A. A. Milne sold the film rights to Disney, which had only been founded three years prior in 1923. Disney started shooting immediately, which is why a lot of the colors in the trailer are washed out and subtle. There were different cameras back then!
Production on the film halted shortly thereafter, when Disney realized they didn't have the right technology for CGI characters at that time to properly bring Milne's vision to life.
2. Eeyore is voiced by the late A. A. Milne.
Though he would never see the project to completion, Milne managed to cement himself into the film by voicing Eeyore. The script was finalized long before Milne's death in 1956, and during the explosion of talking films in the 1930s, Disney cast Milne as Eeyore.
A little known fact, Disney screenwriters actually tried to steer away from Eeyore's sadness in the book, but Milne's sorrow that he would never see the film came through in his performance and ultimately brought the character back to it's original form.
3. Ewan McGregor improvised the line "it would appear that I am stuck" and was telling the truth.
Ewan McGregor has been in many films from his art haus days to Moulin Rouge!, and long time fans know that McGregor got that booty.
In the scene where adult Christopher Robin attempts to return to the Hundred Acre Wood through a tree, McGregor's butt became firmly lodged in the tree.
It took the director of the film Marc Forster, two camera operators, Piglet, and Eeyore, to get the thick bottomed actor through to the other side.
4. The train at 00:50 is actually footage of the Hogwarts Express.
While Disney successfully rendered CG models for Pooh and friends, CG renderings of the train didn't pass focus groups as realistic enough for Disney's liking. Rather than buy a train, Disney sent out a drone in their filming location of London, and inadvertently got footage of the Hogwarts Express!
5. The 'Some Action' cited in the MPAA rating of the film refers to the controversial sex scene between Kanga and Tigger.
It was a highly debated choice that was ultimately approved by Milne to include a scene wherein Kanga and Tigger go exploring way deeper in the Hundred Acre Wood than viewers have seen before.
To keep the film at a PG rating decades later in final production, most of the scene was cut, but a scene remains where Kanga gets a sitter for Roo and heads off camera with Tigger, giggling.