Busy Doing Nothing

(Photo by Selma Komisky)

Busy Doing Nothing
Review on Disney’s ‘Christopher Robin’

By Selma Komisky

* WARNING THIS ARTICLE CONTAINS SPOILERS

If you’re fans like myself of the adorable cuddly teddy bear named Winnie-the-Pooh then you’re going to want to travel back to the Hundred Acre Wood when you go see the newly released Disney family film, Christopher Robin.

This is a heartwarming film taken right out of  English author A.A. Milne’s classic book “Winnie-the-Pooh.” One of the reasons I enjoyed this movie so much is that, right from the opening scene, little Christopher is celebrating his birthday surrounded by his friends around a decorated table. You pretty much get to see all the beloved characters in the film including Piglet, Rabbit, Eyeore, Tigger, Kanga, Roo, and Pooh! Disney really makes the pages of “Winnie-the-Pooh” come alive.

But then the movie shifts gears and the scene quickly changes to a more somber one showing memories of Pooh and Christopher exchanging words.

“What should happen if you forget about me?” says Pooh.

“I won’t ever forget about you Pooh, you silly old bear. I promise even when I’m a hundred,” replies Christopher Robin.

Christopher Robin not only forgets his childhood teddy bear, but he forgets who he was.

Soon, Pooh returns for help to find all his missing friends. Winnie-the-Pooh enters in London of all places, not skipping a beat like it was yesterday. But the twist is that Christopher Robin is no longer a boy, but a grown man with his own family. A surprised, more mature, reserved, and busy Christopher Robin gets startled by this  surprise visit and immediately takes Pooh back to Hundred Acre Wood, his childhood playground.

Winnie the Pooh, actually “A bear of little brain,” senses that his mature friend Christopher Robin’s priorities have changed. This stuffed little bear with the help of his friends, teach Christopher some important and valuable life lessons. Mainly, the lesson is for him to slow down his life being too busy working, and instead opt to enjoy doing nothing with the ones you love (AKA quality time)!

Hence, A.A. Milne wrote it best:

“What I like doing best is Nothing.”

“How do you do Nothing,” asked Pooh after he had wondered for a long time.

“Well, it’s when people call out at you just as you’re going off to do it, ‘What are you going to do, Christopher Robin?’ and you say, ‘Oh, Nothing,’ and then you go and do it.

― A.A. Milne, “Winnie-the-Pooh”