Marc Forster is the Director of the new Disney movie “Christopher Robin”. Learn more below in this exclusive interview. I am part of the #ChristopherRobinEvent press tour. This post is a Disney partnered post. All opinions are my own.
Marc Forster is known for innovative movies like Monsters Ball, World War Z, and Quantum of Solace. So what made him take up a project like directing Disney’s Christopher Robin? He had a daughter. Nothing changes a person like having a child. One day his little daughter was watching a cartoon version of Winnie the Pooh. She stopped and turned to him asking, “Can’t you make a movie for me once?” And there it all began!
One of the bloggers asked him if having a daughter influenced the component of the movie where Christoper Robin has a daughter instead of a son. Marc Forster laughed and said, “Indirectly, of course. Life imitates art or art imitates life.” I guess no matter who you are, your life will always bleed over into your art. It’s beautiful to see that a big Hollywood director is just a normal parent like the rest of us trying to keep our children entertained!
Marc Foster is known for excellent casting choices, beautiful cinematography and heavy symbolism in his movies. During our interview at the Montage Hotel in Beverly Hills, his face lit up when I asked him about metaphors in his movies;
“I like metaphors in general. When the daughter Madelyn leaves the drawing for Christopher Robin and she says I didn’t realize you could draw as well. And then he hits the table and the honey falls down, it’s sort of like the honey is supposed to wake up Pooh. The idea was that when Christopher Robin sees the drawing – that’s when Pooh comes back into his consciousness. That’s when the animals sort of ‘come alive’ again!”
I wish I could have sat there all morning with Marc discussing more of his movies. I love discussing the transition and symbolism. Christopher Robin is rampant with symbolism. I also noticed in another scene of the movie, the young Christopher Robin is sitting on steps during his fathers funeral as he “steps” into his new role as the “man of the house”. An older woman enters the scene and says “You’re the man of the house now, darling.”
At the closing of the movie, there is a happy ending (it’s Disney). Christopher Robin is wearing a red knit sweater just like Pooh! He has physically taken on Poohs appearance and he has taken on Poohs morals.
Ewan McGregor plays Christopher Robin. This is how Marc describes Ewan, “He is so likable and he is so lovely. You just want to connect with him!”. It was crucial for Christopher Robin to be played by someone like this.
I knew I was going to enjoy my time with Marc Forster because of the way that all the other actors spoke about him. Actors Ewan McGregor and Hayley Atwell raved about the vision Marc Forster had for this movie. Ewan said, “Through this film we have become really good friends, Marc and I. Marc is such a beautifully collaborative director. He really loves to hear everybody’s idea. He listens, but he also absolutely understands the film he wants to make. He creates a lovely atmosphere on set.”
Hayley Atwell (who plays wife Evelyn Robin in Christopher Robin) told me that she loved how director Marc Forster didn’t do anything ‘left field’ with the 100 acre wood characters because they are already so complete in themselves.
I think Marc Forster did this movie in such a visually gorgeous way that you want to see every scene over and over. But as a mother, I am so grateful for the wholesome nature of the film. There was nothing I had to worry about, my young children can see it and only take away good things. Thank you Marc Forster for making this movie for my generation who grew up with Pooh and the next generations who will fall in love with the 100 acre woods.
Read my entire movie review of Christopher Robin along with exclusive scene shots!
Disney’s Christopher Robin released nationwide August 3, 2018
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