Goodbye Christopher Robin (2017) is film about the lives of Winnie-the-Pooh creator A. A. Milne and his family, especially his son Christopher Robin. It was directed by Simon Curtis and stars Domhnall Gleeson and Margot Robbie.
Winnie T. Pooh, the “Bear of Very Little Brain,” continues to be a bear with lots of fame. He is the creation of Alan Alexander Milne (1882-1956), author of Winnie-the-Pooh (1926) and The House At Pooh Corner (1928).
Almost all of the characters in his books had real-life counterparts. Christopher Robin, Pooh’s boy companion, was named after Milne’s own son, Christopher Robin Milne (1920-1996), who was less than thrilled about his inescapable association with the popular books as he got older. Winnie the Pooh was Christopher’s teddy bear.
Christopher Milne also played with a stuffed piglet, a tiger, a pair of kangaroos and a donkey. Today the original toys that inspired Milne can be seen at the New York City Public Library.
Following his service in WW I, Milne became a successful playwright and the author of popular detective novels. However, Milne is forever associated with children’s books.
Though he continued to write plays, novels and magazine pieces in the 1930s and 1940s, Milne was never able to match his children’s book success.
As an adult, Christopher Milne harbored resentment toward his father. In his memoir, he wrote: ”My father had filched from me my good name and had left me with nothing but the empty fame of being his son”. During Milne’s last years, Christopher rarely saw his father.
His final years weren’t happy ones, but Milne had once noted that “a writer wants something more than money for his work: he wants permanence.” Thanks to the enduring popularity of Winnie the Pooh, he has that.