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Books & Manuscripts

Everybody’s Talking About… Winnie-the-Pooh

Winnie-the-Pooh will return to cinema screens later this year in Disney’s upcoming film Christopher Robin and the children’s favourite is also the subject of a major new exhibition which has just opened in Atlanta.

The movie, which is released in August, stars Ewan McGregor as the grown-up Christopher and sees Winnie returning to help his childhood friend with the challenges of adult life.

The live-action/CGI film co-stars Hayley Atwell and features top voice talent from the likes of Toby Jones, Peter Capaldi and Sophie Okonedo.

The latest film follows last year’s Goodbye Christopher Robin, which looked at the life of Winnie-the-Pooh creator A.A. Milne and the origins of the classic children’s book.

The 2017 biographical movie explored how A.A. Milne invited his friend, the artist and illustrator Ernest Howard Shepard, to his home to develop the classic children’s books.


It’s that pair’s creative relationship which comes under the spotlight in the Winnie-the-Pooh: Exploring a Classic exhibition at Atlanta’s High Museum of Art, which was previously seen at London's V&A.

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The exhibition looks in detail at the highly successful collaboration between the author and illustrator and brings the stories to life as visitors are guided through the tales.

Speaking about the exhibition, Virginia Shearer, the High Museum of Art’s director of education told AP: “It’s the idea that a writer can imagine a whole world but the written descriptions can only go so far, and then the illustrations take you the next step".

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The original map of The Hundred Acre Wood, created by E. H. Shepard in 1926 features in the upcoming English Literature, History, Science, Children’s Books and Illustrations sale in London on 9 July.

The sale also includes four more original Winnie-the-Pooh sketches by Shepard that have also remained unseen for nearly 50 years.

Main image: Disney/Alamy

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