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Christopher Robin
Winnie-the-Pooh character
Christopher Robin, walking down the stairs with his plush bear Winnie the Pooh, as seen in Winnie-the-Pooh
First appearanceWinnie-the-Pooh (1926)
Created byA. A. Milne
Based onChristopher Robin Milne
In-universe information

Christopher Robin is a character created by A. A. Milne, based on his son Christopher Robin Milne. The character appears in the author's popular books of poetry and Winnie-the-Pooh stories, and has subsequently appeared in various Disney adaptations of the Pooh stories.

Christopher Robin Milne

Christopher Robin was based on the author A. A. Milne's son, Christopher Robin Milne, who later in life became disappointed about the use of his name. Christopher Milne wrote in one of a series of autobiographical works: "It seemed to me almost that my father had got where he was by climbing on my infant shoulders, that he had filched from me my good name and left me nothing but empty fame," One of the poems, "Vespers" – which describes young Christopher Robin saying his evening prayers – was said by Christopher Milne as "the one work that has brought me over the years more toe-curling, fist-clenching, lip-biting embarrassment than any other."[1]

In the books

Christopher Robin appears in Milne's poems and in the two books: Winnie-the-Pooh (1926) and The House at Pooh Corner (1928). In the books he is a young boy and one of Winnie-the-Pooh's best friends. His other friends are Eeyore, Kanga and Roo, Rabbit, Piglet, Owl, and Tigger. In the second book, there are hints that Christopher Robin is growing up. In the final chapter, the inhabitants of the Forest throw him a farewell party after learning he must leave them soon. It is implied that he will attend boarding school; Christopher Robin Milne, for whom the stories were originally developed, left home to attend Stowe School at age 9.[2]

In addition to both Pooh books, the character was immortalized in other works by A. A. Milne including two books of poems: When We Were Very Young (1924) and Now We Are Six (1927). An arrangement of one of the poems, Buckingham Palace, was first recorded by Ann Stephens in July 1941.[3] Petula Clark released a recording of it in 1953 to coincide with the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II.[citation needed]

In David Benedictus's 2009 authorized sequel Return to the Hundred Acre Wood, Christopher Robin was at school, but during the summer break he returns to the forest for a visit with a lot of knowledge to share. Though slightly older, he is still the same person as before and is happy to share more good times with his friends all summer. At the end of the summer, he has to leave again for another school year, but the animals know they will see him again.

Christopher Robin is cheerful, compassionate, adventurous, fun-loving, imaginative, and helpful. Despite being a child, he is much wiser and more mature than many of the other characters, and is someone Pooh and the others look up to. In the book illustrations, his house appears as a hollow tree with a door at the top of the forest.

Disney adaptations

Christopher Robin
Disney's Winnie the Pooh character
First appearanceWinnie the Pooh and the Honey Tree (1966)
Created byA.A. Milne
Portrayed by
Voiced by
In-universe information
Family2018 film:
  • Evelyn Robin (wife)
  • Madeline Robin (daughter)

Since 1966, Disney has released numerous features starring Winnie-the-Pooh and related characters. Christopher Robin appears in all of the Disney adaptations except for Kingdom Hearts, Welcome to Pooh Corner, Boo to You Too! Winnie the Pooh, Springtime with Roo, and Pooh's Heffalump Halloween Movie. But in most of the cartoons, he is only a supporting character, sometimes only appearing in a few scenes or episodes; in Pooh's Heffalump Movie, he only appears during the credits. His personality is virtually the same as in the books, but he attends day school instead of boarding school.

Christopher Robin's bedroom, but not Christopher Robin himself, appears in live-action opening sequences. In the world within his storybooks, his house appears just as it does in E. H. Shepard's illustrations.

An English boy living in the Ashdown Forest, Christopher Robin has brown hair. He wears a yellow polo shirt with white collar and trim on his short sleeves, blue shorts, white socks and black Mary Jane shoes (or sometimes red sneakers). On several appropriate occasions, he plays a snare drum.

The New Adventures of Winnie the Pooh re-imagines him as an American boy living in the suburban house 100 Acre Road whose backyard connects directly to the Hundred Acre Wood. His mother also appears in the series and Robin is apparently their surname in that continuity.

Some of these elements were reused for The Book of Pooh, but the animals are once again characters in Christopher Robin's storybook. His hollow tree house does not appear from both series.

Christopher Robin has appeared on House of Mouse with his friends, but he is the only main Winnie-the-Pooh character that does not appear in the Kingdom Hearts video game series; in this continuity, the Winnie-the-Pooh book belongs to Merlin and Christopher Robin's role is played out mostly by Sora. He only appears in two episodes of My Friends Tigger and Pooh but in the whole series, he is absent and is replaced by his younger friend Darby, a feisty red-headed girl who is the main protagonist and hosts the series.

His appearance was updated for the 2011 film.

In the Doc McStuffins crossover special "Into the Hundred Acre Wood!", Christopher Robin visits Doc's toy hospital searching for Pooh, who has been admitted as a patient. Christopher Robin and Doc bond through their shared ability to talk to toys. The character is voiced by Oliver Bell.[4]

Ewan McGregor played a grown-up version of the character in the 2018 Disney live-action film Christopher Robin,[5] while Orton O'Brien portrays the character as a child.[6] In this film adaptation, the now adult Christopher is director of efficiency at a luggage company, and Pooh ultimately helps him to devise a plan to significantly decrease the company's expenditures.

Blood and Honey

In the 2023 horror film, Winnie-the-Pooh: Blood and Honey, Christopher Robin was played by Nikolai Leon with Frederick Dallaway as young Christopher Robin.[7] Like the 2018 Disney film, Christopher Robin is a grown adult, who sees his old friends again. However, due to leaving them for college five years ago, they're feral, and go on a rampage.


Of the nine main characters, Christopher Robin has the most voice actors. He has been voiced by the following:

Reitherman, Hoskins, Gross and Tiesler are the only actors to use an American accent for the character. All others use received pronunciation.


  1. ^ Eccleshare, Julia. 2002. Beatrix Potter to Harry Potter: portraits of children's writers. National Portrait Gallery. ISBN 9781855143425. p. 33
  2. ^ Christopher Milne (1976). The enchanted places. Penguin. p. 1.
  3. ^ Maloy, Liam (2020). Spinning the Child - Musical Constructions of Childhood Through Records, Radio and Television. Taylor & Francis. ISBN 9781351334099. Retrieved May 18, 2023.
  4. ^ Milligan, Mercedes (January 18, 2017). "'Doc McStuffins' Visits 'Hundred Acre Wood' Jan. 18". Animation Magazine. Retrieved March 11, 2017.
  5. ^ "Ewan McGregor to Star in Disney's 'Christopher Robin'". The Hollywood Reporter. April 26, 2017. Retrieved 28 April 2017.
  6. ^ Brody, Richard (August 6, 2018). ""Christopher Robin," Reviewed: Disney's Pleasantly Abrasive New Spin on Winnie-the-Pooh". The New Yorker. Condé Nast. Retrieved December 12, 2022.
  7. ^ "Winnie the Pooh: Blood and Honey (2023) - IMDb". IMDb.

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