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Tip of the Hat to Imagination

One of the best parts about being an uncle is rewatching my favorite movies from when I was a kid. It involves putting in a DVD I own or one from the local library. The entire experience is nostalgic bliss.

Speaking of which, I just finished watching the 1971 classic film ‘Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory’ with my niece and mom. Three generations of movie-watchers who differ in cinematic preferences yet this trip down memory lane will always remain one of the all-time greatest films to all who watch it.

Case in point…

That’s what Tuesdays are all about can be all about.

P.S. The world still misses the kind spirit and pure imagination of Gene Wilder. 

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Winnie: The New Story

When you hear the name Winnie, what comes to mind? The Wonder Years? Hocus Pocus? Tuck Everlasting?

Actually, the most popular answer is unquestionably Winnie-the-Pooh.

Jimmy’s Daily Planet covers a myriad of topics and subjects, one of which being the latest movie trailers for films that appear to have a special “it” factor.

Enter Disney’s current project.

Considering the eternal connection between captivating books and Hollywood filmmakers, it should be no surprise that literary favorites from childhood for several generations–like Winnie-the-Pooh–receive its due in the form of silver screen treatments. Last year, the Fox Searchlight major motion picture Goodbye Christopher Robin hit theaters and received positive reviews. This year, Disney is preparing its take on the popular heartwarming character and accompanying story with the more succinct title Christopher Robin starring Ewan McGregor as the lead character.

We’ll never say goodbye to Christopher Robin or Winnie-the-Pooh as they continue to renew our childlike wonder and imagination.

P.S. I’m sensing a nieces-and-nephews day at the theater later this year…

Winnie the Pooh is…True?

Sort of.

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(Winnie the Pooh and Christopher Robin, Disney)

Warning: Naming your stuffed animals can be life-changing.

Creativity is not something that can be memorized from a textbook. In its purest and most imapctful sense, creativity is a reaction or a feeling someone has to something or someone that few (if anyone else) sees. It happens when it happens. And creativity can be a truly wonderul thing when it rises from the normal everyday.

While we’ve all watched and enjoyed the adventures of Winnie-the-Pooh, including his best human friend Christopher Robin, it’s a safe bet that most of us don’t know the story-behind-the-story. Well, later this year, moviegoers will discover the former that inspired the latter.

To think it all started when British author A.A. Milne was casually introduced to some wonderfully named stuffed animals…

There is just something magical about England of yesteryear (or the days of yore, if you’re like Rachel Green) with its picturesque architecture and dreamlike parks. Maybe that special feeling we have is the result of so many creative people before who have subtly transformed these pleasant thoughts from England into our illustrious reality over the course of many generations? Cheers, either way. And it looks like Goodbye Christopher Robin aims to showcase one of those delightfully impressionable chapters in that evolving lineage of happy thoughts from that place across the pond.

A.A. Milne, his son and his cast of characters are not rock stars like the Beatles. However, their tale of heartwarming imagination continues to “top the charts” (of sorts) with children and parents alike, spanning multiple generations…like the Beatles.

Also like the Beatles, Winnie the Pooh wants to hold your hand.

The New Face of Wonder, Meant to Inspire Us All

Julia Roberts and Owen Wilson.

Now that I have your attention, prepare yourself for the reality that they are your parents. Well, not literally your reality, but that these two are parents in the cinematic reality for the new film Wonder. The two acclaimed actors, for similar and different reasons, play the part of parents to a young boy (Jacob Tremblay).

Quick note: The casting of Wonder is incredible.

From the trailer (seen below), the characters portrayed by Julia Roberts and Owen Wilson have a young son who has endured scarring plastic surgery that resulted in an improved, yet still slightly disfigured face.

In other words, the son is different.

And in elementary school (and middle school…and high school…and so on…), people who act and appear differently face challenges that can paralyze all things social. For anybody who has felt or feels that way, Lionsgate Movies has produced a film that will inspire new wonder to your world.

This movie is set to take off into a heartwarming galaxy when it hits theaters this November.