While the new movie Christopher Robin is a fresh take on the beloved Winnie-the-Pooh story — this time concentrating on Christopher Robin (Ewan McGregor) as an adult — certain things endure: Eeyore’s doom and gloom, Tigger’s bounce-tastic “The Wonderful Thing About Tiggers” song, and most importantly, Winnie-the-Pooh’s iconic crop top and no-pants look.
“I think it’s a winning move,” Hayley Atwell, who plays Christopher Robin’s wife, Evelyn, tells Yahoo Entertainment. “I think we should all embrace it.”
Pooh’s long been a symbol of the go-with-the-flow lifestyle, and most likely, as Atwell notes, he simply can’t be bothered to put on pants.
“He’s like the happiest creature that’s ever existed,” she says. “Maybe it’s just because he gets to roam free.”
Director Marc Forster also weighed in on Pooh’s brave pantless style choice. “I think Pooh can pull it off, and he still looks cool,” he says. “He just is himself and doesn’t feel that he needs to lose a few pounds. He’s very zen.”
McGregor dug into the mythology behind Pooh’s red crop top, asking, “Didn’t he start wearing a red top when Disney made the first cartoon? Or does he wear them in the books?”
Early drawings by E.H. Shepard, who created Winnie-the-Pooh with A.A. Milne, depict a topless Pooh, although other Shepard illustrations during the 1920s show him covered up. But by the time Disney acquired the rights to the characters in the 1960s, Pooh’s red crop top, no-pants look was cemented forever.
Atwell, however, had a more direct explanation for Pooh’s wardrobe choice: “To cover his nipples.”
McGregor followed up, joking, “There’s a no-nipple policy [at Disney].”
Christopher Robin arrives in theaters on Friday.
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