A Bear Named Winnie (2004)


Introduction

A Bear Named Winnie is a 2004 made-for-television drama film directed by John Kent Harrison.

It stars Michael Fassbender and David Suchet. It concerns one of the real-life inspirations behind A.A. Milne’s Winnie The Pooh.

Outline

At the outbreak of World War 1, troops march through the Manitoban city of Winnipeg. Among them is Lieutenant Harry Colebourn (Fassbender), a veteran with a gift for animals. He soon meets a bear, Winnie, who provides comfort for the soldiers and by order of General Hallholland (David Suchet), becomes the regimental mascot.

Cast

  • Michael Fassbender as Harry Colebourn.
  • David Suchet as General Hallholland.
  • Gil Bellows as Colonel Barret.
  • Stephen Fry as Protheroe.
  • Jonathon Young as Macray.
  • Aaron Ashmore as Corporal Randy Taylor.
  • Ted Atherton as Captain Elliot.
  • Robert Gauvin as Sergeant Major Picard.

Trivia

  • To avoid legal problems concerning the copyrights of both Disney and the Milne estate, Winnie the Pooh and anything related to the property is never referenced nor discussed throughout the film.
  • At White River Ontario (on the north shore of Lake Superior) there is a park and a large monument to Winnie the bear who became Winnie The Pooh.
  • At end credits scrolls: “Captain Harry Colbourn returned to Canada, raised a family in Winnepeg and, as a practicing veterinarian, devoted his life to the care and protection of animals, until his death in 1947. Willie continued to entertain the children at the London zoo where she was often allowed to roam free on the grounds. She lived till the ripe old age of 20. In 1926, writer A.A. Milne visited Winnie with his son Christopher. They found her so charming that she became the inspiration for the Winnie character in A.A. Milne’s famous stories. Her memory continues to delight children and adults around the world.”

Production & Filming Details

  • Director(s):
    • John Kent Harrison.
  • Producer(s):
    • Justin Bodle … executive producer.
    • Gub Neal … supervising producer.
    • Kim Todd … executive producer / producer.
    • Devan Towers … executive producer.
    • Simon Vaughan … executive producer / producer.
  • Writer(s):
    • Simon Vaughan … (story).
    • John Goldsmith … (written by).
    • John Kent Harrison … (written by).
  • Music:
    • Charlie Mole.
  • Cinematography:
    • Jean Lepine.
  • Editor(s):
    • Ron Wisman.
  • Production:
    • Original Pictures.
    • Power.
    • Powercorp.
  • Distributor(s):
    • Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) (2004) (Canada) (TV).
    • HBO Hungary (2006) (Hungary) (TV) (original airing).
    • Monarch Home Video (all media).
    • Powercorp (2004) (World-wide) (all media).
  • Release Date: 12 December 2004 (Canada).
  • Rating: PG.
  • Running Time: 90 minutes.
  • Country: US.
  • Language: English.

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