The story of the bear that inspired a timeless classic.
Millions of people know the stories of A.A. Milne but few people are aware that they were inspired by a real bear. Milne and his son Christopher met the real Winnie at the London zoo in 1926. A BEAR NAMED WINNIE is based on the story of that amazing bear.
Featuring Michael Fassbender, Gil Bellows,David Suchet, Stephen Fry
It is August 1914 and World War I has just begun. Lieutenant Harry Colebourn (Fassbender), a veterinarian with the 34th Fort Garry Horse Division, is travelling by train with other soldiers when he buys a bear cub at a rest stop. He names her Winnie, after his home town of Winnipeg and, in spite of all common sense warnings from his fellow soldiers, takes her with him to the camp in Valcartier, Quebec where the Canadian expeditionary force is gathering. Winnie is a breath of fresh air for the young soldiers faced with the prospect of war, and she travels with them all the way to Salisbury Plain in England.
When Harry’s regiment is sent to fight in France, the young vet knows Winnie cannot go. He finds a home for her at the London Zoo, promising to return as soon as the war is over and take her back to Canada.
While Harry and his friends fight in France, Winnie becomes the star attraction at the zoo. For the children of London, living in the shadow of a frightening war, she becomes a symbol of friendship and hope. [CBC]