|A Bear Named Winnie|
|Directed by||John Kent Harrison|
|Written by||John Kent Harrison|
Simon Vaughan (story)
|Produced by||Simon Vaughan |
|Edited by||Ron Wisman|
|Music by||Charlie Mole|
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.
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.
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.[better source needed]
John Ferguson of The Radio Times awarded it two stars and said, 'This touching fact-based drama almost manages to carry off its combination of First World War setting and sentimental tale, but is unsure of its target audience.'.