Winnie the Pooh: Blood and Honey caught my attention recently. It’s a slasher movie which is a type of horror flick that typically involves a masked stalker hunting down a group of people. Think Nightmare on Elm Street, Chucky (Child’s play in English), Scream, Texas Chainsaw Massacre and Halloween.
Has anyone heard about this new movie coming out soon? It is supposed to be premiering in Japan in June. Already it has started showing in some countries around the world. It is causing a bit of controversy as it depicts the cuddly, soft Pooh as a gone-feral, blood-thirsty killer along with his wild boar looking side-kick Piglet. Spoiler alert: apparently the catalyst for Pooh going feral is Christopher Robin leaving home and going to university which leaves Pooh all alone, starving and trying to fend for himself.
You might be thinking, hey, copyright infringement! How can they do that to Pooh!? Well, they can and they have. AA Milne, who originally wrote the story, had copyright on Pooh for 70 years (It’s 95 in the USA). So now it is open to the public domain which is how we’ve come to this point. What do you think? Is this a desecration of a beloved character or a creative twist on a boring old bear.
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