Yes, it’s all true. Our beloved Pooh Bear is being turned into a violent monster in a new movie that’s set to give a “horror retelling of the famous legend of Winnie the Pooh.”
Following the entry of A.A. Milne’s original “Winnie The Pooh” stories into public domain last January 1, 2022, everyone pretty much expected an oncoming slew of works reimagining the childhood characters in ways that may not entirely be kid-friendly. So when news broke out that British company Jagged Edge Productions was creating a bloody horror with our pals from the 100 Acre Wood, we couldn’t say that we were surprised, although we do have tons of questions.
What is the movie about?
Titled “Winnie the Pooh: Blood and Honey,” the film’s official synopsis on IMDB states that the story will follow “Pooh and Piglet as they go on a rampage after Christopher Robin abandons them.” It is directed and written by Rhys Frake-Waterfield and stars Craig David Dowsett as Winnie and Chris Cordell as Piglet.
By the looks of the official photos, it seems the movie is pretty much your typical home invasion horror, where a group of teens or young adults are being hunted down and tortured by the pair of killers. The pictures even show what Winnie and Piglet look like!
“Christopher Robin is pulled away from them, and he’s not [given] them food, it’s made Pooh and Piglet’s life quite difficult,” said Director Waterfield in an interview with Variety. “Because they’ve had to fend for themselves so much, they’ve essentially become feral. So they’ve gone back to their animal roots. They’re no longer tame: they’re like a vicious bear and pig who want to go around and try and find prey.”
Why is it being made?
As mentioned, A.A. Milne’s creation* had entered public domain beginning this year, meaning that the intellectual property rights has already expired and the public now has access to the work to create their own works with it without any limitations. It must be noted, however, that Disney’s version of Winnie the Pooh is still protected by copyright; it just no longer has an exclusive right to it.
“No one is going to mistake this [for Disney],” Waterfield added. “When you see the cover for this and you see the trailers and the stills and all that, there’s no way anyone is going to think this is a child’s version of it. Like, no one who looks at this thinks this is a Disney version. It’s very, very, very different.”
*It’s also worth being said that the character Tigger has yet to enter public domain in 2024, since he had appeared in the sequel book “The House at Pooh Corner” in 1928.
When is the movie coming out?
It wasn’t stated in the IMDB page when the movie is going to come out but some reports say that it will premiere later this year.
What are your thoughts about this horror film? Is your childhood ruined, or are you intrigued? Let us know in the comments!
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