A new film is set to turn popular children’s character Winnie the Pooh into a horror character.
Usually portrayed as cuddly and friendly, the animated bear is getting a sinister makeover in the upcoming film Winnie the Pooh: Blood and Honey.
Pooh Bear, created by AA Milne, entered the public domain earlier this year on January 1, when the book, originally published in 1926, was out of copyright.
This means that the character can be used without permission from the author’s estate and can be interpreted in any creative work such as films, musicals and plays.
Previously, the rights to Winnie the Pooh were solely under Disney licensing, which gave the character a red t-shirt and is the most recognizable version.
According to the film site IMDB, the dark version of the honey-loving bear will be directed by Rhys Frake-Waterfield.
In addition to well-known characters such as Pooh and Piglet, blood and honey is also poised to play roles previously described as Mauled Woman and Caged Man.
According to Jennifer Jenkins, director of the Center for the Study of the Public Domain at Duke University, after 1926 the rights to the Winnie the Pooh stories and characters still belong to Disney.
The character of Tigger will not appear in the film as he was not introduced until 1928 and thus remains under Disney copyright.
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Some fans have shared their excitement for the film on social media, praising the use of the character now that she’s no longer free for creative purposes.
“So public domain is a good thing,” wrote one supporter.
Elsewhere, others responded less favorably to the interpretation; Some have claimed that the pictures will “ruin their childhood”.
https://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/films/news/winnie-the-pooh-blood-and-honey-b2087809.html The new Winnie the Pooh film imagines the bear as a violent horror character