China denies entry to Disney's Winnie the Pooh film

China denies entry to Disney's Winnie the Pooh film - The Jakarta Post

China denies entry to Disney's Winnie the Pooh film - The Jakarta Post

"Bear", with the caption that he was dismayed that "his cousin Winnie's" film had been banned by the Chinese authorities.

So why is Winnie The Pooh banned in China? The characters were created by English author A.A. Milne.

The new Disney movie featuring Winnie the Pooh reportedly will not be shown in China because people compare the bear's appearance to that of President Xi Jinping (習近平), although the Chinese government has not confirmed that.

China won't screen Christopher Robin in theatres, according to media reports.

The infamous meme showed an offhand picture of Xi Jinping walking side by side with President Obama next to a picture of pudgy Pooh walking with Tigger.

In July of 2017, images of the seemingly cuddly and innocuous bear were blocked on China's Twitter-like platform Weibo, its messaging app WeChat, and even the ancient messaging tool QQ, as the lead-up to the 19th National Congress of the Communist Party of China in Beijing intensified.

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The first collection of stories about Winnie the Pooh was released in 1926.

It is unclear why the Chinese government denied entry to the film.

In "Christopher Robin", the eponymous hero, now an adult, reunites with boyhood friend Winnie the Pooh and others such as Eeyore the donkey and Piglet.

However, insiders insist that the decision was not political but likely has to do with the size and scope of the film given the foreign film quota.China represents an ever growing share of the global box office.

Unlike the rest of the world, China's moviegoers don't get to reminisce about their childhood with Disney's latest Pooh movie. In 2014, Maleficent made $48 million (£37m) and 2015's Cinderella took home $72 million (£55m).

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