China says no to Winnie the Pooh film over comparisons with president

China says no to Winnie the Pooh film over comparisons with president

China says no to Winnie the Pooh film over comparisons with president

While the whole world is waiting for the new Winnie the Pooh movie, "Christopher Robin" to be released in cinemas, China however has banned the movie due to the bear's resemblance to China's president.

But the country also has an annual foreign film quota set at 34 movies.

While the Chinese censor board has not furnished a reason for the film's denial, reports suggest that comparison between President Jinping and the amicable cartoon character, who has become a symbol of political dissent, might be the reason behind it.

While China provides no reason for the films it doesn't select for its theatres, it's an unlikely coincidence that it comes after opponents have likened the bear's appearance to Mr Xi and have used Pooh as a symbol of resistance.

An insider told The Hollywood Reporter that the reason for the ban could have something to do with the foreign film quota in China, which is now at 34 movies per year.

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Disney's "A Wrinkle in Time", which debuted around the world in March, has not been released in China. The film tells the story of Robin reuniting with Pooh and the gang as an adult and rediscovering his playful imagination.

One popular comparison is a photo of Xi and former United States President Barack Obama walking together side-by-side in 2013, and a picture of Pooh strolling along with his friend Tigger.

Jinping was compared to the fictional character again in 2014 while pictured meeting Japan's Shinzo Abe with the latter taking the form of Eryore.

According to Global Risks Insights, The Chinese government views the comparisons and mockery as "a serious effort to undermine the dignity of the presidential office and Xi himself".

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