back to article Winnie the Pooh slasher flick mysteriously cancelled in Hong Kong

A slasher flick featuring Winnie the Pooh and other characters from A.A. Milne's beloved stories has mysteriously had its Hong Kong debut cancelled. Probably forever. The flick in question is named Winnie the Pooh: Blood and Honey. The film’s IMDB page offers the following summary of its plot: After Christopher Robin …

  1. First Light Silver badge

    I don't get

    . . the supposed resemblance. But the thin-skinned response is ludicrous.

    1. Flocke Kroes Silver badge

      Re: The resemblance

      I think the pictures that got this started were when Obama visited China to talk with Xi. Someone must have carefully selected stills from the film to get Winnie and Tigger in the same positions as Xi and Obama.

    2. b0llchit Silver badge

      Re: I don't get

      ... while the rest of the world is laughing their ass off. The more you resist, the more we laugh.

      1. DJO Silver badge

        Re: I don't get

        The more Xi knows (Tiddly pom)

        The more Xi bans (Tiddly pom)

        The more Xi bans (Tiddly pom)

        Pooh showing.

        And nobody cares (Tiddly pom)

        How bad the film's (Tiddly pom)

        How bad the film's (Tiddly pom)

        They're banning.

    3. steviebuk Silver badge

      Re: I don't get

      He looks a bit like him and in China the Chinese people realised on their social media apps, referencing Xi by name was a bad idea. So everyone started to reference him as Winnie the Pooh as he looks a bit like him at times.

      That's when the Winnie the Pooh ban hammer came in and has stuck ever since.

      And the amazing and free CCP have now made it illegal to mention that you're poor.

      1. Anonymous Coward
        Anonymous Coward

        Re: I don't get

        “ He looks a bit like him and in China the Chinese people realised on their social media apps, referencing Xi by name was a bad idea. So everyone started to reference him as Winnie the Pooh as he looks a bit like him at times.”

        Anywhere there might be a microphone (that is everywhere public , in a city like Shanghai), we referred to him as Tigger’s Bestie.

  2. GraXXoR

    “Cancelled? How odd!” said Pooh, looking from side to side guiltily.

    “Curiouser and curiouser,” replied Alice, concerned.

    Oh wait. Wrong franchise. This is apparently the real world.

    Mine’s the surreally large pint of honey mead.

    1. DoctorPaul

      No, it's obviously because Pooh is a master of the Tao, and the followers of Confucius *really* don't like that!

  3. Winkypop Silver badge

    Pooh and Piglet

    So, Xi and Putin then.

  4. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward


    What kind of a person wants to make a Winnie the Pooh horror film? It sounds like a drunken joke made in a bar that someone thought was actually a serious suggestion.... The other possibility is that they deliberately made the movie in the hope that negative publicity (from Disney, parents of young children and /or China) would drive ticket sales....

    1. John Sager

      Re: Wierd

      The concept is off the wall enough to garner a few followers. It might even be bad enough to become a cult classic like 'Plan 9 from Outer Space'.

      1. Claptrap314 Silver badge

        Re: Wierd

        Nah, this is just commentary on/mockery of Xi. Don't read too much into it.

    2. Catkin

      Re: Wierd

      One component is that it became public domain last year

      1. Anonymous Coward

        Re: Wierd

        There's also the child abandonment element that states if you abandon children, they and their friends will develop a taste for blood and make blood jelly.

        The movie isn't good, I don't see cult status with this as-is. That said, since Pooh has an indestructible constitution and also apparently has telepathic control over flying creatures, a sequel exploring more of Pooh's abilities may be decent.

      2. Toe Knee

        Re: Wierd


        This type of thing is enough to make me (momentarily) cheerlead for YET ANOTHER extension of copyright!

    3. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Re: Wierd

      oh come on...pooh is obviously a one eats that much honey without having something wrong with them

      1. Eclectic Man Silver badge

        Re: Wierd

        A A Milne wrote the Pooh stories for his son, Christopher Robin, and as an antidote to the horrors of the First World War. They were supposed to be comforting adventures for children, although without boring adults. (Eeyore complaining that 'It's cold at three O'Clock in the morning' is probably something every parent can sympathise with.). Alan Bennett read them beautifully (for the BBC, I think). I'm a fan, and probably will be avoiding the '... Blood and Honey' instalment, if at all possible.

    4. Michael Strorm Silver badge

      Re: Wierd

      > What kind of a person wants to make a Winnie the Pooh horror film?

      Catkin already noted the commercial motivation, but what strikes me is it looks like they've done so in the blandest, least imaginative manner possible- i.e. shoving the characters into an otherwise completely generic-looking "modern" (i.e. post-2000) slasher film.

      Even when first I heard the concept it came across as a wannabe-edgy but lazy cliche that anyone not still in their teens will have seen done to death by now, i.e. thinking that "subverting" innocent childhood characters into doing sexual and/or violent "grown up" things is interesting in itself.

    5. Jemma

      Re: Wierd

      It's not as bad as the hu-cow cheese fetish movie... Or LOTR secret diaries...

      1. DreamEater

        Re: Wierd

        "It's not as bad as the hu-cow cheese fetish movie... Or LOTR secret diaries..."

        I herd it was udderly brilliant...


    6. Claptrap314 Silver badge

      Re: Wierd

      Now THIS is the way that a PLA sock puppet should operate. They more ham-handed stuff gets laughed off too easily.

      Okay--you "ask", I'll answer: To increase Xi ridicule. I honestly had no idea why someone would make a Pooh slasher flick until I saw that it was banned in China. Of course.

      And if they pull in a few million for doing so? So much the better.

    7. Charlie Clark Silver badge

      Re: Wierd

      You obviously haven't ventured into the realms of alternative horror films: no subject is taboo, no treatement too shoddy. And, most importantly, you're not supposed to be able to tell if it's a joke. Sharknado, Tremors,…

  5. Dinanziame Silver badge

    That's what Xi said!

    The post is required, and must contain letters.

  6. IGotOut Silver badge

    Or ...

    ...Disney, one of the most, if not THE most, litigatious companies on the planet threatened to sue the makers into oblivion.

  7. Mike 137 Silver badge

    Do you Xi what I Xi?

    Thank you Simon for getting the phonetics of Xi right (it's Hsi of course) and it makes a nice pun. Everyone else including the BBC call the guy She or Zhi.

    1. VeganVegan

      Re: Do you Xi what I Xi?

      What is curious is that that pronunciation is homophonic for shit in Cantonese; in other words, Pooh…

      Where’s the Memoji when you need it? The closest pile is —>

  8. s. pam
    Thumb Up

    the world needs more £20K films like this

    Hollywood's bleeding the bank dry films are hollow compared to these relative upstarts spending £20K and getting huge amounts of press coverage! I for one, look forward to seeing it!

    BTW> if you've never seen Cockneys vs. Zombies you absolutely must!

  9. Prst. V.Jeltz Silver badge

    rounds up some citizens in labor camps and conducts mass sterilization campaigns of the Uyghur people – is presumably not keen to be associated with an anthropomorphic bear and pig that go on a homicidal rampage.

    I dunno , It shows "I'm a nice benevolent leader , but also dont cross me"

    I bet Putin would like it.

    1. JimboSmith Silver badge

      I think the film makers got Vlad the inhaler already

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