Seems Disney is making a CGI version of Winnie the Pooh. OK, sure, why not, Pooh has been one of Disney's biggest characters over the decades, I'm not surprised that it's finally getting the modern treatment. However, they've decided to make a bit of a change. Christopher Robin has been written out and replaced with a 6-year-old girl. Why? No clue.
Execs say they are trying to bring an older audience to an iconic franchise. I'm not sure how this is supposed to do that, though. They say that even though there was some in-house dissension, they all agreed that these characters needed a "breath of fresh air", and that this would do it. Excuse me? Winnie the Pooh has been perfectly fine and selling lots of merchandise for you for decades, it obviously doesn't need any fresh air, people like it just fine the way it is. If there had been major waning in sales, etc., I could see it, but there hasn't; Pooh merch brings in a billion dollars a year. Besides, how exactly is this change anything new about the actual star characters of the story?!?
Here's another gem: because today's tykes often get introduced to literary characters through their cartoon counterparts, "the hope is this will bring more kids to (Pooh) books," says Rory Halperin, who covers entertainment for Child magazine. That's just asinine: if the movie should bring kids to the books, they'll find that the main character, the one they are supposed to relate to and hopefully have by now, is not what they were led to believe, and may be disappointed to learn of her non-inclusion, thus driving some away. Why try to attract them to the books...but change characters?
Oh, but Disney says this does not represent not an abandonment of an old, familiar world, but rather an alternate universe for Pooh and his crew. "Christopher Robin is still out there in the woods, playing," says Nancy Kanter of the Disney Channel. "We hope people will fall for this new tomboyish girl. The last thing we want to be is the ones who brought the franchise down." So he's out there? Why isn't he HERE? A tomboyish girl? Why not the BOY? This is the sort of PC bullshit that just riles me up. A completely pointless and useless change, for no good reason.