Skip to comments.Disney lets girl into Winnie's world (Winnie the Pooh, meet Christina Robin!)
Posted on 12/13/2005 2:30:52 PM PST by Ultra Sonic 007
A unexpected new character is coming to the Hundred Acre Wood.
Disney is working on a new Winnie the Pooh TV series, to come out in 2007, that will replace Christopher Robin with a 6-year-old girl.
Its new animated series, My Friends Tigger and Pooh, will have the same gentle spirit as the much-loved A.A. Milne classic, Disney says.
But Disney hopes to attract an older audience by introducing a six-year-old tomboy as friend to Tigger, Pooh the bear and tiny Piglet. The Disneyfied characters also will have a new look.
Though the stories will still emphasize trust, friendship and happiness, there will be more physical activity to appeal to more active children in the older preschool age range, Disney says.
"We got raised eyebrows even in-house at first, but the feeling was these timeless characters really needed a breath of fresh air that only the introduction of someone new could provide," Nancy Kanter of the Disney Channel told USA Today.
Disney knows it will face criticism from fans of Milne's stories about the imaginary world of his son Christopher Robin. Lovers of the original stories say they are timeless and don't need an update.
Seeing the animated series will help bring young children to the written word, Disney counters.
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Am I the only one who thinks she looks like Jimmy Neutron?
Gee. I wonder why?
It does seem more like a girl's fantasy, though. You think a tiny defenseless piglet would last long amongst predators like a bear, a tiger, and an owl in a boy's fantasy?
Sigh. And you're right - she does.
Sorry. I put in the wrong title. Could you replace 'Disney lets girl into Winnie's world' with 'Disney plans new friend for Winnie the Pooh'? Thanks.
I love idiots that always feel they need to introduce a "breath of fresh air" into timeless classics. Any bets on how many episodes are made before the plug is pulled?
(And by the looks of the computer animation, they're already suffering their loss of the "Special Relationship" with Pixar. Har!)
Well..... she's still white, but at least she's a womyn.
If you have zero artistic skills, re-hash a classic and pretend you're an "original".....
I think you're thinking about the other "predators" that tend to make front-page news nowadays.
Oh, why the heck didn't they just plop Dora the Explorer in there? Makes about as much sense, as a way to "breathe some fresh air" into these "timeless characters."
I do think they need to work on their understanding of the word "fresh," as well as the word "timeless," though. They're not synonymous with predictable or trendy.
I always thought Christopher Robin was a bit wimpy. This just makes it official.
This actually makes sense.. It seems young girls would be more prone to be Pooh fans and this will help the marketing by giving them a character they would relate to.
Hey dimwit! If the characters are TIMELESS then introducing a new character won't make them better, and if they "needed a breath of fresh air" as you suggest then the characters aren't timeless.
Ooooh, I just can't wait to see what they do with Snow White!
She seems so Modern Asian cartoonish, like speed Racer.
Unlike IMO the sweetness of Christopher Robin. (almost named my son that 26 yrs ago but ended up as Christopher Gene)
Then those people can read the original stories. It's not like Disney is going to go to the original Milne texts and change things. Disney's been making Pooh stuff for years that isn't in the original stories. I don't for instance, recall him taking a bath in any of the originals.
Disney goes PC.
Give them a couple years and "Christina" will be a raging feminist lesbian who will accompany Pooh and the Gang to the peace rally.
Christa is not color cordinated.
Adding a tom-boy will do nothing. This smacks of PC.
All of disney's fare has been "girl oriented" of late.
There are no real traditionally positive stories oriented towards normal boys. The few stories that are out there are generally tinged with a bit of PC.
I guess it makes sense to include a girl with the pooh series if you want to sell more toys. I wonder if this has more to do with the fact that disney lost a copyright law suit to the owners of the pooh stories.
What's that purple thing on her head?
"What's that purple thing on her head?"
A "safety helmet," of course.
Can you say jump the shark?
Oh, of course. Egad! Makes me want to have a few more drinks and beat my head against the wall!
Didn't Warner Brothers revamp Bugs Bunny and company a while back?
" Makes me want to have a few more drinks and beat my head against the wall!"
Actually, I've seen studies that show a correlation between increased risk-taking and improvements in safety equipment, so you might be on to something there, lol.
I don't know, not much of a cartoon fan.
This smaks of Disney trying to create a new doll they own the copyright to.
This way they can dump christopher for a girl doll.
In the original pre-Disney illustrations, Christopher Robin looked quite like a girl. He had longish hair in a page-boy cut, and he wore a sort of blouse. He looked like the little boy of a woman who wanted a little girl instead and tried to turn him into one.
After growing up with Milne's books with the original Shepard illustrations, and then later reading them to my children, I thought Disney's version was pretty crummy anyway.
For one thing, Pooh is the wrong color, and the animals all behave like jumped-up imbeciles.
Get the books. Forget the movies.
Same thing with the Jungle Books. Kipling is marvellous. Disney is tripe. Read the books.
Just consider yourself fortunate that Disney didn't rename the recent Narnia movie: "The Tigger, the Witch and the Wardrobe" as a product crossover with their Winnie the Pooh franchise.
I like the recorded books version where Tigger sounds like an Indian civil service functionary, Rabbit sounds like Winston Churchill, Kanga sounds like Steve Irwin in tight pants, etc.
Keyboard spew alert!!
Sounds good to me. Anything but Hollywood accents for this quintessentially English work.
Will they replace Eeyore with a cheerier, more market friendly character or will Pfizer get him on antidepressants for some product placement.
Let me guess. Her name is Pat, right?
By the way, who did the recording? I have a great recording of the Jungle Books in MP3 Format from Worldtainment. You get a whole book on one disk. All in one voice, but their readers are marvellous.
Am I the only one who wonders why a girl in the role of the lead character has to be portraited as an ersatz male? [a.k.a. "tomboy"] Or do "they" consider a girl character portrayed as a girl....and no, not necessarily in a dress...to be hopelessly square?
A cross between him and Kim Possible.
This doesn't actually look that bad. It's certainly not as disturbing as the "Loonatics" makeover Warners did on Bugs and the gang.
You have to remember the time of the original stories, which was the 1920's. Children did not dress as they do now.
I'll have to hunt for it and get back to you!
"Am I the only one who wonders why a girl in the role of the lead character has to be portraited as an ersatz male? [a.k.a. "tomboy"]"
It's regarded as "empowering" within Progressive circles. Why, I have no idea.
What's the point if she isn't also black and lesbian?????? Am I the only one here offended by the lack of inclusion??
"What's the point if she isn't also black and lesbian?"
They're saving that to "breathe some fresh air" into the timeless Snow White.
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