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Disney lets girl into Winnie's world (Winnie the Pooh, meet Christina Robin!)
CBC Arts ^ | 12/09/2005 | CBC Arts

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.

(Excerpt) Read more at cbc.ca ...


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Miscellaneous; Your Opinion/Questions
KEYWORDS: aamilne; bastardization; christopherrobin; disney; pc; pooh; winnie; winniethepooh
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And here's the girl (pulled off a USA Today article).

Am I the only one who thinks she looks like Jimmy Neutron?

1 posted on 12/13/2005 2:30:55 PM PST by Ultra Sonic 007
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To: Dashing Dasher; Victoria Delsoul; ImaGraftedBranch; Slings and Arrows; MikeinIraq; Mr. Mojo; ...
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.

Gee. I wonder why?

2 posted on 12/13/2005 2:32:48 PM PST by Ultra Sonic 007 (The opposite of Progress is Congress)
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To: Ultra Sonic 007

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?


3 posted on 12/13/2005 2:33:11 PM PST by domenad (In all things, in all ways, at all times, let honor guide me.)
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To: Ultra Sonic 007

Sigh. And you're right - she does.


4 posted on 12/13/2005 2:33:26 PM PST by cgk (I don't see myself as a conservative. I see myself as a religious, right-wing, wacko extremist.)
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To: Admin Moderator

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.


5 posted on 12/13/2005 2:33:27 PM PST by Ultra Sonic 007 (The opposite of Progress is Congress)
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To: Ultra Sonic 007
"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.

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!)

6 posted on 12/13/2005 2:34:29 PM PST by detsaoT (run bsd)
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To: Ultra Sonic 007

Well..... she's still white, but at least she's a womyn.


7 posted on 12/13/2005 2:35:19 PM PST by SteveMcKing ("No empire collapses because of technical reasons. They collapse because they are unnatural.")
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To: Ultra Sonic 007
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.

If you have zero artistic skills, re-hash a classic and pretend you're an "original".....

8 posted on 12/13/2005 2:35:34 PM PST by ScreamingFist ( The RKBA doesn't apply if I have a bigger gun than your bodyguard. NRA)
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To: domenad

I think you're thinking about the other "predators" that tend to make front-page news nowadays.


9 posted on 12/13/2005 2:35:54 PM PST by ExcursionGuy84 ("Jesus, Your Love takes my breath away.")
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To: Ultra Sonic 007

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.


10 posted on 12/13/2005 2:36:22 PM PST by RegulatorCountry
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To: Ultra Sonic 007

I always thought Christopher Robin was a bit wimpy. This just makes it official.


11 posted on 12/13/2005 2:36:35 PM PST by Bosco (Remember how you felt on September 11?)
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To: Ultra Sonic 007

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.


12 posted on 12/13/2005 2:37:33 PM PST by mnehring ("Everybody better celebrate the holidays my way or shut the hell up." The Christmas spirit lives.)
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To: Ultra Sonic 007
"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,

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.

13 posted on 12/13/2005 2:39:23 PM PST by VRWCmember
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To: VRWCmember

Ooooh, I just can't wait to see what they do with Snow White!

/s


14 posted on 12/13/2005 2:41:44 PM PST by RegulatorCountry
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To: Ultra Sonic 007

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)


15 posted on 12/13/2005 2:43:14 PM PST by oceanperch (Don't Let Your Meat Loaf!)
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To: Ultra Sonic 007
Lovers of the original stories say they are timeless and don't need an update.

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.


16 posted on 12/13/2005 2:43:35 PM PST by Heyworth
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To: Ultra Sonic 007

The Introduction:



Piglet: G-G-G-Gee, your not a wuss like Christopher Robin, are you?
Girl: Nope! I like sports and frogs and I wear pants!
Tigger: You look kind butch to me!
Pooh: Oh bother...


17 posted on 12/13/2005 2:44:41 PM PST by kidd
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To: Ultra Sonic 007


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.


18 posted on 12/13/2005 2:45:58 PM PST by Tzimisce
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To: Ultra Sonic 007

Christa is not color cordinated.


19 posted on 12/13/2005 2:46:04 PM PST by oceanperch (Don't Let Your Meat Loaf!)
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To: Ultra Sonic 007

Adding a tom-boy will do nothing. This smacks of PC.


20 posted on 12/13/2005 2:47:25 PM PST by BoBToMatoE
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To: mnehrling

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.


21 posted on 12/13/2005 2:47:48 PM PST by longtermmemmory (VOTE!)
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To: Ultra Sonic 007

What's that purple thing on her head?


22 posted on 12/13/2005 2:49:02 PM PST by Tax-chick ("You don't HAVE to be a fat pervert to speak out about eating too much and lack of morals." ~ LG)
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To: Tax-chick

"What's that purple thing on her head?"

A "safety helmet," of course.


23 posted on 12/13/2005 2:49:40 PM PST by RegulatorCountry
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To: detsaoT

Can you say jump the shark?


24 posted on 12/13/2005 2:50:10 PM PST by doodad
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To: RegulatorCountry

Oh, of course. Egad! Makes me want to have a few more drinks and beat my head against the wall!


25 posted on 12/13/2005 2:50:59 PM PST by Tax-chick ("You don't HAVE to be a fat pervert to speak out about eating too much and lack of morals." ~ LG)
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To: Tax-chick

Didn't Warner Brothers revamp Bugs Bunny and company a while back?


26 posted on 12/13/2005 2:53:18 PM PST by Sybeck1 (Dr. Adrian Rogers, September 12, 1931 - November 15, 2005)
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To: Tax-chick

" 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.


27 posted on 12/13/2005 2:54:50 PM PST by RegulatorCountry
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To: Sybeck1

I don't know, not much of a cartoon fan.


28 posted on 12/13/2005 2:54:52 PM PST by Tax-chick ("You don't HAVE to be a fat pervert to speak out about eating too much and lack of morals." ~ LG)
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To: RegulatorCountry

Excellent point!


29 posted on 12/13/2005 2:55:21 PM PST by Tax-chick ("You don't HAVE to be a fat pervert to speak out about eating too much and lack of morals." ~ LG)
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To: BoBToMatoE

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.


30 posted on 12/13/2005 2:55:59 PM PST by longtermmemmory (VOTE!)
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To: Tax-chick

Found it:

http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/05048/458932.stm


31 posted on 12/13/2005 2:56:21 PM PST by Sybeck1 (Dr. Adrian Rogers, September 12, 1931 - November 15, 2005)
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To: Bosco
I always thought Christopher Robin was a bit wimpy. This just makes it official.

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.

32 posted on 12/13/2005 2:57:38 PM PST by Sans-Culotte (Meadows Place, TX-"Tom DeLay Country")
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To: Ultra Sonic 007

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.


33 posted on 12/13/2005 2:58:16 PM PST by Cicero (Marcus Tullius)
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To: Ultra Sonic 007
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.

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.

34 posted on 12/13/2005 2:58:29 PM PST by KarlInOhio (In memory of Alvin Owen, Thsai-Shai Yang, Yen-I Yang and Yee Chen Lin:the victims of Tookie Williams)
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To: Sybeck1

Oh, YUCK!


35 posted on 12/13/2005 2:58:30 PM PST by Tax-chick ("You don't HAVE to be a fat pervert to speak out about eating too much and lack of morals." ~ LG)
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To: Cicero

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.


36 posted on 12/13/2005 2:59:57 PM PST by Tax-chick ("You don't HAVE to be a fat pervert to speak out about eating too much and lack of morals." ~ LG)
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To: kidd

Keyboard spew alert!!


37 posted on 12/13/2005 3:02:21 PM PST by visualops (www.visualops.com)
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To: Tax-chick

Sounds good to me. Anything but Hollywood accents for this quintessentially English work.


38 posted on 12/13/2005 3:03:06 PM PST by Cicero (Marcus Tullius)
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To: Ultra Sonic 007

Will they replace Eeyore with a cheerier, more market friendly character or will Pfizer get him on antidepressants for some product placement.

39 posted on 12/13/2005 3:03:26 PM PST by KarlInOhio (In memory of Alvin Owen, Thsai-Shai Yang, Yen-I Yang and Yee Chen Lin:the victims of Tookie Williams)
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To: Ultra Sonic 007
But Disney hopes to attract an older audience by introducing a six-year-old tomboy as a friend....

Let me guess. Her name is Pat, right?


40 posted on 12/13/2005 3:03:40 PM PST by OB1kNOb (I'm gonna boogie oogie woogie til I just can't boogie no more..............)
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To: Tax-chick

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.

http://www.worldtainment.com/Merchant2/merchant.mv?Screen=PROD&Store_Code=worldtainment&Product_Code=yr09&Category_Code=4


41 posted on 12/13/2005 3:07:02 PM PST by Cicero (Marcus Tullius)
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To: Ultra Sonic 007
Am I the only one who thinks she looks like Jimmy Neutron?

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?

42 posted on 12/13/2005 3:07:20 PM PST by yankeedame ("Oh, I can take it but I'd much rather dish it out.")
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To: Ultra Sonic 007

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.


43 posted on 12/13/2005 3:13:33 PM PST by RichInOC ("I'M EXTREEEEEEEEEEME!")
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To: Ultra Sonic 007

44 posted on 12/13/2005 3:14:31 PM PST by WinOne4TheGipper (When in Rome, yell and complain until Romans do what you want them to do. If that fails, sue.)
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To: Sans-Culotte

You have to remember the time of the original stories, which was the 1920's. Children did not dress as they do now.


45 posted on 12/13/2005 3:16:32 PM PST by visualops (www.visualops.com)
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To: Ultra Sonic 007
I guess that this is the House of Mouse's way of making up for Narnia.
46 posted on 12/13/2005 3:16:44 PM PST by Redcloak ("If you can't say something nice about someone, then you must be talking about Hillary Clinton.")
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To: Cicero

I'll have to hunt for it and get back to you!


47 posted on 12/13/2005 3:21:35 PM PST by Tax-chick ("You don't HAVE to be a fat pervert to speak out about eating too much and lack of morals." ~ LG)
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To: yankeedame

"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.


48 posted on 12/13/2005 3:22:25 PM PST by RegulatorCountry
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To: Ultra Sonic 007

What's the point if she isn't also black and lesbian?????? Am I the only one here offended by the lack of inclusion??


49 posted on 12/13/2005 3:25:52 PM PST by SampleMan
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To: SampleMan

"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.


50 posted on 12/13/2005 3:28:06 PM PST by RegulatorCountry
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