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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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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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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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"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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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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