Winnie the Pooh fans reacted in horror this morning after discovering that the family favorite is being turned into a horror film in which Pooh and Piglet become sick serial killers.
One social media user said they were “devastated” by the decision, and that Winnie the Pooh should forever remain “holy”.
AA Milne’s Winnie the Pooh tales are a children’s classic known around the world, inspiring movies like Christopher Robin, but now Jagged Edge Productions is putting a dark spin on the lovable characters.
Blood and Honey is described by IMDB as a horror movie that follows Pooh and Piglet as they go berserk after Christopher Robin leaves them.
In the new movie, Winnie the Pooh becomes a serial killer in a twisted story that features favorite characters alongside humans.
Blood and Honey is based on the family favorite Winnie the Pooh, a series of short stories by AA Milne
Winnie the Pooh may have his familiar yellow head and red shirt, but that’s where the similarities end.
In this cinematic interpretation from Jagged Edge Studios, Winnie the Pooh is a serial killer gone mad after being dumped by Christopher Robin.
The actors in the movie, which is still filming, were stunned by the attention it has already received.
The film is now only possible because the rights to the Winnie the Pooh stories fell into the public domain earlier this year.
This means that anyone who wishes to use characters or concepts from everyone’s favorite yellow bear now does not have to seek permission or pay copyright fees.
Shortly after Mr. Milne’s death in 1956, his widow sold the rights to Winnie the Pooh to Stephen Slesinger, who then sold them to the Walt Disney Company.
The rights had been split between Milne’s widow and three other organizations, who sold their rights to Disney in 2001.
Although the rights to the original Winnie the Pooh characters have since expired, Disney still holds the copyright to their own version of the bear, as well as all the movies and images associated with them.
The story of Blood and Honey is still unclear, but it is based on how Pooh and Piglet learn to survive after being abandoned by Christopher Robin.
The pair scour the Hundred Acre Wood for victims as Pooh becomes a sick serial killer, with Piglet as his evil sidekick.
Forced to live alone, the two turn to a life of crime and slaughter, becoming wild feral animals.
This still from the film has fans of the yellow bear unsettled, as the film seems to turn childhood innocence on its head.
This excerpt screams horror movie as two people make their way towards a seemingly abandoned building in the pouring rain.
Rhys Frake-Waterfield, who wrote and directed the film, said, “They’re not tame anymore: they’re like a vicious bear and pig who want to roll around and try to find prey.”
The film will star Craig David Dowsett as the honey-loving bear and Chris Cordell as Piglet.
It will also feature characters whose names include Alice, Maria, Caged Man, and Mauled Woman.
But characters introduced in the books later, like Tigger, won’t appear in Blood and Honey because their copyrights haven’t expired yet.
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AA Milne’s Winnie the Pooh stories are based on the adventures of his son Christopher Robin with his toy bear ‘Growler’ in Ashdown Forest, Sussex.
Christopher Robin Milne’s toys – Piglet, Eeyore, Kanga, Roo and Tigger – were incorporated into the stories.
Pooh first appeared in the London Evening News on Christmas Eve 1925, in a story called ‘The Wrong Sort Of Bees’. The stories became an immediate hit here and especially across the Atlantic.
Despite being an avowed pacifist, he served during World War II as a Captain in the National Guard. Milne died in January 1956, aged 74.
Fans of children’s stories have largely criticized the new film for “ruining” the works and their own childhood.
Furious social media users reacted online, with one post: ‘Are they really going to ruin Winnie the Pooh like this? No one asked for this.
A second added: ‘Winnie the Pooh is in the public domain and THIS is what we get from him?!?!?! I’m sticking with the heffalumps!
Others claimed that the new film would “ruin” the character for those who enjoyed the books during childhood, as well as future generations.
One Twitter user was left ‘devastated’.
They wrote: ‘I am devastated. Some things should be sacrosanct, and Pooh definitely is.
But not all social media users are against the plans, as one such user demonstrated: “Winnie the Pooh is turning into an R-rated horror movie.” Yes really. That’s why I love the public domain.
Meanwhile, on the Instagram of the production company, Jagged Edge Productions, users were torn by the revealed images of the film.
While one user stated that the movie “looks awful,” another said, “I didn’t realize how much I needed a Winnie the Pooh horror movie in my life.”
Alan Alexander Milne’s Winnie-the-Pooh stories were first published in 1926, when the author found inspiration watching his own son Christopher Robin play with his nursery toys.
Those familiar whimsical tales of honey pots and heffalumps in the Hundred Acre Wood seemed to portray an idyllic, innocent world that revolved around a particularly cheerful boy, trampling the woods in his wellies.
Winnie the Pooh’s famous yellow ears can almost be seen behind the wheel of this car in the terrifying images.
Milne’s tales are now in the public domain, which means that characters like Pooh can be used in any form of artistic performance.
Pooh is known in Disney movies as good-natured, honey-loving, and quite confused.
This makes the departure into the world of horror all the more impactful, as Blood and Honey seeks to change the legacy of the works forever and question the reality of childhood innocence.
In addition to the Winnie the Pooh books, Milne was also a successful poet and playwright, writing many of his best poems during the First World War.
It is unknown when Blood and Honey is likely to hit UK screens.
Disney UK has been contacted for comment.