Lovable honey bear Winnie the Pooh became a murderous villain in his own slasher movie after the character entered the public domain on January 1 of this year. AA Milne’s character, who has become a cartoon icon, saw his copyright and “protected status” run out in 2022, meaning anyone can now take his likeness and place him in pretty darn situations. weird and wonderful.
Other characters from the beloved children’s story that are also now in the public domain include Christopher Robin, Owl, Eeyore, Rabbit, Kanga, and Roo. While Tigger’s copyright won’t expire until 2024.
The new horror film, titled ‘Winnie-the-Pooh: Blood and Honey’, shows Pooh and his best friend Piglet as you’ve never seen them before, as they go berserk after Christopher Robin leaves them. The film was made by Jagged Edge Productions, a UK based independent film studio and they recently released some footage of the upcoming slasher on Instagram.
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In a Huffpost article, it is described that the film turns Hundred Acre Woods into the ‘Hundred Acre Cabin in the Woods’. The film’s director, Rhys Waterfield, also said that he wanted to do something original, away from the werewolves, ghosts, vampires and zombies normally found in the genre, noting that he was inspired by ‘Wrong Turn’ for the film. .
In a synopsis, he described how Pooh and Piglet “experienced a drastic drop in eating when Christopher [Robin] grew up, so over the years [they] he became increasingly hungry and wild.” He added, “Eventually, they had to eat Eeyore to survive. Christopher returns to find that his old wild friends are no longer what they seem.
“Seeing Christopher, Pooh and Piglet go berserk, eventually targeting a country cabin, where a group of college girls are staying.” Filming wrapped earlier this month but, due to the excitement generated by stills online, the movie is expected to be released in a month or two.
In January, Bristol Live wrote an explanation about what it means for characters, and works in general, to enter the public domain, as well as why Disney’s version of Winnie the Pooh (in his red blouse) probably won’t become to imagine in no time. soon, especially not in slasher form anyway (as AA Milne is now). We’ve also listed some of the other characters you might start seeing taking on a new persona.
In the past, we’ve reinvented the works (and characters) of William Shakespeare and Jane Austen. Their expired copyright is the reason we’ve already seen a zombie version of Pride and Prejudice, Star Trek Klingons reciting Hamlet, and countless movies based on stories told by these icons of English literature.
Just think of the teen romantic comedy ’10 Things I Hate About You,’ which came out in 1999 and starred the late Heath Ledger and Julia Stiles; this is basically a retelling of Shakespeare’s ‘The Taming of the Shrew’. Even Disney’s ‘The Lion King’ (1994) is a reinvention of ‘Hamlet’. We bet you didn’t know, right?
But what other characters might we see in upcoming slasher movies?
Well, the original Bambi story (written by Felix Salten in 1923) lost its copyright this year, so there’s a good chance we’ll see a Bambi remake in the future. And even Mickey Mouse may end up in a world outside of Disney, when he enters the public domain in 2024: the first black-and-white depiction of the famous mouse appeared in the 1928 short film ‘Steamboat Willie’.
And, depending on how the events of this Winnie the Pooh slasher for Pooh and Piglet play out, by the time Tigger enters the public domain, also in 2024, Jagged Edge Productions could very well have another character for a sequel or even a series. Horror. the friends of the Hundred Acre Wood. Can you imagine Tigger bouncing around wielding a knife and singing ‘The Wonderful Thing About Tiggers’? It could be a horror fan’s dream, though will any of us ever look at Pooh the same way again?
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