Published: Fri, August 10, 2018
Entertaiment | By Paul Elliott

Oh, Bother! Pooh Can’t Beat "Mission: Impossible" At Box Office

Oh, Bother! Pooh Can’t Beat

It is unclear why the Chinese government denied the request and Chinese authorities do not provide reasons to Hollywood studios when they disallow screening of their movies, the source said.

It typically favours action-heavy blockbusters such as Avengers: Infinity War and Black Panther, two of four Disney films that have played in China so far this year.

According to political analysis company Global Risk Insights, the comparison between Jinping and Winnie the Pooh are viewed by Beijing as "a serious effort to undermine the dignity of the presidential office and Xi himself".

A 2014 picture of Xi and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has also been compared to Pooh and Eeyore.

Government censors has been erasing the images that mocked Xi on social media.

But the country also has an annual foreign film quota set at 34 movies.


With one particular image comparing President Xi to Winnie and President Obama to Tigger.

And despite being released around the world, fans of Winnie the Pooh living in China will not be able to enjoy watching the film.

Disney's live-animated hybrid "Christopher Robin" - which tells the story of Winnie the Pooh's now grown-up and stressed-out friend and how he reunites with his old stuffed friend - debuted in second place at $24.6 million.

No official reason for why the film was denied release has been given by the Chinese Film Board, but it could be because the famous creation of AA Milne, Pooh, has been juxtaposed next to Chinese leader Xi Jinping in viral memes shared across social media.

Another photo in 2015, showed Xi in a motorcade next to an image of a Winnie-the-Pooh in a toy vehicle, in what was labelled "China's most censored photo" by political analysis company Global Risk Insights, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

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