Winnie the Pooh, the beloved bear with a love for honey, is featured in an upcoming horror movie. I did a double-take when I first saw the title. A Winnie the Pooh-themed horror movie? It’s happening.
Several sites have posted about this movie today. According to multiple sources, the plot is being kept under wraps. However, several stills from the movie have been posted.
The pictures show what looks like a Strangers-style home invasion movie. All of the home invaders are wearing animal masks, and one is dressed as a version of Winnie the Pooh. However, there’s an interesting picture with “Get Out,” written on a window. So, maybe there’s more to the story than a random attack by strangers.
However, according to Nerd Bot, the film is described as a “horror retelling of the famous legend of Winnie the Pooh.” Winnie the Pooh: Blood and Honey is directed and written by Rhys Frake-Waterfield and stars Amber Doig Thorne, Maria Taylor, and Danielle Scott. The film is produced by London-based Jagged Edge Production, who posted stills on Facebook last month. The post said that filming was underway.
‘What about copyright?’ You may ask.
According to more than one source, Winnie the Pooh is part of the public domain. Any creator can do whatever they want with the character—as long as it doesn’t directly reference Disney’s version of Winnie the Pooh, which is protected under copyright. Looking at pictures of Blood and Honey’s Winnie, the costume doesn’t resemble Disney’s Winnie.
According to Disney Dining, A.A. Milne created the original character, which was first introduced in the book, Winnie the Pooh, in 1925, about Christopher Robin and his toy bear, Winnie the Pooh. Milne’s book was so successful that he wrote a follow-up, The House at Pooh Corner, published in 1928. The Walt Disney Company purchased certain rights to Winnie the Pooh from Milne’s estate in 1961. Winnie the Pooh became one of Disney’s most popular franchises. The character has been featured in TV shows and movies.
No release date is set yet for Winnie the Pooh: Blood and Honey.