Wednesday, 19 September 2018 | 19:33 WIB

New ’Winnie the Pooh’ Movie Banned in China

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JAKARTA, NNC - The new Winnie The Pooh film titled "Christopher Robin" featuring the famous bear character is banned by Chinese authorities, a source was quoted as saying by Reuters.

It is not clear why the Chinese government bans film. Chinese authorities gave no reason to Hollywood studios when they refused the movie from circulating in China, said the source.

The Beijing government has been censoring pictures of Winnie the Pooh circulating in cyberspace after some people said the cute bear is similar to President Xi Jinping's appearance and used Pooh as a symbol of resistance.

Quoted by Guardian, the character of Winnie The Pooh has been used to mock their president. It all started when Xi visited the United States (US) in 2013 and Xi's picture walking with President Barack Obama was juxtaposed with a chubby picture of Winnie - Xi - walking beside the thin Tigger - Obama.

The meme spread online, prompting the government to censor images comparing Xi with Winnie the Pooh in cyberspace.

China, the second largest film market in the world, also limits the number of foreign films that are allowed to enter the country, only 34 per year. Usually they prefer blockbuster action films like "Avengers: Infinity War" and "Black Panther", two of the four Disney films that have aired in China this year.

"A Wrinkle in Time", another Disney film which debuted internationally this March, also has not been released in China, Antara reported on Wednesday (8/8/2018).

"Christopher Robin" tells of the story of Christopher - played by Ewan McGregor - now an adult, meeting again with his childhood friends Winnie the Pooh, Eeyore and Piglet. The characters were created by the English author A.A. Milne.