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    Replacing Christopher Robin ?!?!?!

    Disney lets girl into Winnie's world By Marco R. della Cava, USA TODAY
    Maybe it's just the impossibly cozy nature of the 'hood, but for 80 years there has been no change in the resident line-up of the Hundred Acre Wood.
    A "tomboyish" 6-year-old girl will join Tigger, Piglet and Pooh in the Hundred Acre Wood in 2007. Disney Guess who's coming for honey? As part of a barrel-full of Winnie the Pooh anniversary events, Disney is working on a new animated series that will replace Christopher Robin with a 6-year-old girl.
    To quote one loquacious Rabbit: "Oh my, oh my, oh my goodness!"
    Although the bear's party fare includes much Disney hoopla anniversary-themed goods, Disney Channel marathons and a stage show that kicks off today in New York the real bother is sure to be over tinkering with a classic.
    Details are sketchy on the as-yet-nameless new arrival, who will make her debut in the 2007 computer-generated series My Friends Tigger and Pooh. Disney execs say the idea is to bring an older audience to an iconic franchise born when British author A.A. Milne began musing about the imaginary world of his son, Christopher Robin.
    "We got raised eyebrows even in-house at first, but the feeling was these timeless characters really needed a breath of fresh air that only the introduction of someone new could provide," says Nancy Kanter of the Disney Channel.
    The gamble could sweeten the pot of a company that already brings in $1 billion annually from Pooh merchandise, "more than all their core characters combined," says Thomas Ranese of marketing consultants Interbrand. "Pooh appears to be a robust brand that can handle expansion."
    There could be a side benefit to luring new kids to this idyllic forest. Because today's tykes often get introduced to literary characters through their cartoon counterparts, "the hope is this will bring more kids to (Pooh) books," says Rory Halperin, who covers entertainment for Child magazine.
    But some fans no doubt will feel that Winnie's world was fine just the way it was. "This strikes me as a step too far away from the vision of the original books," says Kathleen Horning, who trains children's book librarians at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. "Besides, growing up, I had no problem relating to Christopher Robin. He almost had a non-specific gender."
    Disney's Kanter says the new cartoon represents not an abandonment of an old, familiar world, but rather an alternate universe for Pooh and his crew.
    "Christopher Robin is still out there in the woods, playing," she says. "We hope people will fall for this new tomboyish girl. The last thing we want to be is the ones who brought the franchise down."


    http://www.usatoday.com/life/televis...the-pooh_x.htm


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    Re: Replacing Christopher Robin ?!?!?!

    I read about this this morning. I think Christopher Robin should stay, and if they want to add a girl, then that's cool. Why does Christopher Robin have to go, in order for a girl to be added? They implied he would be like in the background kind of.

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    Re: Replacing Christopher Robin ?!?!?!

    It is funny how these people always think that their right, but in reality, they are as blind as a bat when it comes to making decisions. Disneys decisions are pretty much useless now-a-days. They should make us the consumers make the decisions since w know how to make better decisions apparently.

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    oh yeah- I always felt SO left out because there were no female characters in the Hundred Acre Woods- damaged I say. The stupid blue bird doesn't count!

    About time- now my daughter won't suffer the anguish I felt.

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    This sucks....period.

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    Re: Replacing Christopher Robin ?!?!?!

    If they take out any characters it should be a less known one. But given the fact that Christopher Robin was a.A. Milnes real life son, really takes away from the history of the story and the fact that it is suppost to be about a young boys imaginary adventures with his toys.

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    Re: Replacing Christopher Robin ?!?!?!

    Yeah, so some little comes and steals Christopher's toys? Is that the deal here?

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    Re: Replacing Christopher Robin ?!?!?!

    No, they are probably just to lazy to re-invent the forgotten character .

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    *gag*

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    Re: Replacing Christopher Robin ?!?!?!

    As long as they don't replace TIGGER. It would be sheer blasphemy then!

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    Re: Replacing Christopher Robin ?!?!?!

    Quote Originally Posted by Disney Wrassler
    If they take out any characters it should be a less known one. But given the fact that Christopher Robin was a.A. Milnes real life son, really takes away from the history of the story and the fact that it is suppost to be about a young boys imaginary adventures with his toys.
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    Re: Replacing Christopher Robin ?!?!?!

    Chill out guys. Its a cartoon show, its not changing history. Christoper Robin will always be part of Winnie the Pooh, just not this incarnation.
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    Re: Replacing Christopher Robin ?!?!?!

    is this going to be a series for disney channel? if that's the case, i'm not that bothered by it. those series are never that good anyway.

    i would hate to see a feature film where they replace christopher robin, though. i don't see why the bike-helmet girl & christopher robin can't be in the same show.
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    Re: Replacing Christopher Robin ?!?!?!

    I bet A.A. Milne is PISSED!

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    Re: Replacing Christopher Robin ?!?!?!

    Quote Originally Posted by pixie chick
    i would hate to see a feature film where they replace christopher robin, though. i don't see why the bike-helmet girl & christopher robin can't be in the same show.
    So, when was the last time that Christopher Robin was in a feature-length Pooh movie for longer than 5 seconds?
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    Re: Replacing Christopher Robin ?!?!?!

    You know, I'm not outraged at all, nor even the least bit angry.

    Not the best decision in the world, but it's not like they are erasing Christopher Robin out of the original books. To me, Winnie the Pooh has always been about the power of a child's imagination, not just CR's little world, it was my world too, and maybe yours as well. So what if they want to let someone else in there too. I'll reserve judgment for when the show actually comes out.

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