Hilarious reason new Disney movie's banned in China

Hilarious reason new Disney movie's banned in China

The live-action film premiered worldwide over the weekend except in China, where authorities did not provide a reason why the Disney movie was banned.

One anonymous source told The Hollywood Reporter that the movie's ban was directly linked to China's crackdown on images of Winnie the Pooh however, another source said the decision likely has to do with the fact that there are now several new Hollywood tentpoles in the Chinese market.

Starting in 2013, memes comparing Winnie the Pooh's appearance to that of Chinese President Xi Jinping began to circulate on China's internet.

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".

Disney's A Wrinkle in Time, which debuted around the world in March, has not been released in China.

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

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In 2014 social media users poked fun at the Chinese president's awkward handshake with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe with an image of Winnie the Pooh shaking hands with Eeyore.

In 2015, the political analysis portal Global Risk Insights called a picture of Xi standing up through the roof of a parade vehicle paired with an image of a Winnie the Pooh toy auto "China's most censored photo" of the year. Disney will open "Ant-Man and The Wasp" in China on August 24.

"Christopher Robin" is a fantasy film starring Ewan McGregor as the titular role.

Although "Christopher Robin" won't be shown to the country of 1.3 billion people, it made a solid debut in the United States last Friday, grossing US$24.6 million (£19 million) in ticket sales.

This article has been adapted from its original source.

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