Friday, December 09, 2005

Pooh's Christopher Robin to Become a Girl

Christopher Robin, as a boy, has worn out his welcome with the target demographic, reasons Disney:
[T]hough Winnie the Pooh became a hugely successful brand, Christopher Robin just wouldn’t sell.

“There’s only one thing to be done,” said the executives at Disney, and replaced him with a six-year-old girl.

. . . .

“We got raised eyebrows, even in-house, but the feeling was that these timeless characters really needed a breath of fresh air that only the introduction of someone new could provide,” Nancy Kanter, of the Disney Channel, told USA Today.

Disney says that the series will target preschool children. “The young character will elicit physical, cognitive and emotional responses from the viewing audience and will also address them directly,” said a spokesman.
Link. So apparently C-Rob stand-in will be not only a girl, but also a scary experimental electrical probe. Sign me up!

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Image credits: Winnie the Pooh illustration by E.H. Shepard.


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