The popular Winnie-the-Pooh books by A. A. Milne, which have delighted kids and adults for almost a century, were recreated in Winnie-the-Pooh: Blood and Honey movie, which was released in January. But in this movie, Pooh and Piglet, Pooh’s typically shy best friend, have turned into ruthless killers and this plotline created a lot of buzz among audiences. To such an extent that the creator of the movie even started receiving death threats.
Rhys Frake-Waterfield, the writer-director of the independent horror movie, asserts he has received death threats because of the controversial film he created. Frake-Waterfield disclosed while speaking to Agence France-Presse, that his reinterpretation of the well-known children’s character Winnie-the-Pooh has angered many fans, leading some of them to personally contact him.
“I’ve had petitions to stop it. I’ve had death threats. I’ve had people saying they called the police.”
It’s expected that such a project would receive a mixed response from critics. While some have appreciated the movie for its excellent horror components, others have criticized it for inappropriately adapting globally loved children’s characters to a genre that is not appropriate for them.
Early in 2022, Frake-Waterfield started making the movie just as the copyright for the 1926 original book’s publication had expired. While enlarging both of the characters to human size and avoiding details like Pooh’s iconic red shirt, he took care to avoid giving Pooh or Piglet an excessively similar appearance to their Disney counterparts.
Besides that, prosthetic masks were worn by both characters to make them appear like bloodthirsty monsters rather than the endearing animated characters we are familiar with. Keep an eye on Thirsty For News to get more updates.
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