Winnie the Pooh: R-rated horror film Blood and Honey is coming soon

Last night the news broke that the next Winnie the Pooh is on his way, but this time he wants revenge. Because 95 years have passed since the publication of Winnie the Poohby AA Milne and illustrated by Ernest H. Shepard, the honey-loving bear entered the public domain on January 1, 2022. Images of the first non-Disney (or sanctioned Disney, in the case of Cold War relations) Poop the film has emerged now that it is in post-production. Entitled Winnie the Pooh: Blood and Honeythe film is written and directed by Rhys Frake-Waterfield and stars Chris Cordell (Piglet) and Craig David Dowsett (Pooh).

This slasher version, where Pooh is a murderous bear, is inspired by Milne’s first novel. The IMDb synopsis reads, “It follows Pooh and Piglet as they go wild after Christopher Robin abandons them.” If you know someone named Christopher Robin, it might be time to cut ties. In an interview with Varietyco-author Frake-Waterfield explained that this happened after Robin went to college:

Because they had to fend for themselves so much, they basically went feral. So they went back to their animal roots. They are no longer tame: they are like a bear and a vicious pig who want to wander around and try to find prey.

This image was posted before the news broke, but it was trending as it was definitely on topic. 10/10.

Funny enough, we saw a horror version of a Disney Winnie the Pooh before, but not like this. I’m talking about those remixed trailers on YouTube like the ones that made 2018 Christopher Robin, starring Ewan McGregor, feels like a thriller or a horror movie. There are plenty of trailers like this imagining “What if?” and Pooh is almost always the villain in these trailers.

Story Limits

Illustration on page 3 of Winnie-the-Pooh (1926) by artist EH Shepard.  Pooh from on a log looking at the sky.  Image: Creative Commons, AA Milne
(Creative Commons, A.A. Milne)

Because Disney is very protective of its copyright, anyone looking to adapt this book should be careful. plagiarism today founder Jonathan Bailey devoted an entire entry, in early January, discussing what the story’s public domain status means with vital specificity. For example, only the original Milne story is in the public domain. This means that the characters, style, and story elements from books two through four cannot be used as freely. Bailey continued,

This means that many characters in the series, including Tigger, haven’t expired and won’t be for a few years. In fact, the image of Pooh wearing a red shirt was only published in 1932, which means that much like Frankenstein’s Monster, those looking to exploit the public domain work may want to do pay attention to how they portray it.

Despite these limitations, Frake-Waterfield looks like he’s changed enough and can nod to characters he can’t introduce yet. While it’s fun to imagine and watch these distant scenarios like Winnie the Pooh: Blood and Honey, I can’t wait to see what animated stories (including plasticine) arise devoted to the popular children’s book. Around 2024, all four books should be in the public domain, so now would be a great time to start a show, comic, or game.

Winnie the Pooh's soul leaves his body.
(Square Enix)

(Going through Bloody disgustingfeatured image: Jagged Edge Productions)

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