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First Trailer for “Winnie the Pooh: Blood and Honey” Released

by Emily Nagle

The first trailer for upcoming independent slasher film “Winnie the Pooh: Blood and Honey” – based on the fictional characters created by A.A. Milne nearly a century ago – has made its debut on Jagged Edge Productions’ official YouTube channel.

“Blood and Honey” reimagines the silly old bear, along with shy, sweet Piglet, as a vicious murderer with a taste for blood. Pooh no longer spends his days playing in the forest with Christopher Robin (Nikolai Leon), who has abandoned Pooh and the gang as he has grown up, graduated college, and gotten married. All these years later, Christopher has returned to the forest to introduce his new wife to Pooh and his friends. However, Pooh has other plans in mind: slaughtering everyone in his path, including a group of college girls staying in a nearby cabin.

Much of the characters from the “Winnie the Pooh” canon are still owned by Disney; however, the company’s copyright for depictions of Pooh expired in January, leaving the anthropomorphic teddy bear in the public domain.

While it’s a completely new spin on the nearly 90-year-old character, it has been met with mixed criticism due to the concept being unnecessarily dark – why would a beloved, timeless childhood character be turned into a bloodthirsty murderer? Of course, “Blood and Honey” isn’t the first film to do this; “Bunny the Killer Thing” does something similar, introducing a killer who’s a giant fuzzy bunny.

“Winnie the Pooh: Blood and Honey” does not yet have a release date, but is said to be “coming soon.” Other names involved in the project are Rhys Frake-Waterfield as the director, and actors Amber Doig-Thorne, Natasha Tosini, and Danielle Ronald.