Those of us who grew up with Christopher Robin and his friends in the Hundred Acre Wood (which should encompass anyone born in the last 80 or so years) have a surprising jolt coming our way in 2007 from the ever-so-wise folks at Disney. In 2007 Disney will roll out a plethora of Pooh related events, including a new (possibly computer) animated series- My Friends Tigger and Pooh. A glaring change will great fans, however, as Christopher Robin is being replaced with a spunky, tomboyish 6 year old girl. The Disney people responsible offer plenty of reasons, including bringing “a breath of fresh air to these timeless characters,” but I’m too busy being distraught over the lack of Chris to relate them all to you. You can read their reasoning here, while A.A. Milne rolls in his grave.  Neil Gaiman also has some amusing things to say about the switch.

It should be blatantly obvious that I’m not particularly pleased with this decision. I’m not saying that the new character will ruin the series or that the children won’t watch and enjoy the show regardless. I’m just saying ‘why mess with perfection?’ Whose brilliant idea was it to say “hey, you know how we could really fix Winnie the Pooh? Let’s kick out Christopher Robin, the boy whose imagination is responsible for all of it!” Jerks.

It should be blatantly obvious that I’m not particularly pleased with this decision. I’m not saying that the new character will ruin the series or that the children won’t watch and enjoy the show regardless. I’m just saying ‘why mess with perfection?’ Whose brilliant idea was it to say “hey, you know how we could really fix Winnie the Pooh? Let’s kick out Christopher Robin, the boy whose imagination is responsible for all of it!” Jerks.

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