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Friday, October 09, 2009

NEW WINNIE THE POOH

Which will be more popular, the new Winnie the Pooh or Classic Pooh that is the question. Why are we being made to ponder such a thing when last I checked my old friend, Pooh Bear and his friends in the enchanted 100 Acre wood were just peachy playing and living the way they had for decades? Must we always be looking for ways to reinvent the wheel when the original rolls just fine?

Meaning, what kicked off the idea of rewriting of the Pooh books in the first place? Since when do we go dig up classics to see if they need to be updated? What's next? "A Tale of Two Cities"? "Where the Red Fern Grows"? Classic literature should be untouched in my opinion.

I wish someone would answer the question as to how a (controversial) makeover of a classic benefits the author, Benedictus, more than applying literary talent and imagination to work that would be his own. Who is to say that such a book might bring Benedictus recognition of being the A.A. Milne of THIS century? If I were capable of writing a children’s book, I would much prefer to create my own unique, enchanted forest inhabited by characters credited to myself rather than to jump knee deep into creating a new Winnie the Pooh.

All that being said, this is not the first alteration or update to the Winnie the Pooh characters originally drawn by Ernest H. Shepard. After A.A. Milne’s death in 1956 his widow sold the rights to the characters of the Winnie the Pooh story to Walt Disney Co. whose merchandise bore little resemblance to the illustrations in "House at Pooh Corner" or "Winnie the Pooh".

Can we expect new Winnie the Pooh decorations and products featuring the classic bear wearing a stylish new look? If so, it probably will sell alright as kids love new stuff. But what a shame it would be if the old version, the one that you and I grew up with, started to look dated or old fashioned.

Return to Unique Party Decorations, Party Supplies and Decorating Ideas to see how the next chapter in Pooh Bear's story turns out.