Winnie-the-Pooh: Blood and Honey’s director explains why Tigger wasn’t included in his horror film, and how he avoided offending Disney.

Winnie-the-Poh: Blood and Honey creator explains why Tigger won’t be in new horror film. The classic literary characters created in the 1920s by AA Milne, with illustrations by EH Shepard, were widely recognized through the animated Disney adaptations of the stories. While Disney had the exclusive rights to the collection for decades, it was the first Winnie the Pooh book entered the public domain in the United States in January 2022, making it available for depiction outside of Disney’s control. Shortly after, director Rhys Frake-Waterfield announced an upcoming horror film, Winnie-the-Poh: Blood and Honey, where Pooh and a piglet, abandoned by Christopher Robin years earlier, have gone wild and go on a murderous rampage.


Frake-Waterfield is now explaining her decision to leave Tigger Winnie-the-Poh: Blood and Honey. In an interview with SFX Magazine (via SlashMovie), he talks about making his directorial debut with the upcoming slasher film, its unlikely villains and his own take on the original Winnie the Pooh Order. He also explains the risk of violating Disney’s famous representation of the literary characters:

When we came up with this we knew we had to be very careful about what elements we used. We couldn’t be swayed by the Disney version at all, so I deliberately didn’t watch any of them. I went through the book and I purposefully tried to make our Pooh and Piglet as different as I could. […] Begging, for example, is not in the public domain. So he was not allowed to be used in the story.

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Will Winnie-the-Pooh: Blood & Honey 2 feature Tigger?

Winnie the Pooh and Piglet pursue a woman in a pool

Frake-Waterfield has already announced its plans to adapt several childhood classics, including Bambi and Peter Panwith a horror twist, and revealed a Winnie-the-Pooh: Blood and Honey 2 is already underway. Although Tigger wasn’t available for inclusion this time, the book in which he was first introduced will enter the public domain as of January 1, 2024, so there’s a chance he’ll appear in the sequel. Though Winnie-the-Pooh: Blood and Honey trailer explains that Pooh and Piglet have already murdered the other characters, horror fans will undoubtedly share a morbid curiosity to see terrifying renditions of Tigger, Rabbit and even Eeyore, and it’s hard to imagine continuity getting in the way of that.

Can Winnie-the-Pooh: Blood & Honey live up to the hype?

Winnie The Pooh in Winnie The Pooh: Blood And Honey

While Frake-Waterfield is already hyping a sequel, the new director may risk counting his eggs before they hatch. The premise has made headlines for the idea of ​​a murderous Pooh and Piglet, but the high concept alone cannot speak for the overall quality of the yet-to-be-released film. For example, a recent slasher film with Dr. Seuss’s Grinch character, The evil, bombarded with critics. On the other hand, horror fans are no strangers to gimmicks and campy concepts. Regardless of critical reception, horror films have a greater chance of financial success on a low budget. Winnie-the-Poh: Blood and Honey has gotten a lot of attention as a first non-Disney screen adaptation, and box office numbers may be enough to secure Frake-Waterfield’s other potential adaptations.

Although it is too early to tell Winnie-the-Pooh: Blood and Honey will appeal to a wider audience, the hype will almost certainly fill the seats when it hits theaters on February 15th. As for a terrifying Tigger, another installment could further explore the source material and embrace the crazy concept with even more characters. Regardless Winnie-the-Pooh: Blood and Honeys pending success, the film is already proving that nothing is sacred in the horror genre, for better or for worse.

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Source: SFX Magazine (via SlashFilms)

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