BOO-HOO POOH!

Winnie-the-Pooh

Disney recently sought an injunction on toy bears manufactured in China and imported into Sweden that apparently bore a striking resemblance to Winnie-the-Pooh. They want the 25,000 bears destroyed which they insist are illegal replicas because of their trade mark red shirt and that they projected “the same attitude and facial expression…”. They may bear a striking resemblance to the original Pooh Bear which coincidentally also can be said of Disney’s romanticised, homogenised and repackaged Pooh. However, I don’t imagine that A.A.Milne ever envisaged “Crud the dust monster” or Christopher Robin with an American accent clad in trainers and sweatshirt wearing a baseball cap.