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China Bans "Christopher Robin" Due To Pooh’s Resemblance To Its President

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Oh bother! Disney's newest Winnie the Pooh movie, Christopher Robin, won't be hitting Chinese cinemas.

Cathleen Taff, head of distribution for Disney, confirmed the film has been denied a release the Associated Press reported The move locks the release out from the world's second largest film market. The second is because one of the movie's stars, Winnie the Pooh, has apparently become a symbol of the resistance against China's ruling Communist Party.

Christopher Robin (Ewan McGregor) with his longtime friend Winnie the Pooh.

It typically favors action-heavy blockbusters such as "Avengers: Infinity War" and "Black Panther", two of four Disney films that have played in China so far this year.

In June, HBO's Last Week Tonight with John Oliver noted the Xi-Pooh connection and created a mock propaganda video that tweaked Xi's apparent sensitivity to the comparison.

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Last year, the bear disappeared from social media sites in China as it was blocked by sensors.

Comparisons began in 2013 when a photo of the President of the People's Republic of China walking with then-U.S. leader President Barack Obama, was posted alongside a picture of Pooh walking next to another beloved Milne's character from Hundred Acre Wood, Tigger.

A 2014 handshake between Xi and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe saw Abe compared to Eeyore the donkey.

According to Global Risks Insights, The Chinese government views the comparisons and mockery as "a serious effort to undermine the dignity of the presidential office and Xi himself".

The film will be released in Germany on August 16.