Winnie the Pooh replaces Chris Robin?
Did anyone catch this People online article about the Winnie the Pooh girl buddy makeover?
Winnie the Pooh gets a new friend: a girl
December 13, 2005 20:40:45
Winnie the Pooh
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Beat it Christopher Robin. It's time Winnie the Pooh had a girl friend.
The Walt Disney Co. is planning a new Winnie the Pooh television series for 2007 plans which will have an as yet unnamed six-year-old girl as the core character instead of young Robin, a company spokeswoman said.
But she cautioned that the new character "is not a replacement for Christopher Robin" and added that the role of the character based on author A.A. Milne's son in the upcoming series is still to be determined, although it will not be central.
Nonetheless, the girl will be the star as she moves next door to the beloved characters created by the English author about 80 years ago -- Pooh, Tigger, Piglet, Eeyore, Kang and Roo plus a new character, Lumpy, introduced in a recent Pooh movie.
The Disney Co. spokeswoman, Patti McTeague, said a 22-minute pilot was produced and tested worldwide in focus groups of preschoolers and parents, all to very positive feedback.
The series will be produced by Disney Television Animation and is scheduled to premiere in 2007 on Disney channels around the globe.
"The new character introduced in the series was crafted because the focus of the series is on interactive learning, and she will have a specific role in advancing the curriculum and will 'break the fourth wall' to speak directly to the preschool age viewer," McTeague said.