'Christopher Robin' film won't play in China; Pooh too notorious?

Winnie the Poo is not welcome in China

Ever since, the memes have taken a life of their own so much that the Chinese authorities have been banning the images of the Disney character on social media since previous year.

It is unclear why the Chinese government denied the request and Chinese authorities do not provide reasons to Hollywood studios when they disallow screening of their movies, the source said.

The trend first started in 2013 when Jinping visited the United States and an image of him walking alongside then American president Barack Obama was likened to one featuring Pooh and Tigger, according to The Guardian.

Made for an estimated US$75 million (£58 million), director Marc Forster's live-action Winnie-the-Pooh revival stars Ewan McGregor as a grown-up Christopher Robin reunited with the beloved characters of the Hundred Acre Wood. Xi was again compared to the fictional bear in 2014 during a meeting with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, who took on the part of the pessimistic, gloomy donkey, Eeyore.As comparisons grew, censors began erasing the images which mocked Xi.

The authorities have been blocking images of the character on social media because of memes comparing Chinese leader Xi Jinping's appearance to Pooh's.

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China does limit the number of foreign films released there, however.

The comparison between Xi and the bear continued for years.

Another photo in 2015, showed Xi in a motorcade next to an image of a Winnie-the-Pooh in a toy auto, in what was labelled "China's most censored photo" by political analysis company Global Risk Insights, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

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.

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