'Christopher Robin' will not be released in China

Last Updated: Sat, Aug 04, 2018 16:20 hrs

[USA] Aug 04 (ANI): Disney's live-action feature film 'Christopher Robin' will not see a China release.

The movie was blocked from being released as the Chinese government cracked down on the images of Winnie the Pooh (a character from the movie), reports The Hollywood Reporter.

After citizens from the Asian country pointed out a resemblance between the character and their President Xi Jinping, the country started censoring photos of the bear from social media.

This comes at a time when China in June blocked the HBO website after American comedian John Oliver poked fun at President Xi Jinping primarily over suppression of free speech in the country.

The movie which stars Ewan McGregor is inspired by A. A. Milne and E. H. Shepard's book Winnie-the-Pooh and is a live-action of the Disney franchise of the same name.

Directed by Marc Foster and written by Alex Ross Perry, the film will also star Hayley Atwell, Bronte Carmichael, and Mark Gatiss in supporting roles.

The flick which released on August 3 in the United States is all set to hit Indian cinema halls on August 10. (ANI)

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