Editor’s Note: Whether on screen or off, Hollywood can always be counted on to keep us entertained. This is especially true when it comes to politics. Liberty Nation’s Hollyweird column shines the spotlight on Tinseltown’s A-listers and their wild and wacky takes on today’s current events.
Writer and director Rhys Frake-Waterfield wants to create a “twisted alternative reality” with certain beloved Disney characters, now that these childhood favorite books have been released into public domain. Move over Freddy Kruger and Jason Voorhees, Winnie the Pooh and Bambi may soon become the next horror film stars.
Disney Characters-Turned Horror Stars
If you think this will never sell, think again. Winnie the Pooh: Blood and Honey hasn’t yet been released globally, but it’s already earned nearly $1 million in Mexico. The low-budget slasher is set years ahead of the original classic story and features Christopher Robin as an adult. Christopher returns to the 100 Acre Wood only to find out that his friends have turned feral since he wasn’t around to feed them. Winnie the Poo and Piglet become cannibals and end up eating poor Eyeore, among other gory adventures. This horrific adaptation is set to be released globally on Feb. 15.
Frake-Waterfield plans to create a whole universe of beloved childhood fairytale characters turned evil. In fact, there is already a movie based on the innocent deer called Bambi: The Reckoning, where the beloved character is a “vicious killing machine,” the writer told Dread Central. And then there’s Tinkerbell, who will get an unpleasant makeover from the sweet fairy encouraging everyone to “think wonderful thoughts” to a “heavily obese” female “recovering from drugs” in Peter Pan’s Neverland Nightmare. According to the writer:
“The idea is that we’re going to try and imagine they’re all in the same world, so we can have crossovers. People have been messaging saying they really want to see Bambi versus Pooh.”
He does admit that not all the movies coming out will be reserved just for Disney characters:
“There are many, many, many other ideas out there which aren’t tied to Disney, loads of old fairytales and urban legends, concepts that are synonymous with your childhood and they’re the ones which I want to build up into a twisted alternative reality.”
There goes the neighborhood. The only saving grace is that, as Giant Freakin Robot reported, “the real versions of Winnie the Pooh, Peter Pan, Tinkerbell, and Bambi [the characters] are still under copyright, so therefore [Frake-Waterfield’s] characters and stories cannot have even the slightest overlap or similarities to them.”
But, maybe not for long. As Liberty Nation reported, Senator Josh Hawley (R-MO) is seeking a way to reduce how long a copyright can be held. He introduced a bill that targets long-term copyright protections that seems to be aimed specifically at Disney.
The Wrap explained that the current protections under the Sonny Bono Copyright Term Extension Act of 1998 – commonly referred to as the Mickey Mouse Protection Act – shields ownership for “95 years from original publication or 120 years from creation.” If Hawley’s proposal is approved, copyright would be reduced to 56 years and it “would further restrict Disney’s rights to 28 years and strip Disney and other companies of some copyright protections because it would also be applied retroactively.”
Hawley explained his reasoning behind the proposed copyright change:
“Thanks to special copyright protections from Congress, woke corporations like Disney have earned billions while increasingly pandering to woke activists. It’s time to take away Disney’s special privileges and open up a new era of creativity and innovation.”
Frake-Waterfield’s ideas are probably not the type of “creativity and innovation” Hawley had in mind.
Tune in next time to see what else Tinseltown has planned.
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