So, if you haven't heard the news, there are plans for Disney to make a live action film adaptation... of Winnie The Pooh. You most likely can't tell through the text so far, but I'm not really at all what one would define as necessarily happy about this news. If anything, I really quite irritated by this news. There are certain this that can, and sometimes even should, be made in a live action format. Then there are things like Winnie the Pooh, which as far as I'm concerned, unless it involves hand-drawn animation, should never be touched for any reason. And along with that, there are some other reasons why this seems like an absolutely god-awful idea.
1. It's (technically) been done before.
And look how well that turned out.
2. There's no way to make it enjoyable for those who grew up with it.
Why do I say this? Well, firstly because Winnie the Pooh was never even made for a live action setting! Winnie the Pooh is one of those stories where the only good way of retelling them in any kind of movie format is with animation. That's just the way it is. Putting the Winnie The Pooh universe into a live action setting will make everything seem out of place and offputting, especially since it's supposed to be about how Christopher Robin is supposedly going to be an adult who still plays with his toys and such. Wow. That's practically got "Biggest misstep of all time" written all over it, since it would come across as SUPER weird if Christopher Robin were still playing with stuffed animals as a full-grown adult! Does that not sound at all weird to you? It sure as hell does to me!
3. They've got the completely wrong person to write and direct the film.
With all due respect to Alex Ross Perry, who will be the writer and director for this film, he does not seem at all (to me, at least) like the kind of writer or director who would be able to make a genuinely faithful re-imagining of Winnie The Pooh the way we all remember it being. His filmography is filled with mainly psychological drama films. It would seem as though, from their choice in writer and director, that they would like this Winnie the Pooh remake to be in the same vein as the semi-recent film adaptation of the classic Maurice Sendak book Where The Wild Things Are, which I must say, although is a pretty gutsy move...
...it probably won't win over very many fans.
But here's the other big problem with this decision: This movie is written by a guy who's area of expertise is psychological dramas. This is not what Winnie The Pooh is. At all. Never in all of its history has Winnie The Pooh ever had any sort of deeper meaning than this: "A stuffed bear comes to life and plays with a kid in a forest"! That's all it is! There's pretty much no deeper meaning behind it! So why do this?! It just seems to me like a really not good idea.
But that's quite enough from me on the subject. What are your thoughts?