China bans Winnie the Pooh film over comparisons to Xi

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Disney's live-animated Christopher Robin placed second, at US$25 million. In 2015, a picture showing Xi Jinping riding in a motorcade alongside an image of Winnie the Pooh in a toy auto was reportedly labelled as "China's most censored photo' by political analysis company Global Risk Insights".

China, the world's second-largest film market, limits the number of foreign-made films allowed into the country to 34 a year.

In June, HBO's Last Week Tonight with John Oliver noted the Xi-Pooh connection and created a mock propaganda video that tweaked Xi's apparent sensitivity to the comparison. Winnie the Pooh became a symbol of the Chinese resistance against the ruling Communist Party, prompting authorities to heavily censor the character, the BBC reported.

Disney's A Wrinkle In Time was also denied release in China.

Other allusions include a popular comparison between a Winnie the Pooh auto toy image and the Chinese leader presiding over a military parade from the back of a moving vehicle.

The new film tells the story of a now middle-aged Christopher Robin, whose mundane life takes a turn when he is unexpectedly reunited with the Hundred Acre Wood's Winnie-the-Pooh, Tigger, Piglet and other animals from his childhood.

While no official reason has been given by the Chinese government for banning the film, the Hollywood Reporter reports that it is because of a crack down on Winnie the Pooh by censors in the country.

The government has not completely banned photos of Pooh from the internet, but it has restricted them. The segment also focused on China's dismal human rights record.Another comparison between Xi and Winnie during a military parade in 2015 became that year's most censored image, according to Global Risk Insights.