Mudcat Café message #1238409 The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #72089   Message #1238409
Posted By: PoppaGator
01-Aug-04 - 02:40 PM
Thread Name: Winnie the Pooh
Subject: RE: BS: Winnie the Pooh
I'm (easily) old enough to have grown up with the pre-Disney Pooh Bear. I've remained largely blissfully unaware of the Disneyfication that has occurred in recent years.

My own kids (now 21, 24 and 26), for whatever reason, never developed an interest in either the old nor the new Pooh, so I never had to suffer through the desecration of a classic from my own childhood.

Wasn't there a huge controversy not too long ago over ownership of the rights to Winnie the Pooh? I read about it somewhere on the internet -- could it have been here? Are there old threads on this topic that might address this?

As I recall, descendants of A.A. Milne were in a dispute with descendants of one of his literary agents or editors. The author had apparently ceded some rights to the agent or whatever, before the value of said rights skyrocketed, and the author's own family then fought to regain some if not all of the booty. I forget which of the parties had sold out to Disney. All pretty sordid, I believe.