Hilarious reason new Disney movie's banned in China

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China's Culture Ministry declined to comment and referred questions to the State Administration of Radio and Television, which did not immediately respond to a request for comment. As the Guardian reported, the country allows only 34 foreign films to play in Chinese cinemas each year.

Disney's A Wrinkle in Time, which debuted around the world in March, has not been released in China.

Although no official reason has been given for Christopher Robin's banishment from China, which operates a strict quota on foreign film, the ban comes on the heels of "several Pooh crackdowns", says Sky News.

Netizens have in the past likened Pooh's appearance - namely his portly stature - to President Xi.

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The uncanny connection between the two, first surfaced in 2013 when a picture of President Jinping walking along with former US President Barack Obama was posted alongside a picture of Winnie the Pooh and Tigger.

Chinese authorities have denied Disney the chance to release Christopher Robin in the country.

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.

Censors began cracking down on such images after comparison grew and memes went viral.

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"It is believed that the recent step towards banning Winnie The Pooh" film is a fallout of its 2015 experience.

A second weekend total of 435 million was enough to make sure that the Tom Cruise franchise movie was at the top for a second weekend, the film now has a domestic U.S. total of $124.4 million after 10 days of release.

The movie stars Ewan McGregor as a grown up Christopher Robin who is reunited with his childhood friends for another adventure.

The government has not completely banned photos of Pooh from the internet, but it has restricted them.

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