Friday, 2 October 2009

Return of the Pooh

Winnie the Pooh will be making his literary comeback this year at the tender age of 84. Although creator A.A. Milne passed away quite some time ago, the Milne estate (headed by none other than Christopher Robin) have authorised David Benedictus, a life long Pooh devotee, to write a new series of stories entitled: Return to the Hundred Acre Wood.

Not only will the entire gang be revived for some new and exciting adventures but their general appearance will also be slightly contemporized with a dash of authenticity of nostalgia's sake proving that Pooh is a timeless classic. Our fuzzy friend's appearance has always been source for debate ranging from EH Shepard's original and minimalistic black and white drawings (based on the actual faded teddy bear) to Disney's freakishly yellow and dressed version.

Mark Burgess created a "Pooh" which combines the best of both worlds: fun loving colour and simple nostalgic drawings that will make a whole new generation fall in love with the most adorable character ever created. I have to admit that I had my doubts at first, messing with the Pooh is sacrilege after all but in the end, it's all Pooh and all good.

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