- The upcoming horror film sequel, Winnie-the-Pooh: Blood and Honey 2, will feature a terrifying version of Tigger, a classic character from the beloved children’s series.
- Director Rhys Frake-Waterfield was able to create his own interpretation of the Winnie-the-Pooh characters when they entered the public domain in 2022.
- The release of Winnie-the-Pooh: Blood and Honey 2 in February 2024 will coincide with Tigger’s character entering the public domain, allowing the filmmaker to include him in the movie.
New Winnie-the-Pooh: Blood and Honey 2 images provide audiences with their first glimpse of the horror film’s take on Tigger. Based on the beloved children’s characters created by A. A. Milne, the low-budget slasher Winnie-the-Pooh: Blood and Honey reimagined them as bloodthirsty murderers who went feral after being abandoned by Christopher Robin. Despite being lambasted by critics, the first movie pulled in $5.2 million in global box office against a modest budget of $100,000. A sequel was officially announced in January 2023, with the new film currently eying a February 2024 release.
New images from IGN have revealed another classic Winnie-the-Pooh character set to join the sequel: the anthropomorphic tiger known as Tigger. Featuring a bloodied face, this horrific take on Tigger is a far cry from the Disney version most audiences are familiar with. One image even shows Tigger standing among a pile of blood-stained feathers, potentially hinting at a fatal confrontation with Owl. Check out the images below:
How Winnie-The-Pooh: Blood & Honey 2 Can Include Tigger
Despite having been closely associated with the Disney brand since the entertainment giant first bought the rights to Milne’s characters in 1961, Winnie-the-Pooh: Blood and Honey director Rhys Frake-Waterfield was able to put his own spin on the characters when they entered the public domain in January 2022. However, at that point in time, only Milne’s first Winnie-the-Pooh book from 1926 had moved out of copyright, and characters featured in later stories were not yet available for him to use.
One of the most notable characters missing from Frake-Waterfield’s first slasher was Tigger, known for his spring-like tail and love of bouncing. As Tigger did not make his first appearance until Milne’s 1928 collection The House at Pooh Corner, his character does not officially enter the public domain until January 2024. Frake-Waterfield’s plans for Winnie-the-Pooh: Blood and Honey 2’s release in February 2024 will allow him to make the most of the new characters almost as soon as they become legally available.
Though Disney may lament the impending loss of their exclusive rights to Tigger’s character in 2024, they are probably more concerned with the first 1928 Mickey Mouse cartoon Steamboat Willie entering the public domain at the same time. While Mickey will still remain a registered trademark owned by the Disney corporation, it will be interesting to see if some enterprising filmmaker will attempt to follow in the footsteps of Winnie-the-Pooh: Blood and Honey 2 and give him the same treatment as Tigger in their own horror film.