Here’s why Kingdom Hearts 3’s Winnie The Pooh got Censored In China

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Winnie the Pooh is one of the most beloved and celebrated silly old bears of all time, but it sounds like he won’t be making an appearance in the Chinese version of Kingdom Hearts 3.

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Reports are circulating that everyone’s favourite yellow bear will be appearing as a blurred-out white blob in the upcoming Square Enix title, and no – it’s not because he’s butt naked from the waist down.

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It appears that Pooh’s censorship in China is down to a meme that circulated back in 2013. At the time, an image of Chinese president Xi Jinping and U.S president Barack Obama was compared to a pic of Pooh and BFF Tigger walking together, and it seems China is keen to stop the same thing happening again.

Back in August, the Chinese government banned any pictures or depictions of Winnie the Pooh, as more and people people got their lols from comparing the bear to the president of China.

Global Risk Insights reported at the time that Pooh posed “a serious effort to undermine the dignity of the presidential office and Xi himself.”

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Pooh will still appear in the upcoming release of Kingdom Hearts 3 in China, but the images of him being censored that have appeared online leave a lot to be desired…

Kingdom Hearts 3 has been in the works for a while, and now we’re just a few weeks from its January 2019 release. The hype train is in full flow, as fans have been waiting for a new addition to the franchise since Kingdom Heart 2 released back in 2005. 

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The game is set to be the biggest addition to the series, exploring the worlds of everyone’s favourite Disney and Pixar movies including Toy Story, Frozen, Hercules, Pirates of the Caribbean and more. 

It will release on 29th January, 2019 for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. 

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