‘Winnie-The-Pooh’ Turns 90

Winnie-The-Pooh, the A.A. Milne series featuring a stuffed bear and his toy animal friends, debuted 90 years ago this week. Here are some milestones from the franchise’s nearly century-long run:
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How Movies Receive Their Ratings

Many Americans use the MPAA’s formalized rating system as a guide for which films to see. The Onion provides a step-by-step view into how these ratings are chosen:

  • STEP 1

    Esteemed MPAA executives get together for a viewing of Paddington 2, The Lego Batman Movie, and Saw: Legacy

  • STEP 2

    Board member revived with smelling salts after protagonist utters the term “motherfucker”

  • STEP 3

    Cohort of children under 17 are exposed to the film and then studied for a decade to observe potentially adverse effects over time

  • STEP 4

    Dismembered torsos in scene 36 examined for any obscene nipple exposure

  • STEP 5

    White smoke billows from highest window of MPAA headquarters, indicating to the expectant crowd below that a rating has been chosen

  • STEP 6

    Director immediately rails against the selected rating in order to secure a juicy anecdote for DVD’s audio commentary track

  • STEP 7

    Intrepid preteens duck into illicit theater right after tickets checked


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