Voice of 'Winnie the Pooh' Chill Out, China ... Prez Memes Are Flattering

7/18/2017 4:31 PM PDT

'Winnie the Pooh' Ban in China Is Absurd, They Should Be Flattered ... Says Voice of Pooh

EXCLUSIVE

China's Internet crackdown on memes comparing President Xi Jinping to Winnie the Pooh is a major overreaction not worthy of even a bother ... according to the guy who gives Pooh a voice.

Jim Cummings -- the voice of Pooh since the '80s -- told us China and Prez Xi are taking the comparison all wrong, because it's actually a good thing. 

The memes started with a side-by-side image of Pooh and Tigger with a 2013 pic of Xi and President Obama -- and took off from there. Well, up until the government started blocking the images on all public sites and forums.

Jim, who also voices Tigger, advises a smackerel of Pooh's favorite food to calm the sitch -- but with nearly 1.5 billion people ... might take more than that.