Peter Rabbit, one of Beatrix Potter’s classic characters, is a classic childhood favourite so there was great excitement when it was announced that it would soon be a star-studded movie. Unfortunately, it didn’t turn out that way and now the Peter Rabbit Movie trailer is out – and fans aren’t happy.
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Peter Rabbit first appeared in Beatrix Potter’s The Tale of Peter Rabbit in 1902, followed by several more of Potter’s stories. Peter was portrayed as a naughty, greedy little bunny who disobeyed his mother, stole vegetables from farmer Mr McGregor’s garden, and barely managed to escape from being put into a pie.
With more than 150 million copies of the Peter Rabbit series sold worldwide, there are generations of fans who would flock to see a movie about this loveable rogue. Unfortunately, this may not the case with the upcoming Peter Rabbit movie, if early reactions are anything to go by.
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Peter Rabbit Movie Trailer
Voiced by James Cordon, Peter Rabbit is shown as a partying, twerking, swaggering bunny. In the trailer, Peter throws a roaring house party for his woodland friends (including, inexplicably, the fox who tried to eat him). But, of course, nothing is that simple – the house is, in fact, that of Mr McGregor who returns home mid-party.
Played by Domhnall Gleeson, Mr McGregor is certainly not the cantankerous and formidable farmer I remember from my childhood – in fact, his character is almost overwhelmed by Peter’s behaviour.
Even in the short trailer, the attempts at humour are weak. A badger playing darts with a hedgehog – and I mean literally throwing the hedgehog as the dart – sets the tone.
Have a look and see what you think:
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Beatrix Potter fans are not happy, so it will be interesting to see how the full Peter Rabbit movie is received when it is released in Spring 2018.
The CGI/live action movie also stars Sam McNeill, Rose Byrne, Margot Robbie and Daisy Ridley.
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