I was allowed to attend a preview of Peter Rabbit in order to facilitate my review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
Red and I escaped the crowds last weekend and took in a special Mama and Me day-date of Columbia Pictures’ new Peter Rabbit. In my opinion, the previews of the movie have set it up to play much like the “live-action” Chipmunks movies from a few years ago, but knowing my grade school son would enjoy that type of humor, I was happy to bring him to the screening. In all honesty, as the movie started off, I could see the very silly nature of the opening birds, the goofball, wisecracking antics of Peter and detailed animation I expected. But what I didn’t expect was the following…
Honor and Nods to original author Beatrix Potter
Wow! The writers did a great job incorporating not only the original spirit of Beatrix Potter’s books but also the line drawings. There is a very special segment where the drawings you remember seeing as a child become folding into the film in a very precious way. And that lovely costarring lady? Well, her name is Bea. As in Beatrix, which I adored. There are plenty of Potter’s characters littered throughout the film like Jemima Puddleduck, Tommy Badger, Jeremy Fisher the Frog and even Pigling Bland. See how many you can spot!
Witty Banter as well as physical humor
The humor is very well timed. The physical humor’s appearance is expected, but the clever twists and turns it takes will keep your whole family giggling, and while your kids will resonate with Peter’s wisecracker and jumps, you and the other adults will be laughing at the witty banter that echoes back and forth between characters, both human and animal.
Thank Goodness, it’s not The Chipmunks
Like I mentioned before, Peter Rabbit is its own animal (pun intended). The movie is clever and sweet, fun and a perfect springtime escape. You can easily take your little preschoolers as well as your grade schoolers and feel comfortable with what’s about to unfold. The studio did a great job with the movie! While you’re planning your movie theatre visit, print these Peter Rabbit Activity Pages.
Please click on the image below for coloring pages and an activity maze to entertain your children!
James Corden is Peter Rabbit, the mischievous and adventurous hero who has captivated generations of readers, now takes on the starring role of his own irreverent, contemporary comedy with attitude. In the film, Peter’s feud with Mr. McGregor (Domhnall Gleeson) escalates to greater heights than ever before as they rival for the affections of the warm-hearted animal lover who lives next door (Rose Byrne). James Corden voices the character of Peter with playful spirit and wild charm, along with Margot Robbie, Elizabeth Debicki, and Daisy Ridley performing the voice roles of the triplets, Flopsy, Mopsy, and Cottontail.