Creator / Beatrix Potter

Beatrix Potter (1866-1943) was a British author, illustrator, natural scientist and conservationist, mainly known for her short picture books starring various Civilized Animals and illustrated with detailed, realistic watercolors. Most of her studies are essentially Morality Tales, where young animals are naughty and receive comeuppance. Her animal stories are:


The stories of Beatrix Potter contain examples of:

  • Alien Catnip: Rabbit-tobacco is lavender.
  • Androcles' Lion
  • Animal Stereotypes
  • Animated Adaptation: The World of Peter Rabbit and Friends, a british anthology series that featured both animated scenes adapting the stories and live-action scenes with Beatrix Potter (played by Niamh Cusack) that served as a Framing Device. Nine episodes in length, the episodes usually blended together two stories, though a few were given stand-alone episodes. It was broadcasted on The BBC in the UK and on The Family Channel (before it became ABC Family) in the US.
    • Peter Rabbit on the other hand has been given around 5 animated adaptations. The earliest is the Merri Melodies's 1935 cartoon "The Country Boy". Then two were created in 1991 first is HBO Family's animated musical adaptation as part of a series "Storybook Musicals" and another being released the same year called The World of Peter Rabbit and Friends. Golden Films also released an animated movie in 1995 called "The New Adventures Of Peter Rabbit" where Peter is a little bit older along with his three sisters. And the most recent is the 2012 Nickelodeon series Peter Rabbit.
  • Arcadia: Bordering on Ghibli Hills, depending on whether the animals count as people.
  • Author Appeal: Try to find a Beatrix Potter work without at least a few mushrooms in the artwork. (See She Also Did entry below)
  • Bunnies for Cuteness: Many of her books feature adorable bunnies designed to appeal to small children.
  • Bullying a Dragon: Squirrel Nutkin, with an owl.
  • Cute Kitten: The kittens seen in the story Tom Kitten and Samuel Whiskers.
  • Cats Are Mean: Sometimes averted, but often played straight, since many of the protagonists are small animals.
  • Civilized Animal
  • Curiosity Killed the Cast: Or at least endangered.
  • Fairy Tale
  • Fur Is Clothing: Mrs Tiggy-Winkle washes several fur coats.
  • Good Old Ways
  • Half-Dressed Cartoon Animal: Not cartoons, but often half dressed.
  • Housewife
  • Humans Are Cthulhu: While this is common in some of her works, this is subverted in The Tale of Mrs. Tiggy-Winkle where it focuses on a female human protagonist and the other animals aren't actually afraid of her not even Peter Rabbit who shows up briefly in the book
  • Mouse World:
    "For behind the wooden wainscots of all the old houses of Gloucester, there are little mouse staircases and secret trap-doors; and the mice run from house to house through those long narrow passages; they can run all over the town without going into the streets."
  • Nuclear Family
  • Realism
  • Riddle Me This: Squirrel Nutkin.
  • Rousseau Was Right
  • She Also Did: Groundbreaking research on the germination of fungi, establishing methods for cultivating specimens in controlled conditions and resulting in the formal paper proposing a refined theory of their reproductive cycle, On the Germination of the Spores of the Agaricineae. In addition, over her lifetime she produced a vast portfolio of scientific illustrations noted for their detail, accuracy, and realism. Her illustrations of fungi in particular have made her essentially the Audubon of mycology, her work being used to this day for identification of obscure species.
  • Shown Their Work: Her stories demonstrate keen observation of the appearance and behavior of animals.
  • The Cameo: Pete Rabbit makes a brief cameo in The Tale of Mrs. Tiggy-Winkle along with Benjamin Bunny.

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