Western Animation: Peter Rabbit
Left to right: Benjamin, Peter and Lily.
An All-CGI Cartoon
running on Nickelodeon
in America and CBeebies
in the UK, Peter Rabbit
revolves around the familiar figure that starred in the first
of Beatrix Potter
's children's books
. Peter is joined on his adventures by his cousin Benjamin Bunny
and Lily Bobtail, a new character created for the series.
This series provides examples of the following tropes:
- Accessory-Wearing Cartoon Animal: Jemima Puddle-Duck
- The Ace:
- Peter regards his late father this way, using his old journal to learn how to become a clever and brave young" rabbit.
- The Plum Thief from the same-titled episode, AKA Peter's Mother.
- Adaptation Personality Change: A fair few examples. Benjamin in particular. In the novels, he was about the same age as Peter and even more headstrong, dragging him back to Mc Gregor's garden somewhat against his will. In the series, he is noticeably younger, and is Peter's Cowardly Sidekick.
- Agony of the Feet: This happens to Mr. Tod at the end of "The Tale of Mr. Tod's Trap" after he kicks a tree out of frustration from having been once again out-witted by Peter and the others.
- Animal Stereotypes
- Author Avatar: Lily is stated to be heavily based on Beatrix Potter herself.
- Barefoot Cartoon Animal: Cotton-tail, Mr. Tod, Tommy Brock, and Sammy Whiskers (unlike the original book version)
- Canon Foreigner: Rather than having Flopsy, Mopsy or Cotton-tail join their brother in his mischief, Lily Bobtail was added, along with her family.
- Catch Phrase: "Let's hop to it!", usually said by Peter, though see I Always Wanted to Say That below also.
- Cats Are Mean: Played straight with Mr McGregor's cat, but averted with Ginger.
- Christmas Special: Peter Rabbit's Christmas Tale doubled as the series premiere in 2012, while the series proper began the following February.
- Cunning Like a Fox: The sly Mr. Tod.
- Curiosity Killed the Cast: Or rather, regularly endangers them.
- The Ditz: Jemima Puddle-Duck.
- Dr. Jerk: Dr. Bobtail is a Downplayed version: his sternness generally stems from understandable concern about their activities, to the point where he considered moving away for Lily's sake.
- Everybody Knew Already: In "The Tale of the Dash in the Dark," Benjamin spends most of the story trying to hide the fact that he's afraid of the dark from Peter and Lily, only for him to finally say that he has something to tell them and them to say "You're afraid of the dark?"
- Expressive Ears: Seen on occasion. In "The Tale of the Angry Cat," when Peter tells Cottontail that it's way too dangerous for him to catapult her into Mr. McGregor's garden, her ears droop straight down and she cries.
- Furry Confusion: Mr McGregor's cat and Ginger the orange cat.
- Guile Hero
- Hair Decorations: Lily wears a pink headband, while she and the rest avoid Furry Female Mane.
- Half-Dressed Cartoon Animal: Peter, Benjamin, and Lily
- Housewife: Mrs. Rabbit
- Humans Are Cthulhu: Mr McGregor is feared by all the animals, though that doesn't stop them from constantly raiding his garden for goodies.
- I Always Wanted to Say That: Benjamin with "Let's hop to it!" in "Benjamin's Strawberry Raid." He starts to say it again, then stops himself, seeming to realize that saying it a second time just kills the impact.
- Idiosyncratic Episode Naming: All of the episodes are "The Tale of..." something, in the tradition of the titling of the original books.
- I Have This Friend: Peter tries this while asking his mother how 'his friend' might be able to get past all the defenses Farmer McGregor set up around his plum tree.
- Moral Dissonance: Most of "The Tale of the Plum Thief" revolves around Peter's indignation that somebody stole 'his' plum from McGregor's garden.
- Mouse World
- The Moving Experience: In one episode, Dr. Bobtail considers moving to get Lily away from her friends' bad influences. To try and convince them otherwise, Peter and Benjamin try holding a picnic and being on their best behavior... while trying to keep the predators from crashing it.
- Or So I Heard: Benjamin says this when Peter's sister Cottontail is having trouble sleeping and he says that nightlights are good for helping little kids to get to sleep.
- Pantsless Males, Fully-Dressed Females: Peter has his familiar blue jacket, while Benjamin has a knit cap and darker jacket. Lily, Peter's mother, and his sisters all wear dresses that cover significantly more of their bodies.
- Pink Means Feminine: Lily's signature color.
- Predators Are Mean
- Primal Fear: Peter's sister Cottontail and Benjamin are both afraid of the dark. Peter admits to having been afraid of the dark himself when he was younger.
- Rascally Rabbits
- Rummage Fail: It tends to take a few tries to pull something out of the Just-In-Case pocket that's relevant, and Lily doesn't always recognize what'll come in handy herself. Lampshaded in "The Tale of Benjamin's Strawberry Raid", where she comments that she really needs to organize it sometime.
- Super-Persistent Predator: Mr. Tod treads the line, as he's generally willing to pursue the main trio yet again regardless of how many times he's failed. The same goes for Old Brown.
- Survival Mantra: When Benjamin is scared, he likes to remind himself that "Rabbits are brave, rabbits are brave, rabbits are brave..."
- Token Human: Mr McGregor
- Utility Pocket: Lily's Just-In-Case pocket, which usually holds something useful to the situation at hand... though it may take a few tries before she comes up with it.
- What Could Possibly Go Wrong?: Lily asks this about "Benjamin's Strawberry Raid".
- White Bunny: Lily Bobtail is a blue-eyed, light grey example.
- You Dirty Rat: Sammy Whiskers.