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, Pig Robinson, 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. Cotton-tail is occasionally the Tagalong Kid, though.
  • Catch Phrase: "Let's hop to it!", usually said by Peter, though see I Always Wanted to Say That below also. Also, Lily has "Just-In-Case Pocket, just in case."
  • Cats Are Mean: Played straight with Mr McGregor's cat, but averted with Ginger.
    • Subverted with Mittens. She seems mean, but she is nice once you get to know her.
  • Cat Stereotype: Ginger is is a yellow orange tabby and is the nicest of the three cats in the show.
  • Christmas Special: Peter Rabbit's Christmas Tale doubled as the series premiere in 2012, while the series proper began the following February.
  • Come Out, Come Out, Wherever You Are: Mr. Tod says it in "The Tale of the Unguarded Garden" after Peter, his sister and friends elude his grasp and hide from him.
  • 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. In one installment, Sammy Whiskers the rat comes face to face with the former, who would love to make a snack out of him, and the latter, who has no interest in eating him.
    • Also, the former cat doesn't talk, but the latter cat and Mittens the kitten do talk.
  • Guile Hero
  • Hair Decorations: Lily wears a pink headband, while she and the rest avoid Furry Female Mane.
  • Half-Dressed Cartoon Animal: Peter, Benjamin, Lily, and Mittens
  • 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.
  • Nice Guy: Pig Robinson. He is even nice to Mr. Tod.
  • 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.
  • Protagonist-Centered Morality:
    • In one episode the kids left some firewood out where anyone could get it while they had a snowball fight. When Mr. Tod happens by and helps himself to it, the kids undertake a mission to break into the guy's house and steal the wood back, on the grounds that Tod "stole" it - except he didn't. He found what was, as far as he knew, just a random pile of wood lying there unclaimed. But the fact he took "their" wood is enough for them to justify breaking into his house to get it back.
    • In another episode, Peter, Lilly and Benjamin help themselves to some berries near Mr. Tod's house and after he chases them away, he takes the berries home with him to eat. Once again they see no problems with breaking and entering to steal the berries back, on the basis that they're "theirs," nevermind that given the berry bush's proximity to Tod's house, a case can be made that they were his to begin with.
  • 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.