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"Once upon a time in a beautiful wood there lived a rabbit named Peter with a blue jacket and no pants."

Peter Rabbit is a 2018 live-action film with CGI characters inspired by Beatrix Potter's classic children's tales. The second feature based on Potter's tales after 1971's The Tales of Beatrix Potter, which featured the Royal Ballet, the movie stars James Corden as the voice of Peter Rabbit, Domhnall Gleeson as Thomas McGregor, Daisy Ridley as Cottontail, Margot Robbie as Flopsy, Elizabeth Debicki as Mopsy, Rose Byrne as Bea, and Sam Neill as Mr. McGregor.

Previews: Trailer 1, Trailer 2.

Peter Rabbit contains examples of:

  • Adaptation Personality Change: Peter and Benjamin; in the books they were originally naughty before being trapped by McGregor's cat helped to grow them into more responsible rabbits. Here they are selfish and immature long after meeting McGregor.
  • Adaptational Heroism: In the books, Tommy Brock the badger kidnapped Benjamin Bunny's children with the intent of eating them. Here he does nothing of the sort and is on good terms with Peter and his family.
  • Adaptational Wimp: Mr. Todd. In the books the rabbits were terrified of him, here Peter acts like he's another woodland neighbor.
  • Adapted Out: Peter's mother Josephine Rabbit and Benjamin's father old Mr. Bouncer are nowhere to be seen. Justified because Josephine died prior to the events of the film.
  • The Alcoholic: Drinking too much was one of the things that led to Old Mr. McGregor having a heart attack.
  • Age Lift: Peter, Flopsy, Mopsy, Cottontail, and Benjamin are adults here instead of children like they were in the books — well the first two books.
  • Ambiguously Absent Parent: Peter's parents are dead but we don't know where Benjamin's parents are.
  • Anachronism Stew: The film takes place in the modern day, but the animals still wear Edwardian clothing.
  • And There Was Much Rejoicing: The animals celebrate after old Mr. McGregor dies (of a heart attack) by trashing his house in a wild party.
  • Artistic License Biology: In the trailer, Mrs. Tiggywinkle is shown shooting spines from her back; hedgehogs can't actually do this in real life. note 
  • Art Shift: There is a sequence told through Bea's paintings in the style of the original books that shows what happened to the father of Peter and his sisters.
  • Ass Shove: Discussed. Peter wants to stick a carrot up Old Mr. McGregor's bottom, but he never does.
  • Ax-Crazy: Thomas goes absolutely nuts when he ends up on the receiving end of Peter and his gang pelting him with blackberries to the point that he suffers his food allergy.
  • Author Avatar: Bea, a kindhearted animal and nature lover who paints for a living, is quite clearly a modernised/fictionalised version of Beatrix Potter.
  • Big Eater: All the animals eat a lot. The pig is trying to eat less but always fails.
  • Broken Aesop: The movie's moral about sharing is severely undercut by the animals' selfish behavior and numerous thefts.
  • Butt-Monkey: Thomas McGregor gets the brunt of the film's slapstick, from having his hands caught in traps and stepping on rakes to being electrocuted multiple times.
  • Canon Foreigner: The human leads — Thomas McGregor, the great-grand nephew of the original Mr. Joe McGregor and Bea, a local animal lover.
  • Chaos While They're Not Looking: While Bea's out of the room, Peter and McGregor drop the nice guy act and try to beat the stuffing out of each other. Just as McGregor's about to smash Peter with a book, they hear Bea approaching and she comes back in to find the two of them sweetly reading together. Then subverted later on in the fight when Peter yanks his opponent's trousers down and McGregor crouches behind a painting, expecting Bea to come back in — only she doesn't. "Huh. I just assumed she would have re-entered at that exact moment."
  • Compressed Abstinence: The pig is trying to eat less, despite not being overweight or unhealthy.
  • Denser and Wackier: The movie is much hammier and more over-the-top than the otherwise whimsical books, with a heavy emphasis on pop culture references and slapstick humor.
  • Disappeared Dad: Neither Peter's nor Benjamin's fathers are seen. Peter's father is dead, but it's unknown what happened to Benjamin's father.
  • Don't Explain the Joke: Benjamin says this to Peter as he actually is explaining a joke he just told.
  • Dub Name Change: The surname McGregor is changed to "Severino" in the Brazilian Portuguese dub.
  • Entitled Bastard: Peter and the other animals seem to really think they have every right to take what they want from McGregor's garden as it's part of "their home"; never mind the fact that they don't plant, grow or tend the fruit and vegetables themselves.
  • Green-Eyed Monster: Besides being prevented from raiding the garden, Peter hates Thomas McGregor because the man quickly charms and wins over Bea.
  • Half-Dressed Cartoon Animal: Most of the animals wear shirts/jackets/etc, but no pants, the sparrows even point out that Peter doesn't wear pants.
  • In-Name-Only: The only thing the film seems to have in common with the original book series is that the characters share the same names and looks as their original counterparts from the books. Other than that, there's no other resemblance between the movie and the books.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Even though Peter has a penchant for stealing vegetables to the point that he celebrates Mr. McGregor dying of a heart attack, he does care about his friends and relatives.
  • Logo Joke: During the Columbia Pictures [Vanity Plate]. The camera zooms in and as taking a few degree turn, we can see the birds flying pass the statue into the actual setting of the movie. This is also the reason why the Sony Pictures Animation logo came out first instead of after the Columbia Pictures logo
  • Meta Guy: Primarily Peter, when he discusses the various "character flaws" of the rabbits and comments at length about the almost unbelievability of the trap the rabbits set with the animal traps, rakes, and a wheelbarrow. Other examples include a couple commenting that the McGregor mansion looks like a 3D version of a storybook and Benjamin echoing Peter's "character flaws" discussion.
  • Missing Mom: Peter and Benjamin's mothers are not seen. With Peter's mother, she's dead, but it's unknown what happened to Benjamin's mother.
  • Moral Dissonance: The rabbits are upset that the McGregors keep them from eating the food that they have done nothing to grow or care for, so they host a raucous party after Old Man McGregor dies of a heart attack and actively attempt to murder his nephew Thomas by purposefully inducing an anaphylactic shock. You know, for kids!
  • Mr. Vice Guy: Both Peter and Thomas. They're both protagonists, but Peter feels he should be allowed access to the garden and Thomas initially thinks rabbits are vermin and can have temper tantrums when he's angry.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: Peter and his siblings are devastated when they realized that they tricked Thomas into breaking up with Bea and accidentally destroyed theirs and Bea's home when trying to expose Thomas.
  • Nearly Normal Animal: The animals can talk and wear clothes, but act a lot more like their actual species than animals.
  • Neat Freak: Thomas McGregor is a huge neat freak, going so far as to want the toilets to be clean enough to drink from.
  • Non-Fatal Explosions: Even though Thomas throws his dynamite at the rabbits, no injuries were visible.
  • Open Mouth, Insert Foot: When Bea decides to greet her new neighbor who just moved into the McGregor mansion, she makes insulting comments regarding the late McGregor without even suspecting that the newcomer became the mansion's new owner by being the late owner's next-of-kin.
  • Plot Allergy: Thomas McGregor is allergic to blackberries.
  • Reactive Continuous Scream: Happens twice in the movie. The first is with Thomas McGregor after uncovering Pigling Bland with a sheet. The other time is when Pigling Bland falls from the ceiling, which freaks a couple out that bought the McGregor house when Thomas wanted the house back, despite how the sale was final.
  • Running Gag:
    • The sparrow narrators singing and characters bumping into them and then apologising.
    • Tommy failing to hide by pretending to be an object and covering his eyes.
    • Felix the deer acting mesmerized at headlights.
    • Benjamin complaining of being out of shape. Peter suggests it's because he doesn't take his salad dressing on the side.
    • The girls arguing over who's the eldest.
    • Cottontail doing daredevil things and claiming she's broken ribs.
  • Setting Update: As mentioned above, the film takes place in modern times. The original books took place (and were written) during the Edwardian era.
  • Sibling Rivalry: The girls sometimes argue over who should do what and who's the eldest (since even they don't know).
  • Throw Down the Bomblet: Once Thomas decides he's had enough after the rabbits attack him with blackberries, he resorts to lobbing sticks of dynamite he placed in their home to kill them.
  • Toilet Humour:
    • When Old Mr. McGregor bends down, Peter can see his butt crack and wants to lodge a carrot up it.
    • Thomas McGregor prepares to drink from a toilet to prove that the toilets are clean enough to drink from.
  • Ultimate Universe: Despite the title, the trailer shows every character from every Potter story, excepting Pickles, the Two Bad Mice, Robinson's family, and the cats.
  • Unexpected Inheritance: Thomas McGregor receives one from a relative he never heard of before being informed of the relative's death.
  • Weirdness Censor: Thomas McGregor seems to take more issue with the fact that rodents are infesting his new property and less with the fact that they're semi-anthropormorphic and wear clothes....which frankly should be the more horrfiying realization. He's still the only human who takes some issue with the clothes.

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