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Just another perfect day...

1992-1995 animated series based on the stories of British children's author Beatrix Potter. Named after The Tale of Peter Rabbit.

This show provides examples of:

  • Adaptational Jerkass: Flopsy, Mopsy and Cottentail are simply described as "good little bunnies" in The Tale of Peter Rabbit, but they're slightly brattier here, bickering among themselves at the beginning and later laughing at Peter when he comes home naked, exhausted and sick from his misadventure. They get better in The Tale of Benjamin Bunny, though, as they genuinely worry when Peter goes missing and hug him when he comes home.
  • Anachronic Order: While some stories starring Beaxtrix's characters are told in chronological order. Stories featuring Mrs. Tabitha Twitchit and her kittens are told in reverse instead of the original stories publication. "The Tale of Samuel Whiskers" is told before "The Tale Of Tom Kitten" which introduces Tabitha Twitchit, Tom Kitten, Mittens and Moppet. As a result, Tabitha Twitchit being very anxious about her children in the previous episodes makes sense if you read the Tom Kitten story first.
  • Art Evolution: Facial expressions for some of the animal characters started looking more expressive when it got to the later episodes starting with "The Tale of Samuel Whiskers (or The Roly-Poly Pudding)". Most notable when the characters get upset or angry.
  • Badass Adorable: Benjamin's dad in "The Tale of Benjamin Bunny", and Peter and Benjamin for the story "The Tale Of Mr. Tod".
  • Bittersweet Ending: "The Tale of Jemima Puddle-Duck": Jemima escapes from the fox with the help of some dogs (two of whom are never shown to speak a human language). These foxhound puppies are hungry and go for food, as well; they end up eating Jemima's eggs before her eyes. She cries all the way back to the farm. The film then cuts into the future where she successfully hatches four ducklings, made slightly sadder by the fact that it is 'only' four, implying that she laid more eggs but failed to hatch them because she was a "bad sitter.".
  • Bunnies for Cuteness: Peter Rabbit himself, his cousin Benjamin Bunny, and their families: all cute bunnies designed to appeal to children.
  • Civilized Animal
  • Compressed Adaptation: Due to how short some stories are, they would often be put together into one episode:
    • "The Tale of Mrs. Tiggy-Winkle and Mr. Jeremy Fisher" is the two stories put together on Mrs. Tiggy-Winkle and Mr. Jeremy Fisher.
  • Country Mouse
  • Cute Kitten: The Tale of Tom Kitten and The Tale of Samuel Whiskers (or The Roly-Poly Pudding) both feature adorable kittens Tom Kitten, Mittens, and Moppet. Mrs. Tabitha Twitchit's mischievous children with Tom Kitten being the story of the former story.
  • Popping Buttons: In The Tale Of Tom Kitten, Mrs. Tabitha Twitchit is struggling to button up her new clothes for Tom Kitten to fit in due to his chubby stomach. Eventually, Tom's stomach causes the buttons to break.
  • Framing Device: Live action segments featuring Niamh Cusack as Beatrix Potter.
  • For Happiness: The mice care a lot about the Tailor of Gloucester's well-being, and watch over him always.
  • Harmful to Minors: The tales involving Peter's family all have child-aged rabbits being in serious danger, whether by humans or other predators.
  • Lethal Chef: Anna Maria in "The Tale of Samuel Whiskers".
  • The Other Darrin: A few of the voices were later redubbed with American accents, for unknown reasons. Jemima Puddle-Duck in particular went from a mid-range voice to a much higher and flightier one.
  • Protagonist and Friends
  • Rascally Rabbit: Many of the rabbits are mischievous and prone to getting in trouble.