This sequel to 2018s Peter Rabbit is based on Beatrix Potter’s well-loved children’s books.
Co-written and directed by Will Gluck, the live action/CG animated adventure stars Peter (voiced by James Corden), Flopsy (Margot Robbie), Mopsy (Elizabeth Debicki), as the rabbit family who lives on a farm with human Bea (Rose Byrne) and her new husband, Thomas (Domhnall Gleeson).
Bea wrote a best seller about the rabbits and wants to write a sequel that will continue with the folksy, endearing style that readers loved. However, a splashy London publisher (David Oyelowo) offers her a big contract if she allows him to publish her new book. He loves the characters, but wants to add some drama by having Peter be the bad guy in the story.
The rabbits think of Bea as their mother, but Thomas is not as enamored by the animals. Peter, who is energetic and finds himself in the doghouse regularly, gets most of Thomas’ wrath. He does try to behave, but between being in trouble all the time, combined with being portrayed as the “bad” character in a book, has him thinking that he’s not wanted anymore.
There’s lots of other animals on the farm, and Thomas allows them to eat as many vegetables as they’d like — except for his prized tomato plants. Everyone knows the rules and seems to abide by them. However when an outsider starts grabbing the tomatoes for a tasty snack, Peter tries to save them just as Thomas looks out the window and mistakenly blames him for picking them off the vines.
It was the last straw for Peter, and he decides to run away from home. He walks for a while until he meets up with an older rabbit named Benjamin. Benjamin heads a group of animals who breaks into human’s homes to steal food from their refrigerators, and he asks the young Peter to join them. Peter learns that perhaps leaving a warm home where he’s loved, wasn’t the smartest move.
The film was a bit long and some of the action was repetitive. But, it also had a lot to like, Rose Byrne was perfect as the English writer, the animation was so good, you would swear the animals were really talking. The animals were fun, there was quite a bit of humor and the three youngsters that accompanied me had a great time.
The story had quite a bit of humor, the animals were fun and the three youngsters who accompanied me, had a great time.