The World of Peter Rabbit and Friends (1993)

Various directors. Voices include Niamh Cusack, Ian Holm, Derek Jacobi, and Adrian Scarborough. Animated. BBC.

Decent Films Ratings

Entertainment Value
Value (+4/-4)
? +2
?Kids & Up

External Ratings


Content advisory: Some animated menace and violence that could be frightening to very sensitive children.

From a National Catholic Register review

By Steven D. Greydanus

Beatrix Potter’s timeless nursery tales are sensitively brought to life in nine animated episodes of the BBC-produced The World of Peter Rabbit and Friends, also known on DVD as The Beatrix Potter Collection.

With evocative watercolor backgrounds and character design strongly reminiscent of Potter’s illustrations, animation ranging from fine to excellent, and dialogue and narrative drawn straight from the source material, the series is remarkably faithful to the text, spirit, and look of Potter’s beloved stories.

Like the original stories, The World of Peter Rabbit and Friends includes incidents both charming (e.g., the work of the mouse tailors in “The Tailor of Gloucester”) and alarming (e.g., the kidnapping of the bunny children in “The Tale of Mr. Tod”), often with a morality-tale twist.

Individual episodes cleverly combine related tales, so that, for example, “The Tale of Peter Rabbit” and “The Tale of Benjamin Bunny” are presented as a single story. Each episode is framed by lovely though irrelevant live-action sequences, featuring Potter herself (Niamh Cusack) writing the stories in letters to children, which neither add much nor detract much. A pleasant piano score and lilting Celtic theme song provide ideal accompaniment.

Tags: Animation, Family

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