Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Review of The Tale of Peter Rabbit and Benjamin Bunny and The Tale of Mr. Tod

When I first saw this movie's case, I thought it might be sort of cute for my younger sisters to watch, but when it actually turned on, it was much more beautiful than I had expected. There are two features; The Tale of Peter Rabbit and Benjamin Bunny and The Tale of Mr. Tod

The Tale of Peter Rabbit and Benjamin Bunny started with Beatrix Potter drawing in a field, and then going into her cosy house to write a story-letter to a sick little friend.  The movie progresses with the classic tale of Peter Rabbit in Mr. McGregor's garden, occaisonally using Beatrix Potter's narration, but mostly the rabbits themselves talking.

The Tale of Mr. Tod is later, when a scheming badger, Tommy Brock, kidnaps Benjamin and Flopsy's babies.  Benjamin and Peter are outraged and go to rescue the little bunnies.  A fox named Mr. Tod is also outraged at Tommy Brock, who basically stole his house.  

I thought that the rabbits would either look like real-life rabbits or be animated, but I was delighted to find them exactly like Beatrix Potter drew them, down to Peter's cute little jacket.  Another thing that made me really love this movie was the scenery.  It looked real, but at the same time it looked like Beatrix Potter's drawings; watercolor, perhaps. 

There wasn't much in the way of costume in this movie, although I did enjoy Benjamin's father's outfit, and Peter's aforementioned cute little jacket.  The soundtrack, very pretty, sounded like a mixture of instruments like piano and violin, something that you'd expect to find in a period drama.   

The Tale of Peter Rabbit and Benjamin Bunny and The Tale of Mr. Tod is a lovely little movie, recommended for all ages and especially for artists and Beatrix Potter fans. It runs for 51 minutes and is available from Amazon.



Naomi said...

Nice review! I am following your blog by email now! Are you following mine?

TTYL, Naomi

Rachel said...

Some of my earliest movie memories relate to this sweet film...."The rain has moved on" song still runs through my head in nostalgic moments. :) A must see for every young child! ~Rachel