Peter Rabbit (TV series)

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Peter Rabbit
Peterrabbitlogo.gif
Opening theme "Let's Go!"
Country of origin United States / United Kingdom / Ireland
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 2
No. of episodes 50
Production
Running time 23 minutes
Production company(s) Silvergate Media
Brown Bag Films
Release
Original release December 14, 2012 (2012-12-14) – present
External links
Website

Peter Rabbit is a CGI animated television series that debuted on Disney Junior and ABC on December 14, 2012 in the United States [1][2] It is based on the character of the same name from the Beatrix Potter children's books. The series debuted in 2012 with a holiday special, Peter Rabbit's Christmas Tale,[3] which was watched by three million viewers in the US. The first official DVD of "Peter Rabbit" came out on May 28, 2013, as a Walmart exclusive. it contains the show's first eight episodes on a single disc.[4] On October 11, 2013, Nickelodeon ordered a second season of 26 episodes.[5]

Synopsis[edit]

The show follows mischievous, charming Peter Rabbit as he overcomes obstacles, outwits predators and avoids danger. Peter wants to grow up to be just like his late father and carries his journal (a guide on how to be a good rabbit) on his adventures with his friends, Cousin Benjamin Bunny and new character Lily Bobtail, in the Lake District of northern England.[6]

Characters[edit]

Main characters[edit]

  • Peter Rabbit – An imaginative and adventurous young rabbit. Unlike the character from the books, this Peter Rabbit lacks shoes. (voiced by Colin De Paula (Season 1) L. Parker Lucas (Season 2-present) in the US, Connor Fitzgerald in the UK.)
  • Benjamin Bunny – Peter's cousin and best friend who joins him on his adventures. (voiced by Peter Harris in the US, Danny Price in the UK.)
  • Lily Bobtail — Peter and Benjamin's quick-witted friend who carries many useful objects in her pocket. Lily was created by the production team for the series.[7] (voiced by Michaela Dean in the US, Harriet Perring in the UK.)
  • Mr. Tod – A fox who constantly tries to capture Peter, Benjamin and Lily. (voiced by Mark Huckerby)
  • Squirrel Nutkin – A tailless squirrel and the leader of the squirrels. (voiced by Kyle D. Massey)
  • Mrs. Rabbit– Mother of Peter, Flopsy, Mopsy, and Cotton-tail. Aunt of Benjamin. (voiced by Stephanie Sheh (Season 1) and Katie Koslowski (Season 2))
  • Flopsy and Mopsy – Peter and Cotton-Tail's bossy and smug twin sisters. Benjamin's twin cousins. (voiced by Megan Harvey (Season 1) and Brittany Harms and Sawyer Niehaus, respectively (Season 2))
  • Cottontail – Peter, Flopsy and Mopsy's baby sister. Benjamin's youngest cousin. (voiced by Jenna Iacono (Season 1) and Aviella Kibel (Season 2))
  • Mr. Bouncer – Benjamin's father. Uncle of Peter, Flopsy, Mopsy, and Cotton-tail. (voiced by John White)

Recurring characters[edit]

  • Mr. Jeremy Fisher – A Frog who Peter, Benjamin and Lily accidentally cause trouble for on occasion. (voiced by Kirk Thornton)
  • Jemima Puddle-Duck – A kind Duck who knows Peter and his friends well. (voiced by Sarah Bolt)
  • Mrs. Tiggy-Winkle – A Hedgehog and one of the many townspeople Peter interacts with. – (voiced by Gwenfair Vaughan)
  • Ginger and Pickles – Cat and dog who run the village shop. (voiced by John White and Kirk Thornton, respectively)
  • Mr. McGregor – A human farmer whose vegetables are the target of Peter. His face is kept hidden from the picture. (voiced by Dave Mitchell)
  • Tommy Brock – An irritable Badger who finds Peter and his friends obnoxious. (voiced by John White)
  • Old Brown – A short-tempered Owl who wants nothing but silence. Thus he would attack anyone who makes a sound within his vicinity. He constantly chases after Nutkin for disrupting the peace. (voiced by Dave Mitchell)
  • Samuel Whiskers – A Rat who's full name is Samuel Jeremiah Bartholomew Edmond Cornelius Whiskers[8] (voiced by Shawn Curran)
  • Dr. Bobtail – Lily's father. He has a strong sense of smell. (voiced by Shawn Curran)
  • Mrs. Bobtail – Lily's mother. (voiced by Sarah Bolt)

Episodes[edit]

Fifty episodes of the series have been aired as of 2015.

Season Episodes Originally aired
First aired Last aired
1 30 December 14, 2012 (2012-12-14) October 7, 2014 (2014-10-07)
2 26 October 8, 2014 (2014-10-08)

Season 1 (2012–14)[edit]

No. # Title Original air date
0 0 "The Tale of Benjamin's Map"[9] Unknown
1 1 "Peter Rabbit's Christmas Tale" December 14, 2012[10]
2 2 "The Tale of the Radish Robber / The Tale of Two Enemies" February 19, 2013[10]
3 3 "The Tale of Benjamin's Strawberry Raid / The Tale of the Lying Fox" February 20, 2013[10]
4 4 "The Tale of the Greedy Fox / The Tale of the Secret Treehouse" February 21, 2013[10]
5 5 "The Tale of the Angry Cat / The Tale of Mr. Tod's Trap" February 25, 2013[10]
6 6 "The Tale of Nutkin on the Run / The Tale of the Wriggly Worms" February 27, 2013[10]
7 7 "The Tale of Jemima's Egg / The Tale of the Great Breakout" March 4, 2013[10]
8 8 "The Tale of the Lucky Four Leaf Clover / The Tale of the Unguarded Garden" March 6, 2013[10]
9 9 "The Tale of the Start of Spring" March 29, 2013[10]
10 10 "The Tale of the Big Move / The Tale of the Lost Tunnels" April 15, 2013[10]
11 11 "The Tale of the Dash in the Dark / The Tale of the Grumpy Owl" April 17, 2013[10]
12 12 "The Tale of the Down Hill Escape / The Tale of the Cat and the Rat" May 6, 2013[10]
13 13 "The Tale of the Mother's Day Pie / The Tale of the Mystery Plum Thief" May 8, 2013[10]
14 14 "The Tale of the Hazelnut Raid / The Tale of the Broken Bed" May 28, 2013[10]
15 15 "The Tale of the Hero Rabbit / The Tale of the Falling Rock" May 30, 2013[10]
16 16 "The Tale of the One That Got Away / The Tale of Cotton-tail's New Friend" September 23, 2013[10]
17 17 "The Tale of the Runaway Kites / The Tale of the Surprising Sisters" September 25, 2013[10]
18 18 "The Tale of the Giant Pumpkin / The Tale of the Fierce Bad Rabbit" October 25, 2013[10]
19 19 "The Tale of Cotton-Tail's Cake / The Tale of the Terrible Trap" November 18, 2013[10]
20 20 "The Tale of the Flying Fox / The Tale of Old Brown's Feather" November 20, 2013[10]
21 21 "The Tale of Benjamin's New Map / The Tale of the Wrecked Treehouse" March 31, 2014[11]
22 22 "Tale of the Lost Ladybug / The Tale of Old Rusty" April 2, 2014[12]
23 23 "The Tale of the Stolen Firewood / The Tale of the Runaway Rabbits" May 29, 2014[11]
24 24 "The Tale of the Peek-A-Boo Rabbits / The Tale of Jeremy Fisher's Musical Adventure" January 31, 2014[11]
25 25 "The Tale of the Great Rabbit and Squirrel Adventure" February 15, 2014[13]
26 26 "The Tale of the Squeaky Toy / The Tale of the Flying Rabbits" April 3, 2014[11]
27 27 "The Tale of the Uninvited Badger / The Tale of the Brewing Storm" October 7, 2014
28 28 "The Tale of Jeremy Fisher's Recital / The Tale of the True Friends" April 14, 2014[11]
29 29 "The Search for The Missing Tail" February 2, 2014

Season 2 (2014–15)[edit]

No. # Title Original air date[14]
30 1 "The Puddleduck Disaster / The Squirrel Hotpot" October 8, 2014
31 2 "The Tunnel Rumbler / The Frightened Fox" October 9, 2014
32 3 "The Great Owl Adventure" October 10, 2014
33 4 "The Best Bowler / The Great Potato Plunder" December 8, 2014
34 5 "Cotton-tail's Treetop Tumble / Perilous Party" December 10, 2014
35 6 "High-Flying Badger / Benjamin's Blunder" December 12, 2014
36 7 "The Tiny Terror / Treehouse Rescue" December 15, 2014 (2014-12-15)
37 8 "The Lost Journal / The Need for Seed" March 21, 2015 (2015-03-21)
38 9 "Heroic Hedgehog / The Bird Trap" March 28, 2015 (2015-03-28)
39 10 "Dr. Bobtail's Adventure / Locked Cage"[15] March 28, 2015 (2015-03-28)
40 11 "Missing Ducklings / Hungry Thieves" May 2, 2015 (2015-05-02)
41 12 "Nutkin's Rabbity Day/Unexpected Hero" May 2, 2015 (2015-05-02)
42 13 "Amazing Mom/ Mom's Precious Things" May 9, 2015 (2015-05-09)
43 14 "The Racing Rabbit/ Fred Snail" May 9, 2015 (2015-05-09)
44 15 "The Saving of the Shrew / Fish Out of Water" May 16, 2015 (2015-05-16)
45 16 "The Kitten and Pig Adventure" May 16, 2015 (2015-05-16)
46 17 "Cotton-tail's Party / The Thing-A-Ma-Jig" May 23, 2015 (2015-05-23)
47 18 "The Big Badger Blunder / Squabbling Squirrels" May 23, 2015 (2015-05-23)
48 19 "Peter's Great Escape / The Great Cake Chase" May 30, 2015 (2015-05-30)
49 20 "Go-Kart Getaway / The New Hideout" May 30, 2015 (2015-05-30)
50 21 "The Christmas Star / Sleepy Hedgehog"[16] December 17, 2015 (2015-12-17)
51 22 "Spectacular Sled / Cotten-tail's Tooth" February 16, 2016 (2016-02-16)

Reception[edit]

"Peter Rabbit's Christmas Tale" (Dec 14, at 7 p.m. ET/PT), drew 3 million total viewers and ranked as the number-one program with K2-5 and K2-11 across all TV in its time period. It was also the top-rated and most-watched preschool telecast for the week, posting double and triple-digit gains over last year with K2-5 (6.7/891,000, +196%) and K2-11 (4.7/1.6 million, +22%); and A18-49 (.9/940,000, +73%), making it the week's top preschool telecast.

According to 'By The Numbers', Nickelodeon's brand-new animated series Peter Rabbit hopped to the top of the charts, with its Tuesday, Feb 19 premiere, which delivered 1.7 million total viewers. The new CG-animated series was also basic cable's top telecast in its time period (12-12:30 p.m. ET/PT) with K2-5, A18-49, W18-49 and total viewers, posting double-digit gains for the net with K2-5 (5.7/760,000, +21%), A18-49 (+47%), W18-49 (+43%) and total viewers (+31%).

CBeebies broadcasts of the show have been equally successful with the broadcast on Christmas morning 2012 on BBC1 earning it the highest ratings on any channel in that timeslot.

Some people have criticized the series for not being in keeping with the look or feel of Beatrix Potter's original stories and characters however general response from audiences and critics has been overwhelmingly positive. One such person was Mr. John Patrick Munley, president of a new film and television studio called CoolKidz Productions. He said that the show "destroyed the original books and made them forgotten! I can feel Beatrix Potter rolling and spinning in her grave at every single viewing of every single episode of this show!"

In his review, Munley has also expressed his dream to adapt the stories to the screen, but also said that Potter's publishers "wouldn't even think of giving me a chance, hence the new television series. They have told me that because of the new series, they couldn't allow any other use on television and film. I believe they just want money. I wish I could have a chance to show everyone what I can do to help the Beatrix Potter name."

At the 2014 Emmy Awards, the show bagged three daytime Emmys and scored another five nominations, earning the most nominations for an animated show this year.[17]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Adventure Abounds In Peter Rabbit, Nickelodeon's New Animated Preschool Series Premiering Tuesday, Feb. 19, At 12 PM (ET/PT)". Sacramento Bee. February 7, 2013. Retrieved February 8, 2013. 
  2. ^ "Peter Rabbit". bbc.co.uk. Retrieved May 7, 2015. 
  3. ^ "Nickelodeon Premieres Peter Rabbit with Holiday Special". People Magazine. December 12, 2012. Retrieved February 8, 2013. 
  4. ^ "Adventure Abounds in "Peter Rabbit," Nickelodeon's New Animated Preschool Series Premiering Tuesday, Feb. 19, at 12 PM (ET/PT)". Futon Critic. December 12, 2012. Retrieved February 8, 2013. 
  5. ^ http://finance.yahoo.com/news/nickelodeon-greenlights-second-season-hit-164500503.html
  6. ^ Milligan, Mercedes (February 7, 2013). "'Peter Rabbit' Hops to Nickelodeon (Games)". Daily Dead. Retrieved February 8, 2013. 
  7. ^ Chozick, Amy (December 5, 2012). "Bet Your Camomile Tea, Peter, You're a TV Star Now". NY Times. Retrieved February 8, 2013. 
  8. ^ Peter Rabbit episode 9 The Tale of the Start of Spring
  9. ^ "Peter Rabbit". tv.to. Retrieved August 26, 2015. 
  10. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t "Peter Rabbit". TVGuide.com. Retrieved May 7, 2015. 
  11. ^ a b c d e "Peter Rabbit". TVGuide.com. Retrieved May 7, 2015. 
  12. ^ "The Tale of the Lost Ladybug / The Tale of Old Rusty". TVGuide.com. Retrieved August 26, 2015. 
  13. ^ "tv.com". 
  14. ^ "Peter Rabbit — Episode Guide". Zap2it. Retrieved March 25, 2015. 
  15. ^ "Dr. Bobtail's Adventure; Locked Cage". Zap2it. Retrieved March 25, 2015. 
  16. ^ Milligan, Mercedes (November 12, 2015). "Nickelodeon Decks Programming for Holidays". Animation Magazine. Retrieved November 21, 2015. 
  17. ^ Koch, Dave (May 1, 2014). "Peter Rabbit Bags Three". Big Cartoon News. Retrieved May 1, 2014. 

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