Peter Rabbit (TV series)

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Peter Rabbit
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Created byBeatrix Potter
Developed byCathal Gaffney
Directed byDarraugh O'Connell
Voices ofHelena Bonham Carter
Theme music composerPeter Lurye
Opening theme"Let's Go!" by Chris Madin
Ending theme"Peter Rabbit" by Chris Madin
Composer(s)Peter Luyre
Country of originUnited Kingdom
United States
Canada
No. of seasons2
No. of episodes56 (112 Segments)
Production
Executive producer(s)Waheed Ali
Producer(s)Waheed Ali
Running time11 Minutes (UK)
23 minutes (US)
Production company(s)Silvergate Media
Brown Bag Films
Release
Original networkNickelodeon/Nick Jr. (US)
CBeebies (UK)
Original releaseDecember 14, 2012 (2012-12-14) –
May 6, 2016 (2016-05-06)
External links
Website

Peter Rabbit is an internationally produced computer-animated animated television series for preschool children that debuted on Nick Jr. on December 14, 2012 in the United States and on the CBeebies channel and BBC One on December 25, 2012 in the United Kingdom.[1][2] It is based on the character of the same name from Beatrix Potter's books for children. The series debuted on American TV and iTunes on December 14, 2012 with the pilot episode debuting as a Christmas holiday special, titled Peter Rabbit's Christmas Tale, and the show was becoming a regular series on February 19, 2013 in the USA.[3] which was watched by three million viewers in the U.S. The first official DVD of Peter Rabbit was released on May 28, 2013, as a Walmart exclusive. it contains the programmes first eight episodes on a single disc.[4] On October 11, 2013, Nickelodeon ordered a second series of 26 episodes.[5] The series is also on the BBC Alba channel known as Peadar Kinnen.

A springtime holiday special episode, titled Peter Rabbit's Springtime Tale (with the actual episode titled "The Tale of the Start of Spring"), aired on March 29, 2013 on iTunes in the USA. Season 1 concluded on October 7, 2014 with the second and final season airing for another year and a half until the show concluded on May 6, 2016. The programme ran for two series from 2012 to 2016 and was produced for Nickelodeon in the US by Brown Bag Films and Silvergate Media. The programme also aired on CBeebies in the UK.

The series features and revolves around the titular character Peter Rabbit (voices of Colin DePaula and L. Parker Lucas in the US version and Connor Fitzgerald and Harry Henty in the UK version) and his younger cousin Benjamin Bunny (also called Benjamin Bouncer in this series: voice of Peter Steve Harris in the US version and Danny Price in the UK version) along with newcomer Lily Bobtail (voice of Michaela Dean in the US version and Harriet Perring (series 1) and Poppy Labrosse (series 2) in the UK version). The three rabbits experience many adventures in their woodland home across the lush Lake District: From daring radish raids in Mr. McGregor's garden to outwitting the wily fox Mr. Tod (voice of Mark Huckerby) and the bumbling badger Tommy Brock to helping their family and friends solve all sorts of problems. The programme features educational goals that encourage preschoolers to learn problem-solving and interpersonal skills, self-efficacy, resilience, positive re-framing and fostering an interest in and respect for nature.

Synopsis[edit]

The programme follows mischievous, charming Peter Rabbit and his friends 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]

Voice cast[edit]

US version[edit]

UK version[edit]

Characters[edit]

Main[edit]

  • Peter Rabbit – A curious, quick-witted, street smart, imaginative and adventurous young rabbit. Unlike the character from the books, this version of Peter Rabbit lacks shoes. He is likely that he has a crush on Lily. Peter's catchphrase is "a good rabbit never gives up!" (voiced by Colin DePaula throughout Season 1 and recast by L. Parker Lucas throughout Season 2 in the U.S., and voiced by Connor Fitzgerald in the UK.)
  • Benjamin Bunny – Peter's cousin who joins him on his adventures. Unlike the character from the books, this Benjamin is shorter and younger than Peter. He is also portrayed as being cowardly, wimpy, clumsy, hungry and clueless but also very good-natured, loyal, and kind (voiced by Peter Steve Harris in the US, Danny Price in the UK). Benjamin's catchphrase is "rabbits are brave, rabbits are brave..."
  • Lily Bobtail – Peter and Benjamin's quick-witted female best friend who carries many useful objects in her pocket. Unlike cousins Peter and Benjamin who were based on the books by Beatrix Potter, Lily is a newcomer who was created by the production team for the series.[7] She has a crush on Peter. (She is voiced by Michaela Dean in the U.S., Harriet Perring in the UK.) Lily's catchphrase is "I know that for a fact!"
  • Mr. Tod – A red fox who consistently fails to hunt down, capture, and devour the protagonists and other supporting characters. (voiced by Mark Huckerby)
  • Squirrel Nutkin – A short-tailed squirrel and the leader of the squirrels' tribe. He is Peter's squirrel friend who saves Peter whenever he gets captured by Mr. Tod. His tail was cut off by Old Brown. (Voiced by Kyle Dean Massey in the U.S. and Nigel Pilkington in the UK. His right-hand man is Felix, voiced by Spike Spencer.)
  • Josephine Rabbit– Widow of Mr. Rabbit. Mother of Peter, Cotton-tail, Flopsy and Mopsy. Aunt of Benjamin. Sister of Mr. Bouncer. (Voiced by Stephanie Sheh (Season 1) and Kate Koslowski (Season 2).)
  • Flopsy and Mopsy – Peter and Cotton-Tail's older, ignorant, arrogant, bossy and smug twin sisters. Benjamin's twin cousins. (Voiced by Megan Taylor 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 single father. Uncle of Peter, Cotton-tail, Flopsy and Mopsy. Brother of Josephine. Brother-in-law of Mr. Rabbit. He likes to invent many things (often they all go wrong). (Voiced by John White.)

Supporting[edit]

  • Jeremy Fisher – A frog that Peter, Benjamin, and Lily accidentally cause trouble for on occasion. He enjoys fishing and was friend with Peter's father. He has a huge passion for music. (He is voiced by Kirk Thornton.)
  • Jemima Puddle-Duck – A kind yet very simple-minded duck that knows Peter and his friends well. (She is voiced by Sarah Bolt.)
  • Mrs. Tiggy-Winkle – A hedgehog, washerwoman and one of the many townspeople Peter interacts with. She speaks with an Irish accent. (He is voiced by Gwenfair Vaughan.)
  • Ginger and Pickles – A cat and dog who run the village shop. Pickles is quite gruff while Ginger is a bit more respectful of their customer. (voiced by JB Blanc and Kirk Thornton, respectively).
  • Mr. McGregor – A human farmer whose vegetables are the target of Peter. His face is kept hidden from the picture. He is portrayed as an old man who gets winded often. Also, he speaks with a Scottish accent. (He is voiced by Dave Mitchell.)
  • Tommy Brock – An irritable badger that finds Peter and his friends obnoxious when they wake him up or disturb his possessions. (He voiced by John White.)
  • Old Brown – A short-tempered owl that 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. (He voiced by Dave Mitchell.)
  • Samuel Whiskers – A rat who's full name is Samuel Jeremiah Bartholomew Edmond Cornelius Whiskers.[8] He is always after an easy meal, preferably cakes and baked sweets and often attempts to steal food from the other characters. (He is voiced by Shawn Curran.)
  • Dr. Warren Bobtail – Lily's father. The Rabbits' family doctor, he has a strong sense of smell. (He is also voiced by Shawn Curran.)
  • Mrs. Bobtail – Warren's wife and Lily's mother. (She is voiced by Sarah Bolt.)
  • Pig Robinson – A friendly pig that lives on a farm with his best friend Mittens. He loves to paint on his easel and tries mostly to befriend everyone he meets.
  • Mittens – A young cat that lives on a farm with her best friend Pig Robinson. While somewhat hostile to Lily, Peter, and Benjamin at first, she eventually warms up to them. She is aggressive to Samuel Whiskers and abhorred the idea of Tommy Brock moving in her farm.
  • Mr. Tolly – A tortoise, that, over his many years, has acquainted with many of Peter Rabbit's friends, enemies, as well as Peter's father with whom he went on many adventures with alongside Jeremy Fisher and Mr Bouncer.
  • Jack Sharp – A three-spined stickleback that once knew Mr. Rabbit. Often fights with Jeremy Fisher.
  • The Shrew – A shrew whose territory possesses a bountiful field of dandelions, which he guards against Peter Rabbit, or any other rabbit. He once tracked down Peter to his burrow to demand the return of dandelions picked by Peter and his friends. He is the object of Cotton-tail's affection, much to his dismay.
  • The Tittlemouse siblings – Albert, Louisa and Stanley are two brothers and one sister mice siblings that are always trying to survive.

Fifty six episodes of the series have been aired as of 2016. Except "Peter Rabbit's Christmas Tale", all episode titles begin with "The Tale of".

Episodes[edit]

Series overview[edit]

SeasonEpisodesOriginally aired
First airedLast aired
128December 14, 2012 (2012-12-14)October 7, 2014 (2014-10-07)
228October 8, 2014 (2014-10-08)May 6, 2016 (2016-05-06)

Season 1 (2012–2014)[edit]

No.
overall
No. in
season
TitleOriginal air date
11"Peter Rabbit's Christmas Tale"December 14, 2012 (2012-12-14)[9]
22"The Tale of the Radish Robber / The Tale of Two Enemies"February 19, 2013 (2013-02-19)[9]
33"The Tale of the Greedy Fox / The Tale of the Secret Treehouse"February 20, 2013 (2013-02-20)[9]
44"The Tale of Benjamin's Strawberry Raid / The Tale of the Lying Fox"February 21, 2013 (2013-02-21)[9]
55"The Tale of the Angry Cat / The Tale of Mr. Tod's Trap"February 25, 2013 (2013-02-25)[9]
66"The Tale of Nutkin on the Run / The Tale of the Wriggly Worms"February 27, 2013 (2013-02-27)[9]
77"The Tale of Jemima's Egg / The Tale of the Lucky Four Leaf Clover"March 4, 2013 (2013-03-04)[9]
88"The Tale of the Unguarded Garden / The Tale of the Great Breakout"March 6, 2013 (2013-03-06)[9]
99"The Tale of the Start of Spring / The Tale of the Mother's Day Pie"March 29, 2013 (2013-03-29)[9]
1010"The Tale of the Mystery Plum Thief / The Tale of the Grumpy Owl"April 15, 2013 (2013-04-15)[9]
1111"The Tale of the Big Move / The Tale of the Lost Tunnels"April 17, 2013 (2013-04-17)[9]
1212"The Tale of the Downhill Escape / The Tale of the Cat and the Rat"May 6, 2013 (2013-05-06)[9]
1313"The Tale of the Dash in the Dark / The Tale of the Hazelnut Raid"May 8, 2013 (2013-05-08)[9]
1414"The Tale of the Broken Bed / The Tale of the One That Got Away"May 28, 2013 (2013-05-28)[9]
1515"The Tale of the Runaway Kites / The Tale of the Hero Rabbit"May 30, 2013 (2013-05-30)[9]
1616"The Tale of the Falling Rock / The Tale of Cotton-tail's New Friend"September 23, 2013 (2013-09-23)[9]
1717"The Tale of Benjamin's New Map / The Tale of the Surprising Sisters"September 25, 2013 (2013-09-25)[9]
1818"The Tale of the Wrecked Treehouse / The Tale of the Stolen Firewood"October 25, 2013 (2013-10-25)[9]
1919"The Tale of Cotton-Tail's Cake / The Tale of the Terrible Trap"November 18, 2013 (2013-11-18)[9]
2020"The Tale of the Flying Fox / The Tale of the True Friends"November 20, 2013 (2013-11-20)[9]
2121"The Tale of the Giant Pumpkin / The Tale of the Peek-A-Boo Rabbits"January 31, 2014 (2014-01-31)[10]
2222"The Tale of the Great Rabbit and Squirrel Adventure / The Tale of Old Brown's Feather"February 15, 2014 (2014-02-15)[11]
2323"The Tale of Jeremy Fisher's Musical Adventure / The Tale of the Lost Ladybird"March 31, 2014 (2014-03-31)[10]
Note: the first segment has also been called "The Tale of Benjamin's Map" and numbered 0[12]
2424"Tale of Old Rusty / The Tale of the Squeaky Toy"April 2, 2014 (2014-04-02)[13]
2525"The Tale of the Flying Rabbits / The Tale of the Puddleduck Disaster"April 3, 2014 (2014-04-03)[10]
2626"The Tale of Jeremy Fisher's Recital / The Tale of the Squirrel Hotpot"April 14, 2014 (2014-04-14)[10]
2727"The Tale of Easter Egg Hunt / The Tale of the Runaway Rabbits"May 29, 2014 (2014-05-29)[10]
2828"The Tale of the Uninvited Badger / The Tale of the Brewing Storm"October 7, 2014 (2014-10-07)

Season 2 (2014–2016)[edit]

No.
overall
No. in
season
TitleOriginal air date [14]
291"The Tale of The Tunnel Rumbler / The Tale of The Frightened Fox"October 8, 2014 (2014-10-08)
302"The Tale of The Great Garden Movie"October 9, 2014 (2014-10-09)
313"The Tale of The Scare Owl / The Tale of The Old Brown's New Roost"October 10, 2014 (2014-10-10)
324"The Tale of The Best Bowler / The Tale of The Great Potato Plunder"December 8, 2014 (2014-12-08)
335"The Tale of Cotton-tail's Treetop Tumble / The Tale of the Perilous Party"December 10, 2014 (2014-12-10)
346"The Tale of the High-Flying Badger / The Tale of Benjamin's Blunder"December 12, 2014 (2014-12-12)
357"The Tale of The Tiny Terror / The Tale of the Treehouse Rescue"December 15, 2014 (2014-12-15)
368"The Tale of The Lost Journal / The Tale of The Seed Snatch / The Tale of The Need for Seed"March 21, 2015 (2015-03-21)
379"The Tale of the Heroic Hedgehog / The Tale of The Bird Trap"March 28, 2015 (2015-03-28)
3810"The Tale of Dr. Bobtail's Adventure / The Tale of the Locked Cage"[15]March 28, 2015 (2015-03-28)
3911"The Tale of the Missing Ducklings / The Tale of the Hungry Thieves"May 2, 2015 (2015-05-02)
4012"The Tale of Nutkin's Rabbity Day / The Tale of the Unexpected Hero"May 2, 2015 (2015-05-02)
4113"The Tale of the Amazing Mom / The Tale of Mom's Precious Things"May 9, 2015 (2015-05-09)
4214"The Tale of The Racing Rabbit / The Tale of Fred Snail"May 9, 2015 (2015-05-09)
4315"The Tale of The Saving of the Shrew / The Tale of Fish Out of Water"May 16, 2015 (2015-05-16)
4416"The Tale of The Kitten and Pig Adventure"May 16, 2015 (2015-05-16)
4517"The Tale of Cotton-tail's Party / The Tale of The Thing-A-Ma-Jig"May 23, 2015 (2015-05-23)
4618"The Tale of The Big Bad Badger / The Tale of The Big Badger Blunder / The Tale of the Squabbling Squirrels"May 23, 2015 (2015-05-23)
4719"The Tale of Peter's Great Escape / The Tale of The Great Cake Chase"May 30, 2015 (2015-05-30)
4820"The Tale of the Go-Kart Getaway / The Tale of The New Hideout"May 30, 2015 (2015-05-30)
4921"The Tale of The Christmas Star / The Tale of the Sleepy Hedgehog"[16]December 17, 2015 (2015-12-17)
5022"The Tale of the Spectacular Sled / The Tale of Cotton-tail's Tooth"February 16, 2016 (2016-02-16)
5123"The Tale of Tricky Tortoise / The Tale of Mice on the Move"February 18, 2016 (2016-02-18)
5224"The Tale of The Unexpected Discovery"March 21, 2016 (2016-03-21)
5325"The Tale of Mittens' New Friend / The Tale of the Flooded Burrow"March 23, 2016 (2016-03-23)
5426"The Tale of Spilled Milk / The Tale of The First Bluebell"May 2, 2016 (2016-05-02)
5527"The Tale of The Great Tortoise Rescue / The Tale of the King of the Woods"May 4, 2016 (2016-05-04)
5628"The Tale of Musical Mayhem / The Tale of the Missing Journal"May 6, 2016 (2016-05-06)

Broadcast[edit]

Presently, it is airing in Canada on Treehouse TV which also has games.[17] In the United Kingdom, it currently airs on CBeebies.

DVD release[edit]

Peter Rabbit: Season One was released on October 8, 2015 exclusively at Amazon.com. This release contains 4 discs. It is published on demand onto DVD-Rs.[18]

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 programme have been equally successful with the broadcast on Christmas morning 2012 on BBC1 earning it the highest ratings on any channel in that timeslot.[citation needed]

At the 2014 Emmy Awards, the programme earned three daytime Emmys and scored another five nominations, earning the most nominations for an animated programme that year.[19]

References[edit]

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