A few months ago I was home alone on a Friday night with nothing on TV so I went rooting through the DVD collection where I found ‘Miss Potter’. The movie was released in 2006 and is the most recent of countless adaptations about Beatrix Potter‘s life.
Beatrix was the author and illustrator of the famous ‘Peter Rabbit’ children’s books. The film was actually really sweet and easy to watch, exactly what I was in the mood for that night and I especially liked it because growing up I loved Peter Rabbit! How could I have forgotten all about Flopsy, Mopsy and Cotton-Tail?? After watching the movie I went online to watch the old TV episodes of the books and so my love for Peter Rabbit was revived 🙂
The stories are pretty basic. Peter lives with his family in his little burrow in the woods. The funny thing is that his burrow is fully decked out with a proper human-style kitchen, sitting room and bedrooms. The rabbits also wear little shoes and coats which are completely impractical and are constantly falling off and getting caught on things. Anyone who read the books or watched the programme growing up probably remembers the original story the best.
In ‘The Tale of Peter Rabbit’, Peter disobeys his mother and sneaks into Mr. McGregor’s garden where he eats so many vegetables he makes himself sick. When he eventually decides to head home he can’t find his way out and is getting hopeless when Mr. McGregor spots him. He is chased around for ages, desperately looking for the gate and along the way loses his shoes and coat (big surprise!) while shouting “I don’t want to end up like Papa! I don’t want to be put in a pie!” How frickin’ cute is that like?! When he eventually makes it out he heads home where his mother berates him before putting him to bed with a cup of camomile tea..awh!
While I’m not going to rush out and buy the books just yet they would be a perfect present for a little person and watching the episodes is just as good for me really. Here’s the link if you want to have a look yourself 🙂
- A Delicious Tale of Naughty Rabbits, Stupid Ducks, and the Woman Who Made Them All Up (themodernsalon.wordpress.com)