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Peter Rabbit

TV review by
Emily Ashby, Common Sense Media
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Darling preschool show has anxious times, cautionary themes.

Parents say

age 3+
Based on 3 reviews

Kids say

age 2+
Based on 7 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.

Educational Value

Preschoolers are exposed to facts about nature through Lily, who refers to the names of animals and plants as well as scientific concepts like "food chain."

Positive Messages

A mixed bag. On one hand, Peter and his friends embody preschoolers' sense of adventure, curiosity, and precocious fun, and their escapades yield opportunities to learn about courage, resilience, and the world around them. On the other, they repeatedly break rules that put them in danger and lie to Peter's mother about their whereabouts. Multiple references are made to the absence of Peter's father, who was killed and eaten by Mr. McGregor prior to the story's start.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Peter's mother does her best to dissuade the kids from seeking out danger, but Peter typically disobeys her and leads his friends into dangerous scrapes. Once there, though, he's brave and clever enough to devise an escape plan, but not before they're close to becoming supper for Mr. McGregor or Mr. Tod.

Violence & Scariness

Peter and his friends face dangers from Mr. McGregor and Mr. Tod, both of whom talk in flowery terms about serving up the rabbits for dinner. Many times they're chased out of the man's garden by him or his cat, or they're tricked into treacherous situations by the fox, and in some cases they're caught, bound, and tossed into a stew pot before escaping.

Sexy Stuff
Language
Consumerism

This series is inspired by classic story books by Beatrix Potter.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Peter Rabbit is an animated series inspired by the classic stories by Beatrix Potter. Preschoolers see a group of friends draw on courage and craftiness to confront obstacles they encounter in their woodland adventures, illustrating teamwork and problem-solving skills. The show's villains (a human whose voice is heard but whose full body is never seen, and a scheming fox) repeatedly threaten the rabbits' lives, promising to make them into pies or stew them up for supper, and on some occasions, they capture the young rabbits before they make their escape. Peter disobeys his mother and finds that it lands him and his friends in short-lived trouble, which never dissuade future escapades.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent of an infant year old Written byMama91 March 6, 2014

Great kids, questionable parenting

I think the children bunnies in the show are great. They are imaginative, and learn from their mistakes. Things like honesty, the importance of standing up for... Continue reading
Adult Written byannesvercek February 24, 2015

Adorable & Exciting

Great for toddlers and older. Each episode is packed with adventure, and I find myself saying the key catch phrases such as "let's hop to it" and... Continue reading
Kid, 11 years old November 16, 2013

Nick Jr.'s Edgiest Show Yet

A red light is right there in the theme song. Let's run for our lives, and tear a hole in every fence and every wall. That sounds a little iffy to me. My f... Continue reading
Kid, 12 years old November 29, 2015

What's the story?

PETER RABBIT tells the story of an adventurous young bunny and his friends as they set out to explore their forest home. Mischievous Peter leads the way, blazing a trail for his younger cousin, Benjamin, and their resourceful friend, Lily. Together the trio dodges danger at the hands of the sly forest fox, Mr. Tod, and the grumpy gardener, Mr. McGregor, whose efforts to rabbit-proof his yard prove ineffective when Peter's around.

Is it any good?

Fans of Beatrix Potter's famous character will delight in how this series brings Peter to life, capturing all of his rascally ways in a classic animation style reminiscent of the original book illustrations. The most notable change to the classic is the welcome addition of Lily, a thoroughly modern female character whose cool head and practical knowledge prove invaluable qualities in the company of the impulsive Peter.

Preschoolers are sure to note the rabbits' knack for solving the scrapes they fall into, which has some good reminders about a positive attitude and thoughtful problem-solving skills, but these often come at the price of Peter's willingness to disobey his mother's warnings about straying too far from home. Though the stories always have a happy ending, many of the characters' predicaments are caused by Peter's decisions to seek out danger. So long as this kind of threatening content doesn't frighten your preschoolers, it provides a good opportunity to relate the stories to your own family's rules about safety.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about how Peter and his friends get out of jams. How is teamwork important to their escapes? Do you think they act courageously? What might you have done differently in their place?

  • Peter often goes against his mother's rules and finds himself in trouble because of it. Why is it important to follow your parents' rules? Has disobedience ever led you into a tight spot?

  • Families can read Beatrix Potter's books and compare them to this series. How do the illustrations differ? What aspects of the series make the characters look more modern?

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