A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
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."
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
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.
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This series is inspired by classic story books by Beatrix Potter.
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.
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.
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