Updated: May 11, 2021
Peter Rabbit 2: The Runaway
Director: Will Gluck
(Based on the creations of Beatrix Potter)
Utter disbelief! That’s what I felt on being told Peter Rabbit was a bad seed in ‘Peter Rabbit 2: The Runaway’. Sure, he of the floppy ears could be a bit naughty sometimes, play a wee bit with the truth. But bad?
What could he have done? Turned Cottontail onto porn or maybe Pigling Bland into an ice freak? Been brutally merciless with Flopsy and Mopsy and/or – god help us – got them (both!) pregnant?
I wasn’t far from the mark. Peter Rabbit joins a group of city thieves (including the infamous Tom Kitten and Mittens), who give the word feral a whole new meaning ('nuff said). They are planning the ‘big heist’ which will put them onto the good stuff for the rest of their lives. Yep, you got it, the dried fruit stall at the Farmers Market. Vast, untapped quantities of concentrated fructose!
And Peter? Will he gets the rest of the crew involved? You bet.
Degradation after degradation follows. Cottontail discovers little coloured pills and gets a taste for spinning out on corn syrup (the processed stuff), Mrs Twiggy-Winkle discovers her more violent nature. Jemima Puddle-Duck, Mr Jeremy Fisher ... even Pigling Bland discover the darker sides of their characters; ready and willing to viciously take on the farmers, hit then over their heads with blocks of cheese, truss them up with rope, and knock them out with projectile melons … all to guarantee their concentrated sugar heightened futures.
If Piers Akerman thought 'Peppa Pig' a tool for dangerous feminist left-wing propaganda god only knows what he’d make of ‘Peter Rabbit 2’!
'Peter Rabbit 2: The Runaway' is utterly delightful and includes some edifying messages about mixed families, overt commercialisation and piggies who wear lipstick.
Beg, borrow or steal a young one, take it to the movies and settle in for some fun … and a cinema full of chortling and squealing munchkins seemingly all on their own sugar high trips.