Seven Fun Facts About Peter Rabbit 2!

As Peter Rabbit 2 bounds into cinemas, find out more about this hoppy-go-lucky live-action/CGI sequel.

Outside a city greengrocers, Peter Rabbit looks inquisitive.

1: James Corden returns as Peter Rabbit

 

Two years after Peter Rabbit 1, James Corden returns as Beatrix Potter’s most famous creation. The blue-jacketed, radish-loving Peter.

Not familiar with Corden? Then we can only assume you’ve been living in the wild yourself these past 13 years. Corden shot to fame in 2007 playing Smithy in Gavin & Stacey, and has since conquered America. He's the current host of popular US talk show The Late Late Show.

A sugar-fuelled Cotton-Tail clings to the train window, while his rabbit family watches on.

2. ...and he’s brought his gang of adorable Beatrix Potter characters!

 

Peter Rabbit 1 featured a host of beloved Beatrix Potter characters. From rabbits, Flopsy (Margot Robbie) and Mopsy (Elizabeth Debicki), to badger, Tommy Brock (Sam Neill) and Jemima Puddle-Duck (Rose Byrne).

Not only are all these furry and feathered characters back in Peter Rabbit 2, most of the original voice cast are too. There’s also a new character, a rabbit named Barnabas, who was created especially for the film. He’s played by Line Of Duty’s Lennie James.

Rose Byrne as Bea proudly reads from her book about Peter Rabbit and his friends.

3. The same mix of live-action and top-notch CGI

 

Peter Rabbit combined live action and CGI to incredible effect – and Peter Rabbit 2 does too! You’ll believe a rabbit can talk. And a kitten and a puddle-duck for that matter. You’ll also fall in love again with live-action actors Rose Byrne (Bea) and Domhnall Gleeson (Thomas).

Thomas still has his issues with the behaviours of the rabbits but he’s coming to accept them,” says Gleeson. There are also some live-action animals this time (i.e. real ones). Everything with fur or a snout in the first film was CGI. Can you spot them?

A smartly dressed Bea, Thomas and Nigel are all smiles as they chat about Bea’s Peter Rabbit book.

4. ...but a brand-new villain!

 

With Peter Rabbit and Thomas McGregor now pals (well, kind of), there's a new villain in town: David Oyelowo's Nigel Basil Jones. Nigel is a publisher who loves Bea's stories, but hates their subject matter: rabbits. Boo hiss!

Peter and his friends, including Pigling Bland and Jemima Puddle-Duck, peer eagerly over a stone wall.

5. Peter Rabbit 2 takes the action up several notches

 

The first film had plenty of hare-raising moments, but Peter Rabbit 2 is turning the action dial up to 11. In an interview with Newsround, visual effects supervisor Will Reichelt revealed: “It's a much bigger film. It's bigger in scope, there's more action and there are more stunt set-pieces.” Expect fisticuffs, a Zootopia homage and a heist in a farmer's market to rival anything you've seen in the Ocean's 11 films.

Inside a toy shop, Peter and his rabbit family listen attentively. Except for Cotton-Tail, who is typically distracted.

6. We’re also getting out of the garden!

 

The Peter Rabbit 2 plot sees Peter leaving Thomas McGregor’s garden for the big wide world. Why? Because he's fed up of his label as "the naughty one"! During his travels, he meets a friend of his late father, who helps him adjust to life outside the veggie patch. Of course, his old pals miss him and want him back – yes, even Thomas. Cue a brand-new adventure that's anything but small potatoes.

Peter Rabbit and Benjamin Bunny are dressed to impress at Bea and Thomas’ wedding.

7. Although it’s set in England, parts of Peter Rabbit 2 were shot in Australia

 

The story may be set in England’s green and pleasant lands but much of Peter Rabbit 2 was filmed in Australia. Centennial Park in Sydney to be exact. Richmond in London and Gloucester (you can see the city’s famous docks in the trailer) were also used. Speaking of the latter, rumour has it that we'll be seeing several new Potter characters. The famous Tailor Of Gloucester (Beatrix Potter’s personal favourite of her stories), perhaps?

ODEON says...

In 'Peter Rabbit 2', the lovable rogue is back. Bea, Thomas, and the rabbits have created a makeshift family, but despite his best efforts, Peter can't seem to shake his mischievous reputation.

Adventuring out of the garden, Peter finds himself in a world where his mischief is appreciated, but when his family risks everything to come looking for him, Peter must figure out what kind of bunny he wants to be.