Pierre Lapin 2 comes out this Wednesday in our theaters. Inspired by the famous fairy tale of Beatrix Potter, the film tells the adventures in the middle of London, of the famous English rabbit, created 119 years ago. Back to the origins of Peter Rabbit.
Three years after Peter Rabbit, the famous hero of children’s literature is back in the cinema for a new adventure. Still directed by Will Gluck, Peter Rabbit 2 takes place after the events of the first film.
With a budget of $ 50 million, the previous installment totaled $ 351.5 million at the international box office. It therefore seemed logical that a sequel was born.
In Peter Rabbit 2, Béa (Rose Byrne), Thomas (Domhnall Gleeson) and the rabbits now form a family, but Peter may do everything possible, he does not seem to manage to get rid of the thug reputation that sticks to him. skin.
Venturing out of the vegetable patch, the little bunny discovers a world in which his petty crimes are appreciated, but when his family risks everything to seek him out, Peter must choose what kind of bunny he wants to be.
Born from the pen of the English naturalist Béatrix Potter in 1902, The Tales of Peter Rabbit has enchanted generations of children. Translated into 35 languages and, so far, selling more than 45 million copies worldwide, the adventures of the mischievous young rabbit obsessed with radish and Mr. McGregor’s garden are now on the big screen.
If the most famous of the heroes created by the author and designer Béatrix Potter is Pierre, the latter has also given birth to 22 other animal tales including Hazelnut squirrel, Madame Piquedru the laundress, Tom kitten, The Flopsaut family or Little Robinson Pig.
In France, these stories were published in a common collection by Gallimard in 2007 on the occasion of the release of the film Miss Potter.
If the story of the rascal rabbit with the blue jacket is adapted for the first time to the cinema in 2018 by Will Gluck, its creator has already been the subject of a biopic in 2007. Worn by Renée Zellweger and Ewan McGregor, Miss Potter (by Chris Noonan) looks back on the author’s life.
A tale shunned by editors
Born in London in July 1866 into an upper middle class family, Beatrix Potter spent her summers in the north of England studying nature and deepening her knowledge: herbarium, collection of insects, drawings of mushrooms and animals. …
In 1890 she made greeting cards from her drawings, to her surprise these were purchased by Hildesheimer & Faulkner, a German postcard publisher. Three years later the son of his governess fell ill. In order to brighten up her convalescence, Béatrix invents the adventures of 4 little rabbits in a farmer’s vegetable garden.
After having fleshed out her story and illustrated it in black and white, the author goes around publishers to publish her work. After having suffered several refusals, she decides to have 250 illustrated copies printed – on her own account. Books sell like hot cakes. The publisher Frederick Warne & Co. then agreed to publish Peter Rabbit with color illustrations.
The perfect animal anatomy, the watercolors, the simple and realistic stories (Peter Rabbit’s father ended up in a pie baked by Madame McGregor!) And the demanding and precise vocabulary make Tales of Peter Rabbit a reference work of children’s literature.
These stories have rocked the childhood of millions of readers since 1902. A plush bearing the image of the little rabbit was published in 1903 – making Pierre one of the first products derived from a cultural work of history. .
Not an adaptation
After having experienced several animated television versions (The Tales of Peter Rabbit and his friends in 1992 and Peter Rabbit in 2012 (still broadcast)), the little radish thief had his first film adaptation in 2018 and is now rewarded. of a suite.
Note however that if the original work is interested in the relationships between animals (who eats who, who steals the other’s burrow,…), the film adaptations are not drawn from tales, unlike the animated series.
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