In Peter Rabbit 2: The Runaway, Beatrix Potter’s headstrong bunny is back and finding it tricky to shake off his reputation for mischief.
Will the fragile harmony between him and the McGregors survive?
And, if not, what’s a misunderstood young rabbit to do?
Let's find out more about his latest adventure before it hits cinemas...
Peter Rabbit 2 release date UK: 17 May 2021
Combining gloriously green and pleasant live-action locations and characters with astonishingly believable CG Beatrix Potter animals voiced by an impressive A-list cast, Peter Rabbit 2 offers heart-warming escapism for the whole warren.
Here are the returning actors and new faces bringing The Runaway to life on the big screen.
Bea (Beatrix?) is both Thomas and Peter’s favourite person in the whole world.
But while she’s been an understanding ally of the troublemaking young rabbit from the beginning she’s now married to Thomas and the couple may be starting a family of their own.
And where would that leave Peter in Bea’s affections?
The hilariously escalating turf war between uptight city-boy-turned-uptight-country-squire Thomas and Peter filled 2018’s Peter Rabbit with some spectacular acts of cartoonish revenge.
Thomas and Peter have mostly put their differences aside now, but it’s fair to say that if something goes wrong, Thomas assumes the rash young rabbit has a paw in it.
Greedy book publisher Nigel Basil-Jones wants to take the charmingly low-key children’s book about Peter Rabbit and friends that Bea has written and illustrated, and turn it into a soullessly commercial book franchise.
It’s a big opportunity but it’s not the world Bea has immortalised in her heartfelt tale of woodland creatures.
What will she do?
Charming, cheeky and effortlessly funny, it’s no wonder James Corden is back as Beatrix Potter’s trouble-magnet of a rabbit.
But with Peter Rabbit 2 seeing the young bun wrestling with what kind of rabbit he ultimately wants to be, expect to see Corden’s vulnerable side coming to the fore, too.
Thankfully, he's got plenty of friends and family around, including his three younger sisters – the triplets Flopsy, Mopsy and Cottontail.
Voiced by the fantastic Margot Robbie, Flopsy is (marginally) the youngest of the three and always feels she has to push to make herself heard over her two older sisters, particularly Mopsy.
Voiced by Daisy ‘Rey Skywalker’ Ridley in the original Peter Rabbit, Cotton-tail is the wildcard of the Rabbit triplets, more than happy to march to the beat of her own drum.
She may only be older than Flopsy by 16 seconds, but Mopsy is the archetypal older sis. Bossy, confident and very happy to be in charge when older brother Peter isn’t around.
Peter’s cousin is the mischievous bunny’s voice of reason, albeit an easily led one who’s more often than not to be found chasing after Peter as he causes yet more havoc.
Street-smart city rabbit Barnabas and his crew are the scourge of Gloucester’s farmers’ market in Peter Rabbit 2.
This wily bunny offers Peter the chance to break free from the McGregors but at what cost to the cheeky but ultimately good-hearted rabbit?
2018’s funny and fast-paced live-action/CG family comedy Peter Rabbit brilliantly updated Beatrix Potter’s world of jacket-wearing woodland creatures with an entertaining tale (tail?) of inter-species oneupmanship between old Mr McGregor’s uptight great-nephew, Thomas and rebellious bunny, Peter Rabbit and friends.
Peter Rabbit 2: The Runaway finds the war with Thomas over and his former foe newly married to artist (and friend to the bunnies), Bea. Still, our cotton-tailed hero seems unable to shake his bad-bun image.
With Thomas’s toy shop thriving, Bea’s illustrated children’s book about the rabbits’ adventures taking off, and the newlyweds considering having a baby of their own, Peter fears his surrogate family’s days are numbered and decides to leave before he’s rejected.
But while Peter and the rabbits find opportunities in town, they also find dangers. What’s more, Thomas and Bea miss their carrot-munching friends, and so the race is on to reunite their unique extended family before Peter gets himself and his siblings in serious trouble.
Peter Rabbit 2: The Runaway trailers have been multiplying like rabbits!
So many, but keep your eyes peeled for some 007-worthy driving in an Aston Martin, a chase on skis, a spot of unintentional deer paragliding and the mother of all sugar crashes.
This is going to be fun.
Funny, fast-paced and with a ton of heart, Peter Rabbit 2: The Runaway is 93 gloriously uplifting minutes of fun for family members of all ages.
Seeing Peter Rabbit 2 distraction-free on the big-screen at ODEON with a state-of-the-art screen, immersive surround sound, and that unique shared experience you only get in the cinema takes the experience to the next level.
It’s the joy of cinema – affordable, fun and safe for everyone to enjoy.
Peter Rabbit 2 release date (UK) is 17 May 2021
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