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Why people are boycotting the Peter Rabbit film

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Why people are boycotting the Peter Rabbit film

You wouldn't think a classic tale of a naughty bunny that's been loved for generations could cause controversy, but that's exactly what's happened with the new Peter Rabbit film.

Numerous people have threatened to boycott the children's film, after a scene was released showing a character with a blackberry allergy being pelted with them by a gang of rabbits.

Campaigners have criticised this for making light of allergies, and many are concerned this could encourage children to behave in the same way.

Sony Pictures and the filmmakers have apologised, saying they 'should not have made light' of the issue.

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This Easter will see the release of a new Peter Rabbit film starring - somewhat strangely - comedian and presenter James Corden as everyone's favourite naughty bunny.


As we all know, the story of Peter Rabbit was the first book written and illustrated by Beatrix Potter and was an instant hit with children thanks to its gorgeous watercolour illustrations and small, pocket-book size.

The story sees Peter and his sisters, Flopsy, Mopsy and Cottontail going out to pick blackberries. While his sisters are good little bunnies, Peter is more of a rebel, and squeezes under Mr McGregor's garden gate. Here he indulges every rabbit's fantasies by gorging himself on vegetables - eating so much that he ends up feeling quite unwell. He's then chased by Mr McGregor, and has lots of close scrapes before he finally escapes and runs home to his mother.

It was written in 1902 although Peter himself popped up in five of her other titles between 1904 and 1912. The book was inspired by Beatrix Potter's pet rabbit, Peter Piper. 

As you might imagine, turning the short Beatrix Potter book into a feature length film has required some embellishment, but we were a bit surprised by a scene showing the bunny hosting a house party! Here you can see some of his other animal friends including badgers, stags, foxes and pigs.

He's also been given a more trendy denim jacket as a modern style update, but his naughty spirit remains the same.

Now there's a brand new trailer to whet your appetite!


It's set for release at Easter, so will no doubt be a hit with school children on their holidays.


Along with James, other actors include Rose Byrne, Domhnall Gleeson, Sam Neill, Margot Robbie, Elizabeth Debicki and Daisy Ridley. It's been directed by Will Gluck.


Watch the original trailer and let us know what you think.