Life-like animation tricks the eye in ‘Peter Rabbit’

“I wanted the audiences to forget this was an animated film,” says filmmaker Will Gluck of his approach to the direction of Sony Pictures Animation’s Peter Rabbit, the new family comedy based on Beatrix Potter’s beloved characters.

“Hopefully, after the first few minutes of getting acclimated to the fact that animals are talking and wearing clothes, it just feels real to the audience.”

In Peter Rabbit, the mischievous and adventurous hero who has captivated generations of readers now takes on the starring role of his own contemporary comedy. In the film, Peter’s feud with Mr. Thomas McGregor (Domhnall Gleeson) escalates to greater heights than ever before as their fight to gain control of McGregor’s coveted vegetable garden and the affections of the warm-hearted animal lover, Bea, who lives next door (Rose Byrne) extends to the Lake District and London.

The animation was overseen by producer Zareh Nalbandian and his company Animal Logic, which previously produced the animated hits The Lego Movie (and its sequel, The Lego Batman Movie) and Happy Feet. “For Will, all the animated characters in Peter Rabbit exist just like the characters played by Rose Byrne and Domhnall Gleeson,” he says.

“As we approached the animation, we had the same kinds of questions for him that the live-action actors might ask. ‘How do you want Benjamin Bunny to feel? How do you want him to emote?’ It’s all about performance. We consider our characters as real characters, so our dialogue with Will was on that level. For our animators, that was fantastic because Will didn’t put restrictions on anything, but it was also immensely challenging. This was probably the most complex film that we’ve made at Animal Logic.”

The production ran parallel animation and live action units during principal photography, with editors cutting scenes while the film was shooting, and storyboard artists drawing over cut scenes to represent where the animals might be.

With that, Gluck could get a sense of the film he had shot and the possibilities for animation. And with that, he discovered the great blessing and curse of animation: you can always change it. “You don’t have that in live-action – you shoot the scene, and the scene’s over. In animation, anyone can say, ‘Here’s an idea that could improve the scene.’ And while the animators were sleeping, I was rewriting,” he says – noting that the animators were ready for it. “There were over 400 people working on Peter Rabbit. They were all studying their small portion of the film and coming up with the most wonderful ideas. The ‘what-ifs’ were the fun part of this movie.”

Now playing in Philippine cinemas, Peter Rabbit is distributed in the Philippines by Columbia Pictures, local office of Sony Pictures Releasing International.

MOVIE REVIEW: Peter Rabbit (2018)

The titular character Peter Rabbit, voiced by James Corden, is one mischievous and rebellious fur. Along with his triplet siblings, Mopsy (voiced by Elizabeth Debicki), Flopsy (voiced by Margot Robbiel), and Cottontail (voiced by Daisy Ridley), he scavenges from his family’s former abode– now their human neighbor McGregor’s (Sam Neill). But when McGregor bites the dust, his nephew Thomas (Domhnall Gleeson) moves and initiates to have the land for sale. During his stay, friction between him and Peter grows for their animal-affectionate (and rabbit-loving) neighbor Bea, who becomes one catalyst for Thomas to gradually be one who’s genial.

Peter Rabbit is characterized by honest crudeness. Ironically, it’s anything but of the same as its source material, Beatrix Potter’s children’s book “The Tale of Peter Rabbit”. Dispensing most of the sugar-coated confectionery of the material it’s derived from, the film is with much bravado by giving a different twist to the classic tale. A deviation from the run-of-the-mill animated family comedy films is evident, casually hopping away from one would expect it to be (especially with its thematical elements). And with its divergence from the usual, it then becomes capacitated to pack a stronger emotional punch that most other animated films are usually devoid of.

The film gives focus on perspectives of its characters that shows the complexity of the story is in a way that’s modest and easily digestible. Consequently, making it able to deliver its well-intended theme effectively. The film doesn’t pretend to be anything else other than what it aims to offer, abling it to do the best at it. Knowing what it is and what it wants to be, this adaptation tightly embraces even its prosaic qualities. It acknowledges and is self-aware that some of its ideas are all different, but that becomes much to the film’s own advancement. The risks that the film takes pay off, despite it conforming to the usual on numerous occasions, with some of its jokes that it tries to sell for disposable and cheap entertainment.

Not to mention, Peter Rabbit has its animation beautifully rendered, with realistic-looking CGI graphics that are nothing short of a visual spectacle. The film’s crew is one that’s passionate; James Corden owns his being Peter Rabbit, with his voice-acting that perfectly captures the emotions of his character. Rose Byrne portrays the gentle and pure Bea extremely well. Domnhall Gleeson is great with his over-the-top comedic timing. The humor, albeit its being crass and sometimes slapstick, is certain to elicit laughter and chuckles every once in a while. Peter Rabbit is funny and charming. It certainly is not one to miss, as it’s one of the rare family films that never forgets to be empathetic, in spite of all its crudeness.

James Corden lends voice of the rascal, rebel ‘Peter Rabbit’

British comedian and talk show host James Corden (Into the Woods, The Late Late Show) brings a perfect balance of mischief and charm as the voice of the eponymous hero in Columbia Pictures’ family adventure Peter Rabbit (in Philippine cinemas February 28).

In Peter Rabbit™, the mischievous and adventurous hero who has captivated generations of readers now takes on the starring role of his own contemporary comedy.

In the film, Peter’s feud with Mr. Thomas McGregor (Domhnall Gleeson) escalates to greater heights than ever before as their fight to gain control of McGregor’s coveted vegetable garden and the affections of the warm-hearted animal lover who lives next door (Rose Byrne) extends to the Lake District and London.

“It was always the dream to have James as Peter; we essentially wrote the role for him,” says director Will Gluck. “He has the ideal combination of exuberance and sweetness and is of course very, very funny.”

A mischief-maker in his own right, Corden puts aside the wit and gets emotional when it comes to playing the impish rabbit in a little blue coat. “It’s a wonderful story that owes everything to Beatrix Potter,” he says. “I felt incredibly honored that [director] Will Gluck thought my voice could lend itself to this adored rabbit. I met a kid who was so excited – he said, ‘You’re going to be Peter Rabbit,’ and I said, ‘No, Peter Rabbit is Peter Rabbit, he just needed a voice for this film.”

Corden adds, “Peter thinks he has power and ability beyond what’s expected of him. He has that confidence and zest for life – the type of rabbit that doesn’t say ‘why,’ he says ‘why not.’”

“Peter had to feel timeless,” says executive producer Jodi Hildebrand. “The key to it was a voice that we wanted to follow on any adventure he chose to go on, and James Corden is that voice and that personality. He’s funny and charming and mischievous, and for us that was the linchpin of bringing Peter to life.”

Corden says, again, it all comes back to the character Beatrix Potter created. “I think Peter gets away with his mischief because of his sweet and adorable nature,” he says. “You just can’t help but smile when you see him.”

Directed by Will Gluck from a screen story and screenplay by Rob Lieber and Will Gluck, based on the characters and tales of Peter Rabbit by Beatrix Potter, the film is produced by Will Gluck and Zareh Nalbandian, with Doug Belgrad, Jodi Hildebrand, and Jason Lust serving as executive producers.

Peter Rabbit is distributed in the Philippines by Columbia Pictures, local office of Sony Pictures Releasing International.

WATCH: Mischief escalates in new ‘Peter Rabbit’ trailer

Rabbits are the perfect creatures… or are they? Watch the new Peter Rabbit trailer below and see the movie in Philippine cinemas this February 2018.

Sony Pictures Animation’s Peter Rabbit brings all of the audience-favourite Beatrix Potter characters to the screen in a brand-new, modern adventure.

James Corden brings the mischievous Peter to life, with Rose Byrne in the female lead role of Bea and Domhnall Gleeson as Mr. McGregor. Margot Robbie, Elizabeth Debicki, and Daisy Ridley will voice the roles of Peter’s sisters Flopsy, Mopsy, and Cottontail.

In Peter Rabbit, the mischievous and adventurous hero who has captivated generations of readers now takes on the starring role of his own contemporary comedy. In the film, Peter’s feud with Mr. McGregor (Domhnall Gleeson) escalates to greater heights than ever before as their fight to gain control of McGregor’s coveted vegetable garden and the affections of the warm-hearted animal lover who lives next door (Rose Byrne) extends to the Lake District and London.

Directed by Will Gluck from a screen story and screenplay by Rob Lieber and Will Gluck, based on the characters and tales of Peter Rabbit by Beatrix Potter, the film is produced by Will Gluck and Zareh Nalbandian, with Doug Belgrad, Jodi Hildebrand, and Jason Lust serving as executive producers.

Peter Rabbit is distributed in the Philippines by Columbia Pictures, local office of Sony Pictures Releasing International.

WATCH: Animated film ‘Peter Rabbit’ launches new trailer

Today, Sony Pictures Releasing International debuts the new trailer for Peter Rabbit, the upcoming feature that brings all of the audience-favourite Beatrix Potter characters to the screen in a brand-new, modern adventure. The film will be released in Philippine cinemas April 2018.

The new trailer can be seen below.

James Corden brings the mischievous Peter to life, with Rose Byrne in the female lead role of Bea and Domhnall Gleeson as Mr. McGregor. Margot Robbie, Elizabeth Debicki, and Daisy Ridley will voice the roles of Peter’s sisters Flopsy, Mopsy, and Cottontail.

Directed by Will Gluck from a screen story and screenplay by Rob Lieber and Will Gluck, based on the characters and tales of Peter Rabbit by Beatrix Potter, the film is produced by Will Gluck and Zareh Nalbandian, with Doug Belgrad, Jodi Hildebrand, and Jason Lust serving as executive producers. Sony Pictures Releasing International will release the picture, which is a presentation of Columbia Pictures and Sony Pictures Animation.

In Peter Rabbit, the mischievous and adventurous hero who has captivated generations of readers now takes on the starring role of his own contemporary comedy. In the film, Peter’s feud with Mr. McGregor (Domhnall Gleeson) escalates to greater heights than ever before as their fight to gain control of McGregor’s coveted vegetable garden and the affections of the warm-hearted animal lover who lives next door (Rose Byrne) extends to the Lake District and London. James Corden voices the character of Peter with playful spirit and wild charm, with Margot Robbie, Elizabeth Debicki, and Daisy Ridley performing the voice roles of the triplets, Flopsy, Mopsy, and Cottontail.

Peter Rabbit is distributed in the Philippines by Columbia Pictures, local office of Sony Pictures Releasing International.

WATCH: James Corden as ‘Peter Rabbit’ gone wild in first trailer

Columbia Pictures has launched the first official trailer of Peter Rabbit, the new live-action/CG motion picture based on the internationally beloved series of books written and illustrated by Beatrix Potter.

Check out the trailer at https://youtu.be/Ds305GErAqI and watch Peter Rabbit in Philippine cinemas in April 2018.

Peter Rabbit, the mischievous and adventurous hero who has captivated generations of readers, now takes on the starring role of his own irreverent, contemporary comedy with attitude. In the film, Peter’s feud with Mr. McGregor (Domhnall Gleeson) escalates to greater heights than ever before as they rival for the affections of the warm-hearted animal lover who lives next door (Rose Byrne). James Corden voices the character of Peter with playful spirit and wild charm, with Margot Robbie, Elizabeth Debicki, and Daisy Ridley performing the voice roles of the triplets, Flopsy, Mopsy, and Cottontail.

The film is directed by Will Gluck from a screenplay by Rob Lieber.

Peter Rabbit is distributed in the Philippines by Columbia Pictures, local office of Sony Pictures Releasing International.

James Corden, Rose Byrne lead ‘Peter Rabbit’ movie adaptation

Columbia Pictures has teamed up with Frederick Warne & Co., part of Penguin Random House UK, for Peter Rabbit™, a new live-action/CG motion picture based on the internationally beloved series of books written and illustrated by Beatrix Potter, whose 150th anniversary is being celebrated this year.

The film will be directed by Will Gluck and made at Animal Logic, the Australian based animation and visual FX production studio. Animal Logic previously created the animation for the global blockbuster The LEGO Movie. Will Gluck (Olive Bridge Entertainment) and Zareh Nalbandian (Animal Logic Entertainment) are both attached to produce the feature, with Doug Belgrad serving as Executive Producer. The screenplay is by Rob Lieber with revisions by Gluck. Jodi Hildebrand of Olive Bridge and Jason Lust will also serve as executive producers.

James Corden has been set to voice the lead role of Peter, and Rose Byrne will star in the live-action female lead role of Bea. Daisy Ridley and Elizabeth Debicki have also joined the voice cast.

With this film, Columbia and Frederick Warne will bring Beatrix Potter’s beloved character Peter Rabbit to a new family audience. Frederick Warne has been Beatrix Potter’s publisher since its publication of The Tale of Peter Rabbit in 1902 and is the home of Peter Rabbit™ and the Beatrix Potter™ brand.

Tom Weldon, CEO Penguin Random House UK said, “We at Penguin Random House UK are delighted to be working with Columbia Pictures. As custodians of Beatrix Potter’s brand and legacy, we are excited about the opportunity this production will bring to engage a whole new audience with the world of Beatrix Potter and one of her best-loved characters, the mischievous Peter Rabbit.’

Will Gluck added, “I am delighted to be teaming up with Frederick Warne. Their expertise and stewardship is absolutely critical to making a film that honors the legacy of Beatrix Potter.”

Nalbandian added, “This announcement is the culmination of two years of development at Animal Logic Entertainment, Olive Bridge Entertainment and Columbia Pictures. It has been a great journey bringing Peter Rabbit, his family and many friends to the screen. Peter has fans all over the world, and we’re excited to be working with Will, Columbia, and Frederick Warne to make a film to delight audiences globally.”

Sony Pictures Entertainment will create and execute a worldwide licensing and merchandising program in connection with the new Peter Rabbit™ motion picture, in association with Warne.

Production on Peter Rabbit is due to commence in January 2017, and is due for worldwide release in April 2018.

The film will be made at Animal Logic in Sydney with the support of the Australian Government through Screen Australia and Screen NSW and in collaboration with Sony Pictures Animation. Lauren Abrahams will oversee the project for the studio.

PETER RABBIT™, BEATRIX POTTER™ and the 150 Years Logo are trademarks of Frederick Warne & Co.