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Peter Rabbit 2: The Runaway (shortened as Peter Rabbit 2 in other territories) is an American 2021 live action computer animated adventure comedy-drama film directed by Will Gluck and written by Patrick Burleigh and Gluck. This movie is a sequel to the 2018 films's Peter Rabbit and is based on the stories of Peter Rabbit created by Beatrix Potter.

The film stars the voice of James Corden as the title character, alongside Rose Byrne, Domhnall Gleeson and David Oyelowo in live action roles, and the voices of Elizabeth Debicki, Margot Robbie and Daisy Ridley.

Peter Rabbit 2: The Runaway is scheduled to be theatrically released in Australia on March 25, 2021 and in the United States on June 11, 2021 by Sony Pictures Releasing under its Columbia Pictures label.

Plot[]

The wedding of Thomas and Bea takes place with all their friends, human and animal, in attendance. Peter Rabbit accepts this new part of his life. After the honeymoon, Thomas helps Bea on her children's storybooks based on Peter and his friends. Peter is bit dismayed to know that the books have portrayed him as naughty. Bea then gets a letter in the mail from a publisher who wants to distribute her books.

Thomas and Bea take Peter, Benjamin, Flopsy, Mopsy, and Cottontail to meet the publisher, Nigel Basil-Jones. Nigel presents his marketing plan toward the rabbits, which paints Peter as a bad seed. They even see a billboard for a potential Peter Rabbit movie, which makes him look outright villainous. A dismayed Peter walks away from the group and goes into town where he meets an older rabbit named Barnabas. Barnabas recognizes Peter as the son of his old friend, but they are unfortunately caught by animal catchers and taken to a pet pound. Bea starts to sign over the rights to her books to Nigel, in agreement that the books would not be turned into some cash grab property. But it becomes apparent that this is Nigel's plan anyway as he is known for turning simple concepts into something for a more commercial and contemporary audience.

Peter and Barnabas are taken in by a little girl named Amelia and kept in a cage. Barnabas manages to free himself and Peter with the help of his crew: mouse Samuel Whiskers, creepy cat Tom Kitten, and his sister Mittens. They all get away to town with the food after raiding the refrigerator. Thomas and Bea then find Peter and bring him home while Barnabas returns to his hideout.

The next day, Peter takes Benjamin and his sisters to join him in meeting Barnabas’ crew. Barnabas recognizes Peter's family and divulges to all of them his big plan. He and his crew want to rob from the farmers market with their big score being packs of dried fruit. Meanwhile, Thomas and Bea meet with Nigel again to go over designs for the rabbits. Thomas starts to realize that Nigel's ideas are not in the best interests of Bea's work. The rabbits gather help from their animal friends Mrs. Tiggy-Winkle, Jemima Puddle-Duck, Jeremy Fisher, Pigling Bland, Felix D'eer, and Tommy Brock to pull off their heist. After getting the dried fruits into their getaway truck, all of the animals including Benjamin and the sisters are captured by the pet pound people. To Peter's dismay, it turns out Barnabas was only using him and his friends to keep the dried fruit for themselves. He even intentionally met Peter in town after reading about him in his book, never even knowing Peter's father. Everyone is left to blame Peter for getting them into this mess while he himself feels utterly terrible.

Peter enlists Thomas for his help in recovering his friends. After hitting a snag with their truck, they go to Bea for help while she is in a meeting with Nigel and others from the publishing company. Bea realizes Nigel's intentions and pulls her stories from his company. After talking it out with Thomas, she agrees to help him and Peter recover all of their friends.

Peter, Benjamin, and the sisters then go to Barnabas's hideout where they turn the tables by tying Barnabas and his crew to ropes so that they all get pulled away when the nearby tailor shop owner leaves in his truck. They are all then captured by the pet pound people, putting Barnabas back where he once got away from. The rabbits then return all the dried fruit to their owners. The rabbits rejoin Thomas and Bea as they drive home with Peter deciding to be more willing to listen to the ones that love him.

In the first mid-credits scene, Bea and Thomas have a baby girl while it is revealed that a second book was published titled Peter Rabbit 2. In the second mid-credits scene, the rooster and his children discover their purpose on the farm. By crowing in the morning and so happens to be time sprinklers come out believing its their power and duty to crow the sprinklers on to save the farm from the ball of fire (Sun).

Cast[]

Live-action actors[]

  • Domhnall Gleeson as Thomas McGregor, A fed-up young farmer
  • Rose Byrne as Beatrix Potter, Thomas's girlfriend
  • David Oyelowo as Nigel Basil-Jones, the publisher of Bea's books

Voice cast[]

Production[]

In May 2018, it was announced that Sony Pictures had started the development of the sequel to Peter Rabbit. In February 2019, it was announced David Oyelowo had joined the cast of the film, with Rose Byrne and Domnhall Gleeson reprising their roles from the first. Elizabeth Debicki and Margot Robbie were confirmed to reprise their respective roles in October 2019.

Unlike the first film, the sequel was released under the Columbia Pictures label, instead of Sony Pictures Animation.

Filming[]

'Gloucester' as a town was mainly filmed in Richmond, London. Principal photography began in January 2019 in Centennial Parklands, Australia.

Release Date[]

The movie has been set release in June 11, 2021 follows to Wish Dragon. About the Australia has released in March 25, 2021. Also United Kingdom released in May 17, 2021.

About the movie was getting delayed 8 times due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Home Media[]

The movie release on Streaming will be July 1, 2021 on Fandango Now and Apple TV. Available on BluRay and DVD in October 1, 2021 by Columbia TriStar Home Entertainment with Netflix streaming exclusively digital streaming.

Reception[]

Box Office[]

The movie gross $35.2 million in the United States and Canada, and $92.1 million in other territories, for a worldwide total of $127.3 million.

Critical Reception[]

That movie received 68% based on 65 critics against gave 90% on audience score with an average of 6.2/10 with the production certificate has been budget. The critical consensus says "An enjoyably silly and self-aware sequel, Peter Rabbit 2: The Runaway should leave fans of the original feeling fairly hoppy." And it Audience says "Cute and energetic enough for kids but funny enough for parents -- and grandparents! -- this sequel offers colorful fun for the whole family." According to Metacritic, the movie received 44/100 and says "mixed or average reviews." Cinemascore receive "A-" on A+ to F scale. PostTrak received reported 72% with also average of 45% that's also recommend it.

Courtney Howard of Variety called it a "superior sequel" and said the film "serves as both a meta-commentary on his humbling past antics and a pivotal point for the eponymous protagonist." Brian Penn of UK Film Review called it a "great popcorn movie" and said the "voicing actors are undoubtedly the stars even though the humans on screen are perfectly fine."

Ian Freer of Empire rated the film 3 out of 5 stars, writing "It feels a little thin and generic compared to family fare like The Mitchells Vs The Machines, but the Byrne-Gleeson combo is winning and Gluck injects just enough slapstick and smarts to justify the last-gasp gag about a sequel. It's no Paddington 2, but Peter Rabbit 2 works well thanks to a mocking sense of self and a strong second half." However, he noted that "It [Peter Rabbit 2] may not be for the Beatrix Potter purists and has a scattershot quality", but that it "remains enjoyable for its brisk 93 minutes." Peter Bradshaw of The Guardian gave the film 2 out of 5 stars, remarking that "Unlike Paddington, whose literary source material is genuinely funny, this digital Peter Rabbit is never really humorous. It can sometimes be cute or zany and briefly send itself up, but there is fundamentally something pretty straight in its DNA. And so the film rattles inoffensively on, every line and every image seeming as if it has been test marketed in ways advocated by the wicked Nigel Basil-Jones." Christy Lemire of RogerEbert.com also gave the film 2 out of 5 stars, who said "By indulging in the exact same instincts it insists are problematic artistically, “Peter Rabbit 2” wants to have its carrot and eat it, too. But maybe that won’t bother you. Maybe you’ll be grateful for a return to the theater and the opportunity to do so with your kids. In that regard, the sequel hops along in sufficiently bouncy fashion."

Future[]

In May 2021, Will Gluck said he has nearly finished the script for a third movie.