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Robbie Parry
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Posted: 22 September 2017 at 10:31am | IP Logged | 1 post reply

Blimey:


Why must every modern adaptation of a classic give the lead character an attitude? 

I'm a cynic, I know. It just doesn't look that different to other films. Maybe I'll be proven wrong.
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Posted: 22 September 2017 at 10:56am | IP Logged | 2 post reply

I watched the trailer,my wife is a Beatrix Potter fan(We
did the whole Lake District trip a few years ago),i
doubt she`ll like this,it seems crass and childish,why
the need to set it in modern times too? Also,James
Corden as Peter???? Urrgh!

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Posted: 22 September 2017 at 10:58am | IP Logged | 3 post reply

Coming soon: PEANUTS, an all-modern reboot where Charlie Brown carries a baseball bat/rides a motorcycle - and Snoopy is an aggressive dog subject to whatever the animal equivalent of a restraining order is!
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Bill Collins
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Posted: 22 September 2017 at 11:01am | IP Logged | 4 post reply

I doubt they know or care how irritating James Corden is to us Brits! But if you read the books,was a bolshy James Corden the voice you heard in your head when Peter spoke?
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Posted: 22 September 2017 at 11:02am | IP Logged | 5 post reply

Absolutely not, Mr Collins. 
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Posted: 22 September 2017 at 11:03am | IP Logged | 6 post reply

It looks pretty wonky (especially Mr McGregor), but in terms of Peter rabbit's attitude, when was Peter not a reprobate? From the get-go he didn't listen to his mother, he's always shown zero respect for other people's property and is an inveterate trespasser and thief.

If I summed up the original book it would be: Peter's mum tells him not be naughty when she's away. Peter is naughty and nearly gets in deep trouble. Lesson learned.

The abiding memory I have from the book is that Mr McGregor is scary -- Peter's dad ended up in one of his pies, let's not forget -- so the version of McGregor shown here seems totally wrong, but a rebellious Peter Rabbit isn't far from the character as originally presented. Potter had her animals behave in a way that was true to nature, though, so a partying rabbit is a specific misstep. 
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Posted: 22 September 2017 at 11:04am | IP Logged | 7 post reply

This is an example of the O God We Are So Embarrassed By The Source Material thinking that has beset comic adaptations. I couldn't even get past "…and no pants" in the intro.
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Posted: 22 September 2017 at 11:06am | IP Logged | 8 post reply

It does feel like what you describe, Mr Byrne.

And, Peter, I feel there's a difference between being a rebel/naughty (I was one as a kid!) and being an asshole. 
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Posted: 22 September 2017 at 3:11pm | IP Logged | 9 post reply

Peter Rabbit is this stupid book about this stupid rabbit who steals vegetables from other people's gardens.

1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17...
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Posted: 22 September 2017 at 11:34pm | IP Logged | 10 post reply

I still prefer this version:



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Posted: 25 September 2017 at 4:12am | IP Logged | 11 post reply

To Hollywood all children are hyperactive, insolent and precocious and must always be shown disobeying and mocking adults. Hence films like this.
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Posted: 30 September 2017 at 7:29am | IP Logged | 12 post reply

You can't just tell a sweet story anymore, apparently.

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I actually like how the animals are animated when they're just moving about naturally but studios like SOny can'y put out anything that's sweet. It's gotta have "adult" humor and an "edge" even if that edge is dull as sh*t.
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Saw a trailer for the Paddington Bear sequel today,they
seem to have got it right,he`s a mischievous
innocent,not smart mouthed and obnoxious.
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Posted: 12 February 2018 at 9:54am | IP Logged | 15 post reply

Political correctness or a valid concern?

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They ought to be apologising to Beatrix Potter, who`s
likely spinning in her grave.
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Posted: 12 February 2018 at 5:17pm | IP Logged | 17 post reply

This film clearly would never have been made were it not for the success of Paddington. Could be fun, but not sure I will be paying to see it.  
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Posted: 12 February 2018 at 7:52pm | IP Logged | 18 post reply

On the one hand, I can see the concerns over presenting potentially deadly allergies as something light hearted, on the other hand this: LINK

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I'm tired of seeing people being forced to "apologize" over every little thing.  Sometimes a joke is just a joke and not some sinister agenda needing to be corrected.
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 Peter Martin wrote:
On the one hand, I can see the concerns over presenting potentially deadly allergies as something light hearted, on the other hand this: LINK


Not quite sure I get the similarity.  I mean, I get what you're going for: food allergies/bad, iron to the face/bad.  But are they really similar?  One makes fun of getting hit in the head with an iron (which we all know is bad and really hurts) and the other makes fun of someone for saying they have an allergy to a food (which is real and could actually kill someone but is nonetheless made fun).  Now you could say both situations are killers, but you're more likely faced with a potential food allergy than to be hit in the head with an iron, no?  And a food allergy is something you really can't control and thus shouldn't really be made fun of no matter the situation...right?
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Posted: 13 February 2018 at 8:17am | IP Logged | 21 post reply

A vulnerability to blunt trauma to the head is also something you can't control.
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My point is that there are plenty of things that are not funny in real life that you could equally make a case for they shouldn't be made fun of no matter the situation and a long history of no-one blinking an eye when they appear in a comedy, because people in the past have been able to (a) separate fiction from reality and (b) understand that making a scene conceived of for a comedy or fantasy is not the same as making light of real-life occurrences.

I would contend that this issue is a concern if we believe children are unable to realise the film is just a story and re-enact the scene in real life. I would also contend that children are more likely to differentiate between make believe and reality when they are watching an animated rabbit, as opposed to, say, seeing Kevin put marbles on the floor for someone to slip on.
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Posted: 13 February 2018 at 9:29am | IP Logged | 23 post reply

I wonder what those snowflakes would make of Looney
Tunes or Tom and Jerry?
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It's like a machine somewhere in Hollywood turns these things out, just plug in corporate property and press 'create'! I could see them maybe doing something like the Shaun The Sheep movie with Beatrix characters, but even the best computer animation feels inappropriate to me.
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There were a lot of concerns about the recent Peanuts film being faithful to the strip's tone (The kids could be pretty abrasive in the earliest strips, but Schulz shifted to a softer, philosophical approach.). Thankfully, the film's creators didn't make the characters smart-mouthed, worldly tots. I am so tired of that trend.
I'm also tired of people being called names (snowflake or liberal, for example) just because they have an opposite view. There's enough of that in other places. Here people usually respect the right to disagree.
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