Starring: James Corden, Rose Byrne, Domhnall Gleeson, David Oyelowo, Elizabeth Debicki, Margot Robbie, Aimee Horne, Colin Moody, Lennie James, Sam Neill, Hayley Atwell, Damon Herriman
OUR RATING: ★★★½
Live action animated comedy sequel directed and co-written by Will Gluck. Peter Rabbit 2: The Runaway (2021) follows Bea (Rose Byrne), Thomas (Domnhall Gleeson), and the rabbits, who have created a makeshift family, but despite his best efforts, Peter (James Corden) can’t seem to shake his mischievous reputation. Adventuring out of the garden, Peter finds himself in a world where his mischief is appreciated, but when his family risks everything to come looking for him, Peter must figure out what kind of bunny he wants to be.
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Officiant: We are gathered here today to join Bea and Thomas in holy matrimony.
Benjamin Bunny: You’re taking this so well.
Peter Rabbit: He’s a good man. Makes her happy.
Officiant: And also a special day for their family, the beloved rabbits.
Benjamin Bunny: Your former enemy is here to stay.
Peter Rabbit: We found common ground.
Benjamin Bunny: He’s about to be our guardian.
Peter Rabbit: No, this is just a little something between them.
Benjamin Bunny: The old you would have gone absolutely bonkers-berserk by now.
Peter Rabbit: I’ve changed, cousin.
Officiant: Welcoming a new parent.
Benjamin Bunny: A loaded hand grenade, just waiting to explode.
Peter Rabbit: Not anymore.
Officiant: A father, if you will.
Peter Rabbit: Father?
Thomas McGregor: [to Peter] Father.
Peter Rabbit: You’re not my father!
[suddenly Peter jump kicks Thomas in the face causing a fight at the wedding]
Peter Rabbit: [to Thomas] You’ll never be my father! And everyone can see your underpants!
Boy: Dad, it’s Peter Rabbit from the book.
Peter Rabbit: Oh, I hate that I’m the face of this. But every story can only have one good guy, so.
Boy: Peter doesn’t have a dad. He got put in a pie. That’s why he’s so naughty.
Peter Rabbit: What?
Peter Rabbit: And I’m the hero. But I’m not naughty. Did this kid even read the book?
Benjamin Bunny: Did you read the book?
Peter Rabbit: I am so busy. I’m saving it for summer.
Bea: This is my husband. He’s our publisher.
Thomas McGregor: I wouldn’t say “publisher”. I just do the typesetting. Turned our dining room into a printing workshop, created the artisanal lithography with a five colour palette for the illustrations, apart from the ones of the garden, which call for more green.
Bea: Don’t reveal all your secrets, darling.
Johnny Town-Mouse: Heard about the wedding. Any babies yet?
Peter Rabbit: It’s only been a month.
Johnny Town-Mouse: The wife and I have had fifteen kids in that time.
Thomas McGregor: I’m sorry, Peter. I love you, in the way that an adult human loves an animal rabbit.
Bea: Thank you.
Benjamin Bunny: You handled that very well, Peter. Contrite, apologetic, and even a little bit remorseful.
Bea: Basil-Jones Publishing.
Thomas McGregor: We carried a whole section of their books at Harrods. It was the last display I arranged before I resigned.
Bea: You mean, fired and physically removed from the store.
Thomas McGregor: Potayto, potahto.
Peter Rabbit: [referring to the apple] Okay, take one bite, and pass it around.
Benjamin Bunny: I’m just going to wait until we get home, where the food isn’t decomposing.
Cottontail: Yeah, me too.
Peter Rabbit: Well, la-di-da. I didn’t realise I was with a bunch of sophisticates.
[he takes a bite out of the decomposing apple]
Peter Rabbit: Ugh! Ugh! Ugh!
Pigling Bland: [referring to Thomas] It’s about time he had a hobby. I just hope he’s as successful at his as I am at mine.
Mrs. Tiggy-Winkle: And what is that?
Pigling Bland: Passing judgement.
Peter Rabbit: Have you tried jogging?
Mr. Tod: What’s jogging?
Peter Rabbit: It’s running without a terrified animal in front of you.
Mr. Tod: Think that’ll work?
Peter Rabbit: I’m desperately hoping so.
Peter Rabbit: [as Tommy is about to eat a tomato] Those are Mr. McGregor’s!
Tommy Brock: But you used to steal from him all the time.
Peter Rabbit: We share the garden now.
Tommy Brock: Oh, because he married the lady, you do what he says now?
Peter Rabbit: No, not because of that. Well, kind of because of that.
Benjamin Bunny: As someone who’s been on a train before, a few pointers. Don’t stare at the scenery rushing by. Look at a fixed point on the horizon, and just lock your eyes onto that.
[Flopsy and Mopsy pass out from trying to catch up on looking at the rushing scenery]
Peter Rabbit: Oh, no. Cottontail just discovered sugar.
Benjamin Bunny: Hey, we had a good run.
Cottontail: [reading the sign] “Lavatory.” I’m going to live forever!
[as they go through the tunnel, they see her disappear then reappear again]
Cottontail: Told you!
Benjamin Bunny: Do you know what happens after you eat too much sugar?
[Cottontail passes out and starts snoring]
Benjamin Bunny: That.
Thomas McGregor: [referring to boxing] I flop the heavy ropes. I move the heavy metal bars. I’ve got those big balls of sand. I do push-ups outside in the thing with my shirt off. And I also like protein ointments.
Nigel Basil-Jones: We have two options for him.
Peter Rabbit: I get two?
Nigel Basil-Jones: The mischief maker. Or, the bad seed.
Peter Rabbit: Nope. And he was doing so well too.
Thomas McGregor: That one. That’s the one. You’ve nailed it.
Thomas McGregor: I did catch him yesterday trying to steal one of my tomatoes.
Peter Rabbit: No, no, no. I was actually making sure that no one stole your tomatoes.
Nigel Basil-Jones: I also imagine his voice to be annoying.
Peter Rabbit: What?! My voice isn’t annoying, right?
Thomas McGregor: [referring to their billboard painting] Peter really looks like a villain.
Nigel Basil-Jones: Well, every story needs one.
Peter Rabbit: I’m not a villain. That’s not an accurate reflection of any of us.
Benjamin Bunny: It’s like I’m looking in a mirror.
Bea: I love it.
Peter Rabbit: What?
Barnabas: What you looking at, son? Never seen anyone steal something before? You some kind of goody-goody?
Peter Rabbit: I’m no goody-goody. In fact, apparently, I’m bad. Yeah, I’ve made some mistakes. Which is what I thought kids are supposed to do, right? Learn, grow, evolve. But I guess, for this rabbit, the die is cast. And you know what? I don’t care anymore.
Barnabas: Oh, good for you, son. But if I can just suggest one thing, next time you meet a grizzled old thief on the street, maybe don’t open up so much.
Barnabas: It’s just, out here, not everyone’s as emotionally evolved as I am.
Barnabas: Take a peach. You said you weren’t a goody-goody.
Peter Rabbit: No. I’m no goody-goody. I’m a baddy-baddy.
Barnabas: Where you from?
Peter Rabbit: None of your business, old man.
Peter Rabbit: Well, you told me not to open up.
Bea: My book is very personal to me, and I don’t want it to be compromised. I’d be spinning in my grave if it was ever adapted into some sassy hip-fest, purely for commercial gain, probably by an American.
Nigel Basil-Jones: I give you my word that I will be your ferocious guardian, a fortress between your art, and all who wish to boorishly capitalize on it.
Nigel Basil-Jones: [to Bea] Of course, making it more contemporary would increase the readership and benefit your land preservation fund by, say, putting the rabbits in high-tops and T-shirts?
Flopsy, Mopsy, Cottotail, Benjamin Bunny: Huh?
Amelia: [referring to Peter and Barnabas] They look like father and son.
Amelia’s Mother: More like “before” and “after”.
Barnabas: Putting tomatoes in the fridge. And they call us animals.
Barnabas: Meet the crew. Samuel Whiskers, oldest thief in the city. They ain’t even his whiskers. He stole them. Tom Kitten. He don’t say much, but when he does, you’re glad he don’t say much.
Tom Kitten: Can we come in now? I’m freezing my catnip off.