Celebrate the Easter holiday with this new digital restoration of the 1971 live-action dance adaption of Beatrix Potter’s beloved tales, brought to magical life by members of the Royal Ballet! With free surprise-filled Easter eggs for everyone, while supplies last!
“Your children will enjoy this Peter Rabbit, and you will too.” – Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
This magical live-action film, presented in a brand-new digital restoration, adapts the beloved animal stories of Beatrix Potter into a full-fledged ballet performance danced by various stars of the Royal Ballet. The story begins with a young Beatrix Potter hard at work on her writing when, suddenly, her fictional creations come dancing into the real world. Mice, ducks, frogs, squirrels, and of course, rabbits, all figure into Potter’s colorful menagerie, as the members of the Royal Ballet company bring Squirrel Nutkin, Tom Thumb, Hunca Munca, Jemima Puddle-Duck, Jeremy Fisher, Pigling Bland, Peter Rabbit and other Potter creations to life. Moving through beautiful sets and wearing enchanting (and sometimes surreal) animal costumes, the dancers render each creature with a kind of freewheeling authenticity that separates the piece from typical ballet fare. This unique, family-friendly film was directed by Reginald Mills, editor of such Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger classics as Black Narcissus, The Red Shoes and The Tales of Hoffman, and was choreographed by the great Frederick Ashton, who also choreographed the quintessential dance film, The Red Shoes. (Dir. by Reginald Mills, 1971, UK, 90 mins., Rated G)