US / AUS
Dir: Will Gluck
Starring: Domhnall Gleeson and Rose Byrne
A feature adaptation of Beatrix Potter’s classic tale of a rebellious rabbit trying to sneak into a farmer’s vegetable garden
This live-action/computer-animated comedy based on the stories of Peter Rabbit created by Beatrix Potter was not well received, but was perhaps unduly criticised. The ‘British Railway’ scenes were all filmed in Australia, including the station ticket office which was a ticket window in Sydney Central station. However, in among all this there is an aerial shot of a TransPennine Express Class 185 ‘Desiro’ DMU passing through the countryside and a shot of a three-car Northern Rail Class 158 DMU passing over a viaduct. Another shot of a Class 185 DMU working a service on the Windermere branch near Ambleside features in a UK trailer for the film but appears to have been cut from the actual movie. The film was followed in 2020 by the sequel, Peter Rabbit 2 The Runaway (qv).