Bullying, allergies feature in kids' film

Bullying, allergies feature in kids' film

This weekend is going to be a special one for the fans of children's author Beatrix Potter. Her stories on Peter Rabbit has been adapted to the big screen in the form of 'Peter Rabbit' which will hit the screens on April 6.

The trailer of the film seems to have caught the attention of a lot of people. While some say that the portion where Peter Rabbit pelts berries at Mr McGregor, seems like an act of mocking of people with allergies because McGregor is indeed allergic to berries. Others say that they are looking forward to going on a non-stop adventure tour with Peter Rabbit and can't wait to watch him come alive on screen.

Sandhya, a teacher is a huge fan of Beatrix Potter. "However, when I read online that the film plays on food allergies and bullying, I wasn't too delighted. I hope it is shown in a manner that kids don't take seriously," she says.

Sandhya points out that bullying is a big issue in schools these days and kids should not think it is cool to bully others. "But having said that, I can't wait to watch the fun and mischievous rabbit on the big screen," she adds.

The act of mocking people is not acceptable at all, feels Melvin Rodricks. "I was reading about Peter Rabbit because I plan to go watch it this weekend but when I read about the issue of food allergies in the film, I thought it was pretty harsh. It's like mocking a person with food allergies which I feel is not right at all," says Melvin. Not everybody likes to dwell on the negatives and prefer to look at it from an entertainment perspective.

"I am glad the issue of food allergy has been brought up in the film because it actually creates awareness about the issue, though it has been portrayed in a crude way. The message is still sent across," says Ritu Singh, a fan of animated movies.

Youngsters like Shreya Das, a digital marketing executive, has grown up on a diet of Peter Rabbit stories. "The modern version of Peter Rabbit with James Corden's personality looks like a really fun watch. Watching the film will be like revisiting my childhood," says Shreya.

There are others like Resham Bhojwani, a copywriter, who can't wait for the ticket counters to open to grab tickets for the first day, first show. Resham says that she found the trailer lively, colourful and funny. "I have been following the trailer and I find his character to be entertaining and mischievous too," she signs off.

The cast

Directed: Will Gluck
Screen story: Rob Lieber and Will Gluck. The story is based on the characters and tales of "Peter Rabbit" by Beatrix Potter.
Cast: Rose Byrne, Domhnall Gleeson and Sam Neill.
Voices: Daisy Ridley, Elizabeth Debicki with Margot Robbie and James Corden as Peter Rabbit.

Synopsis

Peter Rabbit, the mischievous and adventurous hero who has captivated generations of readers, now takes
on the starring role of his own irreverent, contemporary comedy with attitude. In the film, Peter's feud with Mr McGregor (Domhnall Gleeson) escalates to greater heights than ever before as they rival for the affections of the warm-hearted animal lover who lives next door (Rose Byrne). James Corden voices the character of Peter with the playful spirit and wild charm, with Margot Robbie, Elizabeth Debicki, and Daisy Ridley performing the voice roles of the triplets, Flopsy, Mopsy, and Cottontail.

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