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The Beatrix Potter Collection: Tale of Peter Rabbit & Friends / Tale of Pigling Bland & Other Stories / Tale of Mrs. Tiggy Winkle & Mr. Jeremy Fisher & Other Stories


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  • Writers: Beatrix Potter
  • Producers: BBC Video
  • Format: Animated, Box set, Closed-captioned, Color, Full Screen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo)
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 3
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: BBC Video
  • DVD Release Date: October 16, 2012
  • Run Time: 225 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (132 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000ZKQUZY
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #111,653 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Beatrix Potter Collection (DVD)

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Beatrix Potter takes her rightful place alongside Walt Disney and the Brothers Grimm as a storyteller for children of all ages, as this delightful boxed set demonstrates. The collection includes nine 30-minute animated tales (tails?) of Peter Rabbit and crew, originally--and lovingly--produced for the BBC. In The Tale of Peter Rabbit, our dear incorrigible friend Peter, along with siblings Flopsy, Mopsy, and Cotton-tail, is left alone for the day by their mum, who tells them to go have fun but to stay away from the garden of mean Mr. McGregor ("Your father had an accident there; he was put in a pie by Mrs. McGregor"). Flopsy, Mopsy, and Cotton-tail mind their mum, but Peter, of course, is off on a grand adventure, and quicker than you can say "camomile tea," he gets the fright of his life, and a rather upset tummy to boot. Yet Potter's morality tales are not didactic, and the misbehavior is all too human (or lapine). Other beloved Potter characters captured in this set include Tom Kitten, Jemima Puddle-duck, Mrs. Tiggy-winkle, Samuel Whiskers, and Pigling Bland. All will make fast friends with young first-time viewers as well as bring sweet memories to adults who haven't read the original books in years. Potter is known as much for her delicate artwork and beautiful watercolors in her books as for the yarns themselves, and The Beatrix Potter Collection preserves and gives homage to her artistic skill. While the animation isn't technically zippy, it's perfectly suited to Potter's art and the stories themselves, which are allowed to unfold gently, without quick-cut editing or elbow-in-the-ribs setups. Also delightful is the music, unhurried and sweetly melodic. Settle in with some nice currant buns and enjoy. --A.T. Hurley

Customer Reviews

My three year old daughter loves them.
Vesselformercy
The animation is beautifully done, the music is enchanting and the stories are very engaging (for me too!)
Seaside Jenn
The color, the picture quality was never very good and worsen with use.
P. Elmore

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306 of 307 people found the following review helpful By Robert Pratte on February 13, 2005
Format: DVD
The two discs here contain nine episodes: 5 on the first disc, 4 on the second (see my run-down below). Each episode is comprised of a short, live-action framing sequence, the story itself in pleasing animation, and another live-action scene to tie up the tale. Recall that this series was produced for television, thus each episode is approximately 26 minutes long. Also, despite being produced for TV, overall I must say that everything is very well done.

The live-action sequences are detailed (costumes, scenery, etc.) and tie in nicely with the story itself. The animated sequences are detailed and visually pleasant. One of the directors, Dianne Jackson, had directed The Snowman, and another, Dave Unwin, directed the 1995 version of The Wind in the Willows, so if you enjoy "old-school" animation that is more evocative of watercolor than CGI, the visuals will be right up your alley.

If you are looking for a way to introduce your kids to classic stories, are a fan of Beatrix Potter, or just enjoy a nicely produced bit of animation, then I would highly recommend these DVDs. I enjoyed them, my wife enjoyed them, my kids enjoyed them, and (I suspect even) my cat enjoyed one or two.

In terms of the episodes contained, here is the list by disc:

Vol 1:

- The Tale of Peter Rabbit and Benjamin Bunny

- The Tale of Mr. Tod

- The Tale of Two Bad Mice and Johnny Town-Mouse

- The Tale of Mrs. Tiggy-Winkle and Mr. Jeremy Fisher

- The Tailor of Gloucester

Vol 2:

- The Tale of Samuel Whiskers of the Roly-Poly Pudding

- The Tale of Tom Kitten and Jemima Puddle-Duck

- The Tale of the Flopsy Bunnies and Mrs. Tittlemouse

- The Tale of Pigling Bland
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191 of 193 people found the following review helpful By Birdman on February 28, 2008
Format: DVD
With the resurgence of interest in the art and tales of Beatrix Potter, there should be great interest in this fine compilation of nine 30-minute episodes from the BBC animated series. As the credits suggest, extraordinary care was taken to preserve Miss Potter's original art down to brushstrokes and washes. The animation is gentle, and invokes the author's characters - for the most part - with great charm and humor, Each episode opens and closes with photographed vignettes from the author's life in the Lake Country, and some are quite moving. The musical score, which sounds like an adaptation of Vaughan Williams, evokes Miss Potter's pastoral existence, and the closing credits feature "Perfect Day," a bewitching song performed by Miriam Stockley, the lead singer of Adiemus.

As I grow older, these stories, animated or not, acquire a mythic quality they did not have when I was young.
In addition, since these animated versions of Potter's most familiar stories bring the eye closer to the art than most readings provide, one can appreciate the color sense, character and innovation in her art.

I am not ashamed to say that I am 55 years old and enjoy watching a tale or two before I go to sleep. Now, as then, Beatrix Potter's stories, her colors and lines and reverence for nature have a way of removing me from the chaos of the present,

This slipcased gift set will make an affordable gift for a child, or for an adult who has not relinquished the child within.

Warmly recommended.
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53 of 53 people found the following review helpful By K. Lunn on June 9, 2008
Format: DVD
These videos are absolutely delightful. My boys and I have enjoyed them for years. They love Samuel Whiskers and the Roly Poly Pudding especially. I have been looking for a production of these videos that was NOT by GoodTimes. The reason is because some of the old VHS tapes that were produced by GoodTimes had inserted some odd dub overs in a few places - exchanging the original British accent on a word with a dub over "American" version. I was planning to just have my old VHS tapes transferred over to DVD but now I don't have to !!! LOVE THEM!!! Love the British accents.
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63 of 65 people found the following review helpful By Sharon on March 16, 2005
Format: DVD
I was so thrilled to see these stories on DVD! I had the videos when my children were little, and always enjoyed watching them as much as they did. The music is lovely and wistful, and the animation of the Beatrix Potter watercolor illustrations is so well done. (I don't know how they managed it, but they kept the light touch of her originals and somehow just put them into motion.) The live-action sequences tie in beautifully with the stories, bringing the artist to life and showing how her stories might have come to be written. I would highly recommend these as a gentle antidote to some of frenetic fare that is out there for little ones these days! The DVD's and companion books would make a great baby gift!
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57 of 61 people found the following review helpful By Rudolf Schmid VINE VOICE on March 6, 2008
Format: DVD
Regarding the 3/08 BBC 3-DVD release, "The Beatrix Potter collection"--The Beatrix Potter Collection: This excellent and charming 1990s, British animation series of nine Beatrix-Potter tales, initially called "The world of Peter Rabbit and friends," was previously released on DVD in 2/04 by GoodTimes as "The complete Beatrix Potter collection"--Complete Beatrix Potter Collection 2pk, a box set consisting of two slipcased thick-case DVDs. The Goodtimes release also lacks extras (shame!), is in 4:3 color and Dolby 2.0 stereo, but claims 235 minutes total. GoodTimes sequences the tales as follows:
BBC DVD 1 = GoodTimes 1/1 2/3 2/2 (DVD/tale)
BBC DVD 2 = GoodTimes 1/4 1/2 1/3
BBC DVD 3 = GoodTimes 2/4 2/1 1/5
Quality of the GoodTimes release is very good (the animations are uncompressed). I've not seen the BBC 3/08 release. The GoodTimes 2-DVD set is currently available at 2/3 the cost (list price) of the BBC 3-DVD set.

The series stars Niamh Cusack (born in Dublin 20 Oct. 1959) as a very effective (but voiceless) Beatrix Potter (born 28 July 1866, South Kensington, London, died 22 Dec. 1943, Castle Cottage, Near Sawrey, age 77), with scenes from Potter's cottage and environs at Near Sawrey in England's Lake District. Voices of the animated characters include some very famous actors, as Patricia Routledge (as Cousin Ribby), Derek Jacobi (as Mr. Jeremy Fisher), and Hugh Laurie (Johnny Town-Mouse). More info at IMDb.
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