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50 cgw j u ly • a u g u s t • s e p t e m b e r 2 0 2 1 M any children (and adults) are familiar with the tale of Peter Rabbit, born from the imagination of author Beatrix Potter, which follows the misadventures of the naughty bunny who sneaks into Mr. McGregor's vegetable garden to feast upon the inviting produce – only to lose his jacket and shoes in the ensuing chase. More ad- ventures soon followed. And over 100 years later, many a child's bookshelf contains at least one of those titles. In 2018, filmmakers brought the story of Peter to life in Sony/Columbia Pictures' Peter Rabbit, a live-action/animation hybrid production featuring a top-level cast of actors and amazing CG animals craed by Animal Logic. In that story, Peter, his sisters, and cousin suddenly find they have free rein over the garden following Mr. McGregor's death. But a new obstacle emerged in the form of Thomas McGregor, who has inherit- ed the house. A war emerges between him and the rabbits, though he hides his disdain around Bea, the nature-loving neighbor with whom he falls in love. In Peter Rabbit 2: The Runaway, the film- makers took the theme and ran with it once more, creating a sequel that again stars a colony of CG rabbits and a handful of other animals that act alongside a human cast in a mostly (sometimes digitally extended) live-action environment. As before, the artists took great care to stay true to the characters and world originally craed by Potter more than a century before. In this sequel, Peter cannot seem to stay out of trouble. He and his former nemesis have grown closer, as have now-married Thomas and Bea. When the two take a trip, Peter takes one, too, and hits the open road with a rabbit who knew Peter's father. Rabbit on the Run ARTISTS EXPAND THE WORLD OF PETER RABBIT BEYOND THE GARDEN IN PETER RABBIT 2: THE RUNAWAY BY KAREN MOLTENBREY Images ©2021 Columbia Pictures Industries, Inc. Peter Rabbit and all associated characters TM & © Frederick Warne & Co. Ltd.

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