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Peter Rabbit 2: The Runaway (Columbia)

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The beloved characters created by Beatrix Potter in her series of children's books stray even further from their amiable roots in this sequel to the 2018 film, a blend of live action and computer-generated animation once again directed and co-written by Will Gluck.

A slick publisher (David Oyelowo) promises fame and fortune to a budding author (Rose Byrne) and her husband (Domhnall Gleeson), so long as changes are made to her stories about the eponymous bunny (voice of James Corden), alterations that will cast him as a villain. Upset and confused, he runs away and falls in with a gang of thieves in the big city, risking everything.

The manic tone and snarky humor will offend purists, but those unfamiliar with the Potter canon will likely enjoy a fast-paced, slapstick-filled adventure with positive messages about family, morality and good behavior.

Watch out for: Some rude humor, mild action sequences.
Rated: A-II, adults and adolescents. MPAA: PG.

© Arlington Catholic Herald 2021