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  • This was Margot Robbie and Domhnall Gleeson's third collaboration, following About Time (2013) and Goodbye Christopher Robin (2017).
  • Daisy Ridley and Domhnall Gleeson both appeared in Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens (2015), Star Wars: Episode VIII - The Last Jedi (2017), and Star Wars: Episode IX - The Rise of Skywalker (2019).
  • This was the second live-action/computer-animated hybrid film to have a rabbit as the main protagonist, after Hop (2011). James Corden was one of the actors considered for voicing EB in that film before his co-star from Trolls (2016), Russell Brand, got the part.
  • This was Sony Animation's first film of 2018. The next were Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation (2018), Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween (2018), and Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (2018).
  • Actor James Corden's second Sony Pictures Animation film, after The Emoji Movie (2017).
  • Actor James Corden's fifth theatrical voice acting appearance after his roles in Planet 51 (2009), Animals United (2010), Trolls (2016), and The Emoji Movie (2017). However, it is his first time acting in a live-action/computer-animated hybrid.
  • This is Australian singer and songwriter Sia's third time doing voice work, after Charming (2018) and My Little Pony: The Movie (2017).
  • This was the first of two voice acting roles in 2018 for James Corden. The other one was Smallfoot (2018).
  • Many of the live action scenes were filmed in Australia. Luckily, the rabbits were not real, as they are an introduced pest in Australia (in the 1800s, the country was overrun with rabbits) and live rabbits cannot be brought into the country, with very few exceptions.
  • Actress Daisy Ridley (who voices Cotton-Tail in the film) was born in 1992, the same year that the British animated anthology television show The World of Peter Rabbit and Friends (1992), which did adaptations of Beatrix Potter's stories, first premiered on television.
  • The character Bea (Rose Byrne) is based on Peter Rabbit creator Beatrix Potter.
  • When Bea (Rose Byrne) and Tom (Domhnall Gleeson) are playing with the letter tiles, the former makes the word "Potter", a reference to Beatrix Potter, the original author of the Peter Rabbit books on which this film is based.
  • Live action cast members Domhnall Gleeson, Rose Byrne, and Sam Neill also voice some of the animal characters in the film: Mr. Jeremy Fisher, Jemima Puddle Duck, and Tommy Brock, respectively.
  • The way Peter's face turns red after being attacked by Mr. Thomas McGregor (played by Domhnall Gleeson) slightly resembles an injured rabbit from the British animated movie Watership Down (1978). That movie is also about rabbits in England and stars John Hurt, who previously collaborated with James Corden on the animated film adaptations of The Gruffalo (2009) and The Gruffalo's Child (2011).
  • Prior to the film's release, Matt Lucas and Hugh Grant were thought to be the voices of Benjamin Bunny and Mr. Tod, respectively. They are actually voiced by Colin Moody and Fayssal Bazzi, respectively.
  • The movie was originally scheduled to be released on 23 March 2018, but it was pushed forward to 9 February and Sherlock Gnomes (2018) took the originally intended date.
  • The character Felix D'eer (voiced by Christian Gazal) was not in any of the original Peter Rabbit stories from Beatrix Potter. He was created for this film.
  • In the 1930s, Walt Disney considered doing an adaptation of Peter Rabbit after Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937), but author Beatrix Potter turned down the offer.
  • Actress Rachel Ward and actor Bryan Brown play the voice of Peter's Mother and Peter's Father, respectively. The two are married in real life and have three children together.
  • Sony Pictures Animation's fifteenth theatrically released feature film.
  • Sam Neill (Old Mr. McGregor) and David Wenham (Johnny Town-Mouse voice) previously worked together on Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole (2010).
  • At a screening of the film in Innaloo, Western Australia, the trailer for the R-rated horror movie Hereditary (2018) was accidentally shown. It resulted in a small panic, with some parents fleeing the cinema with their children. The theater eventually shut the screen off and offered every audience member a complimentary movie pass to apologize for their mistake. The R-rated Hereditary has been described as "one of the most traumatically terrifying horror movies in ages".
  • This is the third movie to feature a computer-animated rabbit as its protagonist, after Hop (2011) and Zootopia (2016).
  • At one point, Mrs. Tiggy-Winkle comments that hedgehogs weren't designed for running. This may be an in-joke to the video game character Sonic the Hedgehog.
  • Elizabeth Debicki (Mopsy voice) and Sacha Horler, who has a small role in the film as Taxi Driver Betty, previously starred opposite each other in the hit Australian television series The Kettering Incident (2016), in which Debicki played the central character.
  • Production began in December 2016. Live action scenes were shot at Centennial Park in Sydney, Australia. In March 2017, filming took place at Central railway station in Sydney, which was depicted as London Paddington station, along with Mortuary railway station being depicted as the country station in the movie.
  • The film was first revealed to be in the works in April 2015, through email leaks as a result of the Sony Pictures hack. The official announcement of the film came that December.
  • Director Will Gluck produced the film along with Zareh Nalbandian of Animal Logic, which provided the visual effects and animation for the film. The crew peaked at 80 animators, working as six core teams, each with a lead animator and a technical animator.
  • One half of the Rabbit family is voiced by British actors, while the other half is voiced by Australian actors. James Corden (Peter) and Daisy Ridley (Cotton-Tail) are British, while Margot Robbie (Flopsy) and Elizabeth Debicki (Mopsy) are both Australian.
  • Working opposite computer-generated characters, Domhnall Gleeson and Rose Byrne, who play the live action roles in the movie, were looking at tennis balls, glue sticks, and men in leotards during much of the filming. Of this process, Gleeson said: "One of the central things of the film is that humans don't know that animals can talk in the world we exist in, so it is good in a way that there wasn't back and forth like conversation scenes with the rabbits." Byrne simply said: "You adjust yourself, you got to commit, right?"
  • Set designer Roger Ford created two houses for the movie - Mr. McGregor's and Beatrix Potter's - which allowed him some creative liberty while also reflecting usual lake house architecture of the Lake District in England (the film was actually shot in Australia). For McGregor's house, Ford "lifted" the interior to make it brighter and more child-friendly than the dark wood-paneled manor of the books.
  • According to director Will Gluck, the live-action scenes took about 60 days to shoot, the length of a normal movie shoot. The animation started during filming and took almost 12 months. They finished in early February 2018, only six days before the film came out.
  • Similar to her character Mopsy Rabbit in the movie, who believes that she is the eldest of the triplets, Elizabeth Debicki is the eldest of three siblings in real life. She has a younger sister and brother. Likewise, Margot Robbie (Flopsy) is one of four siblings, which is how many sibling bunnies there are in the movie if you include Peter.

Spoilers

  • Before the film's release, people thought that the McGregor character in the movie was the same McGregor from the original stories, but it turned out that character was actually his great-nephew played by Domhnall Gleeson, while the "real" McGregor had a much smaller role in the film and was played by Sam Neill.
  • During the end credits, it's shown that Bea (Rose Byrne) and Thomas (Domhnall Gleeson) open a toy shop and artist studio together in Windermere, where Bea begins to write and illustrate books based on Peter and his friends. This is an allusion to Peter Rabbit creator Beatrix Potter, which is whom the character of Bea in the film is based on.
  • In February 2018 - 24 hours after its release - Sony apologised to advocates from food allergy groups who said the scene with a farmer going into allergic shock isn't funny and also encourages food bullying.
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