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The Tales of Beatrix Potter

1971 G 1h 30m DVD

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The Tales of Beatrix Potter

1971 G 1h 30m DVD
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The beloved storybook characters of Beatrix Potter -- including Tom Thumb, Peter Rabbit, Jemima Puddle-Duck and Squirrel Nutkin -- literally come alive in this delightful 1971 production. Featuring Britain's Royal Ballet Company, Frederick Ashton's superb choreography, John Lanchbery's original score and Rostislav Douboujinsky's fabulous costumes, the story follows bashful Beatrix, whose shyness fades when her stuffed animals spring to life.
Widescreen Anamorphic 1.66:1
English: Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo
G - All ages admitted. Nothing that would offend parents for viewing by children.
age 3+
Common Sense rating OK for kids 3+
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age 3+

Common Sense Note

Parents need to know that this is a mostly wordless ballet interpretation of many of Beatrix Potter's books. Kids should read up on the Complete Tales or they will have trouble figuring out what's going on. Pigs run from a butcher's truck, a fox tries to lure a duck for dinner, and Squirrel Nutkin loses his tail (offscreen), then dances around with it and lets other animals toss it around.

Sexual Content

Two in-love pigs rub snouts in a kiss.


Squirrel Nutkin is grabbed by an owl, taken into his burrow, and emerges with his tail detached; animals later toss the severed tail around. A fox schemes to lure a duck as his dinner, but runs away when he hears hunters coming. A leering house cat scares mice, and pigs are scared off by a butcher's truck.


Not applicable

Social Behavior

While it's not as easy to get the individual lessons from Beatrix Potter's books represented here (thanks to this mostly wordless interpretation), the artistry, imagination, and creativity always shine through.


Not applicable

Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol

Panning quickly through Beatrix Potter's house you see a man sitting in an easy chair smoking a cigar.

  • Age appropriate
  • Not an issue
  • Depends on your child and your family
  • Parents strongly cautioned
  • Not appropriate for kids of the age

This information for parents is provided by Common Sense Media, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving kids' media lives.

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