If you're anything like me, Beatrix Potter's adorable illustrated storybooks take you back to your childhood, when rabbits wore coats and every proper duck lady had a bonnet. I was fascinated with Potter's animal worlds, and it's impressive how her tales continue to charm people more than 100 years after The Tale of Peter Rabbit was first published!
Thus, I am really excited to see the film about Potter’s life, Miss Potter, starring Renee Zellweger as Beatrix and Ewan McGregor as her publisher, Norman Warne. Potter led an interesting life: Being home schooled, she looked to her pets for friendship and felt strongly about protecting the environment from the negative effects of tourism and industry. She tried to enroll in the Royal Botanical Gardens at Kew, but was rejected because she was a woman. She became engaged to Warne secretly, since her parents disapproved of her marrying a man who worked for a living. In her will, she left most of her English Lake District property to the National Trust, and the area remains unspoiled to this day.
In theaters this Friday, the film looks like it will delight anyone with a soft spot for Potter’s works. Until then, you can visit The World of Peter Rabbit website to wax nostalgic with Flopsy, Mopsy, and other old favorites. Also, check out the trailer below and let me know what you think: Are you as interested in Miss Potter as I am?