Tales of Beatrix Potter

Tales of Beatrix Potter

Director: Reginald Mills Cast: Frederick Ashton, Alexander Grant, Ann Howard

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The Royal Ballet Company brings Squirrel Nutkin, Tom Thumb, Hunca Munca, Jemima Puddle-Duck, Jeremy Fisher, Pigling Bland, and Pigwig to the screen doing pirouettes and pas de deux in this filmed ballet production directed by Reginald Mills. The film more properly belongs, however, to choreographer Frederick Ashmore, composer John Lanchbery, and costume designer Rostislav Douboujinsky. This literal adaptation concerns the shy Beatrix Potter and how, when all of the toy animals in her room come to life, she emerges from her shell and begins to enjoy life. Sequences include a rowdy dance with Tom Thumb and Hunca Munca destroying a collection of plaster food, a midnight pas de deux between Pigling Bland and Pigwig, and a corps de ballet of dancing mice.

Product Details

Release Date: 03/03/2009
UPC: 0017153100327
Original Release: 1971
Rating: G
Source: Lions Gate
Region Code: 1
Presentation: [Wide Screen]
Time: 1:30:00
Sales rank: 12,723

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Frederick Ashton Mrs. Tiggy-Winkle
Alexander Grant Peter Rabbit,Pigling Bland
Ann Howard Jemima Puddle-Duck
Wayne Sleep Squirrel Nutkin/Tom Thumb
Michael Coleman Jeremy Fisher
Carole Ainsworth Squirrels,Country Mice
Avril Bergen Squirrels,Country Mice
Jill Cooke Squirrels,Country Mice
Bridget Goodricke Squirrels,Country Mice
Brenda Last Black Berkshire Pig
Suzanna Raymond Squirrels,Country Mice
Rosemary Taylor Squirrels,Country Mice
Anita Young Squirrels/Country Mice
Lesley Collier Hunca Munca
Royal Ballet Actor
Wilfred Babbage Cox the Butler
Leslie Edwards Owl,Mr. Brown
Garry Grant Alexander Town Mouse
Keith Martin Johnny Town Mouse
Sally Ashby Mrs. Pettitoes/Tabitha Twitchit
Joan Benham The Nurse
Graham Fletcher Squirrels,Country Mice
Robert Mead Fox
Julie Wood Mrs. Tittlemouse
Erin Geraghty Beatrix Potter

Technical Credits
Reginald Mills Director
Frederick Ashton Choreography
John Brabourne Executive Producer
Jack Causey Asst. Director
Austin Dempster Cinematographer
Christine Edzard Costumes/Costume Designer,Production Designer,Screenwriter,Set Decoration/Design
Doug Goodwin Screenwriter
Richard Goodwin Producer,Screenwriter
John Howell Art Director
John Lanchbery Score Composer,Songwriter,Musical Direction/Supervision
John Rushton Editor

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Tales of Beatrix Potter
1. Main Titles [1:52]
2. Laundry Time [4:37]
3. Beatrix Potter [3:41]
4. Off to the Picnic [5:47]
5. Beatrix In the Garden [2:42]
6. Laying An Egg [5:15]
7. A Fox's Nest [5:13]
8. Piggy Went To Market [5:00]
9. Parting and Meeting [9:57]
10. Jeremy Fisher [6:39]
11. A Doll's House [9:42]
12. At the Picnic [9:43]
13. The Squirrel's Tale [7:21]
14. Jubilee [10:57]
15. End Titles [1:08]

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Tales of Beatrix Potter 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
My three girls (ages 8, 6, and 5) and I were really delighted with this production by the Royal Ballet, bringing to life the beloved stories of Beatrix Potter. The music and dance are beautiful. Much of the scenery is outdoors in the lush English countryside and the costumes are very detailed and realistic. There is no talking, so the children who view this would appreciate it better if they are already familiar with the stories from reading the books first.