When Beatrix Potter dreamed up Peter Rabbit, I’m not sure if she realized how impactful, one little bunny, wearing human clothes would be. He first appeared in The Tale of Peter Rabbit in 1902 and makes appearances in five more books between 1904 and 1912. The adorable floppy eared character is featured on just about any novelty item you can think of – dishes, bedding, and dolls. To modernize the popular rabbit and reintroduce him to a new generation, Nick Jr. created a popular television series that’s ran from 2012 – 2016. The pilot episode, for the series, brought in three million viewers in the U.S. Moreover, millions more will watch the Sony Pictures Animation adaptation that features a mix of animation and live action.
Peter Rabbit was named after a pet rabbit Potter had as a child called Peter Piper. The first trade edition, of the story, was published in 1903 and by the end of the year 28,000 copies were in print. As of 2008, The Tale of Peter Rabbit has sold more than 40 million copies worldwide and the Peter Rabbit series has sold more than 151 million copies in 35 languages. There’s so much behind the scenes information that many don’t know about the infamous rabbit and his platform. You'll find that these exclusive facts are interesting and will change your view on Peter Rabbit.