Entertainment and Arts

The Velveteen Rabbit Comes to Life on the Big Screen

By: Russ Matthews

Most children have had their favourite toy that travelled with them throughout their early years.

The simplicity of this love for these plush toys cannot always be fully explained and tends to provide memories that last a lifetime. This profound bond is what Margery Williams’ classic tale taps into, and the beauty continues to touch the hearts of new generations. The bond between the 7-year-old William (Phoenix Laroche) and his latest toy, a velveteen rabbit (voiced by Alex Lawther), is at the centre of this coming-of-age story. As the two bond, they enjoy imagined adventures, help with deeply held fears, discover unconditional love, and depict one of the most heartfelt depictions of sacrifice in children’s literature and film.

Review: This Apple production has captured the charm and emotion of Margery Williams’ famous children’s book. The beauty of the setting and the connection between the boy and his stuffed animal are honoured with grace and beauty. By providing the perspectives of William and the rabbit, they capture the innocence and significance of the message that adults will appreciate while drawing children into this timeless storyline. The production team captured the magic and the humanity in this short film and should win over a new audience with this wonderful depiction of love, friendship, and sacrifice.

What Parents Should Know About The Velveteen Rabbit?

For fans of the original story, you will be transported back to the time that made you fall in love with the book. The Velveteen Rabbit is brought back to life and this visual retelling will be one you should want to share with your children. Then for all who are just being introduced to William and his toy rabbit, get ready to be transported into a magic world that will capture your imagination and make you want to discover the book for all you hold dear. Enjoy this gift that transcends time and should be experienced as a family.

Discussion points for families: The value of sacrifice

Do not neglect to do good and to share what you have, for such sacrifices are pleasing to God. – Hebrews 13:16

If you would like to discuss the topic of sacrifice and God, reach out to us at Third Space. We would love to chat with you about this and more.


Article supplied with thanks to City Bible Forum.

All images: Movie stills

About the author: Russ Matthews is a film critic at City Bible Forum and Reel Dialogue. He has a passion for film and sparking spiritual conversations.

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