Happy Easter!  Along with the Easter Bunny, how well do you know the famous rabbits of print and screen?  We thought we’d dig in and see what we found and a few dozen surfaced that you probably know, maybe don’t know, or might want to know.  Americans are raised knowing something about the Easter Bunny from year one.  Are any of these other rabbits even more famous?

We had a hard time finding a photo of one famous movie rabbit.  There he is–Harvey, from the 1950 movie co-starring Jimmy Stewart.

Everyone needs a painting in their home like that.

Since it’s Star Wars Celebration weekend, we won’t forget our favorite rogue rabbit, Jaxxon, from the Howard Chaykin and Roy Thomas 1970s Star Wars comic book series.  (That’s him at the top of this article).

We discussed another comic book rabbit only yesterday here at borg.com, Stan Sakai’s samurai from Usagi Yojimbo.

Usagi is a rabbit you want on your side.  But so is Judy Hopp.  She’s one great cop.

She’s the star of last year’s Academy Award winner for Best Animated Film, Zootopia.  And speaking of zoos, Judy would fit right in with this next guy.

That’s Captain Carrot, from Captain Carrot and his Amazing Zoo Crew!, the 1980s DC Comics series.

Who could be cuter than Thumper, the rabbit from the 1942 Disney movie, Bambi?

And how about another animated friend?

That’s Roger Rabbit, from the 1940s era 1988 Robert Zemeckis film, Who Framed Roger Rabbit.  But there’s an even more famous rabbit.

Since 1940 kids have laughed at the antics of the animated Bugs Bunny, mainly from Saturday morning cartoons in Looney Toons or Merrie Melodies, or early on at the movies between films, and voiced by the incomparable Mel Blanc.  But do you remember Bugs as Mr. Hyde?

Mr. Hyde Bugs reminds us of a recent film rabbit, Frank from Donnie Darko, one of the greatest independent films, from 2001.

Certainly he is the creepiest of the rabbits.  Unless you’re a Monty Python fan.

Don’t worry.  It was only a flesh wound.  These last three rabbits fit in with the vision of someone like Anya from Buffy the Vampire Slayer.  To her, nothing was scarier than rabbits.  So, for Halloween, what could be scarier than dressing up as a rabbit?

Nice costume!  But we think we know whose aunt made it for her.

A bunny at Christmas?  We would be remiss to leave out the one borg bunny we are aware of, one of the trio of cyborg animals from Grant Morrison and Frank Quitely’s three-issue comic book story, We3.  That’s Pirate, also known as “3”.

Generations have grown up with several famous literary rabbits.  There’s the fellow simply named “Rabbit,” the serious but friendly neighbor from the 1920s Winnie the Pooh series of books by A.A. Milne.

There’s Br’er Rabbit from African-American and Native American folklore.

How about the rabbit in the 1920s Margery Williams and William Nicholson classic, The Velveteen Rabbit?

Peter Rabbit, also known as Peter Cottontail, hailed from Thornton Burgess’s Old Mother West Wind series, including the 1914 book The Adventures of Peter Cottontail.

But wait, there’s the other Peter Rabbit–the one who came first–from Beatrix Potter’s 1902 book, The Tale of Peter Rabbit.

So who did we forget?  We’re sure we’re missing someone.  Let us know in the comments!

C.J. Bunce
Editor
borg.com

 

 

 

 

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