As Easter is fast approaching, I thought I’d take a look back at some of Disney’s most famous cinematic bunny rabbits. Throughout the decades there have been several prominent rabbits that have graced the silver screen of Disney films. Hop on in and join me as I reminisce about some of our favorite bunnies.
One of the earliest bunny rabbits in Disney movies was in 1942’s Bambi with the introduction of Thumper. To this day, he is one of my favorite characters in Bambi, and I often use the term “twitterpated” to describe when someone is falling in love. He provides some great comic relief and helps Bambi grow up and find his way in the forest. This clip about Disney romance is a perfect snapshot representing Thumper’s character.
Br’er Rabbit (Song of the South)
Sadly, I imagine many kids growing up these days haven’t seen this Disney movie. However, I bet if they have visited the theme parks they might just be familiar with the character Br’er Rabbit if they’ve ridden Splash Mountain. Based on the stories by Joel Chandler Harris, Song of the South tells the story of the sly and troublesome rabbit through the narration of Uncle Remus to a young boy named Johnny. Although some of the portrayals in the film may not be politically correct, I still recommend tracking this movie down if you get a chance to revisit some of the shenanigans with Br’er Rabbit, Br’er Bear and Br’er Fox. It will only make you appreciate Splash Mountain and its fantastic storytelling even more.
White Rabbit & March Hare (Alice in Wonderland)
These two furry fellows appear to be two sides of a coin to me in the movie inspired by Lewis Carroll’s tales. The White Rabbit is all prim and proper, albeit in a hurry, while the March Hare is a little off his rocker. Both add a great deal of comedy to poor Alice’s plight in their own way. You can see a small display of the rabbit and hare and their personalities in this clip promoting the 60th anniversary DVD and Blu Ray of Alice in Wonderland.
Rabbit (The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh)
The word that comes to mind when I think of Rabbit from A.A. Milne’s Winnie the Pooh stories is persnickety. He is often overly concerned with trivial matters and likes to fuss … a lot. He usually comes through for his friends in the end, but he is often reluctant to do so and does not usually do so without making it known he isn’t happy. Rabbit seems like a curmudgeon much of the time, but all in all he is a good bunny.
Roger Rabbit (Who Framed Roger Rabbit)
Technically, this is a Touchstone Pictures release, but I wanted to include it because Roger is definitely one of my favorite rabbits and you can find evidence of his presence in several locations in the Disney parks. At Disney’s Hollywood Studios there is even a window with his silhouette along with a tribute to Eddie Valiant, and tracks by the red car trolley for a once proposed ride at the end of Sunset Boulevard. Roger is a smart aleck rabbit (maybe why I like him so much), who is trying to clear his name after having been framed for a murder. This classic from 1988 is worth revisiting for the fantastic cameos of Disney and Warner Brothers characters alone.
Oswald the Lucky Rabbit (multiple shorts and Epic Mickey games)
Okay, so technically Oswald didn’t star in any feature films, but I’d be remiss if I left him off this list. If he didn’t exist, Walt Disney wouldn’t have been motivated to create a new character, Mickey Mouse. So, thanks to Oswald, we have one of the world’s most recognizable characters ever. If you haven’t played either of the Epic Mickey video games, please check out this short video about the history of Oswald.
He even now has his own meet and greet at Tokyo DisneySea! You can read more about that here.
Honorable Mentions: Skippy the Rabbit, Mother Rabbit, and the whole Rabbit family from Robin Hood
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