Since Easter is in full effect in a week I was going to do an Easter themed top ten, but here we are without very many good Easter movies and instead I took a different route and found that putting the spotlight on movies that had either excellent bunny “moments” or just had a great staring bunny character. So please enjoy this very silly list this week.
10. The Velveteen Rabbit
Robert is convinced that his toy rabbit is real. When he contracts scarlet fever, the rabbit is considered the cause of the illness, and ordered to be burned. He is saved from “death” by a fairy who turns him into a real live rabbit. This story is one of the most irrevocable stories I can remember from my childhood, and the sadness that it evokes is unforgettable
9. Space Jam
““Eating greens is a special treat, It makes long ears and great big feet. But it sure is awful stuff to eat.” I made that last part up myself.”
7. Fatal Attraction
The pet rabbit of Ellen Gallager is taken by the insane Alex and is boiled on their own stove when they are away from home. If this doesn’t spark a moment of bunny movie memory in your mind I don’t know what will.
6. Alice In Wonderland
Who doesn’t know the infamous White Rabbit? The one that lead Alice to it’s hole and down to Wonderland where one of the most magical adventures of all time took place. The imagery of the Rabbit touching his watch telling her how late Alice is, has become a truly classic memory in film.
5. Watership Down
I believe I enjoyed this one better as an adult than as a child, but as a child I loved it as well. It’s dark overtones were appealing at both ages, because the story and it’s execution is so incredibly gripping. There is a sweetness and darkness that mix with each other, but also find a well needed balance. There is just something that grabs you in this one, and you can’t turn away. Watership Down is a visually pleasant and intellectually resounding film that will remain with you and go figure, it’s about rabbits.
4. Frank in Donnie Darko
Though Donnie resumes taking medication after falling off his wagon, he sleepwalks and meets Frank (James Duval), a man in a menacing bunny costume. Frank tells him that in 28 days, 6 hours, 42 minutes and 12 seconds, the world will end.
Elwood P. Dowd is a mild-mannered, pleasant man, who just happens (he says) to have an invisible friend resembling a 6-foot rabbit. Harvey’s lovely tale of Elwood proving that his “Pooka” does in fact exist whilst confusing his doctor, his mother, and even the nurse is a lovely story that is both humorous and smart.
2. Who Framed Roger Rabbit
“Listen, my philosophy is this: If you don’t have a good sense of humor, you’re better off dead.”
Somehow in the process of doing my top 100 characters of all time I missed adding in Roger Rabbit who is without question not just one of my favorite animated character’s but also one of my favorite character’s in film period. Being one of the first animated characters to really intermingle into a live action film and make it work flawlessly was an exceptional feat in itself, but the comic timing, the off beat nature, and zest and enthusiasm to make people laugh and smile made Roger an inspiration, but also too infectious to deny. Most importantly, Roger will make you laugh.
1. Monty Python And The Holy Grail
The Killer Rabbit of Caerbannog is the fictional bunny in the movie Monty Python and the Holy Grail. The viscous killer bunny was equipped with “nasty, big, pointy teeth!” Of course, it wasn’t the only rabbit in the film. Along with the killer rabbit is the “Trojan Rabbit” as well. The Holy Grail is by far the most creative use of the movie “bunny” or “rabbit” and certainly the most funny.
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