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The First Easter Rabbit: Deluxe Edition
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"Here Comes Peter Cottontail", which is about all the Holidays as 2 rabbits compete to deliver the most eggs and become the new Easter Bunny, and "The Easter Bunny is Coming to Town", which concentrates on explaining traditions of Easter, very similar to "Santa Claus is Coming to Town."
The main difference with this film is that it uses traditional animation, and the 2 above are Animagic, (stop-motion). Burl Ives narrates and sings again in this one, and is even drawn to be dressed like the character he played in Rudolph. There are at least 2 good songs in the film. The studio that made this film are perfectionists, and even their credits are imaginative and fun to watch. The story starts before there was ever an Easter Rabbit, and he was stuffed bunny owned by a girl. He is brought to life to serve as the symbol of Easter and moves to a magical place called Easter Valley. When Easter is threatened Santa joins the bunny in defending Easter Valley.
You may remember Rankin and Bass as the folks that brought us such beautiful holiday classics such as Rudolph the Red-nosed Reindeer, Year without a Santa Claus, Nestor the Long Eared Donkey, Mad Monster Party, The Little Drummer Boy, Frosty the Snowman, Santa Claus is coming to Town, Mouse on the Mayflower, Here Comes Peter Cottontail, The Easter Bunny is Coming to Town, Cricket on the Hearth, the Stingiest Man in Town, Jack Frost, Pinnochio's Christmas, Rudolph's Shiny New Year, the First Easter Bunny. They also made non-holiday films such as the Hobbit, Flight of Dragons, the Last Unicorn. It is incredible that one company is responsible for all those TV specials, 95% of the ones we see every year.Read more ›
The First Easter Rabbit is about Stuffy, a lttle girls stuffed rabbit, and how he becomes the Easter Bunny. I first saw this when I was a little girl, I am now 25 and still love this and all other Rankin/Bass stories. My only reason for giving it 4 stars is because you can't get it on DVD yet, and it should be teamed up with the other 2 Easter stories "The Easter Bunny is Comin' to Town" and "Here comes Peter Cottontail".
"The First Easter Rabbit" is a sweet if unremarkable little animated special from Rankin/Bass, the masters of holiday specials only outdone by the Peanuts gang over the years. The team produced three Easter specials that come to mind, this one being the second, from 1976. While this story is done in traditional, hand-drawn cel animation, the other two, "Here Comes Peter Cottontail" (1971) and "The Easter Bunny is Coming to Town" (1977) are stop-motion "Animagic" (ala R/B's famous Rudolph TV special) and generally seem to be better-known. Personally, I have always been most familiar with "Here Comes Peter Cottontail", probably the best-known of the three, and it is a true favorite of mine. The other two I had never seen until today, Easter 2013, and in fact, I won't have seen Easter Bunny is Coming to Town until after I finish writing this. I'll probably review that one too.Read more ›
This is their 3rd (and least-known) Easter special, the previous two being HERE COMES PETER COTTONTAIL and THE EASTER BUNNY IS COMIN' TO TOWN. While those two were filmed in stop-motion "Animagic", this one is done in regular cel-animation similar to the style of "Frosty The Snowman". This is a sort of re-working of The Velveteen Rabbit story, with some mischievous bunnies, an icy villain and Santa Claus thrown in for good measure. It was originally a half-hour special, so that means it will run only around 25 minutes without the commercials.
While not as good as Peter Cottontail or Easter Bunny, this is still an enjoyable special with all of the familiar Rankin/Bass touches - a nice, warm holiday feeling, bouncy songs and music, and colorful, fun animation. Featuring the voice of Burl Ives whose classic narration and songs add to the holiday spirit! This DVD will be of special interest to those kids who just don't dig the puppet-animation, which I myself and many others prefer.
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I remembered this as being a better movie. I think this easter we will be hiding this DVD so we don't have to watch it!!Published 4 months ago by Netty Belle
A fun Easter tale! The graphics add to the story's presentation.Published 6 months ago by Albuquerque shopper
Started watching this as a child and over 2 (decades, snort) later I still have to watch this every Easter or I feel like I missed the entire holiday. Read morePublished 8 months ago by J. R. Foster
The first easter was great I'm a big fan of robert morse and burt ivyes as narratorPublished 8 months ago by Michael Larthey
Cute movie for young kids. Had it on VHS and was glad to find on DVD.Published 8 months ago by Lisa
There's many reviews for this dvd. Read them, then flip a coin. Kinda hard to review a kids dvd I've never seen and my grand kid's live 2000 miles away.Published 10 months ago by Zino