Top Ten Bunnies in Movies
As Easter is Sunday, and one of the most recognizable icons of said holiday (well, aside from the obvious and Christian Jesus) is the cute little bunny rabbit, it only seems appropriate that we scour the vast library of film for this very visage! Bunnies are about as all over the place as you could imagine. No, seriously. Bunnies have been hanging around in movies for a good long time, almost as much as Peter O’Toole, if that’s even possible. So, without further ado and pointless rambling, here’s the ten bestest bunny rabbits ever.
Night of the Lepus is a 1972 B-movie horror film in which giant mutant rabbits terrorize the Southwestern United States. B-movie being the key term here.
Set in the English countryside, Watership Down opens with a narrated prologue establishing the Lapine culture and mythology, describing the creation of the world by the sun god “Lord Frith”, who gives many animals many characteristics, but makes the cute, and often bloody rabbits their prince.
Elwood P. Dowd (Jimmy Stewart) is a middle-aged, innocent (and pleasantly eccentric) individual whose best friend is an invisible 6′ 3.5″ tall rabbit named Harvey. As described by Dowd, Harvey is a pooka, a mischievous magical creature from Celtic mythology.
Jack Rabbit Slim’s is the fictional 1950s-themed restaurant that Vincent (John Travolta) and Mia (Uma Thurman) visit on their “date” in the movie Pulp Fiction by Quentin Tarantino. Not a huge rabbit reference, but it’s Pulp Fiction, so hence #7.
The Killer Rabbit of Caerbannog is the fictional bunny in the movie Monty Python and the Holy Grail. It is considered one of the film’s “famous setpieces” with “nasty, big, pointy teeth!” Of course, it wasn’t the only rabbit in the film. Let’s not forget the “Trojan Rabbit” as well. You know, the one where Launcelot, Galahad, and Bedevere wait until nightfall, and then leap out of the wooden contraption, taking the French by surprise. Not only by surprise, but totally unarmed! It didn’t really work as planned.
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.
The White Rabbit appears at the very beginning of the movie wearing a waistcoat, and muttering “Oh dear! Oh dear! I shall be too late!” Alice follows him down the rabbit hole into Wonderland. He is also the inspiration for a Jefferson Airplane song, and is referenced in the Matrix.
Br’er Rabbit is a central comedian in the Uncle Remus stories of the Southern U.S. and in the Disney film, The Song of the South. He is a trickster character who succeeds through his wits rather than through strength, tweaking authority figures and bending social problems as he sees fit.
Thumper is Bambi’s best bunny bud in Disney’s Bambi and one of the first animals to see the ‘Prince’ after his birth.
Who Framed Roger Rabbit is a 1988 film directed by Robert Zemeckis, produced by Steven Spielberg and based on Gary K. Wolf’s novel Who Censored Roger Rabbit?. The film combines the use of traditional animation and live action with elements of film noir. The film tells the story of private investigator Eddie Valiant caught in a mystery that involves Roger Rabbit, an A-list Toon who is framed for murder.