Hop to it: Easter and rabbit-themed movies you need on your bunny radar
Snuggle down with your little bunnies in the run up to Easter weekend, and hop into some of these feel-good classic and fun-packed Easter and rabbit-themed movies.
Bambi, Bambi, Bambi: it doesn't matter how many times we see this film, we always cry! And despite this classic Disney number being the grand old age of 81, it's as appealing today as it's always been. And that includes Bambi's bestie, Thumper, the oh-so-cute bunny.
Beatrix Potter's perennially loved, perennially naughty Peter Rabbit gets the full big screen treatment in this 2018 feature length adaptation. Voiced by James Corden, this hilarious (bunny) tale follows lovable, tiny tearaway Peter from Farmer McGregor's garden to London and back: kids and grown ups alike are sure to relate to his unruly escapades! Peter Rabbit 2: The Runaway is also well worth a watch for the follow-up capers.
Teenagers, it's fair to say, don't often take much heed of parent's advice. And that's no egg-ception for E.B, the Easter Bunny's own teenage son, who thinks he knows best. So off he hops to the bright lights of Hollywood to try his luck at being a rockstar, instead of going into the family business. It's funny, heartwarming and will def give you a big case of the warm and fuzzies.
The Greatest Story Ever Told
If you have a spare 4 hours 20 minutes, then this 1965 classic is, we'll admit, rather cheesy, but still absolutely awesome when it comes to a vintage retelling of the original Easter story. Make sure you settle down with tons of snacks for this epic tale of Jesus' life and crucifixion. Hot cross buns are a must.
Wallace and Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit
Plucky Wallace and his sidekick dog, Gromit, make their feature debut here, and go on a quest to stop a pest in the form of a rather large bunny who is eating its way through the village greens. Expect tons of mad capers and belly laughs. Oh, and a lot of cheese.
Who Framed Roger Rabbit
Back to the 80's for this oldie but goodie: Bob Hoskins stars as a cartoon-hating detective who ends up as a animated rabbit's only hope when it comes to getting him off the hook in a murder investigation.
Springtime with Roo
Roo, along with Winnie the Pooh, Piglet, Tigger and Eeyore, decides to visit Rabbit to celebrate Easter, and everyone is in a party mood. Well, that is until Rabbit cancels the festivities in favour of Spring cleaning. What's not to love about a Pooh movie?
The Dog Who Saved Easter
We'll be honest, this one has terrible reviews, but our own small pups loved it anyway. The dogs are cute, it has a plot (of sorts) and it made the kids smile, so while us grownup folk weren't massive fans, it's still worth a mention. Probably best to stick this one on while you get on with something else...
Rise of the Guardians
You'll not only find the Easter Bunny on a mission to make the kids of the world carry on believing, you can also expect Santa, the Fairy, Jack Frost and The Sandman along for the ride. Heroes, villains, magic and mystery: it's got it all by the (Easter) basket load.
Whether you pick the 1978 original animated version, or the 2018 fancier Netflix adaptation, either way General Woundwort remains the scariest rabbit EVER (and we've seen Donnie Darko). Personally, we preferred the original, but both centre on a bunch of bunnies facing plenty of peril, a whole heap of adventure, and some funny friendships that lighten the mood when it's needed. Not one for very small kids: that Woundwort really is terrifying!
Shakira as a sexy gazelle? Check. Jason Bateman as a wily fox? Check. And Idris Elba as a buffalo Chief of Police? All the checks! Add in a fantastic soundtrack, cute but feisty bunny cop, Judy Hopps, and a cracking plot and you've got yourself, we think, one of Disney's best movies in recent years.
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