This Easter weekend, bunny-related things will be everywhere, so I thought I'd add to the frenzy with a rabbit-themed Movie Night! The bunnies in these films aren't necessarily the cuddly springtime icons we normally associate with Easter, because those kinds of bunnies don't make the greatest movie characters. So grab your pile of Peeps and prepare for a "hare-raising" night. (I know, sorry, sorry.)
Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit
If you're familiar with Wallace and Gromit, then you may already adore this movie, and if you're not, this is a perfect opportunity to fall in love with the endearing British duo. Bucktoothed, cheese-loving inventor Wallace and his mute, loyal dog Gromit are determined to solve the case of a giant were-rabbit (like werewolf, but a rabbit) who is terrorizing the town's vegetable growers. Watching this film I had to marvel at how completely entertaining a claymation movie can be for a grown-up, and I appreciated the many adult jokes.
Two more bunny-licious picks, so
Before Jake Gyllenhaal was a superhot celebrity, he was the quiet angsty teen in Donnie Darko, a twisty psychological thriller. Gyllenhaal plays Donnie, a loner who glimpses visions of the future — including his own demise — that nobody else seems to see. He's haunted by a large, creepy rabbit who keeps showing up at random times, and that's how this movie counts as an Easter weekend movie. Jena Malone, Patrick Swayze, and Drew Barrymore help to round out the stellar cast, which also includes Maggie Gyllenhaal as Donnie's sister.
Who Framed Roger Rabbit?
When this Hollywood detective spoof was released in 1988, it broke new ground in the realm of live action combined with animation. Visually, the movie holds up well, and endless references to classic animation (including the murder victim, Marvin Acme) keep the movie captivating. Bob Hoskins is entertaining as P.I. Eddie Valiant, and you can always amuse yourself by trying to get to the bottom of that rumor about Jessica Rabbit not wearing panties.