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Movie Night: Films With Rabbits

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

Donnie Darko
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.

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UrbanBohemian UrbanBohemian 10 years
Bob Hoskins had a hard part to play in Roger Rabbit. Not only did he have to use a gruff American accent since he's British, but he had to work with the technology and movie magic that comes with making the cartoons come alive. It is a really good performance and a really good movie.
chancleta chancleta 10 years
Nice! I heart W&G!
LizaToad LizaToad 10 years
ooooooooooooh great list buzz! i love all three of these movies.... i think i've probably seen roger rabbit well over 100 times... my bf got me the dvd a little while ago b/c i kept whining that i had no where to watch my VHS of it :P wallace and gromit is the just so wonderful....
kscincotta kscincotta 10 years
Why did I not figure until know that Bob Hoskins is the guy in Roger Rabbit?!? He's one of my favorite under-rated actors and I watched Roger Rabbit a zillion times when I was younger.
squiggles squiggles 10 years
I -LOVE- who framed Roger Rabbit! Such a classic!
UrbanBohemian UrbanBohemian 10 years
That said, I love Roger Rabbit. It's a classic!
UrbanBohemian UrbanBohemian 10 years
I just saw Fatal Attraction yesterday on TV. I know the rabbit in that movie has a horrible fate, but if that movie has a funny part, it's where Michael Douglas's character is playing cards with his daughter and they're both giggling and squealing the word "Rabbits!" It's freaking hilarious!
Linda-McP Linda-McP 10 years
Agreed. All three of these are great picks with Wallace and Gromit being number one on my list. Happy viewing.
WhatTheFrockBlog WhatTheFrockBlog 10 years
Yeah, I love all three of these movies! Good call, Buzz!
swwonder swwonder 10 years
3 of my favouritest films! I love Wallace and Gromit the most though.
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