Movie Feature

Reel Rabbits

By Deborah GiamMovies - 25 January 2011 10:00 AM

Reel Rabbits

It’s amazing how some of the most classic movies in cinema have all had one thing in common – rabbits! Here’s a look at some of the more famous bunny characters in animated history.


Thumper (Bambi)

He’s cute, he speaks his mind, and he was certainly one of the first bunnies the world was introduced to when the iconic Bambi was first released by Disney. Upon seeing Bambi for the first time, Thumper quips that Bambi is ‘kinda wobbly’, and is quickly rebuked by his mother who reminds him what his father said that morning – ‘if you can’t say something nice, don’t say nothing at all’. Wise words you’ve probably heard at one point or another in your life.

And if you can’t get enough of him, you can see an adult version of him in the final scene of Who Framed Roger Rabbit (more on Roger Rabbit later), and it turns out, he’s Roger’s uncle!




Roger Rabbit


Roger Rabbit (Who Framed Roger Rabbit)

When Who Framed Roger Rabbit first came out in 1988, it was hailed as one of the most ingenious films around, mixing traditional animation with live action elements with a dash of film noir. Based on the novel Who Censored Roger Rabbit?, the film version is about an A-list cartoon, who’s framed for murder and sets out to clear his name with the help of a private investigator.

Roger, while a big star, is a stuttering, nervous little bunny with a smokin’ hot human (but still animated) wife. He suspects she’s cheating on him, there’s a whole plot to take over Toontown, and eventually the good guys prevail. It’s worth a watch, to see how seamlessly the animated characters and live-action figures act together, especially since it was done without the help of any CGI. 


White Rabbit


March Hare


White Rabbit and the March Hare (Alice in Wonderland remake by Tim Burton)

This wonderfully little story, which was recently re-made by Tim Burton, stars not one, but two rabbits! In the latest remake, the White Rabbit works for the Red Queen but is also a secret member of the Underland Underground Resistance, and has to look for Alice. He’s also been given the name Nivens McTwisp.

The March Hare appears as a cook and a strong Scottish accent, which is more obvious whenever he’s stressed. He’s first seen at the Tea Party scene where he hosts The Mad Hatter, The Dormouse and the Cheshire Cat. 





Were-Rabbit (Wallace and Gromit: The Were-Rabbit)

Taking a total of five years to create, Wallace and Gromit are off on another adventure as they have to deal with an excess of rabbits which Wallace captures while running his Anti-Pesto company – a pest extermination service. He tries to use one of inventions, the Mind Manipulation-O-Matic to brainwash the bunnies into causing no harm to veggie gardens, but something goes wrong and soon there’s a Were-Rabbit on the loose…