Skip to comments.Photo Gallery - Tell Us About the Rabbits: 15 Brilliant Pop Culture Bunnies
Posted on 04/11/2009 2:27:41 PM PDT by JoeProBono
Easter's rolling around -- what better time to honor hare-raising movies, TV, and books? Count us lucky to have seen the feats of Bugs Bunny, the Energizer Bunny, the House Bunny, and more
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Long before Holly, Bridget and Kendra moved in to the Playboy Mansion, this patty-cake playing sexy cartoon bunny voiced by Kathleen Turner not only had Roger Rabbit falling at her paws, but humans, too.
LESSON: Men will drool over almost anything, including cartoon rabbits.
Okay, fine. His best friend is an invisible six-foot-three-and-a-half-inch rabbit, but is that any reason to try to put Jimmy Stewart's beloved Elwood P. Dodd character away? In this 1950 crowd-pleasing film, Harvey the Rabbit may be invisible, but he's also thoughtful and giving. Together, this lovable pair teach us that it's better to be pleasant than smart.
LESSON: Hallucinations are good.
Step by step, this fuzzy-faced soft rocker hopped up the charts in the early '80s. Oh, he loved a rainy night, oh, yes he do. He loved a rainy night, and loved us, too. And we loved him because showers washed all our cares away...we woke up to a sunny day!
LESSON: Rainy nights can make you high. Ooh. Ooh.
Before Flavor Flav lifted the idea, it was White Rabbit who wore an oversized clock and led women astray. Whether it's Lewis Carroll or Grace Slick telling the story, it seems that it's best not to follow in the footsteps of a tardy, waist-coated rabbit down the rabbit hole. It can get pretty trippy. Go ask Alice. I think she'll know.
LESSON: Just say no.
THE VELVETEEN RABBIT
This rabbit may have been stuffed, but the love he felt for the boy was real. Still, that didn't stop the boy from abandoning him. The rabbit cried real tears and the magical Nursery Fairy (!) turned it into a real, live bunny. One day the boy spots the former Velveteen Rabbit in the forest and, with longing, remembers his old friend. The rabbit, still harboring resentment, decides that it's too little, too late, snubs the boy and hops off into the forest.
LESSON: Rabbits are vindictive
THE HOUSE BUNNY
Ousted from the Playboy Mansion, Anna Faris' Miss November wannabe finds herself in a college sorority with a bunch of girls (including Rumer Willis) who are desperately in need of slutty makeovers, only to find out that she actually needs a smarty makeover to win the heart of Colin Hanks.
LESSON: Hot isn't enough. Smart isn't enough. Now you have to be both.
THE ENERGIZER BUNNY
This rabbit has been annoying us since 1989.
LESSON: Rabbits are not always cute. Sometimes they're just annoying.
RABBIT FROM WINNIE THE POOH
The Tao of Pooh uses A.A. Milne's Winnie the Pooh characters to explain the principles of Taoism using Rabbit as an example. Rabbit's overly practical ways illustrate that busy and unnecessary exertion can interfere with the flow of happiness.
LESSON: You're not lazy, you're a Taoist.
The best-loved and most recognizable rabbit of them all, Bugs Bunny continuously outwits his opponents Elmer Fudd, Yosemite Sam, and Daffy Duck with the greatest of ease. How does he do it? Good, old-fashioned trickery and deceit, topped off with a dollop of sarcasm.
LESSON: Being a smart aleck is more rewarding than being smart.
Here’s the chicken clucking Cadbury Bunny, but I liked the lion roar bunny best.
Can’t forget The Killer Rabbit from Monty Python and The Holy Grail
Holy Grail - Killer Bunny:
Technically, I think Harvey is a Pookah (spelling?).
Fantastic movie btw.
Better list than the one I saw on Digg yesterday. That one was lame, missing some good cultural rabbits (like Jessica) — but it included the VW Rabbit. (No, seriously!)