Wednesday, April 7, 2010
Bugs and The Easter Bunny together at last!!
Well, sort of.
Narrated by Academy Award winner Burl Ives, The First Easter Rabbit is the tuneful and vibrant, Rankin/Bass holiday classic that tells the story of the origin of the first Easter Bunny.
Stuffy is a plush rabbit given to a young girl as a Christmas gift. He is brought to life by a fairy, to serve as the symbol of Easter and is sent to Easter Valley, an enchanted place near the North Pole where it’s always spring. In Easter Valley, Stuffy hopes to bring the first-ever basket of Easter goodies to its children. Stuffy’s plans however, are thwarted when a cold-hearted ice creature named Zero refuses to allow the spread of happiness throughout the valley. Zero threatens to freeze Easter Valley, so that it becomes just like the North Pole. It’s up to Stuffy to stop Zero from unleashing his cold-hearted plan.
The First Easter Rabbit: Deluxe Edition will be offered in a fully re-mastered format and will include an all-new interactive puzzle game. The DVD’s packaging will feature beautiful, rainbow foil embossing.
From plush bunnies to “wascally wabbits,” Bugs Bunny’s Easter Funnies is the animated Easter special that features a star-studded lineup of all-time favorite Looney Tunes characters including Bugs Bunny, Sylvester, Granny, Pepe Le Pew, Foghorn Leghorn, Yosemite Sam and Daffy Duck.
In Bugs Bunny’s Easter Funnies, Granny tries to recruit a substitute for the Easter Bunny when he falls ill. Someone has to help deliver Easter baskets and so Bugs Bunny and his pals all volunteer. Each character auditions for Granny. Which Looney Tunes character makes the best Easter Bunny? Viewers will be surprised! Portions of legendary Looney Tunes cartoon shorts are cleverly mixed into the plot of this delightful special including Birds Anonymous, For Scent-imental Reasons, Knighty Knight Bugs, Sahara Hare, Robin Hood Daffy, Rabbit of Seville, Hillbilly Hare and Tweety’s Circus.
Aside from the special, the DVD will also include a bonus short titled His Hare Raising Tale and three menu-based puzzle games.
I always remembered The Bugs Bunny thing with some fondness and the extra cartoons are a real plus. I always thought the Easter Bunny thing by Rankin and Bass came across as well, I don't know...demented? Still a fun watch after all these years.