Apr 17 2014
1. Bug Bunny (Space Jam)
What’s up, Doc? Apparently, what’s up is an interstellar game of basketball. When an evil alien has the bright idea of enslaving the Looney Tunes characters in order to shore up the finances of his amusement park, Bugs and friends have to win their freedom back with a high stakes game of basketball. Thankfully, Bugs has a special weapon on his team: the icon that is Bill Murray… and some guy called Mike as well.
Special skills: Though never before suggested in the classic Warner Brothers cartoons, Bugs is a skilled point guard in basketball.
2. Killer Rabbit of Caerbannog (Monty Python and the Holy Grail)
In their search for the cup of Christ, the Knights of the Round Table learn that they must enter the Cave of Caerbannog and defeat the legendary Black Beast of Aaaarrrrrggggghhhh. But before they can even gain entry to the cave, they must face up against one of the most terrifying creatures ever to roam Albion’s green and pleasant lands.
With its nasty, big, pointy teeth and its mile-wide vicious streak, The Rabbit of Caerbannog has engineered the demise of many a brave knight. If you ever catch a glimpse of his deadly pink eyes, take our advice and run away!
Special Skills: When you’re this deadly, you don’t need any special skills — just your bare teeth. Their only weakness: hand grenades (of the sanctified variety).
3. The White Rabbit (Alice in Wonderland)
When we first meet the White Rabbit, he’s exceedingly late for what he claims to be an incredibly important date. In fact, he’s so obsessed with punctuality that he carries around a pocket watch that’s half the size of his torso, making him the Flavor Flav of Wonderland. Working as an administrator for the Red Queen, White Rabbit is the worst kind of middle manager: he spends half the day berating and belittling his subordinates while he sycophantically licks the boots of his superiors the rest of the time. He claims to be a rabbit and yet he insists on behaving like a complete toad.
Special Skill: Being an administrator, he’s presumably good with paperwork.
4. Roger Rabbit (Who Framed Roger Rabbit?)
The fun-loving Roger Rabbit is one of the biggest stars in 1940s Hollywood. Under contract with cartoon mogul RK Maroon, he’s best known for his double act with Baby Herman, a cigar-chomping 50 year-old that still looks like an infant. Even when he’s accused of murder and on the run from the law, Roger manages to retain a sense of humour.
Special Skills: He can defy pretty much every law of physics – but only if it’s funny.
5. Whitey (Fatal Attraction)
Pretty much the only entry in this list that is a normal rabbit, Whitey meets the grizzliest of all ends. Having discovered he’s been cheating on his wife with a Grade-A nutcase, Michael Douglas immediately calls off the affair and returns to his family. However, he didn’t count on his scorned mistress (Glenn Close) breaking into his home and poaching his daughter’s bunny.
Special Skills: None. He is just a normal rabbit.
6. Fiver (Watership Down)
A rabbit cursed with visions of the future, Fiver (Richard Briers) tries to lead his fellow bunnies to safety after foretelling the destruction of the Sandleford warren. Sadly, the stupid chief bunny will not listen to him. With his brother Hazel and a small band of rabbits, he forges an exodus to the promised land of his dreams: Watership Down. Let us never forget Fiver, the lapine Moses.
Special Skill: The great god Frith gifted him with the power of second sight.
7. Frank (Donnie Darko)
Donnie (Jake Gyllenhaal) is a troubled teenager. Awakened in the night and led outside by a strange man in a rabbit costume Frank. The long-eared phantom tells him that the world will end in 28 days — but not before a jet engine falls from the sky and crashes into his bedroom. Over the course of a month Frank continues to drop all sorts of information bombs on Donnie: introducing him to concepts of time travel and throwing him into an existential crisis. You could say that Frank is the one that leads Donnie down the rabbit hole…
Special Skill: Like Fiver, he can see the future.
8. Harvey (Harvey)
Elwood P Dowd (James Stewart) is a really nice guy. He’s polite, he’s witty, he likes a drink and he introduces everyone he meets to his best friend Harvey. The only problem: Harvey is a six-foot rabbit that only he can see. His family and friends try to get him committed to a sanatorium after years of putting up with this unseen bunny.
Elwood could easily put an end to the accusations just by humouring the doctors and just saying that Harvey’s a figment of his imagination but no: real friends don’t deny the existence of friends just because they’re incorporeal.
Special Skills: Can only be seen by alcoholics.
9. Rabbit (Winnie the Pooh)
If Rabbit lived anywhere else but the Hundred Acre Wood, no-one would ever put up with him. He should be thankful that Pooh, Piglet, Tigger and Kanga are sufficiently patient to put up with his borderline OCD behaviour. Whether it’s trying to keep his warren tidy or complaining about crows eating his vegetables, Rabbit is always griping about something. He’s the kind of busybody who would call the city council if a neighbour painted his fence a slightly different shade of beige.
Special Skill: He can certainly kick up a fuss like a champion.
10. E.B. (Hop)
Ever since he was young, E.B. (Russell Brand) knew that one day he would have to inherit his father’s job. This would be a pretty stressful situation for anyone but when your dad is the Easter Bunny, the pressure is unbearable. So you really can’t blame lil’ EB for running away to California to pursue his dream of becoming the world’s first rodent drummer in a rock band.
And in a way, wouldn’t that bring more joy to children than the thankless task of hiding painted eggs in gardens once every year? If you ask kids if they would rather meet the Easter Bunny or Niall from 1D, very few would opt for a rabbit with a basket.
Special Skill: Drumming.
If you’re looking for a little holiday treat, go to our Easter Movies collection for some unbridled fun.