–Guest blog, by Rebecca Holland

Hop to it, it’s almost Easter! Are you egg-cited? Celebrated on 17 April, there’s a lot to love about Easter (I’m particularly fond of a tasty chocolate egg myself…)

As an animal lover, Easter always gets me thinking about a hoppily good furry friend, the iconic Easter Bunny. What surprises me is that, even though the Easter Bunny is infamous, the origins of this cuddly bunny are shrouded in mystery. If you don’t believe me, try to look up the actual history of where this bunny came from. The amount of theories is fascinating. Who, exactly, thought up what we know as the Easter Bunny, really?

While we might now know where the Easter Bunny comes from, they are completely ingrained in the marketing and celebration of this holiday. There are songs, shows, and even bunny shaped chocolate confections that spring up around Easter. Now, while I cannot recommend getting a real bunny for Easter–unless you are sure you and your family are ready for the responsibility…there are plenty of fun movies to watch about this mischievous character during this long Easter weekend… After a bit of research (and by research, I mean watching Easter-themed films and eating chocolate eggs), I’ve compiled a list of eight of the best movies that prominently feature the iconic and entertaining Easter Bunny.

Without further ado, let’s hop to the list!

  1. Hop (2011), Directed by Tim Hill

The first movie on the list is the aptly named Hop, a live-action movie about the son of the Easter Bunny, who is called E.B. This teenage bunny dreams of being a rock star and runs away to Las Vegas to kickstart his super stardom. Voiced by Russell Brand, he’s a fun character brimming with confidence. He’s the kind of bunny trouble finds. The movie is rated PG and so is family friendly, a great one to watch with the kids. Not only does it feature the Easter Bunny (and his son), there are many other animal characters to fall in love with, like an evil chicken, some Easter chicks and hijinks in the secret Easter egg factory.

  1. Hank and Mike (2008), Directed by Matthiew Klink

Easter isn’t a holiday only for children, so my second movie pick on this list is Hank and Mike, a comedy rated R for strong adult content. This one features two Easter bunnies who are fired from their jobs, and try to navigate life as bunnies who aren’t Easter bunnies anymore. Hilarious and raunchy, it’s a unique take on the Easter bunny trope and a perfect watch if you don’t have small children to entertain.

  1. Here Comes Peter Cottontail: The Movie (2005), Directed by Mark Graves

The name of this movie may be familiar to anyone who saw the original Here Comes Peter Cottontail movie, which aired in 1971. This movie is a direct sequel, but it starts with Peter Cottontail as the chief Easter bunny, and a story after that, so it can really be watched as a standalone. Or, you could schedule in a double bill and watch the two movies back to back!

  1. Rise of the Guardians (2012), Directed by Peter Ramsey

The fourth movie on this list about the Easter bunny has an ensemble cast. Not only is there the Easter Bunny, but we also get Santa Claus and the Tooth Fairy, who band together to fight an evil threatening children worldwide. The Easter Bunny is a tough, Australian bunny voiced by Hugh Jackman, which is an interesting take on the younger, fluffier Easter bunny characters in the other movies listed so far. Rated PG, this is a great movie to watch with younger ones, because of the interesting cast of characters, and the adults might like it too!

  1. Easter Bunny Adventure (2017), Directed by Evan Tramel

I could hardly miss a movie from this list that’s actually called Easter Bunny Adventure. This is an animated children’s movie, featuring Benny the Easter Bunny as he goes on the biggest hunt (and adventure!) ever to find a magical egg. It’s an animated flick, rated U (Universal) and 74 minutes long, so a good choice to watch with younger ones.

  1. Yogi the Easter Bear (1994), Directed by Robert Alvarez and Hawley Pratt

I love any movie where one animal dresses as another… and this one doesn’t disappoint. The iconic Yogi the Bear goes on an adventure that involves a kidnapped Easter bunny… and a bear in a bunny outfit! Although the movie itself has been around for a while, it is rated U (Universal) and runs at 46 minutes, so perfect for all ages and attention spans!

  1. Ice-Age: The Great Egg-scapade (2016), Directed by Paul Stodolny, Ricardo Curtis, and Steve Martino

The Ice Age franchise is a crowd-pleaser for children and adults alike. This movie is like a mini-installment between the main movies, but is no less entertaining. It explores the origins of the Easter bunny on a hilarious adventure with Manny, his family and Sid the sloth. Running at 30 minutes, this makes a great family movie when you’re looking for something short, sweet and funny. Plus, it’s full of egg-cellent Easter puns. What’s not to love?

  1. Rabbit School: Guardians of the Golden Egg (2017), Directed by Ute von Münchow-Pohl

My final pick for a movie about the Easter bunny takes place in a rabbit school. Max, a cheeky rabbit, ends up in Easter bunny training and goes from a juvenile delinquent to a reformed bunny with magical Easter powers. It’s a German movie, but there’s an English version. And it’s actually available to watch online, for free. You’re welcome.

There you have it! 8 egg-citing movies to watch this Easter weekend. Have any peaked your interest? What will you be watching?

Rebecca-Holland

More about the author, Rebecca Holland

Rebecca Holland is a writer from the UK. She’s an animal lover with a soft spot for purring cats, especially when she’s reading, and loves nothing more than a good book with animal companions. Check out some of Rebecca’s other work at VelvetOpus.com and connect with her on Instagram and Twitter.

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Published On: April 14, 2022|Categories: Courtney's Corner - Book and Film Reviews, New and Stories|