Warner Home Video has released two digitally remastered classic Easter specials on DVD for the very first time. The First Easter Rabbit: Deluxe Edition and Bugs Bunny’s Easter Funnies were re-released February 16, 2010 on DVD.
The First Easter Rabbit was originally aired in 1976 and was created by animation studio Rankin/Bass. The First Easter Rabbit is the story of the first Easter Bunny. Stuffy is a plush rabbit that was given to a little girle named Linda for Christmas one year. Linda becomes very sick with scarlet fever and all her toys and clothes must be destroyed. A fairy rescues Stuffy and brings him to life to be the symbol of Easter. Stuffy is sent to Easter Valley where it's always spring. In Easter Valley, Stuffy is supposed to bring the very first Easter basket of treats to the children who live there. An ice creature named Zero wants to stop him from bringing Easter to Easter Valley so that he can make Easter Valley cold and frozen like the North Pole.
The re-release of The First Easter Rabbit: Deluxe Edition is fully re-mastered and includes an all-new interactive, six-piece simple puzzle game that your child can enjoy. Also included is a Peanuts Valentine/Easter trailer you can watch. The feature is 25 minutes in length, and the DVD packaging features beautiful, rainbow foil embossing. You can watch a short video clip here.
Bugs Bunny’s Easter Funnies is the animated Easter special that features all-time favorite Looney Tunes characters including Bugs Bunny, Sylvester, Granny, Pepe Le Pew, Foghorn Leghorn, Yosemite Sam, and Daffy Duck. The original air date for Bugs Bunny's Easter Funnies was April 7, 1977.
In Bugs Bunny’s Easter Funnies, Granny tries to find a substitute for the Easter Bunny when he gets sick. Bugs Bunny and the other Looney Tunes characters all volunteer to be the one to deliver the Easter baskets.
Each character auditions for Granny so she can pick which one would be the very best Easter Bunny. You'll be surprised to find out it isn't Bugs Bunny! Several Looney Tunes cartoon shorts are cut into this classic Easter story. The shorts used include "Birds Anonymous," "For Scent-imental Reasons," "Knighty Knight Bugs," "Sahara Hare," "Robin Hood Daffy," "Rabbit of Seville," "Hillbilly Hare," and "Tweety’s Circus." Granny looks at their past behavior in order to decide who to choose as the substitute Easter Bunny. You can watch a short video clip here.
Aside from the special, the DVD also includes a bonus short titled "His Hare Raising Tale" and three simple menu-based puzzle games that your child can play. "His Hare Raising Tale" was originally released in 1951 and has been colorized for this DVD. The DVD is 50 minutes in length and includes an eight-minute bonus short.
These are classic Easter stories that your whole family will enjoy. I can remember watching them when my children were little and it was fantastic to watch them again with them now that they are older. Even my husband enjoyed them — especially the Bugs Bunny one which he remembers from his childhood! Burl Ives is a classic story teller and he makes the re-telling of The First Easter Rabbit a magical story. Bugs Bunny is a classic cartoon well worth sharing with your children so they can start making their own Easter memories.