Search - The Easter Bunny Is Comin' to Town on DVD


The Easter Bunny Is Comin' to Town
The Easter Bunny Is Comin' to Town
Actors: Fred Astaire, Skip Hinnant, Bob McFadden, Allen Swift, Ron Marshall
Directors: Arthur Rankin Jr., Jules Bass
Genres: Kids & Family, Television, Musicals & Performing Arts, Animation
NR     2006     0hr 50min

In Kidsville, youngsters make their own laws, run their own shops and maybe even stay up as late as they want. Each Spring, everyone - including Sunny the Bunny - pitches in to make Easter holiday goodies. Then it's the Bu...  more »

     

Larger Image

Movie Details

Actors: Fred Astaire, Skip Hinnant, Bob McFadden, Allen Swift, Ron Marshall
Directors: Arthur Rankin Jr., Jules Bass
Creators: Arthur Rankin Jr., Jules Bass, Masaki Īzuka, Romeo Muller
Genres: Kids & Family, Television, Musicals & Performing Arts, Animation
Sub-Genres: Animation, Easter, Television, Musicals, Animation
Studio: Warner Home Video
Format: DVD - Color - Animated,Closed-captioned,Subtitled
DVD Release Date: 03/07/2006
Original Release Date: 04/06/1977
Theatrical Release Date: 04/06/1977
Release Year: 2006
Run Time: 0hr 50min
Screens: Color
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 0
MPAA Rating: NR (Not Rated)
Languages: English
Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
See Also:

Similar Movies

The First Easter Rabbit
Directors: Arthur Rankin Jr., Jules Bass
2
   NR   2010   0hr 25min
It's the Easter Beagle Charlie Brown
remastered deluxe edition
Director: Phil Roman
   UR   2008   0hr 25min
Jack Frost
Remastered Deluxe Edition
Directors: Arthur Rankin Jr., Jules Bass
   NR   2008   0hr 48min

Similarly Requested DVDs

Space Buddies
Director: Robert Vince
   G   2009   1hr 24min
   
Leap Frog - Talking Words Factory
Director: Roy Allen Smith
   G   2003   0hr 35min
   
Dr Seuss - Green Eggs and Ham and Other Favorites
Grinch Night
Director: Gerard Baldwin
   G   2003   0hr 52min
   
Leap Frog - Letter Factory
   G   2003   0hr 35min
   
The Twilight Saga Eclipse
Single-Disc Edition
Director: David Slade
   PG-13   2010   2hr 4min
   
Chicago
Widescreen Edition
Director: Rob Marshall
   PG-13   2003   1hr 53min
   
Beverly Hills Chihuahua
Director: Raja Gosnell
   PG   2009   1hr 31min
   
Bad Teacher
Director: Jake Kasdan
   1hr 32min
   
Snow Buddies
   G   2008   1hr 27min
   
Captain Corelli's Mandolin
Director: John Madden
   R   2002   2hr 11min
   
 

Movie Reviews

Animagic Holiday fun from Rankin/Bass
07/14/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Another stop-motion Animagic hit from the holiday entertainers, of Rankin/Bass Studios, the kings of holiday TV specials. This 1 hour show was released for the first time on April 6, 1977 on ABC television network. The storyline is very similar to "Santa Claus is Coming to Town", from the same studio - and by that I meant that part of the story explains all the traditions of Easter and how they began, such as why we eat chocolate bunnies, or why we color eggs. The show opens with a newsreel showing kids asking these questions. Fred Astaire reprises his role as the singing mailman S.D. Kluger and gives a great voice performance but he has a bigger role this time. He has traded in his snowmobile mail truck for "the little engine that could", voiced by Robert McFadden. In the story we go back in time to the beginning of the children's Easter traditions to answer these questions, to a hidden town called "Kidville". There is a scary bear named Gadzooks who hates holidays, and he is similar to the Winter Warlock character. A rabbit named "Sunny" grows up to be the Easter Bunny and bring joy to children, making great friends and allies along the way. He is voiced by Skip Hinnant, who voiced "Pogo" in a special from another studio. He befriends a lonely young King, named Bruce, who is being controlled and bullied by his tyrannical Aunt Longtooth.

We have come to expect good music in these holiday specials and they did not disappoint. There are 6 songs total with music by Maury Laws and lyrics by Jules Bass including the catchy, "Someone's Got to be First", along with "Big Rock Candy Mountain", the inspiring "Somebody Will Love You, If You Do", and "The Easter Bunny is Coming to Town Today". Fred Astaire sings "All You Have to Do is - Think Can Do". There is a hilarious song by the Hendrew Sisters, "What Came First, the Chicken or the Egg?". This very colorful special has terrific character designs by Paul Coker, who did the same for most of the studios products. The look of the film is, well, very Easter... They just did a great job capturing what the visuals should be for the kids.

This show is the 3rd and last of the Easter themed holiday shows made by the studio. In 1971 they made an hour long Animagic TV special for ABC, "Here Comes Peter Cottontail", about the selection contest for the Easter Bunny, and it actually travels through time to all the holidays. In 1976 they made a half hour traditional cel animation special "The First Easter Rabbit" for NBC. As you know, Rankin/Bass Studios brought us such beautiful holiday TV classics such as Rudolph the Red-nosed Reindeer, Year without a Santa Claus, `Twas the Night Before Christmas, Nestor the Long Eared Donkey, The Little Drummer Boy, Frosty the Snowman, Santa Claus is Comin' to Town, Mouse on the Mayflower, Cricket on the Hearth, the Stingiest Man in Town, Rudolph's Shiny New Year, and more. They also made non-holiday films such as the Hobbit, and Flight of Dragons. It is incredible that one company was responsible for all those TV specials, 95% of the ones we see every year. Their work includes traditional hand drawn cel animation, stop-motion Animagic, and live action. Little Golden Books Publishing owns the rights to almost every show the studio made, and have done a commendable job re-mastering them and releasing them on DVD. I hope this comes out on a restored DVD too; I have bought all the other Rankin/Bass that has been released on DVD.
"
Another RANKIN/BASS Classic!
Richard J. Goldschmidt | Oak Lawn, IL USA | 03/20/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)

"It's hard to believe that ARTHUR RANKIN and JULES BASS were able to Produce another GREAT 'ANIMAGIC' Easter Special after HERE COMES PETER COTTONTAIL....BUT they did! They were able to do it with the help of FRED ASTAIRE as the narrator and once again ROMEO MULLER as the writer. As far as the music goes, one reviewer is way off base here. One of the most memorable RANKIN/BASS Songs is the theme to this one "THE EASTER BUNNY IS COMIN' TO TOWN TODAY" sung by FRED ASTAIRE and of course "Someone's Gotta Be First." This has also become a family tradition at my home and it's hard to believe the Networks (ABC) stopped airing it. Who forget GADZOOKS the bear? WARNER BROTHERS is to be applauded for this GREAT clam shell cover featuring the ANIMAGIC characters.....now if it could just be released on DVD with THE FIRST EASTER RABBIT starring BURL IVES! Rick Goldschmidt RANKIN/BASS Biographer/Historian"
Another fruitless re-release from Warner...What's the point?
Joseph Brando | NJ, USA | 02/19/2008
(3 out of 5 stars)

"THE EASTER BUNNY IS COMIN' TO TOWN is a great stop-motion Animagic special from those king of holiday TV Specials, Rankin/Bass. For that special alone, I would rate 5 stars.

However, it was released on DVD just a few years ago by Warner (with a better cover) and now has been re-released in this supposed "Deluxe Version" without any additional R/B material?!?! Why bother?? Warner does own the rights to another R/B Easter special, "The First Easter Rabbit", which is a nice cel-animated special featuring the voice of Burl Ives and it seems it would have been a no-brainer to stick that one on with this "Deluxe Edition". But instead we get 3 terrible stop-motion shorts that are not cartoons, but rather stop-motion experiments that have nothing to do with either Rankin/Bass or Easter. There are also NO CHAPTER STOPS for this DVD which means if you want to access a particular scene in the special, you will have to rewind or fast-forward your way to it, just like with a VHS tape!!

The other thing that really irks me is that nowhere on the box front or back does it even mention "Rankin/Bass". That is just stupid! Rankin/Bass fans are a-plenty and leaving their name off the box could only hurt sales as well as shows a complete lack of respect for the history of the film. C'mon Warner...stop being greedy and open up your vaults!! If you release a "Deluxe Edition", try actually adding some additional content that anyone purchasing this DVD might be interested in. I would recommend getting the previous DVD release...it has the same special, a better cover and a lower price!!"
A childhood favorite!
J. Bagwell | Irvine, CA | 02/12/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)

"This is a Rankin/Bass classic and one of my favorite Easter specials. The use of the Mailman character from "Santa Claus is Comin' to Town" creates a wonderful link between the holidays. I easpecially love how all of the Easter traditions are explained in such a whimsical manner!"