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Monday, March 29, 2010

The First Easter Rabbit DVD Review

The First Easter Rabbit DVD Review

Synopsis: Did you know that without the help of Santa Claus, there might not be an Easter Bunny at all? That's the sweetly surprising story told in this animated family favorite from Rankin/Bass Productions that has enchanted generations.

Academy Award winner Burl Ives narrates and Robert Morse, Stan Freberg, and Paul Frees provide character voices in a fanciful, tuneful, and color-splashed tale. Stuffy the Rabbit is a cuddly toy who magically comes to life and journeys to Easter Valley, an enchanted realm where it's always springtime, even thought it's not far from Santa's house. From there, the Bunny hopes to bring the first-ever basket of Easter goodies to children. But a cold-hearted ice creature named Zero refuses to allow such happiness. If he has his way, he'll freeze out Easter celebrations forever!

Review: Rankin Bass are famous for such treasured kids classics as Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer, Mad Monster Party and even animated classics like the Last Unicorn.  One of their lesser-known specials is 'The First Easter Rabbit'.  Now, we get a remastered deluxe edition DVD release of this timeless classic.

The animation isn't terribly advanced and the story is...weird.  Basically it starts out like the Velveteen Rabbit and then it all travels to the North Pole where Stuff the Rabbit learns to be the Easter Bunny.  Santa gets involved during his Xmas downtime and insanity ensues.  Honestly, it was a valiant effort to give Easter its own personality outside of religion.

The picture is fantastic on this remastered DVD.  The colors are vibrant and pop right off the screen.  There are no scratches or dust anywhere!  The kids were very pleased with the games added to the disc.   We definately recommend this one.

Rating: 4 out of 5 Stars