Your Weekend Creature Comforts: Lilith’s Top 5 Rabbits
Yes, you read that correctly, I am indeed writing a post about rabbits. You are probably thinking something along the lines of “What the f*$%?!?! I come to this weekly post for my alien and monster obsessions, and Lilith is writing about rabbits?! Has she gone soft?” No folks, I am not going soft, and this post is going to be far from what you might be picturing, no real fluffy, cutsie, adorable little bunnies hopping around in flower filled fields. Well, there might be one, but trust me, you’ll understand once you have read this. There is really just one bunny that inspired me to write this post in the first place, who will be taking my number one slot of course, but as I was thinking about this diabolical lagomorph I realized there are a lot of great rabbits out there in the movies and literature. So today I decided to give you Lilith’s Top 5 Rabbits In The Movies. Sorry I’m too late for Easter.
Rabbits are typically thought of as a peaceful species, one that is cuddly and cute, heartwarming yet easily frightened. They are not aliens or monsters, but they are a non-human species that has been represented again and again on the big screen. Some of them, like Bugs Bunny, are incredibly iconic and represent an era. It was actually a little overwhelming of who to choose, so continue forward my faithful geeks, for Lilith’s favorite rabbit stars of all time.
5. The Donnie Darko bunny.
This first rabbit on my list is technically a human in a rabbit suit, but this rabbit will forever be ingrained in my mind as one of the most terrifying portrayals of a rabbit ever. This movie in general was a bit of a whacky one. It has quite a cult following and I sadly admit I decided to watch it mainly cause it has Jake Gyllenhaal in it, and we all need a little eye candy every once in awhile. Without giving too much of the movie away, I will explain that there is this devilish rabbit that continues to appear to our namesake character who is having almost prophetic visions and signs.
Aside from how ghastly this rabbit looks right off the bat, I will say that another aspect of this character that makes it so scary is you almost expect it to go off the deep end and start murdering people like a serial killer, but it never does. Instead, the rabbit named “Frank” seems a friend to Donnie, though he encourages Donnie to do things that are appalling and destructive. Donnie’s therapist learns of Frank and explains this demonic rabbit is actually a schizophrenic hallucination of Donnie’s, though we all suspect otherwise. But this bunny is a bad omen indeed, and eventually the real Frank in the bunny suit inadvertently kills Donnie’s love interest. Frank’s manipulation and taunting of Donnie make this demon bunny one that will forever haunt my nightmares.
4. Bean Bunny
This is probably the only real “cute” bunny in the traditional sense that I will talk about here. Bean Bunny is a muppet, and the first time I watched Bean in the movies was in The Tale of the Bunny Picnic. Bean and his entire rabbit warren are an adorable and happy group of bunnies, that is until a large and ferocious dog attack them. Bean, the insignificant and cowardly rabbit of the group that is always overlooked or ignores, comes into his own and helps save the whole rabbit community. As much as they rabbits are cute and fuzzy, part of their plot involves sewing a giant bunny costume and all getting inside it to scare the dog, and I have to say the large rabbit costume is kind of terrifying. Though that was what they were going for I guess. Bean goes on to star in many other Muppet features, but it was this film when I was a child that first exposed me to Bean and became part of the reason I fell in love with Jim Henson’s films.
3. Bigwig from Watership Down
I really love this old animated film, it is so beautiful and horrifying at the same time. It has a likeness with The Secret of NIHM, and to this day when I see cottontail rabbits in my yard I have a habit of talking to them and calling them Bigwig, who was one of the main characters from this stunning novel turned in to an animated movie.
This film is about a group of rabbits that follow a rabbit that has visions of the future to a new home, and entails all the trials and tribulations they face during their journey. There are many great characters, though Bigwig is one with a likeness to Lancelot and Harry Potter combined. He is brave and kind, loyal and true. This movie is definitely worth watching if you haven’t seen it already.
2. Roger Rabbit
Who doesn’t love Who Framed Roger Rabbit? This movie is so phenomenal, a stunning combination of animation and regular film. I have already written about the superb villain from this masterpiece once before. And let’s just say that if you don’t like this film, we probably won’t be friends.
As you can see from the title of the film, this movie stars a rabbit. Roger Rabbit is a name that sounds as identifiable as Bugs Bunny, yet this movie is the one and only one where he made a claim to fame. This movie is really all about cartoons and the lives we live, but focuses around the comedic Roger Rabbit’s tragic attempt at escaping a world that suspects him of murdering his beautiful wife Jessica Rabbit. He just can’t help cracking a joke or making people laugh at every corner, it’s just in his nature! I think one of my favorite scenes involves the villain Judge Doom being able to get the rabbit out of hiding my knocking “Shave and a hair cut” over and over again, knowing the cartoon rabbit would not be able to withstand responding “Two Bits!!!!”
1. The Rabbit of Caerbannog
And now folks we come to my #1, my all time favorite bunny from the movies of all time. He after all has nasty, big, pointy teeth! And a vicious streak a mile wide!!!! Yes folks, this bunny is none other than the one from Monty Python and the Holy Grail. The rabbit guarding the Cave of Caerbannog. An unassuming adorable little white fluffy rabbit that takes everyone by surprise. This rabbit is truly one of my favorite characters of all time, not just my favorite rabbit. And boy does he ever know how to cause an epic slaughter. If you have not seen Monty Python and the Holy Grail yet I am so, so sorry. You are truly missing out on something phenomenal, and this little bunny truly makes the film.
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Posted on May 31, 2014, in Books, Cartoons, Creature Comforts, Horror of Horrors, Movies and tagged Bean Bunny, Bigwig, bunnies, creatures, Donnie Darko, Monty Python and the Holy Grail, rabbits, Roger Rabbit, the rabbit of caerbannog, watership down, your weekend creature comforts. Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.