Top five fictional rabbits

In today’s Harvard Crimson, writer Rachel A. Burns lists the top five bunnies in popular culture. Can you guess who made the Top 5 list?

 5.  Thumper from “Bambi”
Despite its tearful beginning, “Bambi” was one of my favorite childhood movies. In my opinion, Thumper upstages Bambi in pretty much any scene they share.

4. The rabbit in “Goodnight Moon”
This book should not need explanation. It has been a bedtime story for countless children, and at its center is a baby rabbit trying to go to sleep.

3. The killer rabbit from “Monty Python and the Holy Grail”
Not all rabbits are as sweet and innocent as the one falling asleep in “Goodnight Moon.” This particular rabbit eats unsuspecting travelers alive. (Note: If you’ve never seen the movie, check out the clip below to see the “vicious” rabbit for yourself)



2. Harvey from “Harvey”

If you can’t see a rabbit, does it exist? Directed by Henry Koster and starring Jimmy Stewart, “Harvey” is the story of a man named Elwood P. Dowd, who claims to have a six-foot-tall, invisible rabbit friend.

1. Fiver from “Watership Down”
There are enough rabbits in Richard Adams’ classic tale to warrant a separate list. There’s the leader of the group of runaway rabbits, Hazel, the rabbit-god Frith, and the Grim Reaper rabbit, the Black Rabbit of Inlé, to name only a few. But Fiver, the neurotic and somewhat psychic runt of the group, has always been my favorite.

Rachel A. Burns is the outgoing Books Editor. Because her initials are RAB, she has always felt an affinity for rabbits. Also, she stole the horcrux.

Bonking like bunnies?

Thought that would get your attention!

From the UK’s Daily Mail

It appeared to be a case of crossed tails.

Actors Courteney Cox and her husband David Arquette have taken part in a hilarious video campaign drawing attention to domestic violence issues on behalf of the Ocean Park Community Center in Santa Monica, CA.

The couple, dressed in giant bunny suits, are involved in a highly confusing situation of mistaken identity.

Bonking bunnies: David Arquette and his wife Courteney Cox take part in a Public Service announcement for an anti-domestic violence center.

The pair, who have been married for 11 years, are seen romping around a bedroom in the rabbit costumes.

The enthusiastic couple appear to be having a great time until the door opens and David realises that the person he is frolicking with is NOT his wife – as she has just walked into the room.

As they stare at each other in horror, the unknown bunny removes his costume head and is unmasked as 30 Rock star Jack McBrayer.

Funny bunny: The rabbits romp around the room in the hilarious clip for charity

At the end of the clip is the tag line ‘That’s Just Wrong’.

After which viewers get a sobering speech about how the clip was very funny but domestic violence against women is no laughing matter and is a very serious problem.

David and Courteney are currently in the middle of filming their new movie Scream 4.

The pair actually met and fell in love while filming the franchise’s first installment back in 1996.

Paris Hilton “rescues” 20 rabbits

Posted at the Daily Mail 

Paris Hilton is a self-confessed softie when it comes to anything furry and four legged. 

The socialite has a huge collection of pets stationed around the country at her various homes and just keeps adding to their swelling ranks. 

Her most recent addition? Twenty – yes, twenty – rabbits. 

Paris with her 20 rescued rabbits

 

Hilton tweeted a picture of herself yesterday feeding the bunnies a mixture of rabbit food, lettuce, carrots and grapes, with a note: ‘Feeding My Bunnies a Late Night Snack’. 

The 29-year-old went on to reveal that she had been compelled to rescue the rabbits when she learned of their impending fate: ‘The bunnies were meant to be feeders. I saw them at the petstore & they told me they were for snake food and I had to save them.’ 

Further tweeting: ‘I rescued 20 of them. They are now happy living in my backyard. They are all so happy, so nice to have changed their fate.’ 

In case anyone was in any doubt about Hilton’s love of animals she made it clear via a Tweet on September 11th: ‘They are such beautiful creatures and make the world a better place. I love animals! They make me happy :)’ 

Hilton once admitted on Ellen DeGeneres’ show that she has a staggering seventeen dogs in total now as they keep breeding. 

Other animals include two cats, three ferrets, two monkeys, a baby possum, a goat and a recently acquired micro pig. 

‘So excited for my new piglette to come home to me,’ Hilton Tweeted about her new $4,500 purchase, going on to reveal she plans to call her little porker Princess Piglette. 

Not everyone believes Hilton’s love of animals is to be commended though. PETA recently launched a brutal attack against her claiming she’s setting a ‘wretched example’ by treating animals like they’re ‘as disposable as her friends and fiances’. 

Canine collector: Hilton admitted to Ellen Degeneres that her dog collection has risen to seventeen as they keep breeding with each other and increasing in number

 

Going on to say: ‘The Chihuahuas, ferrets, and kinkajous she’s paraded through her home in the past were not accessories, and pot-bellied pigs aren’t either’. 

And they’re not the only organization that’s criticized Hilton and her apparent animal collecting. After Hilton dropped Prada, one of her rescued kittens, off at the vets and never sent anyone to collect her, Linzi Glass, president of the Kriss Kelly Foundation slammed her: ‘Being a pet owner requires a level of responsibility and maturity,’ Glass said. 

‘It is clear that Ms Hilton lacks the maturity to take care of anyone or anything but herself.’

Rabbit á la Berlin

My rabbit Tobey and I must have fallen asleep on the sofa before the 2010 Academy Award nominations were made for best documentary. We always watch the pre-Oscar show together.  

While I eat popcorn, he nibbles on a few tiny pieces of a banana chip and small pieces of carrot. The lagomorph equivalent to Milk Duds, I suppose… 

 We usually enjoy comparing notes (well, he grunts) about the interviews and glittering ensembles worn by attendees. 

2010 Oscar nominee for Best Documentary

 

Somehow, Tobey and I missed this nominee for Best Documentary: a 51- minute, black and white documentary called Rabbit á la Berlin.  

According to IMDB.com, this is the untold story about wild rabbits which lived safefly between the Berlin Walls (in what was called “The Death Zone”)  for 28 years.  

The Death Zone was full of grass, no predators, and guards protecting them from human disturbance. By all accounts the rabbits lived happily in the Death Zone.  

Once the Berlin came down, the rabbits had to abandon their comfortable, protected existence. They moved to West Berlin and have been living there in a few colonies since then.  

According to the filmmakers, Bartek Konopka and Piotr Rosolowski, the rabbits “are still learning how to live in the free world, same as we – the citizens of Eastern Europe” are.  

The film is hailed as “an allegory and metaphor concerning the residents of Eastern Berlin.” 

Like the rabbits, people living in East Berlin also had to adjust to the end of the Wall, and the ups and downs of sudden freedom; freedom that has come with a price for people on both sides of the Wall.  

The film was screened in New York last month, but I have not been able to find local screenings.  

Here is the trailer – enjoy! 

Saturday morning cartoon: Pooh’s Rabbit

Kenneth Sansom

 

For over a generation, Kenneth Sansom has been the voice of one of America’s most beloved bunnies: Winnie the Pooh’s “Rabbit.”
Ken began acting in the early seventies in an episode of Mayberry R.F.D., a continuation of the Andy Griffith Show. Other roles included The Chipmunks, Maude, Newhart, Charlie’s Angels, and Days of our Lives.  

Rabbit has figured prominently in his career, and it is the role he is known best for.   

So, go fill up your bowl with a sugary cereal, sit on the sofa, and watch a cartoon! (Rabbit appears at about the 1:01 mark in the video below):  

Who was Rabbit? According to Wikipedia:  

Unlike most of the cast in the books, who are based on stuffed animals owned by Christopher Robin Milne, the illustrations of Rabbit look more like a living animal than a stuffed one. This idea is also supported by Rabbit’s own comment to Owl, “You and I have brains. The others have fluff.” In Ernest H. Shepard’s illustrations, Rabbit appears like a typical, long-eared rabbit, except that he walks on two legs and uses his front paws as hands. The top of his head reaches about to Pooh’s nose; his ears, when pointed straight up, reach to just above Pooh’s head. While loyal to the friends he knows, Rabbit shows a certain reluctance to welcome newcomers, as evidenced by his initial negative reaction to the arrival of Kanga and Roo in the first book, and to Tigger in the second book. Nonetheless, he warms up to all of them in time.  

Rabbit likes to take charge and come up with elaborate plans, such as the one to scare Kanga by hiding Roo, and the one to “un-bounce” Tigger. He is also an organizer, as in the case of the Search for Small. As detailed as his plans are, they often miss certain key points, and thus go wrong in one way or another.  

Rabbit tends to include Pooh and Piglet in his plans, and he goes to Owl when there is “thinking to be done”. He sees his relationship to Christopher Robin as being the one that Christopher depends on. Rabbit also has good relationships with the minor animals in the forest, who are usually referred to as his “friends-and-relations”. Several are mentioned by name, including a wasp called Small, a beetle named Alexander Beetle, another member of the beetle family named Henry Rush, and three unspecified creatures called Smallest-of-All, Late, and Early. According to the illustrations of the book, his other friends-and-relations include other rabbits, a squirrel, a hedgehog, some mice, and insects. At one point, Rabbit estimates that he would need “seventeen pockets” if he were going to carry all his family about with him; whether that number refers just to his relatives or to the friends-and-relations as a group is unknown, if it had any basis at all.  

Rabbit lives in a house in the north central part of the Hundred Acre Wood, between the sandy pit where Roo plays and the area where his friends-and-relations live.

New Twist for Potter’s “Peter”

Emma Thompson

 

Is it possible to improve upon a much-loved classic like Beatrix Potter’s Peter Rabbit tales? 

According to the BBC, Oscar-winning actress Emma Thompson has agreed to write a new Peter Rabbit story in honor of the 110th anniversary of Beatrix Potter’s original story. 

“They asked me to write a new story, so I’m going to take him to Scotland,” she said. 

Thompson’s story is expected to be published in 2012. 

The actress, who has previously written screenplays for Sense and Sensibility and Nanny McPhee, recently revealed that she suffers from “mild depression” and was planning to take a break from acting. 

Her new role was confirmed by Jennifer Cooper from publishers Frederick Warne. 

“We are currently in talks with Emma Thompson regarding her writing a Peter Rabbit story to commemorate 110 years of Peter Rabbit in 2012,” she told the BBC News website. 

Beatrix Potter: so ahead of her time!

 

Beatrix Potter first introduced the character of Peter Rabbit – based on her own pet – to her stories in 1902 after its beginnings as an illustrated letter in 1893. 

Remind you of anybun?!

 

The author’s life was made into the Hollywood film Miss Potter in 2006 with Renee Zellweger playing the title role.

Go Ahead…Make My Hay!

OK, this isn’t exactly “new” news, but it was to me so I thought I’d share it.

In a 2008 Parade magazine article, Clint Eastwood revealed that he has a companion rabbit (August Eastwood):

 “He’s [Clint Eastwood is] sitting at home, stroking his pet rabbit. His wife is out. His latest picture is a wrap. He is content to have nothing to do.”

I almost fell off my chair.

Knowing that one of the most macho men in the world lives with, and loves a bunny, truly makes MY day!

To read the Parade magazine article visit http://www.parade.com/celebrity/2008/12/clint-eastwood.html

Their “son” August is also featured (with Mom Dina and Dad Clint) in a video promotion for the Monterrey County SPCA: