The 10 Weirdest Bunnies in Pop Culture
You may not be aware, but the Easter Bunny has been around for a long time. Easily one of the most recognizable symbols of the holiday, the loveable critter was first mentioned in an essay by German physician and botanist Georg Franck von Frankenau all the way back in 1682. Funny, we always figured he was just a Hallmark creation.
But not all bunnies are cute and cuddly. There are more recent examples of rabbits from pop culture that range from psychotic to demonic to downright weird. Any way you slice it, you don’t want these rabbits dropping by for Easter dinner.
Frank, the demonic bunny from the indie flick ‘Donnie Darko,’ doesn’t come bearing colored eggs and candy. Instead, he provides grim, prophetic visions of the future and drives the film’s titular character to commit arson and other misdeeds set to a alternative ’80s soundtrack. We’re not sure what Frank would fill our Easter baskets with, but we definitely don’t want any part of it.
Our list simply wouldn’t be complete without Bugs Bunny, the hell-raising hare created by Warner Bros. in 1940. Bugs is essentially a good rabbit at heart, but he has an insatiable lust for carrots (some might even say addiction) and takes an unhealthy amount of pleasure in torturing those who wrong him. (Just ask Elmer Fudd and Daffy Duck.) And let’s not forget that Bugs sometimes dabbles as a cross-dresser too. Wascally wabbit, indeed.
Greg the Bunny
Greg the Bunny, the title character from the short-lived Fox comedy of the same name, is a down-on-his luck rabbit longing for success. Eventually, with the help of his slacker roommate Jimmy (Seth Green), Greg lands a role on a children’s television show called ‘Sweetknuckle Junction’ and from that point on, he struggles to save the series from cancellation. But his troubles don’t end there. Poor Greg was later arrested as a pedophile on the MTV spin-off ‘Warren the Ape.’ Um, yeah. That’s about as far from the Easter Bunny as you can get.
If Frank is the worst kind of imaginary rabbit, Harvey from the 1950 film starring Jimmy Stewart is exactly the opposite. It’s possible that main character Elwood P. Dowd’s invisible rabbit buddy is the product of alcoholism or mental illness, but who cares? At least he’s not nightmare-inducing like Frank. Still, no matter how nice Harvey is, the thought of a man-sized, six-foot, three-and-one-inch tall rabbit is enough to send us running in the other direction.
If you’re looking for a wholesome bunny, then best avert your eyes from the sociopathic Mr. Floppy, who appeared in the ‘Married With Children’ knock-off sitcom ‘Unhappily Ever After.’ Mr. Floppy is a boozing, chain-smoking, womanizing plush rabbit that lives in the basement and can only be heard by schizophrenic main character Jack. Mr. Floppy was fittingly voiced by Bobcat Goldthwait.
Roger may be the star of 1988’s ‘Who Framed Roger Rabbit,’ but he’s also incredibly neurotic, hyperactive, dim-witted and anxiety-ridden. And, yes, wife Jessica is way out of his league. Oh, and one more thing — don’t give Roger alcohol or you’ll be cleaning up for weeks.
The Killer Rabbit of Caerbannog
In one of the many memorable scenes from ‘Monty Python and the Holy Grail,’ a group of brave knights led by King Arthur is lulled into a false sense of security when they discover a rabbit guarding the entrance to a cave. But this is no ordinary fluffy bunny. Instead, this is the Killer Rabbit of Caerbannog and it proceeds to savagely behead one knight and maim several others. If you ever encounter this vicious creature, make sure you’re armed with the Holy Hand Grenade of Antioch or it’ll be a bloodbath.
A spin-off of the ‘Rayman’ video game series, Raving Rabbids are crazed, rabbit-like creatures hellbent on taking over the world by using everything from plungers to giant robots. The first Rabbid game — ‘Rayman Raving Rabbids’ — came out in 2006 and five more titles have been released since then. All in all, it’s an entertaining franchise, especially if you like your rabbits wild-eyed, megalomaniacal and certifiably nuts.
Call us crazy, but a vampire bunny doesn’t exactly seem like a suitable subject for kids. And yet, that’s exactly what the ‘Bunnicula’ children’s book series is about. But don’t worry, it’s not as sinister as it sounds. Bunnicula is generally harmless and only sucks juice out of vegetables. Which makes it okay. We guess.
Night of the Lepus
‘Monty Python and the Holy Grail’ presents the idea of a killer rabbit with tongue planted firmly in cheek, but the 1972 sci-fi horror flick ‘Night of the Lepus’ is dead serious. In this B-movie, giant mutated rabbits terrorize a small town in Arizona. It’s filled, of course, with more bad acting and laughable special effects than you could possibly imagine. Seriously, the Energizer Bunny is more frightening.