Eater Sunday... One of the only days, besides Christmas, that you actually want to get up early. The inciting pull of hidden eggs and a basket full of sweets is just too much to let yourself sleep in. After finding and eating most of the candy, you sit down and probably turn to ABC Family where occasionally they show a children's holiday special. My favorite was always the 1971 stop-motion classic, Here Comes Peter Cottontail. This movie was great for children, being about a little rabbit who is given the title of Easter Bunny and then realizes his potential all in time to save Easter, he portrays traits that are desirable and a good lesson for the little ones. Let's look at some facts about this classic.
- In 2005, an animated sequel was released straight to video. This version is about the original Peter Cottontail and the problems he has with his inventive son, Peter Cottontail Jr.
- The original special was based off of a book by Priscilla and Otto Friedrich in 1957 named The Easter Bunny that Overslept.
- Though it was based off of another book, some of the characters are taken from Thornton W. Burgess' series of children's novels entitled Peter Cottontail.
- The same man who voiced Shaggy in most of the Scooby Doo animated films also voiced Peter Cottontail in this stop-motion classic.