Category Archives: Bunnies On Film

Sketchy Animals: The Art Of Simon Tofield

Bunnyslippers.com recently discovered ‘Simon’s Cat‘, and quickly developed a fondness for it. And how couldn’t you? The series – created and voiced (including every meow and hiss) by British animator Simon Tofield – details the antics of an eternally famished little feline in the never ending quest for more Meow Mix. The series has been big in the UK since 2008, due to the sidesplittingly accurate depiction of cat/owner relations. For those of you who haven’t seen the series, here’s a quick primer via the artist himself.

As the series grew from one video into an extensive video series with 1 million plus hits and two popular picture books, the world of Simon’s Cat expanded, letting other furry and feathered friends in to play including Bunnyslippers.com’s own raison d’être:

The ‘sketchy’ drawing style, as Tofield describes it, brings the playful, erratic movements of hare and feline to life. In this video, he shows viewers how they create their own piece of hop art.

So what are you waiting for? Get your paws on a pen, pencil, marker, crayon and draw your own bunny! Feeling bold? Post your sketch in the comments or on our Bunnyslippers.com Facebook page.

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Bunny Battle Royale

As part of the Christmas Critters programming on Conan O’Brien’s Live Coco Cam, a group of little rabbits were brought together to reenact the famous 1944 WWII battle the Siege of Bastogne (sans shrapnel). Although the live feed is over, Team Coco was kind enough to post stills of the epic battle here.

Below, we’ve embedded a few of our favorites:

We've got you surrounded!

We’ve got you surrounded!

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V.I.B’s: Very Important Bunny Pitchmen From The 40’s Thru The Present

What better way to sell a product than to create a tie-in with something universally lovable? Something people enjoy looking at? Something with energy and charm and personality? Something like a big-eared, wiggly nosed rabbit? Along said lines, here is a list of 10 organizations that made a rabbit the face of their brand.

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Bugs Bunny (1940) – Featured first in the short “A Wild Hare”, Bugs quickly became the shining star of the Looney Tunes’ cartoon cast and then the official mascot for Warner Bros proper. His cool and relaxed attitude resonated with young and old folks alike, sky-rocketing his fame (and that of Warner Bros.).

Vintage Bugs Bunny

Playboy Bunny (1954) – To quote from an earlier post, 10 Seminal Moments in Bunny History:

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“The first issue of Playboy was published in the December of 1953. Its founder and editor, a then 27-year old Hugh Heffner, had originally planned on calling it “Stag Party,” but was forced to reconsider when Stag magazine threatened litigation. As a result, he had to scrap an illustrated mascot that his cartoonist Arv Miller team had previously developed. The design was subsequently retrofitted in the form of a rabbit.”

Reggie Rabbit (1952) – Standing 175 cm and weighing in at 50 kg (all muscle!), Reggie Rabbit is the mascot for The South Sydney Rabbitohs, an Australian Rugby team. Reggie became an official member of the team in 1967, and went on to cheer the Rabbitohs to four premiership wins in five years. That’s nothing to turn your whiskers up at!

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10 Seminal Moments In Bunny History (With Timeline)

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The humble rabbit has long fascinated, charmed, and entertained their human handlers, both here in Western culture and in cultures around the globe. Noted as a symbol of fertility, rebirth, Spring, good luck, and as an example of the wily, trickster archetype, the bunny’s playful innocence (and breeding prowess) has been feted (and occasionally, denounced) in literature, film, art, fashion, pop culture, and commerce.

Below, we’ve compiled a list — along with an interactive timeline — of what we think are the 10 11 most important such moments in bunny history.

Please note that all pictures belong to their respective copyright owners…

FIRST RECORDED REFERENCE TO THE EASTER BUNNY (1682)

Much like the folklore that surrounds Santa Claus, the exact origins of the Easter Bunny remain somewhat murky. But this much we know: on the night before the holiday that bears his name, he delivers baskets filled with colored eggs, candy and toys to the homes of deserving children.

The tradition is thought to have its origins in southwestern Germany during the 17th century, where the youth eagerly awaited the annual visit of the “Oster Hawse,” as he was then called. To prepare for the occasion, they would construct brightly colored nests to receive their gifts. The holiday was later imported to the United States by way of German settlers who arrived in the Pennsylvania Dutch country during the 18th century. In modern times, the nest has been repurposed for egg hunts.

Happy Easter, everybunny!

Happy Easter, everybunny!

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ALICE IN WONDERLAND PRINTED (1865)

Penned by Charles Lutwidge Dodgson (1832-1898) (under the pseudonym Lewis Carroll) as a parable for children about the shifting nature of reality, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland (as the book is formally titled) shares the story of Alice, a young girl who tumbles down a rabbit hole into a strange fantasy world (the aforementioned Wonderland) populated by unusual creatures, including rabbits, with anthropomorphic properties.

Attesting to its lasting influence, the book has been translated into 125 languages and has never gone out of print. It has also been routinely adapted for other media, most notably theatre, television and film, the latter of which includes a 2010 production by noted auteur Tim Burton that saw Alice make her initial foray into 3-D.

''Oh my ears and whiskers, how late it's getting!''

”Oh my ears and whiskers, how late it's getting!”

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PETER RABBIT INTRODUCED (1902)

Developed by the English author, illustrator, and conservationist Beatrix Potter (1866-1943) to lighten the spirits of a sick child, Peter Rabbit first appeared in 1902’s The Tale of Peter Rabbit, in which he is depicted, via both text and image, as a mischievous bunny with an appetite for vegetables purloined from the neighbor’s garden patch. Based on the title’s early success and critical reception, Potter would later feature Peter in five subsequent books, all of which would be used to spin-off related merchandise such as dolls, toys, clothing, homewares, and stuffed animals.

With more than 151 million books sold to date, the franchise remains one of the most popular and enduring in children’s literature history. On a related note, Nickelodeon is said to be readying a new animated series for 2012.

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24 Carrot Millionhares: 10 Celebrities & Their Pet Rabbits

Save perhaps for Glen Close, few celebs have been immune to the cuddly charms of furry rabbits. Take, Hugh Hefner, for instance, who built an iconic media empire around their likeness. Ditto for Andy Warhol, who returned to the subject again and again in his work (Hop Art, anyone?). Likewise, comedians and actors as varied as Bob Hoskins, John Cleese, Michael Jordan, and Jake Gyllenhaal have all viewed the world through what The Bunnington Post has cleverly coined “the lagomorph lens.”

Some celebs, in fact, are so smitten they’ve brought bunnies into their family. To wit, the list below, which notes 10 such pairings.

  • Paris Hilton owns not one but 20 bunnies that she saved from becoming snake food at a pet shelter. Whether she’s named the bunnies has not been confirmed, but suspected monikers include “BunBuns”, “Schnookums”, “Hot” and “Sexy”. (Suspected by us, that is.)
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    Getting by with only the hare necessities...

    Getting by with only the hare necessities…


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  • Miley Sirus has been spotted toting a little rabbit, reportedly named Jack.
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    Hare you are...

    Hare you are…

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  • Vocal animal rights advocate Bob Barker owns two bunnies, Mr. Rabbit and Honey Bunny, that he rescued from an animal shelter.

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Enter Joe, The All Terrain Bunny

In the Youtube cuteness hierarchy, few things place higher than adorable children and baby animals. Put both in a video together and you have Youtube gold. But when the baby bunny is a resilient paraplegic and the child is a precocious handyman looking to reinvent the wheel with altruistic intentions, the video graduates from the typical adorable YouTube fodder to something even more touching. Watch Joe, the All Terrain Bunny, below:

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26 Rabbit Tattoos

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[UPDATE 3/28/12:] Now that you’ve refreshed your summer wardrobe with our compilation of 26 bunny tee shirts, you need a tattoo to match. To wit, we’ve updated our initial list of 10 rabbit tats with 16 new entries. Collected from Internet burrows both big and small, we’ve sourced a new batch of lapinspired (editor’s note: did you see what we did there?) ink that is even cuter, zanier, and more extraordinary than the first. Did we succeed? Let’s take a look-see.

1. I love this tattoo by Black Garden Tattoo‘s Matty D’Arienzo. The soft lines contrast wonderfully with the pointed flower leaves with an effect that is equal parts tough and tender.

Black & white & red all over

Black & white & red all over

2. This shoulder piece was listed in All Fun 24‘s list of rabbit tattoo designs. It’s sweet with out being cutesy, austere without being pretentious – perfectly walking all the lines that make a tattoo perfect.

Cherry blossoms and bunny rabbits - two beloved springtime sights

Cherry blossoms and bunny rabbits – two beloved springtime sights

3. There’s something about rabbits in teapots that people really seem to love. Whether it’s the serene domesticity embodied in both symbols or perhaps the oblique Alice in Wonderland reference, we’re into it. Plus, with this little rabbit on your arm, you’re never without a teatime companion. (Found @ Trad Tattoos Tumblr).

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T 4 2

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Hello!

Hello friends and welcome to the very first post here at From Hop to Pop!

As our phonetic handle might suggest, we’ll be filling this space with a steady stream of dispatches that chronicle the humble rabbit, his place in contemporary culture (both online and off), and everything in between. This wave of fluffy cuteness will be leavened with a steady stream avalanche of related pics, vids and viral memes, as curated by our editorial team (rabbit enthusiasts, all).

Exactly like such:

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Hop back often for fresh updates!

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