Category Archives: Famous Rabbits

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.

Editor’s note: click on the pics below to enlarge.

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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Hop Art A Hare Over 200 Feet

When quantifying cuteness, a good rule of thumb is that the smaller things get, the cuter they become (angora rabbits excluded, obviously).

Think Pink

Think Pink

Erected on the side of the Colletto Fava mountain in Italy, the Artesina Hare (pictured above) poses an interesting challenge to this axiom. The 200-foot-long, 20-foot-high pink bunny is so massive it can be spotted from space, but its casual, floppy, and prostate orientation elicits the same ‘awww’-inducing feeling as the tiniest baby rabbit.

Gelitin, the Viennese art collective responsible for designing said installation (some five years in the making!), jest on their site that the rabbit was “knitted by dozens of grannies out of pink wool”.

Stuffed with hay (and the hint of a whimsically subversive agenda), the piece was actually conceived as an exploration of decay, decomposition, and the consumer-product lifecycle, all of which belie the rabbit’s cute and childlike-assocations.
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Caring For Your Bunny Slippers

Sooooooooooo, you bought a pair of our classic bunny slippers. And, naturally, you love their adorable countenance and plush, comforting fit.

Over time and with use, though, you’ve noticed that your bunnies are morphing into dust bunnies; what was once a pristine white hue has lost some of its luster and given way to a grayish shade, all of which naturally begs the following question: can my bunny slippers be laundered? And safely at that?

Dust Bunnies

Dust Bunnies

Well, your friends at Bunnyslippers.com are happy to report that, yes, yes they can!

The classics are made of a fluffy acrylic bunny body and a soft polyester terry footbed which features cushioned construction and bunny footprint sole. The pink bunny ear lining is poly flannel. Surface scrubbing them by hand with mild detergent and warm water is the optimal method, but they can be washed mechanically.

Below, we’ve listed our tips, along with some helpful pictures, for doing so.

* Do note that your results may vary; we can’t accept responsibility for damaged slippers. *

Take the following pair, on the left, which was worn at home for roughly 18 months. For easy reference, we’ve placed them side-by-side with a brand new pair.

Dirty (left), clean (right).

Dirty (left), clean (right).

Gross, yes? Well, let’s change that.

Step 1: Add your bunnies to the wash, alone or with other light colored fabrics. If you have a mesh laundry bag, put them inside for an added degree of safety (optional).

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Step 2: Mix with one dose of any standard laundry detergent.

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Step 3: Set wash to gentle or cold water cycle.

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Step 4: When the wash cycle is complete, pull the bunnies and let them air dry. Whack the soles together a few times to fluff them up; likewise, you should also reshape the ears.

NO NEE NON NEIN NAI NIET NIE NE Bù ANIYO TIDAK MA IKKE NA

NO NEE NON NEIN NAI NIET NIE NE Bù ANIYO TIDAK MA IKKE NA

And with that, you have successfully refreshed your bunnies! Let’s examine our results below.

You can see that the white is much brighter than before.

So fresh, so clean.

So fresh, so clean.

Here are the newly cleaned bunnies, matched up with a new pair. MUCH better, yes?

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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.

24 Carrot Millionhare

24 Carrot Millionhare

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The Hare Necessitees: 26 Rabbit T-Shirts

It’s officially spring time! Daffodils are popping up on every street corner, birds can be heard chirping outside each window, and the Easter Bunny’s annual appearance draws closer (April 8th, yo), all of which reminds us that it’s once again t-shirt weather (fiiiiiiinally). As such, we’ve decided to revisit the compilation of rabbit-themed shirts that we pieced together in this space last year…

New for this refresh are 15 16 designs, which brings our total to a whopping hopping 26. Collected from Internet points near and far, they include everything from the predictably d’aww inducing (read: cute) to the strange, curious and even slightly macabre. Revel therefore in your right to bare arms…

Note that the shirts are listed in no particular order; click on the images to link through.

1. Here’s a pun on a classic Disney character we dug up over at Shirtoid.

Thumbprint Thumbper

Thumbprint Thumbper

2. Robert the Listening Rabbit at Tee Gallery has ears as big as his heart.

He's a great listener

He’s a great listener

3. If you’ve bumped your head and need a rabbit reminder, the folks at Rabbit and Eye have you covered – literally and figuratively.

Revised edition of the Cute-tionary added 'cuddly' to the definition

Revised edition of the Cute-tionary added ‘cuddly’ to the definition

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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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A Pictorial Tribute To Disapproving Rabbits’ Resident Superstar, Cinnamon (1998-2011)

Cinnamon, the star bunny at Disapproving Rabbits, set the standard for grumpy rabbits everywhere. No adorable mouth was frownier, no little eyes more disdainful…

Alas, we were deeply saddened to learn last Monday that she had passed away after 13 long and hoppy years. Our condolences go to Sharon and Bill Stiteler, Cinnamon’s care-humans. We wish them a peaceful recovery from the loss of their beloved bunny, and hope that they will eventually continue to keep the Disapproving Rabbits blog going strong in Cinnamon’s memory.

In honor of our late furry friend, here are a few of our favorite Cinnamon snapshots, as originally posted on Disapproving Rabbits. Be sure to check out their blog, too. The pictures are cute, but the disgruntled rabbit comments are really what makes the blog great.

Here’s Hare’s to you, Cinnamon!

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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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