We’ve all heard of Bugs Bunny, Roger Rabbit, and Thumper… but there are so many other animated bunnies who have hopped their way through film and cartoon history! Some are cute-n-cuddly, some are brave and heroic, and others are bouncing-off-the-walls goofy. Read on to meet some of our favorite lesser-known cartoon rabbits.
Seen here with his deputy, Droop-a-Long Coyote, Sheriff Ricochet Rabbit appeared in the Hanna-Barbera cartoon series The Quick Draw McGraw Show (1959-62), as well as The Magilla Gorrilla Show (1964-65). A quick and agile sheriff in the Wild West, Ricochet was known for his incredible speed and ability to bounce off various objects with remarkable precision! Characterized by his energetic personality, southern accent, and the catchphrase “ping-ping-ping,” (which he exclaims while bouncing around), Ricochet Rabbit’s adventures often involve outsmarting the bad guys with his swift and unpredictable movements, while Droop-a-Long struggles to keep up!
Buster Baxter is one of Arthur Read’s best friends in the animated tv series Arthur. Created by Marc Brown, Arthur ran from 1996 to 2022 (a remarkable 26 years!). Living in the fictional Elwood City, Buster is known for his adventurous and curious personality, and is a loyal and fun-loving friend to his aardvark pal, Arthur. Clearly, our very favorite moment in the show is when Buster and Arthur wear slippers that look like each other! Now that’s what we call #friendshipgoals! Want some slippers that look a bit like Buster? Check out our Classic Bunny Slippers™! We don’t have any aardvark slippers at this time… but maybe we will someday! (Now that’s what we call #slippergoals).
Bucky O’Hare is a daring spaceship captain who also happens to be a bright green rabbit. Created by artist Larry Hama and writer Michael Golden, Bucky first appeared in a comic book series from Continuity Comics in the mid-1980s. He made the great leap to the small screen in an animated TV series, Bucky O’Hare and the Toad Wars, which aired in 1991. In both comics and animation, we see Bucky courageously captaining his ship, “The Righteous Indignation,” along with his first mate Jenny (the pink cat character seen above) and a diverse crew of critters. Bucky’s main mission is to patrol mammal space and fight against the evil Toad Empire led by the sinister Toadborg!
Miffy, also known as Nijntje in Dutch, is a small rabbit character created by Dutch author and illustrator Dick Bruna. Miffy made her debut in a children’s picture book titled “Nijntje” in 1955. She is characterized by her simple and iconic design, featuring a white rabbit with a distinctive cross-shaped mouth. Miffy hopped onto the small screen in 2015 with the animated television series Miffy’s Adventures Big and Small. Aimed at preschoolers, the gentle animation style incorporates educational elements like colors, shapes and numbers. The storylines, generally focused on an activity in Miffy’s daily life, are designed to engage young viewers and teach about friendship, creativity, and the world around them. Both the books and animated series have been translated into many languages, and are beloved around the world!
Cream the Rabbit
Charming, squeaky-voiced, and cute as a button, Cream the Rabbit is a recurring character in the Sonic the Hedgehog universe, created and produced by SEGA. Designed by Yuji Uekawa, Cream first appeared in the video game “Sonic Advance 2,” released in 2002, and has appeared in various games, comic books, and animated TV shows associated with the Sonic Universe, such as the animated series Sonic X (seen above). Cream is often accompanied by her Chao companion, a small, floating, ball-shaped creature named Cheese. Cream has the ability to fly using her large ears, and is known for her desire for peace, harmony, and all things cute!
Fall Apart Rabbit
Fall Apart Rabbit appeared in the animated television series Bonkers (1993-94), produced by Walt Disney Television. As his name suggests, Fall Apart Rabbit has the ability to, well, fall apart into separate pieces and then reassemble himself at will! He appears as a supporting character to the series’ lead zany toon character Bonkers, a crime-solving bobcat, and his partner Lucky Piquel, a regular human.
Oswald the Lucky Rabbit
Oswald the Lucky Rabbit is actually the very first Disney character to feature in a series of animated films! Created by Walt Disney and Ub Iwerks for film producer Charles Mintz, Oswald made his debut in the silent cartoon short “Trolley Troubles” in 1927 (seen above). Initially, the Oswald cartoon shorts were distributed by Universal Studios. In in 1928, Walt Disney lost the rights to Oswald due to a contractual dispute with the distributor. This led to Disney creating a new character, Mickey Mouse, who, as we all know, would go on to become one of the most iconic characters in animation. In 2006, The Walt Disney Company successfully reacquired the rights to Oswald the Lucky Rabbit from NBC Universal, marking a significant return of the character to the Disney family. Check out a new Oswald cartoon short here!
First appearing in a comic book series of the same name, Usagi Yojimbo is a skilled and honorable samurai. Created by cartoonist Stan Sakai in 1984, the comic series gained critical acclaim for its storytelling, historical accuracy, and unique blend of anthropomorphic characters in a feudal Japanese setting. Usagi Yojimbo embodies the principles of the samurai code, including honor, loyalty, and justice. His character is often portrayed as a wandering ronin (masterless samurai) who upholds these principles in his adventures. He’s bounded off the page onto the small screen, making several crossover appearances in other comic books and animated series, including several episodes of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles from the 1980s to the 2000s (seen above).
Mr. Herriman appears in the animated television series Foster’s Home for Imaginary Friends (2004-09), created by Craig McCracken. Mr. Herriman serves as the administrator and manager of Foster’s Home for Imaginary Friends, a place where imaginary friends who are no longer needed by their creators can live. Strict and businesslike, and with a very proper British accent, Mr. Herriman attempts to maintain order in a house filled with eccentric and diverse imaginary friends.
Richard Buckley Watterson
Richard Watterson is a big pink bunny from the animated television series The Amazing World of Gumball (2011-19), created by Ben Bocquelet for Cartoon Network. Richard and his wife Nicole (the blue cat pictured above) have three kids: Gumball, Darwin, and Anais, and live in the fictional town of Elmore. A junk-food scarfing, accident-prone, lovable dimwit, Richard is a loving father, but is not necessarily a good role model!
Well, there you have it folks…we hope you enjoyed hopping through the delightful world of cartoon rabbits with us! If you need some more bunny fun in your life… check out our selection of bunny slippers large and small.