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1998 (USA) See more »
An elderly widowed rabbit is encouraged by a moth to commit suicide by sticking her head in an oven so that she may join her husband in death. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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An animated short whose brilliant animation takes second billing. See more (18 total) »

Directed by
Chris Wedge 
Writing credits
Chris Wedge (written by)

Produced by
Nina Rappaport .... producer
Original Music by
Kathleen Brennan 
Film Editing by
Tim Nordquist 
Production Management
Laney Gradus .... production manager
Leon Xiao .... production supervisor
Sound Department
Eric A. Christoffersen .... stereo sound consultant: Dolby (as Eric A. Christofferson)
Scott Cresswell .... sound engineer
Ginger Geary .... foley artist
Paul Goodrich .... sound engineer
Paul Goodrich .... sound mixing engineer
Robert Kessler .... sound designer
Jacquire King .... sound engineer
Jeff Sloan .... second engineer
Visual Effects by
Andrew Beddini .... digital paint artist
Cliff Bohm .... modeler
Robert V. Cavaleri .... visual effects artist
Shaun Cusick .... modeler
Mike Defeo .... modeler
Hilmar Koch .... digital effects supervisor
Alexander Levenson .... modeler
David V. Mei .... digital paint artist
David V. Mei .... modeler
John Siczewicz .... digital paint artist
Dave Walvoord .... digital effects supervisor
Dan Weeks .... systems support
Daniel Williams .... modeler
Leon Xiao .... systems support
Camera and Electrical Department
Mitch Kopelman .... lighting lead
Animation Department
Nina Bafaro .... lead animator
James Bresnahan .... animator
Raquel Coelho .... animator
Rhett Collier .... animator
Doug Dooley .... lead animator
Ed Gavin .... animator
Jeffrey Joe .... animator
Justin Leach .... animator
Dean Lennert .... animator
Carlos Saldanha .... animator
Jesse Sugarman .... animator
Steve Talkowski .... animator
Aimee Whiting .... animator
Dan Whiting .... animator
Editorial Department
Fred Heid .... color timer
Noëlle Penraat .... negative cutter
Music Department
Andrew Borger .... musician
Matthew Brubeck .... musician
Ralph Carney .... musician
Trevor Dunn .... musician
Joe Gore .... musician
Carla Kihlstedt .... musician
Nik Phelps .... musician
Francis Thumm .... music arranger
Other crew
Andrew Beddini .... technical director
Tom Bisogno .... technical director
David B. Brown .... production executive
Christopher M. Burrows .... technical assistant
Christopher M. Burrows .... technical director
Danielle Cambridge .... technical director
Jaime Castañeda .... technical director
Robert V. Cavaleri .... technical director (as Rob Cavaleri)
Scott Clifford .... technical director
Rhett Collier .... technical director
John Donkin .... technical director
John C. Donkin .... technical director
Tanya Doyle .... production assistant
Michael Eringis .... technical director
David Esneault .... technical director
Sing-Choong Foo .... technical director
Billy Foster .... production assistant
Richard Hadsell .... production software supporter: Blue Sky Research and Development
Kristin Hansen .... technical director
Joe Higham .... staff member: Blue Sky Software Tools
Jesse Hollander .... technical director
Carl Ludwig .... research and development director
André Mazzone .... staff member: Blue Sky Software Tools
André Mazzone .... technical director
Lutzifer Muller .... technical director
Lutz Müller .... technical director
Anthony Nisi .... production accountant
Sam Richards .... staff member: Blue Sky Software Tools
Irka B. Seng .... production coordinator
Tim Speltz .... technical director
Kevin Thomason .... technical director
Trevor Thomson .... production software support: research & development
Trevor Thomson .... staff member: Blue Sky Research and Development
Chris Trimble .... staff member: Blue Sky Software Tools
Eugene Troubetzkoy .... staff member: Blue Sky Research and Development
John Turner .... production software support: research & development
John Turner .... staff member: Blue Sky Research and Development
Maurice Van Swaaij .... staff member: Blue Sky Research and Development
Jodi Whitsel .... technical director
Steve Briggs .... special thanks
Pat Repola .... special thanks

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7 min
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Chris Wedge regretted that he didn't get Bunny into his movie Ice Age as an Easter egg.See more »
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An animated short whose brilliant animation takes second billing., 28 January 2005
Author: Michael DeZubiria ( from Luoyang, China

Sometimes I read reviews by other users on the IMDb as I write my own and I made the mistake of doing that for this film. Only about 15 people have written reviews at the time I am writing this, but as is generally the case, I was astounded at some of the things that people had to say about this brilliant film. Just as many people praised the quality of the animation as people who pointed it out as a way to see how far animation has come since it was released. One user even wrote that the animation was clearly dated, as though it were old and unimpressive. What is truly odd is that I think that the person who wrote that has written more reviews on the IMDb than anyone else on the site, and yet he completely missed the fact that the ragged, worn out stuffed-animal appearance of Bunny is all animated. This is not go-motion, it's pure animation and it's absolutely stunning.

Even more astounding were a couple of complaints that the ending was stupid, or confusing. At the moment I'm having a hard time deciding which of these ludicrous claims is more foolish. The movie is an animated short with more of a somber feel than the typical animated short, and deals with what might happen to people when they die. This is, of course, all explained in the intro to the film, although had I not watched it I find it hard to believe that I would have been confused by an ending that featured an elderly bunny rabbit crawling into her oven and then flying into a white light, especially since she sprouts wings on the way. Director Chris Wedge describes it as sort of a fun way to look at the reality of death if, as Tigger might say, you can imaginate such a thing.

The entire film is very quiet and almost depressing, even when we identify with Bunny for wanting to get rid of the pesky moth, she shuts it outside in the dark, turning off the porch light and leaving it in darkness, at which point feelings of annoyance turn instantly into feelings of sympathy. In the space of no more than a second or two we go from wanting to swat the moth to wanting to bring it back inside. This, I have to say, is absolutely brilliant screen writing (by the way, another IMDb user made the astonishing comment that animated short films should stick entirely to comedy and cuteness, which itself is one of the most ridiculous things I've ever read on this site or anywhere else. I personally take it to be the same as saying that female actors should stick to romantic comedies).

There are lots of clever touches in the film, such as the fact that Bunny uses a walker just as any aging woman would, but she still hops along with it. It's one of those things that you wouldn't even think about but that add tremendously to her character when you see it. Bunny is, even without the hopping, probably the most complex character that you could hope to see developed in a 7 1/2 minute animated film without a syllable of dialogue. She has lost her husband, lives alone, and while we want to feel sympathy for her (and ultimately do), it is unsettling that she shuts the moth out in total darkness, almost as though she were starving it, and then even more unsettling that she swats it dead, stirs it viciously into her batter and loses her temper, hurling it into the oven and slamming the door with what must be the great majority of her might.

When she falls asleep just afterwards, it is, as Chris Wedge explains in the intro, her symbolic death, and the film changes drastically from a lonely old woman cooking alone in her lonely cabin and into a portrayal of her path to Heaven and reunion with her lost husband.

What I especially like is that the movie never becomes preachy, it doesn't show her becoming young again and dancing in Heaven with her husband, it simply shows her growing wings on her way into the light and then, in possibly the most moving few seconds that have ever been animated, there is a dissolve to her and her husband's wedding photo and moths fly up behind them, superimposing angel's wings onto the photo.

My grandfather passed away recently and, since I own an editing studio, I made a video eulogy using family pictures that spanned something like the last 30 years, and am now making DVD copies to send out to my 10 aunts and uncles and countless cousins, and I ended the video with my grandparents' black and white wedding photo from the early 1950s in Colombia and superimposed it over a short clip of the sun shining through moving clouds. It is truly a moving video, so I can clearly understand the motivation behind Chris Wedge using it as an ending. I feel honored to have had a similar idea, and even more disturbed that anyone would call it stupid or confusing.

This is finally an animated short film that is not about it's animation, unlike Scrat's Missing Adventure, Boundin', and even Geri's Game, which is one of the cleverest and most charming animated short films I've ever seen. All of these are wonderful and fun animated short films, but none of them approach the power of Bunny.


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