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Here Comes Peter Cottontail (1971)

With the help of a time machine, Peter Cottontail must rescue Easter from the hands of the malicious Irontail.

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Seymour S. Sassafras / Antoine / Col. Wellington B. Bunny (voice)
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Colonel Bunny's Assistant / Fireman / Father at Thanksgiving Table / Santa Claus (voice)
Joan Gardner ...
Bonnie / Esmeralda / Shopkeeper (voice)
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Iris Rainer ...
Donna (voice)
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When the Chief Easter Bunny retires, he chooses Peter Cottontail as his successor. However, the reclusive January Q. Irontail wants the position as well, seeking to revenge himself upon children everywhere for the destruction of his tail. He proposes he and Peter have a race to see who can deliver the most eggs. Due to his own carelessness and Irontail's meddling, Peter oversleeps and loses the job. Luckily, a strange man and a worm give him access to a time machine, so Peter can set things right. Unfortunately, Irontail is there with the intention of thwarting him every step of the way... Written by cupcakes

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4 April 1971 (USA)  »

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Pedro Bolinha de Algodão Está de Volta  »

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Antoine asks "is there a law that the eggs must be given on Easter?" to which Peter replies "no." Peter then eventually gives away eggs on St. Patrick's Day. But Col. Bunny said that whoever delivers the most eggs on Easter becomes the new Easter bunny. Thus, Peter shouldn't have won at the end. See more »

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Seymour S. Sassafras: [seeing Peter sleeping on his foot] Uh, beg pardon, Peter.
Peter Cottontail: [awakening] Huh?
Seymour S. Sassafras: You're sleeping on my big toe. You really must have been tuckered out to use a big toe as a pillow.
Peter Cottontail: Gee... I'm sorry, Mr. Sassafras.
Seymour S. Sassafras: [chuckles] Well, that's all right. It's my pleasure, Peter. Rather, my big toe's pleasure.
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Referenced in Ice Age: The Great Egg-Scapade (2016) See more »

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Here Comes Peter Cottontail
Music and Lyrics by Steve Nelson and Jack Rollins
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Rankin/Bass's Easter Masterpiece
8 April 2001 | by (NJ, USA) – See all my reviews

This is an excellent stop-motion TV special that originally aired during the early 70's. It features the voices of Danny Kaye, Vincent Price and Casey Kasem and is the first and easily the best of three Easter specials from Rankin/Bass, who also graced our television sets with holiday traditions such as "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer", "Santa Claus is Coming To Town", "Frosty the Snowman", and the popular cult classic "Mad Monster Party".

This fanciful, pastel-colored Easter special is based on a book titled "The Easter Bunny Who Overslept". Peter Cottontail agrees to a contest against Evil Irontail to see who can deliver the most Easter eggs. But, when Peter oversleeps, leaving Evil Irontail to rule April Valley (the land of Easter bunnies), he must travel back through time making unplanned stops at all the other holidays on his way back to Easter.

This show really has a warm, Easter/Spring feeling, wonderful songs and a chance to catch a glimpse of all the holidays through the enchanted puppet-animated world of Animagic! Once again, Rankin/Bass have taken that fuzzy holiday warmth and turned it into a colorful, fun special.


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