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Here Comes Peter Cottontail (1971)

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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)
Paul Frees ...
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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Seymour S. Sassafras: And because the control wires were all fouled up, Easter was lost, and they crashed right down in the middle of Mother's Day.
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Followed by Here Comes Peter Cottontail: The Movie (2005) See more »

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Be Mine Today
Sung by Casey Kasem, Iris Rainer, and Chorus
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Ideal special for Easter and it is fun
23 December 2009 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

I love Rankin'/Bass, their specials and their films are timeless childhood favourites. I had never seen this before and never even heard of it until three days ago, and for many reasons which I will explain later I desperately wanted to see this. Thank goodness for good ol' YouTube, for this was a fun special, that is very ideal for the Easter season.

The animation is surprisingly colourful and detailed. My complaint really was the picture quality. As it was on YouTube, the quality of the video was a little fuzzy. Also, while the story is very well done and original, I do think specials like Santa Claus is Comin' To Town has a slightly stronger storyline. That said, the writing is very well done and is constantly entertaining, whether it is the references to Peter's ears drooping when he lies or the lines from IronTail. The songs are very sweet and memorable, especially If Only I Could Get Back To Yesterday and When You Can't Get It Altogether, Improvise. But what made the special was the voice acting. I just wish to add that I admire every member of the cast involved. Paul Frees does strong voice work as usual, and Casey Kasem, who I best know as Shaggy in the Scooby Doo cartoons, is a sheer delight as Peter. The villain IronTail is voiced magnificently by the brilliant Vincent Price, who is superb in everything he's in, particularly in Abominable Dr Phibes, Great Mouse Detective and Theater of Blood. And then there's the underrated and very talented Danny Kaye, who was the perfect choice for the narrator.

All in all, I recommend Here Comes Peter CottonTail. It isn't my absolute favourite of the Rankin'/Bass specials, and despite one or two minor flaws, it is pretty darn good. 8/10 Bethany Cox


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