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Release Date:
4 April 1971 (USA) See more »
With the help of a time machine, Peter Cottontail must rescue Easter from the hands of the malicious Irontail. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Ideal special for Easter and it is fun See more (9 total) »


  (in credits order)

Danny Kaye ... 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)

Casey Kasem ... Peter Cottontail (voice)
Iris Rainer ... Donna (voice)
Greg Thomas ... (voice)
Jeff Thomas ... (voice)

Vincent Price ... January Q. Irontail (voice)

Directed by
Jules Bass 
Arthur Rankin Jr. 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Romeo Muller 

Produced by
Jules Bass .... producer
Arthur Rankin Jr. .... producer
Sound Department
John Boyd .... sound recording engineer
Jim Harris .... sound recording engineer
Animation Department
Paul Coker Jr. .... character designer
Editorial Department
Irwin Goldress .... editorial supervisor
Music Department
Maury Laws .... musical director
Other crew
Kizo Nagashima .... animagic supervision
Steve Nakagawa .... continuity design

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USA:60 min
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.33 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Westrex Recording System)

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Seymour S. Sassafras:Now of course it's all very nice here, thanks to Peter Cottontail and... hmm? You've never heard of Peter Cottontail? Great chattering chick-chicks!
[taking his hat off and speaking into it]
Seymour S. Sassafras:They've never heard of Peter Cottontail!
Sassafras's Hat:They've never heard of Peter Cottontail?
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3 out of 3 people found the following review useful.
Ideal special for Easter and it is fun, 23 December 2009
Author: TheLittleSongbird from United Kingdom

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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