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A Chucklewood Easter (1987)

G | | Animation, Short, Comedy | TV Short
Rusty and Buttons are put on trial for stealing eggs after invading the secret home of the Easter Bunny in this entertaining half-hour and fourth in a series of Chucklewood Critters specials.






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Credited cast:
Buttons (voice)
Mona Marshall ...
Rusty / Bluebell (voice)
William Boyett ...
Ranger Jones (voice) (as Bill Boyett)
Alvy Moore ...
Abner (voice)
George / Easter Bunny (voice)
Oceana Marr ...
Bridgette (voice)
Skipper (voice)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Marsha Jones ...
Dan Smith ...


Rusty and Buttons are put on trial for stealing eggs after invading the secret home of the Easter Bunny in this entertaining half-hour and fourth in a series of Chucklewood Critters specials.

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All Your Eggs in One Basket.
12 July 2015 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Let's see how our friends in the Chucklewood Forest celebrate Easter. No doubt those cubs Buttons and Rusty will have some grand adventure. They got lost in the city on Christmas, they scared up some fun in the woods on Halloween, and tried to save a whole gaggle of turkeys at Thanksgiving. So I wonder what's in store for Easter? They gonna be accused of stealing Easter Eggs? Actually, I think they are. But anyway, the story opens as the bear family, Abner, Bridgette and Buttons, are about to wake up after a long hibernation. This must have been very tough for the fox family, George, Rosie and Rusty, having to spend 5 months being very quiet. When Rusty could no longer wait for his pal to wake up, he sped up the process, waking both he and Bridgette, but Abner still snoozed away. That bear could sleep through a hurricane. But thankfully, the aroma of Rosie's pies resurrected him. So the kids chomp down breakfast and head outside via their toy chest escape route and wind up in the meadow where they see two familiar faces: bunny rabbits Skipper and Bluebell, who were gathering flowers for some secret project. After they part ways, Rusty and Buttons meet up with Ranger Jones, who tells them about the upcoming Easter picnic. Naturally, they've never heard of this "Easter" business, and so the kindly ranger explains it to them: it's the time of year when a figure few have ever seen goes around the world and leaves presents for kids. Basically, it's like Christmas if Santa just left eggs. The part about decorating eggs sparks the kids' interest, and so they decide to go off and find some eggs to decorate. So, they resort to...egg-napping! That's right, Buttons and Rusty steal eggs from a turtle, a goose, an owl and a woodpecker. But, in their defense, they don't mean any harm. They'll just decorate the eggs and bring them back. I mean they're just kids. What could go wrong?

The thefts are quickly reported to Jonesy, and while he heads up the investigation, Buttons and Rusty paint the eggs all kinds of pretty colors, except for yellow, so they stash the eggs and head to the meadow to pick some buttercups when they run into Skipper and Bluebell again. They pretty much let it slip they know the Easter Bunny, but his whereabouts are exclusive to rabbits only. The cubs accept that and head home. That night, they see a whole herd of bunnies, Skipper and Bluebell among them, heading off to do...something. So naturally, Rusty and Buttons follow suit. They tail the bunny cult to a secluded location where they apparently hold their meeting, and since it's a bunnies-only club, Rusty and Buttons disguise themselves as bunnies and just hop right in. Turns out, it's an egg decorating factory, filled with rabbits who paint eggs and put them in baskets. The cubs fit right in, but as expected, it isn't long before their disguises disappear and once word spread that a bear and a fox infiltrated their establishment, the bunnies go hopping mad! As they try to flee, they run afoul of ol' E.B. himself! The Easter Bunny. Unfortunately, they don't make a good first impression when they accidentally turn him into a chocolate bunny. Meanwhile, the parents discovered the cubs' eggs and try to return them to their rightful owners, and while that wrong is being righted, Buttons and Rusty are put on trial by the bunnies for trespassing, impersonating rabbits without a license, and turning their illustrious leader into a chocolate confectionery. Skipper and Bluebell tried to vouch for their friends, but the rabbit foreman demanded justice. So they decide to banish Buttons and Rusty into the...wilderness! In a last-ditch effort to set things right, the kids try to run home and get their eggs, but thanks to a literal slip-up, the Easter Bunny is freed from his chocolate shell, and he has other plans for Buttons and Rusty: they were to undo the mess they made by swiping the eggs. You see, despite their best efforts, the parents ended up delivering the wrong eggs to the wrong nests, and so the goose has a baby turtle, the woodpecker has a baby owl, the turtle has a baby woodpecker, etc.,...talk about scrambled eggs. Sorry, couldn't resist. So, quick as a flash, the kids return the babies to their rightful parents, and join their families and Jonesy for their annual Easter picnic. Afterwards, when they return to the cave, Rusty and Buttons find a special surprise left for them by the very forgiving Easter Bunny.

I think Jonesy put it best when he said, "everyone deserves a Chucklewood kind of Easter." Only, probably with not so much egg- napping. Well, if you liked the three Buttons and Rusty cartoons that came before this one, you won't be disappointed. I liked the story, I liked the characters, I liked that whole "bunny cult" type thing, and seeing Rusty and Buttons pull their ears and scrunch their noses to look like bunnies was funny. If I have any favorite characters, which is hard to choose, then besides Buttons and Rusty and Jonesy, my favorite would also have to be Abner. That guy just cracks me up, he can't stay out of trouble. So, what more can I say? A Chucklewood Easter is a great Easter special. I believe it's the last of the Chucklewood holiday specials. I guess there were no other holidays they could've done. Maybe 4th of July, where Buttons and Rusty steal fireworks...no, that wouldn't work. Or St. Patrick's Day where they befriend a leprechaun? But anyway, Chucklewood is a great place to visit any time of the year. If you can find these specials, I definitely recommend them!

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