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Dot and the Bunny (1983)

Dot promises a mother kangaroo that she will find her lost joey. An orphaned rabbit overhears this promise and pretends to be a kangaroo because he wants a mom. Dot and the rabbit travel ... See full summary »

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Yoram Gross

Writers:

Yoram Gross (original story), John Palmer (screenplay)
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Cast

Credited cast:
Drew Forsythe Drew Forsythe ... Koala (voice)
Barbara Frawley Barbara Frawley ... Dot (voice)
Ron Haddrick Ron Haddrick ... (voice)
Anne Haddy Anne Haddy ... (voice)
Ross Higgins Ross Higgins ... (voice)
Robyn Moore ... Funnybunny (voice)
Anna Quin Anna Quin ... The Girl (as Anna Quinn)
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Dot promises a mother kangaroo that she will find her lost joey. An orphaned rabbit overhears this promise and pretends to be a kangaroo because he wants a mom. Dot and the rabbit travel through the Australian outback and learn a lot about different kinds of animals. Written by Brett Erik Johnson

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Official Sites:

Official site [Australia]

Country:

Australia

Language:

English

Release Date:

3 April 1983 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Dot and the Rabbit See more »

Filming Locations:

Australia

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Mono

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Trivia

The plot of the film is somewhat confusing as Dot is still searching for the Kangaroo's missing joey despite having previously achieved this goal in "Dot and Santa Claus". See more »

Goofs

Dot's eyes keep appearing twice regardless of the position of her head when she is shaking it at the crocodiles. See more »

Quotes

Dot: Rabbits are important. What about Easter time? Whenever you think of Easter, you think of the Easter bunny.
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Alternate Versions

Near the end of the song "Roaming Free", a second of this film was cut possibly due to an inappropriate image. However, a freeze frame was used on a picture of a flower, which the freeze frame saved the song from being mutilated. See more »

Connections

References The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh (1977) See more »

Soundtracks

The Postman of the Birds
Lyrics by A.B. 'Banjo' Paterson
Music by Bob Young
Sung by Barbara Frawley, Ross Higgins and Robyn Moore
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One of the best Dot sequels, and one of the best Dot films overall
4 July 2017 | by TheLittleSongbirdSee all my reviews

Having really liked 'Dot and the Kangaroo' and liked, but not quite as much, 'Dot and Santa Claus', there were high hopes for this second follow-up. High hopes that were lived up to, in one of the better Dot sequels and one of the best in the series.

There is not much to complain about in 'Dot and the Bunny'. There is no surprises as to how the story will end or how it would progress, if one is familiar with the Dot films in general they will see how 'Dot and the Bunny' adheres to the same formula. The animation actually generally is improved over 'Dot and the Kangaroo' and 'Dot and Santa Claus', if occasionally a little rough and flat. Didn't care really for the bunny's song about being a kangaroo who never grew up, more rather whiny than cute.

Generally however the animation is an improvement, with mostly more vibrant colours and smoother character designs. The backgrounds as with the previous two Dot films are meticulously detailed, and like the previous two there is some live action which is done very well and doesn't jar at all.

Music is almost as good as that for 'Dot and Santa Claus' while being of a better and more consistent standard than 'Dot and the Kangaroo'. The standouts are "Roaming Free", "The Crocodile Song" and particularly "Termites". Only "The Kangaroo that Never Grew" didn't do much for me.

The script is funny, poignant, remarkably educational and heart-warming, while the characters are engaging (the bunny is a little annoying to begin with but one grows to like him) and well voiced by the likes of Barbara Frawley, Ron Haddrick and Drew Forsythe.

Even when following a basic formula, 'Dot and the Bunny's' story is also one of the film's best assets. Could have done without the kangaroo birth maybe but that wasn't enough to detract from anything. Parts are fun and uplifting and even this 25 year old adult found herself learning a good deal and that the educational aspects were delivered very engagingly. It's the charm and emotional heart that's particularly note-worthy, really warming the heart and moving even the most cynical of adults to at least a tear or two. The messaging is sincere and never preachy or tacked-on.

Overall, one of the best sequels and films of the Dot film series. 8/10 Bethany Cox


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