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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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Credited cast:
Drew Forsythe ... Koala (voice)
Barbara Frawley ... Dot (voice)
Ron Haddrick ... (voice)
Anne Haddy ... (voice)
Ross Higgins ... (voice)
... Funnybunny (voice)
Anna Quin ... The Girl (as Anna Quinn)


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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3 April 1983 (USA)  »

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Dot and the Rabbit  »

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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 »


Dot encounters some tree-kangaroos during her journey even though such a species is not native to New South Wales where the film is supposed to be set. See more »


Dot: Rabbits are important. What about Easter time? Whenever you think of Easter, you think of the Easter bunny.
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Followed by Dot and Keeto (1986) See more »


The Kangaroo That Never Grew
Music by Bob Young
Lyrics by John Palmer
Sung by Barbara Frawley, Ross Higgins and Robyn Moore
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Excellent Introduction to Australian Fauna
11 March 2008 | by See all my reviews

I don't understand why so many people have missed the point of this charming little film (my personal favorite in the series almost as long-sequeled as the "Land Before Time" series) First and foremost, this is a Yoram Gross film. While the animation was at often times quite poor by critical standards, its message (in my opinion) more than made up for it.

We must remember that this is a children's film. I didn't actually understand the meaning of the film until I was about 9 or 10, but the meaning was imprinted on my life even before then.

This is essentially a lesson on Australia's native fauna...with he exception of one feral Funny-Bunny.

It is also a lesson in life, how to respect ALL creatures for what they are and acknowledging their right to live.

It even has a clever nod to Gross' Jewish heritage, if you choose to see that.

For what it is worth, I found this film to be exceptional- all ebcause of its educational factor. Kids don't really care what the quality of the film they watch is, I don;t recall comparing it to Disney films.

Indeed, I learnt far more from this (and Gross' other films) than any Disney film. For Disney tought us to love ourselves, Gross taught us to love others.

and the added bonus of learning poetry (through the songs- all poems by an Australian poet- I think it was Banjo...but it might have been Henry lawson) I LOVE this film, always will, and I have it on tape to show my own children. I was mroe educated by this film than in school.

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