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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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Cast overview:
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 Joan Gardner ... Bonnie / Esmeralda / Shopkeeper (voice)
Casey Kasem ... Peter Cottontail (voice)
Iris Rainer Iris Rainer ... Donna (voice)
Greg Thomas Greg Thomas ... (voice)
Jeff Thomas Jeff Thomas ... (voice)
Vincent Price ... January Q. Irontail (voice)


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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Release Date:

4 April 1971 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Pedro Bolinha de Algodão Está de Volta See more »

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)


Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


The name "Peter Cottontail" comes from a series of books by Thornton W. Burgess (1874-1965). See more »


Antoine asks "in the rules of April Valley, does it say that the eggs must be given on Easter?" to which Peter replies no. Peter then eventually gives away eggs on St. Patrick's Day. But Colonel Bunny said earlier that whoever delivers the most eggs on Easter becomes the new ruler of April Valley and Chief Easter Bunny. Thus, Peter shouldn't have won at the end. See more »


Peter Cottontail: But - I-I never *dreamed* I'd get to be Chief Easter Bunny!
[his ear droops]
Col. Wellington B. Bunny: Peter, you're telling a fib. And every time you tell a fib, your left ear droops.
Peter Cottontail: Oh...
[chuckles nervously]
Peter Cottontail: well, I - guess I did think about the job once or twice.
[his ear inches halfway back up]
Peter Cottontail: Uh, lots of times.
[his ear springs straight up]
Col. Wellington B. Bunny: Peter... good heavens, Peter, my boy, you've got to shape up and reform if you want to be Chief Easter Bunny.
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Referenced in Ice Age: The Great Egg-Scapade (2016) See more »


The Easter Bunny Never Sleeps
Sung by Paul Frees
Music and Lyrics by Maury Laws and Jules Bass
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"When You Can't Get It Altogether - IMPROVISE"
30 March 2008 | by BaronBl00dSee all my reviews

First-rate Rankin-Bass production that ranks at the top in terms of Easter/Easter Bunny holiday fare. I grew up with this one and loved it then and love it as much if not more now. It has a nice story with some wonderful lessons laced within, great stop-motion animation the way only Rankin and Bass can do it, the vocal talents of Danny Kaye and Vincent Price, and the beautiful, catchy music of Maury Laws. Peter Cottontail oversleeps from staying out late partying when he is supposed to compete the next morning against the wicked Irontail only to lose the challenge and see Irontail take over April Valley. There Irontail, with magnificent vocal gusto from Mr. Price, makes numerous changes from changing Easter bonnets to Easter galoshes and egg colors only to new concrete and black. Peter, now social pariah, makes his way out of April Valley to find Mr. Sassafras who hooks him up with a machine that can go back in time with French-speaking caterpillar Antoine as his pilot. Peter and Antoine then make their way through all of the holidays of the calendar as Peter learns true lessons about life. The message in this one is universal and fun at the same time. Maury Laws songs are just wonderful from "The Puzzle of Life," "In Spring the Easter Bunny Never Sleeps," "Be Mine Today," and my personal favourite "If You Can't Get It Altogether Improvise." Danny Kaye resoundingly does the voices of three key characters, and it is clear he and Vincent Price are having a lot of fun. The figures are lovely and I always had a soft spot for January "Boom-Boom" Irontail and his cry "Come Montressor! Away!". I wish they could still make them like this today. I wonder - and doubt - if much of the animated junk they churn out will last and have the same impact on it viewers that this still holds on its over 35 years ago. Well, I'm feeling old - if I could only go back to yesterday and get a second chance.

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