Watch Online

Funny Little Bunnies

A Silly Symphony

Release Date : March 24, 1934

Running Time : 7:10

Synopsis

This Silly Symphony gives a look inside the magical land of Easter Bunnies and shows how they prepare eggs and candies for delivery.

Credits

Director
Wilfred Jackson
Animation
Cy Young
Ben Sharpsteen
Archie Robin
Joe D'Igalo
Ed Smith
Wolfgang Reitherman
Ugo D'Orsi
Louie Schmitt
Leonard Sebring
Dick Lundy
Dick Heumer
Art Babbitt
Hamilton Luske
Layout
Hugh Hennesy
Music
Frank Churchill
Leigh Harline
Voices
The Rhythmettes
Florence Gill

Video

United States
Cartoon Classics : Limited Gold Editions II : How the Best Was Won : 1933-1960
France
Silly Symphonies Volume 2
Italy
Cartoon Classics : Limited Gold Editions II : Cartoni Animati da Oscar
Silly Symphonies Volume 1

Laserdiscs

United States
Cartoon Classics : Limited Gold Editions II : How the Best Was Won : 1933-1960
Japan
The Three Little Pigs

DVD

United States
Disney Treasures : Silly Symphonies
Germany
Zauberhafte Marchenwelt 5
Disney Treasures : Silly Symphonies
France
Disney Treasures : Silly Symphonies
Italy
Walt Disney Le Fiabe 4
Disney Treasures : Silly Symphonies
Sweden
Disney Treasures : Silly Symphonies
United Kingdom
Walt Disney's Fables : Volume 5
Disney Treasures : Silly Symphonies

Television

The Ink and Paint Club: Episode 18: A Bunch of Silly Symphonies
The Mickey Mouse Club : April 19, 1957

Technical Specification

Color Type: Technicolor
Animation Type: Standard animation
Sound Mix: Mono
Aspect Ratio: 1.37 : 1
Negative Format: 35mm
Print Format: 35mm
Cinematographic Process: Spherical
Original Language: English

Released by United Artists Pictures

Comments

From Jerry Edwards : This is the only Easter-themed Disney cartoon that I can think of. I love the imaginative ways the bunnies prepare the Easter eggs and candies. A fun, fascinating, very colorful short.
From Henry : Thanks a million for providing this opportunity. I was ten years old. I saw it in a Los Angeles movie house in 1937. The most delightful cartoon for young ones I've ever seen. Nothing scary not even the egg paint-shooting by the soldiers. And what wonderful paint colors, too. I made a deal with a video-store manager. His copy of this (Silly Symphonies, I guess) hadn't been rented for a year. He sold me the tape for-----$6. Can you imagine I'd come upon the tape a year or two earlier but only for rent. Here now it was mine, all mine. MY GRANDSON CAME OVER FROM EUROPE AND WATCHED IT SIX, SEVEN, EIGHT TIMES! Again, heartfelt thanks for giving people like me a forum. I absolutely rate this a 10 in your system.
From Deb : I caught this short a couple of years ago on the Disney Channel. It is delightful. Very colorful and charming. The way the bunnies paint the eggs is clever.
From Pam : My kids 3 and 5 -two boys who love very action oriented cartoons (though we eschew the violent ones) ADORE this cartoon! No matter how many times they've seen it, they are completely fascinated with the processes the bunnies go through to make the Easter goodies! I love this one too! Really clever and wonderful! Another one along the same lines that they can't get enough of is Fleischer's "Bunny Mooning" - two bunnies getting married and the preparations they and all the guests make for the big day!
From Amanda : I love the Funny Little Bunnies. Ever since I was little my mom would rent "How the Best was Won: 1933-1960" every Easter just to see the bunnies paint the Easter eggs. My favorite was always the checkerboard egg. Now that I know it is available on a DVD, I will be sure to go out and get it.
From Ryan : This was Disney's only Easter cartoon. Some of the highlights of it include hens laying eggs in rhythm, a rabbit stamping a heart "buttprint" on the eggs, and two blind rabbits weaving a basket. One of them reaches for a straw to weave into the basket, but cannot see, so he takes off his glasses, spots it, and picks it up.

A beautiful cartoon to view, but not among my favorites.


From Per Nilsson : This is another 'conveyor belt' cartoon, just like Santa's Workshop. It's very cleverly made and I really like the way everything makes sense. I just sit and smile while the whole process of producing Easter eggs is shown. Some people might say it's boring, but I like it!
From Marit van der Hoek : I really loved this cartoon when I was young. I used to make drawings of some scenes, they really fascinated me. Even now, when I'm older, I still like to watch it (I've recorded it on a vhs.) The song, the animation itself, etc... are all wonderful!
From Gijs Grob : 'Cute Little Bunnies' would have been a better title for this short, for the bunnies are very cute, not funny. In fact, Funny Little Bunnies is so cute it can only have been meant for children. It makes one wonder what movies it was supposed to support in the theaters (surely no grim gangster thriller). Because everybody copied Disney at that time, other studios, like Fleischer, Walter Lantz and Harman and Ising (at MGM) were copying this 'new cuteness' as well. This resulted in a spread of cute (and severely unfunny) cartoons in the thirties. One is therefore particularly thankful that in the late thirties Tex Avery (at Warner Brothers) restored nonsense, wackiness and absurdism in the animated cartoon. These qualities Disney sometimes seemed to have forgotten during his pursuit for greater naturalism and beauty. (Notice how, for example, Funny Little Bunnies uses animation to tell a story that cannot be told in live action, but how it tries to tell this story in the most conventional, 'live action-like' way).
From Baruch Weiss : Truly a beautiful cartoon to view. I have no complaints about this one!
From Ben : It's a lovely film, it's a catchy song and it's great fun watching it backwards!
From Bryan Hensley : Strangely, this was Disney's only Easter cartoon... until 2004 that is. That's when Winnie the Pooh and his gang's very first Easter movie debuted on VHS and DVD, and weeks later on TV. That was Winnie the Pooh: Springtime With Roo. Just think of all the inventive ways these Easter bunnies are putting all sorts of sweet stuff and Easter eggs together for Easter. They did have help from some chickens for the eggs, of course! I wouldn't be sure of Miley Stewart's "bunnies stealing money" song would make an Easter classic. At least "Here Comes Peter Cottontail" from Rankin/Bass in 1971 has always and will continue to be an Easter classic! Funny Little Bunnies from 1934 would've been a great bonus feature if Pooh's own Easter classic were released on DVD again someday! I hope you enjoy Disney's first Easter short, as well as its only one for 70 years!

Referenced Comments