Sunday, March 6, 2011

Animated Rabbits Everywhere

March 1st a digitally enhanced Bambi was brought back in a new release in Blu-ray and DVD Edition. Disney certainly needs no help in promoting this beloved animated film created in 1942. However, there are some fun Thumper related items on the website for kids including a “How to Draw Thumper” lesson. I never realized Thumper sometimes had “helicopter” ears or he boasted anatomically incorrect pads on his paws and back feet. Nonetheless, the Disney animators created a wonderful rabbit, deer, skunk and other woodland creatures. The story goes they studied films of animals and also created a small zoo to study them on the Disneyland grounds as well as visiting zoos. With Easter coming up there is also a Disney Bunnies Coloring Pages online for kids with several pages of Thumper to print and color.

"Hop," the movie to be released to coincide with Easter on April 1st also has some activities for kids. See the Make Your Own Hopper. As someone who has seen the consequences of the rabbit buying frenzy at Easter every year, I hope these movies and all their licensed toys will be purchased instead of live rabbits.

Look for another animated film from DreamWorks this year. They just announced they will bring Rumblewick to the big screen. Director Tim Johnson (Over The Hedge, Antz) and writer Jim Herzfeld (Meet the Fockers, Meet the Parents) are collaborating on the feature project, which is inspired by the children's book, "My Unwilling Witch (The Rumblewick Letters)" by Hiawyn Oram and Sarah Warburton. No word yet when this film will be released.