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Narrated by  Burl Ives
Director  Arthur Rankin, Jr.
Network  NBC
7.4/10 IMDb

Written by  Julian P. Gardner
Theme music composer  Maury Laws
First episode date  9 April 1976
Screenplay  Jules Bass
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Based on  The Velveteen Rabbit by Margery Williams
Directed by  Jules Bass Arthur Rankin, Jr.
Starring  Robert Morse Stan Freberg Paul Frees Joan Gardner Dina Lyn Don Messick Bob McFadden
Followed by  The Easter Bunny Is Comin' to Town
Cast  Burl Ives, Paul Frees, Robert Morse, Don Messick, Stan Freberg
Similar  The Stingiest Man in To, Banjo the Woodpile Cat, Frosty's Winter Wonderland, Heidi's Song, Robotix

The first easter rabbit

The First Easter Rabbit is a 1976 animated Easter television special that premiered on April 9 on NBC, later airing on CBS. Created by Rankin/Bass, it tells the story of the Easter Bunny's origin and is loosely based on The Velveteen Rabbit, a children's book by Margery Williams. Burl Ives did the narration of this special which also featured the song "Easter Parade". After 1964's "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer", this is the second Rankin/Bass special to be narrated by Burl Ives.


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Stuffy (voiced by Robert Morse) is a stuffed rabbit, given to a little girl named Glinda as a Christmas present. But when she comes down sick with scarlet fever, her old toys are thrown away to be burned in order to disinfect the playroom. Stuffy is then rescued by a sprite named Calliope (Joan Gardner), who brings him to life and sends him to Easter Valley up at the North Pole where he befriends Santa Claus and three other rabbits named Spats, Flops, and Whiskers to help him with the Easter traditions. However, an ice monster named Zero and his partner, Bruce the Snowball want to freeze the valley by stealing the Golden Easter Lily. In order to stop him, Stuffy must become the Easter Bunny, retrieve the Golden Lily, and save Easter.


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  • Burl Ives as Narrator, Old Stuffy (G.B.)
  • Robert Morse as Young Stuffy
  • Stan Freberg as Flops
  • Paul Frees as Santa Claus, Zero, Spats
  • Joan Gardner as Elizabeth, Calliope
  • Dina Lyn as Glinda
  • Don Messick as Jonathan, Whiskers
  • Bob McFadden as Bruce the Snowball, Whiskers
  • Christine Winter as Vocal
  • Credits

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  • Producers/Directors - Arthur Rankin, Jr., Jules Bass
  • Writer - Julian P. Gardner
  • Songs - There's That Rabbit, Easter Parade
  • Music and Lyrics - Maury Laws, Jules Bass, Irving Berlin
  • Sound - John Curcio, Don Hahn, Dave Iveland, Tom Clack
  • Post Production Editing - Irwin Goldress
  • Animation - Toru Hara, Tsuguyuki Kubo
  • Design - Paul Coker, Jr.
  • Music Arranger and Conductor - Maury Laws
  • © 1976 Rankin/Bass Productions, Inc.

    Home media releases

    The First Easter Rabbit was first released on VHS by ABC Video Enterprises and Golden Book Video in 1986. Warner Home Video released the special for its second VHS release in 1993, and on a remastered "Deluxe Edition" DVD in 2010.


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