This movie is easily one of my favorite movies of all time. It's based on the novel by Richard Adams and follows that material rather closely. Even though this is a cartoon movie about bunnies, it is not something that would be good for very small children. Certainly at the time the movie was made, and for some time since, this animated film has been considered to be the most violent PG-rated animated film ever made. Bunnies can kick some tail when they need to. Needless to say, the grim visuals of these talking rabbits locked in mortal combat and other harrowing scenarios isn't your standard Saturday morning cartoon fare. Even so, the animation is gorgeous, the story is compelling, it's got a great soundtrack, and even has some comedy sprinkled in. It might not be a movie centered on the holiday, itself; it does feature one of the most iconic symbols of the Easter season.
Oh how I love to listen to Gene Wilder (Blazing Saddles, Young Frankenstein, See No Evil Hear No Evil) sing "Pure Imagination" while strolling through a candy wonderland. While not strictly an Easter movie, Willy Wonka's chocolate factory is the stuff of every candy-loving kid's dreams. While I didn't find the more recent remake horrible, there's still nothing that beats a true classic. This movie was pure magic.
You guessed it! Here's another film featuring a rabbit in the primary lead role. Easter isn't a central theme here, but it's a wonderful family movie with a great message. It's a more recent addition to the long list of favorites in my household. Check out our review with the link above!
7 - Rise of the Guardians (2012)
While Rise of the Guardians doesn't focus solely on Easter; it is a prominent part of the plot. I absolutely adore the character concepts behind the Guardians of Childhood, and have already seen this movie many times with my daughter.
This movie is often looked at as the unofficial sequel to the next movie on this list, The Passion of the Christ (2004). While I haven’t yet seen either movie, I’ll buy that reasoning since that film explores the events leading up to the crucifixion and this movie takes a look at what happens after – from a different perspective than we usually see.
This one’s fairly self-explanatory. The movie takes a look at the first half of the Easter story, which takes place on Good Friday – the journey to crucifixion. Setting aside the controversy that swirled around this film from its director or casting; it looks to be a gritty realistic look at those pivotal twelve hours that are at the core of the Christian faith, and the basis of this holiday.
Does this one really need explanation for why it's on this list? It's a Peanuts/Charlie Brown holiday special! Snoopy and the gang bring their typical antics to the Easter season. Can we really ever get enough of these? I know I can't. It's a solid choice for all ages if you can get your hands on it!
It's the magic and nostalgia of Winnie The Pooh and his friends celebrating the season. This is another one that really doesn't need much fanfare for why it's on my list. It's adorable, for those growing up with these stories the characters feel like 'home,' and it's appropriate for all ages.
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I absolutely adore this movie. It brings an imaginative and interesting twist to the idea of what life might be like for the Easter Bunny (and his family) - with a twist. There are heartwarming and hilarious moments galore! This film blends animation and live action seamlessly for a wonderful Easter joyride.
While this movie might not directly depict Easter, since it's technically far before its historical time; it does present the story of Passover, which is part of the holiday season. It's an iconic tale that has long been an Easter tradition in many households. ABC usually airs this movie annually on Easter weekend, and this year is no exception. It will be showing on Saturday, April 15th, at 7 PM Eastern / 6 PM Central.
This was one of my favorite movies growing up. The sets are stunning in this sweeping old-Hollywood movie. I've lost track of how many times I've seen it, as my cousins and I would request this VHS to be played just about as often as some kids watch Disney movies. (Maybe not THAT much, but close!)
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