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A Basketful of Bunny Tales on Video

TIMES STAFF WRITER

A collection of children’s videos hops down the bunny trail for Easter viewing.

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P.J. Funnybunny: A Very Cool Easter. Anchor Bay Home Entertainment. 30 minutes. $9.99. Although the animation isn’t exceptional, this good-natured cartoon is an unexpectedly sweet tribute to family caring and sharing, and life’s renewal. The plot centers around little P.J.'s determination to celebrate Easter, despite a pair of bullying Weasel Brothers, a bossy big brother and Mom and Dad’s preoccupation with the impending arrival of a new bunny baby. Also available: “P.J. Funnybunny,” in which enterprising P.J. plans to make first contact with aliens, and “The First Easter Egg,” about a little rabbit looking for a special gift for Mom.

Happy Birthday, Bunnykins. Golden Books Family Entertainment. 23 minutes. $9.98. The 19th century fantasy-watercolor look of this musical animated tale is its charm; the simple story involves a young bunny whose birthday is seemingly eclipsed by his town’s 500th anniversary celebration. An encouraging word from a mysterious lady helps, as does the bunny queen’s royal visit. Also available: “Here Comes Peter Cottontail,” the stop-action animated classic with the voices of Danny Kaye and Vincent Price; “Madeline and the Easter Bonnet”; and “Simon the Lamb,” about a little angel’s mishap with rainbow paint, in which Pat Boone narrates.

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The Tale of Peter Rabbit. Live Entertainment. 27 minutes. $12.98. Carol Burnett’s gift of comic whimsy enlivens this musical cartoon based on Beatrix Potter’s children’s classic. Burnett serves as narrator and delightfully gives voice to both Mother Rabbit and the greedy Cat. Also available: “The Velveteen Rabbit,” Margery Williams’ heartfelt classic, narrated by Christopher Plummer.


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