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Top Easter Movies for Kids and Families


Easter is, in many ways, two holidays. From the Easter Bunny to eggs and parades, these movies cover the more secularized version of the holiday. For religious DVDs that focus on the Christian meaning of Easter, see Top Easter DVDs (Religious Version). For many, DVDs on both lists will apply!

1. It's the Easter Beagle, Charlie Brown (DVD) (1974)

Easter Beagle Charlie Brown
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No holiday is complete without the Peanuts. Charles Schultz' Peanuts gang is getting ready for Easter. There are eggs to decorate and shopping trips to take, and of course Linus is telling anyone who'll listen about the Easter Beagle. Peanuts fans also get some fun glimpses of Woodstock and Snoopy in this springtime special. NR

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2. Hop

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In this live action (with some animation) film, E.B. (voice of Russell Brand) is the son of the one and only Easter Bunny (Hugh Laurie). E.B. has to have the sweetest life ever, but he has a passion much stronger than his sweet tooth: drumming. So, on the eve of his coronation to make him the new Easter Bunny, E.B. sneaks away and hops off to Hollywood, where he hopes to make his dreams of being a drummer come true. The candy coated world of the Easter Bunny will make your mouth water, and E.B.'s adventure has just enough comedy and fun for the whole family to enjoy. (Rated PG, recommended for ages 5+)

3. Winnie the Pooh - Springtime with Roo (DVD) (2004)

Springtime with Roo
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It's springtime in the Hundred Acre Woods, Easter day is here, and everyone is excited. Even Rabbit is in festive spirits, but he's more interested in Spring Cleaning Day. Roo and the gang are crushed when Rabbit even goes so far as to declare that Easter is cancelled. Can Roo, Pooh, Piglet, and Tigger remind Rabbit of the fun of Easter and bring their favorite Easter Bunny back? (Rated G, ages 2+)

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4. Bugs Bunny's Easter Funnies

Bugs Bunny's Easter Funnies
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Bug's Bunnies Easter Funnies weaves together classic Looney Tunes with newly animated sequences, creating an all new story for kids and Looney fans of all ages. When the Easter Bunny is sick, Bugs and friends try their hand at taking over the job. Well, it seems like another bunny, one named Bugs in particular, might be the most apt at hopping around playing Easter Rabbit, but Sylvester, Pepe Le Pew, Foghorn Leghorn and Daffy all want to get in on the fun as well. 

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5. The First Easter Rabbit

The First Easter Rabbit
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Told and sung by the great Burl Ives, The First Easter Rabbit tells a Velveteen Rabbit-like story in classic Rankin/Bass style. Stuffy the Rabbit is a favorite toy who magically comes to life and is given a very special job. The cute and caring bunny is directed to journey to Easter Valley, a beautiful land where it is always springtime, and start a new tradition of delivering Easter treats to children. Unfortunatley, One cold-hearted villain does not want to see Stuffy succeed, and he tries to freeze Easter Valley and stop Easter from happening. With a little help from his friends and a lot of help from Santa Clause, though, Stuffy might just be headed down the Bunny Trail after all. (NR, recommended for ages 3+)

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6. Here Comes Peter Cottontail

Peter Cottontail
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Peter Cottontail wants to be the chief Easter Bunny, but Evil Irontail is after the top spot as well. The competition is on, and Peter must deliver more eggs than Irontail, or Easter might be ruined for all of the children. Hop into an eggcellent adventure with Peter and his friends as they try to beat Irontail and save the day. (NR)

7. Here Comes Peter Cottontail: The Movie (DVD) (2006)

Peter Cottontail the Movie
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Here Comes Peter Cottontail: The Movie is a full-length sequel to the classic 1971 Rankin/Bass television special. The sequel updates the original's stop-motion puppetry with CGI animation, and features the voice of Miranda Cosgrove. In the musical adventure, Peter Cottontail is trying to pull off Easter even as the Evil Irontail and Jackie Frost, the queen of winter, try to foil his favorite holiday. (NR)

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8. The Great Easter Egg Hunt (DVD)

The Great Easter Egg Hunt
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Whiskers, a confused stuffed bunny rabbit in this animated adventure, must lead Peter's other toys in a quest for a cure for their owner's illness, so the little boy will be up and around by Easter. As the relentlessly upbeat rabbit canvasses the town for help after recruiting Peter's Spanish-accented parrot, Carmen, he eventually encounters the actual Easter Bunny. (NR)

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9. The Easter Bunny's Coming to Town

Easter Bunny's Comin' to Town
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Another Rankin/Bass special, The Easter Bunny's Coming to Town features the voice of Fred Astaire. The movie tells the story of Sunny the Bunny and his Kidsville friends as they invent all kinds of Easter traditions in order to win over a grouchy town. The hippity-hoppity adventure provides sprintime fun for children and families. (NR)

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10. Yogi the Easter Bear (DVD) (1993)

Yogi Easter
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It's Easter, and Yogi Bear is up to his old tricks stealing picnic baskets with his friend Boo Boo, and their antics don't bode well for the Easter Jamboree at Jellystone Park. Things get even worse when they find out that the Easter Bunny has been kidnapped, they must do everything they can to save him.  (NR)

11. Easter Parade (DVD) (1948)

Easter Parade
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Don Hewes (Fred Astaire) is devastated when his dancing partner, Nadine Hale (Ann Miller), decides to break up their partnership to set out on her own. Determined to prove that he can succeed without her, Astaire confidently vows that he can pick any random chorus girl and make her a star. He picks Hannah Brown (Judy Garland), and the toe-tapping adventure begins. Full of song, dance, and fun, this oldtime classic will be an Easter treat forever. Even today's kids may enjoy that classic charm and appreciate the way films used to be. NR

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