Saturday, April 3, 2010

Easter Cartoons

The most entertaining Easter television special for kids is without a doubt the Peanuts cartoon It's the Easter Beagle, Charlie Brown.  It's a charming little show, not quite as classic as the other Peanuts holiday specials, but still memorable and heartwarming.

Another good one is the stop-motion animation 'toon, The Easter Bunny is Comin' to Town.  It totally invents a false mythology trying to explain Easter traditions like why people paint eggs and so on, but it still is a fun diversion with some catchy songs and Fred Astaire voicing the narrator mailman. It holds up well with some of Rankin/Bass Productions' other stop-motion classics, not as good as the Christmas classics but better than their previous Here Comes Peter Cottontail.

There are a bunch of other Easter cartoons out there, but most of them are pretty boring for grown-up tastes, like The Easter Chipmunk and The First Easter Rabbit.  Only a few cartoons try to tell the religious messages associated with the holiday -- VeggieTales: An Easter Carol is one.

Do you know of any others?

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