THE EASTER BUNNY IS
COMIN' TO TOWN
THE EASTER BUNNY IS COMIN' TO TOWN ($15) probably isnít the most original program to be produced by Rankin/Bass, but it does have the appeal of its delightful stop motion animation. Still one is likely to find fault with THE EASTER BUNNY IS COMIN' TO TOWN, as the program is pretty much a virtual remake of SANTA CLAUS IS COMIN' TO TOWN; however the names have been changed to protect the innocent. Sunny the Easter Bunny steps into the shoes of Kris Kringle; a town comprised of orphan children fill in for the Kringle family; a grizzly bear named Gadzooks takes over the role of the Winter Warlock, Dowager Duchess Lilly Longtooth replaces Burgermeister Meisterburger, heck, even Fred Astaire is back for a second go round as the narrator.
The plot of THE EASTER BUNNY IS COMIN' TO TOWN follows the orphaned Sunny the Easter Bunny as he grows into full rabbit-hood, and tries to strike out into the world by selling the goods produced in Kidville to the citizens of a drab little burg named "Town." As expected, Sunny runs afoul of the powerful Lilly Longtooth and finds himself banned from Town. However, Sunny returns to Town every Easter with eggs and candy. The vocal talent of THE EASTER BUNNY IS COMIN' TO TOWN also includes Skip Hinnant, Bob McFadden, Allen Swift, Ron Marshall, Jill Choder, Meg Sargent, and James Spies.
Warner Home Video has made THE EASTER BUNNY IS COMIN' TO TOWN available on DVD in its original 4:3 full screen television aspect ratio. The level of sharpness and image detail is terrific for stop-motion animated program. Colors are very bright, almost cartoony and tend to be wonderfully appealing. The film elements from which THE EASTER BUNNY IS COMIN' TO TOWN has been transferred display a very clean appearance, but minor print flaws do occasionally appear. There is a bit of film grain, but it is not bothersome. Digital compression artifacts bunny hop their way under the radar.
The Dolby Digital monaural soundtrack is good for a three-decade-old television production. Fidelity is somewhat limited, but the music doesnít suffer sonically. Dialogue is always easy to understand. No other language tracks are provided, but English subtitles have been included.
Music underscores the basic interactive menus, which allow one access to the standard scene/episode selection and set up features, as well as The Magic Of Stop Motion- A Gallery Of Shorts (three newly produced shorts) and some Previews of other Warner animated titles.
Warner has done a really nice job with their presentation of THE EASTER BUNNY IS COMIN' TO TOWN. Kids and Rankin/Bass completists will want to check out this release.
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