15 comments on “Rankin/Bass Easter Specials

  1. Do you know where I can purchase a CD (hopefully a split track) of Here Comes Peter Cottontail? I need it for a children’s program I am directing. I especially need the “music only” portion. I can always type out the lyrics for the children. Thank you in advance for any help you can give. URGENT REQUEST….Linda Odom ps/ if you can make a CD for me or can get me in touch with someone who will, I will gladly pay for it. Thanx again…Lind


  3. Does anyone have copies of HERE COMES PETER COTTONTAIL and WILLY MCBEAN AND HIS MAGIC MACHINE? I am in Australia and would love copies but can’t find them anywhere.

  4. What happened to the Easter specials this year? This is the first year I can remember that absolutely NOTHING has been shown in regards to the classics like the ones listed above. One or two years ago I remember seeing the “Here comes Peter Cottontail: The Movie” on cable and that was about it. Boomerang, Cartoon Network, and ABC Family all let me down this year….

  5. MeTV Here Comes Peter Cottontail and Lamb Chop’s Passover Surprise aired on Easter evening this year. Where are my stop-motion animation treasures?!? KTV on DishNetwork also aired Fat Albert’s Easter Special. The Ten Commandments aired on Saturday evening for the ABC affiliates; I thought it was always Sunday night?

    • Not sure. I usually don’t look for Easter specials since there’s so few in the first place. I do remember ABC Family showing some of the specials I talked about here in years past but I didn’t notice anything myself about Easter other than History Channel running specials on The Ten Commandments, angels, etc.

      And yes, traditionally ABC would air The Ten Commandments on Sunday night.

      I saw something either in a paper or on a news program (and didn’t check out the full story) saying that Easter is may be starting to fade in popularity.

      • Thanks for the reply, Metal Misfit. I really miss those Rankin-Bass classics being aired on ABC Family, though they have have kept the stop-motion tradition going for the 25 Days of Christmas Specials. (perhaps its been five years for the Easter ones?)

        I think we will have to rely on the Retro channels to fill that void. Oh well, I wonder what Easter will be called in 10 years, or will it still even be acknowledged?

  6. Easter already!?! “It’s the Easter Beagle Charlie Brown” is airing tonight on ABC. The Ten Commandments aired again on Saturday night for ABC affiliates (the same as in 2012). The fifth and final installment of “The Bible” premieres tonight as well on the History Channel. The Cadbury Bunny commercials made a strong comeback and HBO Family aired “HOP” and “Prince of Egypt ” ME-TV aired episodes that dealt with spring cleaning themes rather than Easter. Turner Classic Movies still has “King of Kings” and “The Greatest Story Ever Told”. REELZ is showing a remake of “Barabbas” and GMC had some Waltons Easter specials in prior weeks. (still nothing on Boomerang–the very least they could air a Yogi Bear Easter special)

  7. The Hub aired a Tiny Toons “Spring Break” special of sorts, but it was the only channel to have a “Happy Easter!” message on the lower right-hand corner of the screen along with a Hub Easter Egg graphic. ABC–constant from years past with “The Ten Commandments” on Saturday night and “It’s the Easter Beagle Charlie Brown” airing Sunday night. The same goes for Turner Classic Movies (see above 3-31-13 entry). KTV and the retro channels had absolutely nothing this year; not even “spring cleaning” related. Boomerang aired “The Man Called Flinstone” in what should have been a Yogi Bear block. “Hop” aired on ABC Family (this channel is essentially Disney 2). True to IFC caliber, a “Cheech and Chong” movie marathon ruled the day; it would have been interesting to see what would have otherwise aired in light of it being April 20th… Rankin-Bass specials, where have you gone?

  8. The CW aired “Here Comes Peter Cottontail” Friday night! (4-3-15) Discovery Family had the Tiny Toons “Spring Break” again–sans any Easter well-wishes. (Hub Network, what a gem you were!)
    “The Ten Commandments” moved back to Sunday night with the only Easter Beagle to be seen this year was in the Sunday comics. Reeses peanut butter egg and Cadbury bunny commercials were frequent this year. Turner Classic Movies was stalwart as ever… (see 3-31-13 entry) The History Channel had the 2013 “The Bible” mini-series, while H2 aired “Jesus: The Lost 40 Days”.
    CNN and FoxNews had the dueling “Finding Jesus” and “Killing Jesus”, respectively. NBC debuts with “A.D. The Bible Continues”. Well Rankin-Bass specials, at least you had one spotlight this year! (Thank you CW)

  9. “The Ten Commandments” moved back to Saturday night this year; and the Easter Beagle was nowhere to be found. Cadbury Bunny commercials were frequent again this year, with a few Lindt gold bunny ads airing as well. On 3-20-16 FOX aired “ice Age: The Great Egg-Scapade” along with Tyler Perry’s “The Passion.” Curiously enough, Cartoon Network came through this year with Basket Fulla Premieres on Good Friday, (hosted by the Easter Bunny) airing new episodes of Clarence, Uncle Grandpa–“Uncle Easter”, and Teen Titans Go Easter Special. I’m almost certain that Regis Philbin played the Easter Bunny on “Uncle Easter”, but I’m not positive. Discovery Family showcased My Little Ponies this year. Even Comedy Central is airing some South Park themed Easter episodes tonight. No Rankin-Bass specials aired this year.

    • It would be great if the networks could show “Here Comes Peter Cotton Tail ” ” The Easter Bunny is Coming to Town ” and ” The First Easter Rabbit ” I mean even Boomerang hardly shows much holiday shows anymore. I knew Boomerang would change to more modern shows when it’s billed as a retro cartoon station. I guess they need to come out with Boomerang 2 Retro only cartoons from 90s down.

  10. Cartoon Network (at least in the form of Teen Titans Go) came through with “Easter Creeps” in which both the Tooth Fairy and Easter Bunny save Easter in a simultaneously creepy and hilarious manner. Even “Smurfs: The Lost Village” was touted with bumpers that stated “….this Easter”–even though the movie was released April 7th, 2017. The only Easter Beagle to be seen this year was in the Sunday comics. “The Ten Commandments” aired again on Saturday night. Comedy Central continued with South Park themed Easter episodes. IFC started with Aliens v. Predator and moving on to “Exodus gods and kings.” “The Great Egg-Scapade” aired again on FOX this year. Interestingly enough, no Tyler Perry event was scheduled this year. What was once ABC Family (now Freeform) aired the “Twilight” series in its entirety. (Pat Robertson’s ears must be flapping out of control by this point) I do believe that ABC Family was the network that aired Rankin-Bass specials, but that was well over a decade ago. No Rankin-Bass Easter specials aired this year.

  11. JC Superstar Live will feature John Legend this year on NBC. Now who would Alice Cooper portray? No new Easter hilarity from Cartoon Network. The movie “Ferdinand” was touted with a “bulls vs. bunnies” motif for an Easter release on Blu-ray. The only Easter Beagle was again found in the Sunday comics. “The Great Egg-Scapade” shown for the third year in a row on FOX; sans Tyler Perry again. “The Ten Commandments” aired Saturday evening. Cadbury (as well as Reese’s) Easter egg commercials were strong along with “Build-a-Bunny” ads for high end stuffed animals. (Remember when the “ball” doll cuddly Dudley sufficed for Easter enjoyment?) Target even got in the game with “Everything is Easterday.” No Rankin-Bass Easter specials aired this year.

  12. Teen Titans Go came through this year with “Booty Eggs”–where the eerily anthropomorphic Easter Bunny replicated itself into a myriad of mini-bunnies. To the degree Rankin-Bass took cuteness for the Easter bunny is the same level “Booty Eggs” revels in the most hilarious cringeworthy manner you can imagine. The only Easter Beagle this year was in the Sunday comics. The Ten Commandments aired on Saturday evening. FOX only showed repeats of The Simpsons, Bob’s Burgers, and Family Guy. Even Overwatch League coverage on Disney XD presented announcers with Easter Bunny ears. Cadbury (as well as Reese’s) Easter egg commercials were again prevalent along with “Build-a-Bunny” ads for high end stuffed animals. No special graphics were presented on Discovery Family. No Rankin-Bass Easter specials aired this year.
    Teen Titans Go–please bring back the bunny for 2020!!!

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