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Here Comes Peter Cottontail Easter Coloring Pages

Regular readers will know I have a fondness for retro cartoons and children’s specials. Back “then” (we won’t say when!!) we didn’t have 24/7 kids programming – just PBS  in the mornings and if we were lucky, a holiday special on in the evening. I get crazy nostalgic when I get to watch them again as an adult – my kids? Not so much. I guess that animation and claymation has improved just a little bit in 30+ years!

The original Peter Cottontail Easter special was produced by the same team that did the other well known and loved claymation holiday specials in the 60′s and 70′s. Shows like Frosty the Snowman, Year Without a Santa Claus, and Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer. Peter Cottontail is the story of how Peter had to overcome many obstacles to become the Chief Easter Bunny, including vanquishing his nemesis Irontail in a Easter egg delivery contest. The story is set in the super-cute “April Valley” where all the Easter bunnies live and work. Here is where they color eggs, make Easter bonnets, and have a whole team of bunnies dedicated to carving chocolate, the two most famous are “Leonardo de Bittersweet” and “Milk Chocolate-Angelo”.

Peter Cottontail Coloring Sheet 1 231x300 Here Comes Peter Cottontail Easter Coloring Pages

Peter Cottontail #1 Chief Easter Bunny coloring sheet

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Peter Cottontail in his balloon flying machine coloring page

Peter Cottontail Coloring Sheet 2 231x300 Here Comes Peter Cottontail Easter Coloring Pages

Peter Cottontail and Donna the girl bunny coloring page

 

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Two of the Easter bunnies that live and work in April Valley

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A Bunny Trail sign showing the way to Peter Cottontail's April Valley.

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Peter Cottontail with an Easter basket and eggs in a pretty park

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Seymour Sassafras is the narrator and host of the show.

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This is "Milk Chocolate Angelo" the famous chocolate carving Easter Bunny of April Valley

Confusingly, the Peter Cottontail story – AKA, Peter Rabbit – is not the same Peter Rabbit as in the 1902 Beatrix Potter book ”The Tale of Peter Rabbit”. This Peter Rabbit is from Thornton Burgess’ ”Old Mother West Wind” book series. Peter Rabbit changes his name to Peter Cottontail because it made him sound more important. *Snicker* But even more confusingly, this stop-motion television special from 1971 bears little to no resemblance to the story on which it is based. I guess there’s a lot of room in this world for bunnies named Peter!

“Here Comes Peter Cottontail” animated program © 1971, renewed 1999 Classic Media, LLC. Character names, images and other indicia are trademarks of and copyrighted by Classic Media, LLC. All Rights Reserved. 

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