Monday, October 10, 2016

1982 Bunnicula The Vampire Rabbit

Bunnicula is 1982 animated TV special (from Ruby-Spears) that originally aired as part of ABC Weekend Special, a weekly 30-minute anthology TV series for children that aired Saturday mornings on ABC from 1977 to 1997. The special is based on the first of a series of seven children's books written by James Howe, featuring a vampire rabbit that sucks the juice out of vegetables. The animated special deviated heavily from the novels and actively depicted Bunnicula using vampiric powers, which did not occur in the novels.

Here is the synopsis: When strange accidents happen at the factory where Mr. Monroe works, and vegetables are drained of their juices, the neighbors as well as Harold the dog and Chester the cat suspect that the new-found family bunny is really a vampire. A new animated dark comedy series about the vampire rabbit began airing on Cartoon Network and on Boomerang on February 6, 2016. A second season is slated to begin airing in 2017.

The special has vampires and all the lore that surround them, but without all the frightening stuff that'll scare the kiddies. Bunnicula, after all, does not drink blood, but vegetable juice, what better way to make veggies sound cool to kids. Just great family entertainment that is so hard to find anymore. Originally airing on January 9th 1982, the video below is a repeat of the complete WLS Channel 7 broadcast with commercials as it aired on 10/29/1983.

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