Here Comes Peter Cottontail (1971)

USA, 4 April 1971
35mm film, colour, 1.33:1
mono, English

An American animated fantasy television special directed by Arthur Rankin Jr and Jules Bass.

Plot Summary

Rabbit Peter Cottontail agrees to a contest proposed by the evil Irontail to see which of them can deliver the most Easter eggs. When Peter oversleeps, Irontail conquers the hitherto peaceful April Valley and Peter must travel through time stopping off at all the other holidays on his way back to Easter to save the day.


Directed by: Arthur Rankin Jr & Jules Bass
© Videocraft International Ltd MCMLXXI [1971]
Rankin/Bass presents a Rankin/Bass production
Produced by: Arthur Rankin Jr & Jules Bass
Teleplay by: Romeo Muller
Teleplay Based on the Book “The Easter Bunny That Overslept” by Priscilla & Otto Friedrich illustrated by Adrienne Adams © MCMLVII [1957] by Lothrop, Lee & Shepard Company
“Animagic” Supervisor: Kizo Nagashima
Continuity Design: Steve Nakagawa
Editorial Supervisor: Irwin Goldress
Music & Lyrics by: Maury Laws & Jules Bass
Musical Director: Maury Laws
“Here Comes Peter Cottontail”
Music & Lyrics by Steve Nelson & Jack Rollins
© Hill & Range Songs, Inc. MVML [1970]
Sound & Effects Recording: Jim Harris, John Boyd
Character Design: Paul Coker Jr

Restored Version
Restored Version: Vincent Apollo, Kirsten Hansen-Løve, Todd Sokolove
Executive in Charge of Production: Eric Ellenbogen

Danny Kaye (Sassafrass, Colonel Bunny, Antoine)
Paul Frees
Joan Gardner
Casey Kasem
Iris Rainer
Greg Thomas
Jeff Thomas
Vincent Price (Irontail)