The Dumb Bunnies are a series of books created by Dav Pilkey under the pseudonym "Sue Denim". They involve the adventures of a dumb family of bunnies. It was also adapted to a television program on CBS and YTV that ran in 1998–1999 and 2000–2006. The Dumb Bunnies did everything in reverse, including sleeping under beds and putting flowers upside down in vases. Produced by the Canadian company Nelvana
The Dumb Bunnies first appeared in the book The Dumb Bunnies. In the book the Dumb Bunnies are having porridge when they decide to go for a walk. They go to Kentucky Fried Carrots (parody of Kentucky Fried Chicken) and have a picnic in the car wash. Meanwhile, Little Red Goldilocks enters their home. When the Dumb Bunnies return, they are thrilled to see her. Papa Bunny sings a song, Mama Bunny dances, and Baby Bunny flushes her down the toilet. At the end of the book, a picture on the back cover shows her coming out of a sewer pipe and landing in a lake. Note: The cover originally had the word spam on the bowl of porridge, which Dav claims was meant to be a joke, until the several Spam companies threaten legal action, causing a recall of the book or placing a golden sticker on it until a reprint was made without the word. The Spam covers have now become extremely hard to find.
Their second appearance was in the book Make Way for Dumb Bunnies. While the Dumb Bunnies are spending quality time at home, it suddenly starts raining. They think it is a perfect day to go to the beach and they head there. But then the sun comes out and they think it is bad weather, so they head to the movie theater (accidentally stealing a car in the process). During the movie, the Dumb Bunnies think the projector is the screen, which blinds them for a while. They return home on a Steam Roller (which they thought was their car) and regain vision again.
The Dumb Bunnies made their third appearance in the book The Dumb Bunnies Easter. The Dumb Bunnies are preparing for Easter (which appears to be more related to Christmas) and set up the decorations (including putting an "Easter Tree" upside down). After preparing, they Spray-paint fried eggs (claimed to be "painting Easter eggs") and watch a small football on top of their Television. They go to hang up their stockings before they realize that they are wearing them and they are sleeping upside down in front of the fireplace. The Easter Bunny soon arrives and drops all the eggs down the chimney. The next morning, the Dumb Bunnies are thrilled to see the eggs (although they are completely cracked with shells lying everywhere).
The Dumb Bunnies latest appearance is in the book The Dumb Bunnies Go to the Zoo. They first go outside to pick things in their garden (using pickaxes). They later drive to the zoo, only to discover the animals they are seeing are a lot smaller than they really are (they mistake a small bird perched on the "Elephant" sign as being the elephant and a butterfly perched on the "Lion" sign as being the lion). When the butterfly flutters off the sign they think the lion escaped and go crazy all over the zoo and letting all the animals loose (including the "real" lion). The S.W.A.T. cops arrive to capture the lion, but the Dumb Bunnies say he flew away. As they leave the zoo (the book says that they decide to go home but they really got kicked out by the zookeeper), they come across two giant apes which they mistake for being "Free Kitties" (the box the words were written on was containing real kitties, but when the apes climbed over the wall, they scared all the kitties, and the owner who carried the box, away). Baby Bunny decides to keep them, but as they drive out, the apes fall off the top of the car they had been tied to. They return home at the end of the day and get into their new Waterbed (with a series of hoses spraying water on the bed) and fall asleep.
- The Dumb Bunnies (1994, Blue Sky Press; ISBN 0-590-47708-0)
- The Dumb Bunnies' Easter (1995, Blue Sky Press; ISBN 0-590-20241-3)
- Make Way for Dumb Bunnies (1996, Blue Sky Press; ISBN 0-590-58286-0)
- The Dumb Bunnies Go to the Zoo (1997, Blue Sky Press; ISBN 0-590-84735-X)