Bunnicula (TV series)

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Bunnicula
Bunnicula Series Title.jpg
Genre
Based on
Developed byJessica Borutski
Voices of
Theme music composerPaul E. Francis
Opening theme"Bunnicula Theme"
Composer(s)
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons3
No. of episodes104 (list of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s)
  • Sam Register
  • Jay Bastian

  • For Cartoon Network:
    Meghan Bradley
    Nicole Rivera
Producer(s)
  • Jessica Borutski
  • Maxwell Atoms (Season 1)
  • Shaunt Nigoghossian (Season 2)
  • James Howe (Season 3)(consulting producer)
  • Tony Salama (line producer)
Editor(s)Nick Reczynski
Running time11 minutes
Production company(s)Warner Bros. Animation
DistributorWarner Bros. Television Distribution
Release
Original network (2017–present)
Original releaseFebruary 6, 2016 (2016-02-06) –
present

Bunnicula is an American animated television series from Warner Bros. Animation developed by Jessica Borutski, produced by Borutski and Maxwell Atoms,[1] and distributed by Warner Bros. Television. It premiered on Cartoon Network on February 6, 2016, and then premiered on Boomerang on the same day.[2][3] The show is loosely based on the children's book series by James and Deborah Howe.[4] It is a dark comedy about a vampire rabbit named Bunnicula who drinks carrot juice instead of blood to strengthen his super abilities in new paranormal adventures.[5]

New episodes aired same-day on Cartoon Network and Boomerang. On March 23, 2017, Bunnicula returned after a year-long hiatus when five new episodes aired unannounced on Boomerang in a graveyard slot. It returned again on November 6, 2017. In 2017, the series was picked up for a second and third season.[6][7]

The series can be streamed exclusively on Boomerang's SVOD subscription service and has also been rerun on the Boomerang TV network since July 30, 2018.

On May 23, 2018, Warner Bros. announced that the third season of Bunnicula would premiere on the Boomerang streaming service in 2019.[8]

Plot[edit]

After moving to New Orleans with her father and pets, Chester & Harold, Mina Monroe is left with a key given to her by her late Aunt Marie that she uses to open a cellar in the Orlock Apartments. Doing this frees a vampire rabbit named Bunnicula who drains vegetables instead of blood to strengthen his powers. Unaware of his traits, she adopts him and makes him a new member of the Monroe family. The series is mostly set with Chester and Harold joining Bunnicula in his supernatural adventures involving situations only he can solve.

Characters[edit]

Main[edit]

  • Bunnicula (voiced by Chris Kattan[9]): The titular character of the show, Bunnicula is a rabbit, and was once the pet of Count Dracula. He is very different from the original version of the character who appears in the books. As it was said by Chester, Bunnicula was found in a locked chamber in the cellar of the apartment complex that Mina, Harold, and Chester now live in. Also, he is shown to have a few vampire traits such as hiding from sunlight, sleeping in a casket, flying with bat wings, and draining juice from vegetables with his fangs. It has been seen that he cannot talk except for a few words (although Harold seems to understand him just fine). He cares for Mina a great deal but tends to cause mischief that yields supernatural consequences. Bunnicula sucks juices from vegetables (just like in the book) but different kinds of vegetables cause some kind of reaction in Bunnicula (carrots enhance his vision, sugar beets make him hyperactive and speedy, squashes enlarge his feet, onions make him cry powerful jet streams of tears, garlic turns him into a skeleton bunny, ghost peppers make him breath out a fire demon, rutabagas give him telekinesis, turnips turn the house upside-down, wasabi makes him spontaneously combust, leeks give him spider legs, eggplants turn him into a huge and hideous three-eyed monster rabbit, baby carrots make him shrink, rotten yams make him invisible, mandrake roots makes him taller with a more humanoid body, horseradish turns him into a horse, chili peppers make him breathe fire, etc.). In the books, it was unclear whether or not Bunnicula had vampiric powers although he was somehow able to get in and out of his cage without opening the door. Unlike his Ruby-Spears incarnation, Bunnicula's ears turn into bat wings to fly. He also speaks very limited English on rare occasion.
  • Chester (voiced by Sean Astin):[9] Mina's pet cat. He is often exasperated with Bunnicula and terrified of the monsters and supernatural phenomena that happens around him and his friends. Deep down, Chester is jealous of Bunnicula. In the books, Chester is an eccentric Orange tabby whose wild suspicions of occult phenomena constantly exasperate Harold.
  • Harold (voiced by Brian Kimmet[9]): Mina's pet dog. He loves his friends Chester and Bunnicula, and their owner, Mina, but isn't the sharpest tool in the shed and appears to be a short-haired, brown mutt. In the books, Harold is a ponderous, thoughtful character, forced to put up with the eccentricities of Chester and the new rabbit. In the books Harold is intelligent and he resembles a Sheepdog, though he claims to have Russian Wolf Hound in him as well.
  • Mina (voiced by Kari Wahlgren[9]): a 13 year old girl who just moved to New Orleans, Louisiana from Middle America with her father.[9] It was seen in the opening that she was the one who freed Bunnicula from his prison in the cellar with a key that was given to her by her Aunt Marie. Aunt Marie left an apartment to Mina and her father. Mina's mother is never seen or mentioned. In the books Chester, Harold, Bunnicula and Howie are owned by Robert, Ann, Pete, and Toby Monroe.

Supporting[edit]

  • Arthur (voiced by Kattan [1]): Mina's father who moves with his daughter to New Orleans from Middle America after inheriting an apartment from Aunt Marie. He appears to be mentally unstable, as in “My Imaginary Fiend” he is seen talking to air, and in “Family Portrait” he throws a princess themed 13th birthday party for Mina. His wife isn't seen or mentioned in the series.
  • Marsha (voiced by Monie Mon): Mina’s cautious and shy best friend, who serves as a foil to the outgoing Mina. Marsha is extremely unlucky and often the only human to notice supernatural activity.
  • Becky (voiced by Kate Higgins): Mina’s other best friend. Becky is very monotone and sarcastic, acting like the stereotypical teenage girl.
  • Scott Dingleman (voiced by Scott Menville): Mina's love interest who shares many of her interests. Bunnicula, Chester, and Harold accidentally erased Scott's memories and tried to take advantage of him until they realized how much Mina missed Scott, and so restored his memory. For some reason, Scott can now understand them but chose to keep it a secret.
  • Madame Polodouri (voiced by Grey Griffin): The owner of a shop containing many supernatural objects. Madame Polodouri often has dangerous items on display, such as a harmonica that revives fish as zombies and the Haunted Portrait of Miserio. Though early episodes depict her as knowledgeable of the supernatural, she is later depicted as somewhat incompetent; several episodes have her sell these dangerous items and she mistakes Chester and numerous animals to be magical creatures (though the end of the episode reveals that, with the exception of Chester and a mouse she captured, the animals actually were magical creatures.) Madame Polodouri doesn't like children or pets in her shop.
  • Patches the Weredude (voiced by Eric Bauza): A laidback, fun-loving weredude. Patches often forgets he is a weredude, and acts like a cat even in human form. Patches moved into the Orlock in “Revenge of the Return of the Curse of the Weredude”.
  • Lugosi (voiced by Richard Steven Horvitz): A deformed and insane guinea pig obsessed with serving Bunnicula, but his way of doing so makes him an enemy. He is later adopted by Marsha, who he declares his new master. Lugosi is now an ally of Bunnicula.
  • Rusty Bones (voiced by Greg Eagles): The ghost of a depressed blues singer who sang albums about his awful life. Rusty curses anyone who makes a mockery of his songs.
  • Fluffy (voiced by Sumalee Montano): A Doberman Pinscher who hunts vampires that originally was an enemy to Bunnicula but later became another close ally. She is a parody of Buffy the Vampire Slayer

Episodes[edit]

SeasonEpisodesOriginally aired
First airedLast airedNetwork
1408February 6, 2016 (2016-02-06)March 24, 2016 (2016-03-24)Cartoon Network
Boomerang SVOD
Boomerang
32April 11, 2017 (2017-04-11)December 21, 2017 (2017-12-21)
240December 21, 2017 (2017-12-21)November 29, 2018 (2018-11-29)Boomerang SVOD
Boomerang
324December 1, 2018 (2018-12-01)December 30, 2018 (2018-12-30)

Broadcast[edit]

In Canada, the series started airing on Teletoon on April 2, 2016.[10] The series premiered on Boomerang on May 2, 2016, in the United Kingdom and Ireland.[11] The series premiered on Boomerang on July 18, 2016, in Australia and New Zealand.[12]

The series can also be streamed exclusively on Boomerang's SOVD subscription service, available on Android, iOS, desktop, Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV, Amazon Kindle Fire Tablet, Roku and Chromecast.[13]

Home media[edit]

"Night of the Vegetable", a 2-disc DVD set featuring the first 20 episodes of season one, was released on June 27, 2017 by Warner Home Video.[14] Originally, Warner Home Video was planning to release another 2-disc DVD set featuring the remaining 20 episodes of season one on February 13, 2018,[15] but that release was cancelled for unknown reasons. Instead, Warner Home Video released "The Complete First Season", a 4-disc set containing all 40 episodes from season one, on May 8, 2018.[16]

DVD Name Ep # Release Date
Night of the Vegetable 20 June 27, 2017
The Complete First Season 40 May 8, 2018

Reception[edit]

It has received positive reviews. Common Sense Media gave the series three stars out of five.[17]

Critic Emily Ashby states that the series is a fun pick for the whole family to enjoy with its silly antics and lighthearted paranormality.

IMDb reviewers gave it a 7.2/10 with some saying it holds up for its lovable characters and neat setting while others disagree on how it contrasts itself from the original novels.

References[edit]

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  2. ^ "YouTube". Retrieved on November 13, 2012.
  3. ^ "CLIP: Cartoon Network Premieres for February 1, 2016: "Bunnicula," "Clarence," and More - ToonZone News". www.toonzone.net.
  4. ^ "Boomerang Reboots With Original Bugs, Scooby, and Bunnicula". August 26, 2011. Retrieved on 14 April 2016.
  5. ^ "Turner inks original WB content deal for Boomerang". Retrieved on 6 February 2016.
  6. ^ http://phx.corporate-ir.net/External.File?item=UGFyZW50SUQ9Mzg0ODc2fENoaWxkSUQ9LTF8VHlwZT0z&t=1&cb=636372669261790843
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  8. ^ https://variety.com/2018/digital/news/boomerang-new-scooby-doo-flintstones-spinoffs-1202818966/
  9. ^ a b c d e Serrao, Nivea (February 5, 2016). "5 Things to Know About Creepy-Cute Bunnicula From Cartoon Network". TV Insider. Retrieved June 12, 2018.
  10. ^ "Bunnicula". Teletoon. Retrieved June 12, 2018.
  11. ^ "Boomerang UK And Cartoonito UK May 2016 Highlights". RegularCapital.com. April 18, 2016. Retrieved June 12, 2018.
  12. ^ "Cartoon Network Australia And Boomerang Australia July 2016 Highlights". RegularCapital: Cartoon Network International News. Turner Broadcasting System Asia-Pacific/Eckfactor (Press Release). May 29, 2016. Retrieved June 12, 2018.
  13. ^ "Boomerang heads to Amazon Channels". kidscreen.com. December 12, 2017. Retrieved June 12, 2018.
  14. ^ David Lambert. "Bunnicula DVD news: Press Release for Season 1, Part 1: Night of the Vegetable - TVShowsOnDVD.com". tvshowsondvd.com. Archived from the original on April 19, 2017. Retrieved April 19, 2017.
  15. ^ David Lambert. "Bunnicula DVD news: Release Date Found for Season 1, Part 2 in USA, Canada - TVShowsOnDVD.com". tvshowsondvd.com. Archived from the original on March 16, 2018. Retrieved March 15, 2018.
  16. ^ David Lambert. "Bunnicula DVD news: Season 1, Part 2 DVD Plans Cancelled, Replaced with Plans for a COMPLETE Season 1 Set! - TVShowsOnDVD.com". tvshowsondvd.com. Archived from the original on March 16, 2018. Retrieved March 15, 2018.
  17. ^ "Bunnicula - TV Review". Common Sense Media. Retrieved June 12, 2018.

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