Bunnytown

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Bunnytown
Bunnytown.jpg
The title card for the Playhouse Disney series "Bunnytown"
Genre Children's
Created by David Rudman, Adam Rudman, Todd Hannert
Developed by The Walt Disney Company
Directed by David Rudman
Presented by Disney Junior
Composer(s) Todd Hannert, Terry Fryer
Country of origin Canada
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 26 (list of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s) David Rudman, Adam Rudman, Todd Hannert
Production company(s) Spiffy Pictures
Baker Coogan Productions
Distributor Disney–ABC Domestic Television
Release
Original channel Playhouse Disney
Original release November 10, 2007 – November 8, 2008
External links
Website
Production website

Bunnytown is a children's television program that airs on Disney Junior the Channel in the United States and Great Britain, as well as more than seventy other countries. It consists of one season with twenty-six episodes.

History[edit]

The program, created by David Rudman, his brother Adam and Todd Hannert, under their Spiffy Pictures banner, began airing in Canada on November 3, 2007, and in the USA a week later. It is produced by future Jim Henson Company employee Bill Barretta. UK viewers got a premiere of the program on January 13, 2008 on the Playhouse Disney channel sublet of pay-broadcaster Family Channel. In France, the series began on January 27, 2008, and kept its original title Bunnytown. The show is produced at Ontario, Canada with many of the "Peopletown" segment exterior scenes done at Clarence Park and Verulamium Park in nearby St Albans. It is rated TV-Y in the USA and C in Canada as per their respective countries.

Format[edit]

The basic format features between ten and twelve segments as follows:

  • A running gag, played out in four parts such as bunnies getting ready to race, but instead disco dancing in the first part, then sleeping in the second part, followed by flying in the third part, and then finally racing in the last part, with the payoff that a rubber band is at the finish line, and they fly back to the starting point.
  • A song.
  • Red and Fred, a silent comedy-slapstick pratfall team in Peopletown made up of a fat ginger haired man and a smaller, thin dark haired male, played by Ed Gaughan and Andrew Buckley. This is done in the vein of Laurel and Hardy, who have the same style as Red and Fred. On the US broadcast they are known as "Two Best Friends".
  • Another skit and/or song.
  • The Adventures of Super-Bunny, created new for Bunnytown follows the format of. Little Bad Bunny stealing carrots from Bunnytown, and Super-Bunny comes to the rescue.
  • The Bunnytown Hop, done by a rock-and-roll band inspired by mega groups such as Earth Wind and Fire.
  • Super Silly Sports, also held in Peopletown, hosted by Pinky Pinkerton (portrayed by Scottish-born actress Polly Frame), best known for her wearing a pink Alice band in her blonde bouffant hairdo along with a matching neck scarf and sportsjacket over a white tennis dress, along with pink and white-striped above-the-knee socks. An example of this spoofing of sports contests and their telecasts within is a staring contest between an 11-year-old boy and an Idaho potato (because both of them have "eyes"). Pinky's signature exclamation is "Oh me, oh my!" done multiple times.
  • Another skit, followed by a song.
  • Following the payoff of the running gag, all of the bunnies gather to sing the closing song "It's A Bunnytown Life".
  • Currently the Bunnytown segments, Two Best Friends (Red and Fred) and Super Silly Sports are being shown in bumper segments on Disney Junior and Disney Junior Night Light.

Puppets, characters and sets[edit]

The bunny rod puppets (which take up to eight puppeteers to operate with a trigger at the bottom to move their mouths and invisible marionette strings to work from above on all other parts) are made from foam rubber and covered in fake fur.

Characters include the many types of characters found in pop culture and storybooks. Included are a king and his court (supposedly the leaders of Bunnytown as they live in a castle), pirates, a superhero bunny, a female bunny who is an astronaut, two cave bunnies and their pet dinosaur, an inventor, a farmer and his helpers and many more.

Episodes[edit]

No. Title Original air date[1] Production code[2] U.S. viewers
(in millions)
1 "Hello Bunnies!" November 10, 2007 (2007-11-10) 101
2 "Bunny Funnies!" November 11, 2007 (2007-11-11) 102
3 "Bunny Giggles!" November 17, 2007 (2007-11-17) 103
4 "Barrel Full of Bunnies!" November 18, 2007 (2007-11-18) 104
5 "Bunny Shenanigans!" November 24, 2007 (2007-11-24) 105
6 "Wintertime In Bunnytown!" December 1, 2007 (2007-12-01) 116
7 "Bunny Ha-Ha's!" December 8, 2007 (2007-12-08) 106
8 "Hiya Bunnies!" December 15, 2007 (2007-12-15) 108
9 "Bunny-A-Go-Go!" January 5, 2008 (2008-01-05) 109
10 "G'Day Bunnies!" January 19, 2008 (2008-01-19) 107
11 "Carrot Giving Day!" February 9, 2008 (2008-02-09) 113
12 "Bonkers for Bunnies!" February 23, 2008 (2008-02-23) 112
13 "Bunnytown Pets!" March 1, 2008 (2008-03-01) 114
14 "Bunnytown Fun!" March 24, 2008 (2008-03-24) 110
15 "King Bunny's Birthday!" March 25, 2008 (2008-03-25) 115
16 "Those Wacky Bunnies!" March 26, 2008 (2008-03-26) 117
17 "Bunny Blankie Blues!" March 27, 2008 (2008-03-27) 118
18 "Bunnytown Follies!" March 28, 2008 (2008-03-28) 111
19 "Bunnytown Babbles!" April 5, 2008 (2008-04-05) 120
20 "Bumbling Bunnies!" May 24, 2008 (2008-05-24) 121
21 "Bunnies Bunnies Bunnies!" June 21, 2008 (2008-06-21) 119
22 "Groovy Bunnies!" July 5, 2008 (2008-07-05) 122
23 "Bunny-A-Rama!" August 16, 2008 (2008-08-16) 125
24 "What a Bunnytown Hoot!" September 27, 2008 (2008-09-27) 124
25 "Bunnytown Chuckles!" October 18, 2008 (2008-10-18) 123
26 "Get Fit, Bunnytown!" November 8, 2008 (2008-11-08) 126

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