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The First Easter Rabbit

Episode Summary

Surprise bonus episode! Not even Easter specials are safe from leaning heavily on Santa. Guest: Brandon Medley. Find show notes at

Episode Notes

We’re back! This surprise bonus episode covers the 1976 Rankin/Bass special, The First Easter Rabbit, which despite its name and main theme, still relies heavily on Christmas.  


🎙 Guest:  

Brandon Medley (@brandmed, Blessed Are the Geek).  


💬 Topics & Tangents:  

1. A very obvious and very uncredited Velveteen Rabbit connection.  

2. Easter Valley’s odd location next door to the North Pole, and Rankin/Bass’s habit of giving bad directions.  

3. They named the talking snowball “Br-r-ruce,” a joke I didn’t notice until JUST NOW.  


“The First Easter Rabbit” © 1974 Rankin/Bass Productions, Inc.  

Full show notes with links at  
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