80s, 90s, Blog, Books, Obsession of the Day — October 30, 2013 9:49 am

Obsession of the Day: Bunnicula: The Vampire Rabbit

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If you’re looking for some spooky literature for Halloween, but aren’t into Stephen King or any of that freaky stuff, you’re going to want to check out Bunnicula by Deborah and James Howe. I was introduced to Bunnicula in fourth grade when we read the book in class.

Bunnicula-1979Here’s a picture of the edition we read. I believe it’s the original 1979 edition, which explains why we were reading it in a Canadian school in 1994.

For some reason the teacher put together a class activity where we had to collectively come up with a Bunnicula sing-songy poem. Almost 20 years later, I still get this stuck in my head, but only the first two lines, so I’m not sure if a full poem was ever written:

“Bunnicula is a funny story,
He’s a vampire, but he’s not gory.”

That’s copyright Mrs. Parker’s Fourth Grade Class.

In 1982 the ABC Weekend Special series released a Bunnicula cartoon: Bunnicula, the Vampire Rabbit. Thanks to the magic of YouTube, we can now enjoy this lost treasure.

The underlying message of the television special: children, take care of your pets or they will become vampires and bite yo’ ass. Or your tomatoes. Whatever.

I remember thinking that the concept of a vampire bunny who didn’t drink blood, but instead drained vegetables of their juices, was hilarious! I still think it’s a winning concept and overall a recipe for success. Finding two things and combining them to make something new and awesome is how it’s done. Also, I always thought Chester the cat was a real dick.

There are other books in the Bunnicula series, including The Celery Stalks at Midnight—a title that makes me giddy and giggle with joy. Best of all—this bunny doesn’t sparkle.

Have you read Bunnicula? What did you think? Leave us a comment!


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