A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Kids can learn the trial and error process of engineering and inventing.
Teamwork is a prominent theme with a focus on community and individuals working together. The power of trust saves the day. Courage and perseverance are also shown by some in standing up to bullies and trying to solve problems.
Positive Role Models
Max is a rabbit who stands up against bullies and tries to do the right thing. But he is thought of as self-centered by the other rabbits and he's quick to bicker. Emmi is a cheerful and skilled rabbit who stands up for herself but is also quick to conflict. Gang leader Leo wants to destroy all the Easter eggs due to an old grudge against the rabbits. He tricks a family of foxes into thinking he's helping them. The foxes try to snare Easter rabbits and take their role of delivering eggs so they can get the adoration. Young fox Ferdinand discovers Leo's plan and works with the rabbits to help fend off Leo and the foxes.
Rabbits discuss integrating a fox into their community. While some are wary, they eventually allow them in.
Did we miss something on diversity? Suggest an update.
Violence & Scariness
Mild violence includes a gang member scaring a child rabbit and picking them up by the ears. The same character swipes at another character with a spade and kidnaps someone. Foxes try to snare and chase rabbits. They grab a rabbit to eat and hold it over a boiling pot of water. Some slapstick. Mild threat includes a cave-in. Animals fall off a cliff and their fall is broken by a tree. Characters fight foxes with kicks and punches.
Did you know you can flag iffy content? Adjust limits for Violence & Scariness in your kid's entertainment guide.Get started
Negative language includes "loser," "screw up," "dummy," "idiots," "stupid," "dumb," "buzz off," "lousy," "darn it," "gasbag," "dimwit," and "get lost."
Did you know you can flag iffy content? Adjust limits for Language in your kid's entertainment guide.Get started
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Rabbit Academy is a German animated Easter adventure sequel to Rabbit School: Guardians of the Golden Egg with slapstick violence, threat, and aggressive language. The movie works as a standalone and follows city rabbit Max (voiced by Callum Maloney) on his mission to learn his special skill to save Easter from a double threat of foxes and Leo (Cameron Simpson), a rabbit who wants to ruin Easter. The movie has strong messages of teamwork and a positive depiction of using perseverance with trial and error to achieve goals. There is some mild violence and threat, which although mostly slapstick does include rabbits being kidnapped and held over pots of boiling water. There is also negative language such as "idiot," "dimwit," and "loser." The movie is known as Rabbit Academy: Mission Eggpossible in some territories. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
For Easter movies that focus on bunnies and eggs, this animated adventure is a mostly solid entry in the category. Rabbit Academy's animation is attractive and has an art style that sets it apart from lots of modern features. The messages are strong, too, with engineering and invention serving as a way to show the importance of perseverance and trial and error. The community aspect has a double impact, with an elder explaining how the group alone is like a twig and together they are strong. On top of that, communities successfully mix, with rabbits and foxes learning to work together.
What's less interesting though is the bickering. Characters, including our heroes, seem paranoid and quick to turn on each other. Sure they apologize. But it feels like an extra emotional weight the movie didn't need to carry. Maybe this is a reflection of how prey need to constantly be on their guard, but the result is pockets of the movie that feel uncomfortable, especially with the liberal use of mild negative slurs. Still, the action is good, the story is sound, and the messages are positive, so a place is secured on the Easter movie shelf for this one.
Did we miss something on diversity?
Research shows a connection between kids' healthy self-esteem and positive portrayals in media. That's why we've added a new "Diverse Representations" section to our reviews that will be rolling out on an ongoing basis. You can help us help kids by suggesting a diversity update.