Parents' Guide to

The Christmas Bunny

By Brian Costello, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 9+

Tearjerker wraps emotional themes in spiritual message.

Movie PG 2011 100 minutes
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What you will—and won't—find in this movie.

Community Reviews

age 13+

Based on 6 parent reviews

age 12+
This is our favourite movie as we love Bunny Rabbits, and we had bunny rabbits for years. The thing I love about this movie is that it teaches children how to care for a Rabbit. You need to feed them good hay. And they love company. Seeing all the bunnies happy and jumping around in a wonderful barn was so lovely, instead of being stuck in a cage on it's own. It also helps us understand how valuable pets are to children, especially when they have been through a very bad experience. Pets become family. My Grandmother was a child orphan at four years old, so this story really warmed my heart. Yes, it has some difficult subjects in the movie, but that is life. Sadly, I know that many British people tend not to talk about problems like these that need debating and solving, so this film opens the doors to good discussions. There is no swearing in the film and no smut from what I remember. And for that it gets a Gold Star! I admire the Film Director for this. Especially in today's FILM world, which has lost all morals and values. And that goes for the Music Industry too. The acting is superb! As is the filming and music. With what children are taught in school these days, I feel that some parents need to complain more about their children's State Education, than this film. They are not allowed to be children anymore. Forced to grow up and act like little Adults. Personally, I would say to parents watch the film first if you feel your child will not cope with difficult subjects. Our daughter was around 12-13 when she watched the film and was perfectly fine. She does not swear. And is concentrating on her Bespoke Education which allowed her to be a child. This film most certainly did not damage her, but State Education on the other hand, well that is another discussion.

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Educational value
Great messages
age 8+

Beautiful, Heartwarming Movie!

I've read the other reviews, and honestly, these people are being ridiculous. Age 15+? Age 18+? Really? Wimps. The movie is GREAT for kids because they learn about kindness, friendships, and most of all, BUNNIES! The rabbit is adorable, and hops around. Julia rescues the bunny---whom she names Rumple---and looks after him well. Near the end of the movie, she takes him out with her; she is running away. She digs up some grass for Rumple to eat. There are great messages: the old woman who takes care of bunnies and other animals is mean but pretty hilarious in the beginning, but she later becomes Julia's friends and ends up as the hero of the movie. There is one edgy scene, and it is a memory from the point of view of a little girl named Julia. She is the main character. In this scene, her mother walks in and says to Julia, "Why aren't you asleep? I told you to sleep in the bathtub!" Julia replies, "I couldn't sleep." The mother comes up to Julia and slaps her, then passes out on the couch. We hear banging on the apartment room door, and someone is calling for Julia's mother. But really, kids don't understand this. My kids watched it and they didn't understand it at all. For all they knew, Julia's mother was a weirdo and slapped her kid. My 10-year-old, who is particularly smart, only understood that the mom was drunk and abusive. She didn't get who was knocking on the door. There are sad parts. Rumple is shot with a BB Gun (offscreen); nothing bad is seen except bunny lying in the grass. Later, Rumple gets pushed in a stroller down a slope and gets hurt once more. The only blood in the whole movie is when Julia gets so mad at the boy who pushed Rumple down the hill that she bites his wrist, drawing blood. Also, it seems at one point in the movie, the dad, Julia, and Rumple are going to freeze to death---but they don't. The only thing I don't like about this movie is that for most of it, the dad is kinda mean to Julia and doesn't want her to live with him. But he ends up nicer later.

This title has:

Great messages
Great role models

Is It Any Good?

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This touching story manages to stay engaging, if somewhat predictable. In its portrayal of the impermanence of foster children's living situations, of the frustrations and difficulties of the long-term unemployed, and the responsibilities of caring for animals, THE CHRISTMAS BUNNY does not take the easy way out like other "holiday/cute animal" movies might. Each of these issues is dealt with honestly and realistically.

As the eccentric hermit "bunny lady" Betsy Ross, Florence Henderson seems to be having some fun in a very un-Carol Brady role. As the foster child Julia, Sophie Bolen broods and sulks silently from one scene to the next, and while it's easy enough to understand the reasons for her profound withdrawal, one wishes there could be more to latch onto with the character besides a monomaniacal obsession with "The Velveteen Rabbit" and bunnies. That said, tough-skinned kids might enjoy the hint of hope that peeks into Julia's life as the family surrenders to faith and the child slowly learns to trust.

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