Bunnicula

TV review by
Emily Ashby, Common Sense Media
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TV series tweaks book bunny's stories with gentle scares.

Parents say

age 6+
Based on 3 reviews

Kids say

age 6+
Based on 4 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.

Educational Value

The show intends to entertain rather than to educate.

Positive Messages

Bunnicula tends to cause chaos for his friends, but he always comes around and helps them out of it in the end. Oblivious to his antics, Mina is Bunnicula's biggest fan, and reliable Chester usually winds up cleaning up the messes. Some moments show the characters setting aside their differences to work together for the common goal of making their owner happy.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Bunnicula mostly means well, but his mischievous streak leads him into trouble more often than not. Chester assumes an adult role in the messes since Mina is mostly oblivious to them.

Violence & Scariness

Many monsters and supernatural beings, including zombie fish, mummy monkeys, and a hybrid of a spider and a lamb. Some moments can be creepy, and some of the monsters look scary, but there's more humor than actual fright. Some hitting and other impact, but no lasting injuries.

Sexy Stuff
Language
Consumerism

The show is based on a book by Deborah and James Howe.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Bunnicula is a cartoon series based on the vampire-bunny star of a children's book by James Howe. Despite his fangs and batwing ears, Bunnicula is mostly harmless, but he does instigate all kinds of mischief for himself and his fellow furries, Harold the dog and Chester the cat. The show also presents many kinds of monsters and monster hybrids, but there's so much silliness in play that it's not a scary watch. Expect a lot of preposterous situations and trouble that never has any real consequences for the characters. 

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byk2david July 19, 2018

A positive message and a fun show

Though the supernatural is the delivery method, when you watch more then a few episodes one sees that the show is not so much about the supernatural, but more... Continue reading
Adult Written byLousie M. October 19, 2018
Teen, 15 years old Written byAlexpkeaton September 17, 2017

Disappointing.

I can't quite give a good review for this show as I was only able to finish the first episode... it almost made me cry. Bunnicula is one of my favorite boo... Continue reading
Teen, 14 years old Written byMobe June 1, 2018
I think bunnicula is a really funny and action packed tv series.

What's the story?

BUNNICULA follows the adventures of a vampire bunny named Bunnicula (voiced by Chris Kattan) and his adopted family -- 14-year-old Mina (Kari Wahlgren), Chester the cat (Sean Astin), and Harold the dog (Brian Kimmet). After a somewhat mysterious past, Bunnicula settles right in with Mina and her animal friends, but when she's not around to keep tabs on him, he gets into mischief of one supernatural kind or another. Often this means monsters, zombies, and curses that terrorize Chester and amuse good-natured Harold, while Mina remains oblivious to the goings-on.

Is it any good?

This spirited series is a fun pick for parents and kids who want to break in slowly to the concept of the paranormal and scares in general. Yes, there are monsters of every variety, plus witchcraft, possession, and the occasional malevolent carnivorous plant, but the show is too lighthearted -- and the titular bunny too cute -- to spook anyone for real. Instead Bunnicula keeps you guessing with hilarious antics and an engaging cast of characters who somehow manage to remain friends after all their messes.

Like any book adaptation to reach a screen, Bunnicula offers families a chance to see how someone else interprets an author's work. In the case of this show, viewers who have read the book will notice some significant differences in this series, which invites comparative discussions and other follow-up conversations. And with such gentle content, it's a great pick for families with a range of kids' ages.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about what, if anything, in Bunnicula is scary. How does a show's animation style and comedy affect whether the characters scare you? Do you like a little spook with your entertainment or not?

  • What role do grown-ups play in this show? Do your kids have as much freedom as Mina seems to? What rules does your family have (playing outside, talking to strangers, using the internet) that help keep you safe?

  • Kids: If you've read Bunnicula, do you like how this show's creators cast him and the other characters? What other book adaptations have you seen? Are there books you'd like to see made into a movie or TV show?  

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