7 Weird & Wonderful Rabbits in Movies

Watership Down (1978)

“Oh how lovely, a cartoon with talking rabbits,” said the mother to her children when looking for something for them to watch. “I had another nightmare last night,” said the children to their mother for the rest of their lives.


Donnie Darko (2001)

There’s something very frightening yet oddly fascinating about the demonic-looking rabbit, Frank, from Donnie Darko. It’s no wonder his twisted grin has spawned many’s a Hallowe’en costume since.


Fatal Attraction (1987)

If you are currently having an affair and your illicit lover is becoming quite obsessive could you please make sure your rabbit hutch is tamperproof.


Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1975)

In one of the all-time laugh-out-loud scenes this little bunny steals the show, decapitating a few of the crew along the way. On a side note, when asking Siri what her favourite animal is. The answer: “I wrote my master’s thesis on the Killer Rabbit of Caerbannog.” Run away!


Alice in Wonderland (1951)

The White Rabbit is a metaphor for following one’s curiosity. It’s the White Rabbit who Alice runs after and searches for endlessly in Wonderland, a symbol of her quest for knowledge. Although rather than look for meaning it’s best to just sit back and enjoy the trip.


The Matrix (1999)

There are a number of references to Alice in Wonderland in The Matrix. In this scene Neo is told to “follow the white rabbit” which he spots in the form of a tattoo on the shoulder of a club kid named Dujour, and so the adventure begins.


The Night of the Hunter (1955)

You wouldn’t think it but rabbits can scream when they are being chased by a predator or if in great pain, which is all the more eerie as the sound is close to that of a terrified child as heard in the allegorical classic The Night of the Hunter.


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7 Ads with Rabbits in them

O2 | Follow the Rabbit

Thumping to the sounds of The Chemical Brothers a warren of O2-blue rabbits lure crowds of cool kids to a giant rabbit hole. Is it a portal to another dimension? Maybe more like a MGMT concert but sure look it.


Skittles | Choose Wisely

A pack of Skittles for an opera-yodeling rabbit? Yes please.


Sony Bravia | Play Doh Bunnies

Sony followed up the Balls and Paint Bravia ads with hundreds of rainbow-coloured bunnies hopping around Manhattan morphing into a Godzilla of a rabbit accompanied by the The Rolling Stones 1967 hit She’s A Rainbowand the result is 24-carrot gold.


Ribena | The ZoobyDoo Ad

Would’ve loved to be a fly on the wall when the script was presented to the client: “We open on a sunny countryside. Owls shoot lasers from their eyes while rabbits wearing star-shaped sunglasses and fake moustaches pop up at random…”

Club Orange | Some Bits Are Crucial

Cute animation created by 7 Deadly Things. This ad was one of two 15-second stings we made for a Christmas campaign.


Cadbury’s | Take it Easy

The Jessica Rabbit of rabbits that made us all feel like weirdos for fancying a bunny. Those legs though.


The National Lottery | Money Multiplier

You are pure legend boy. You’re mighty.


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7 Things About Alfonso Cuarón’s Roma

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Roma ▴ Dir. Alfonso Cuarón ▴ Photo courtesy of Asac – la Biennale di Venezia.

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The Memories

Roma is set in the early 1970s following a young domestic worker living in the middle-class neighborhood of Roma, Mexico City.

Oscar-winner director Alfonso Cuarón (Children of Men, Gravity) takes us on a deeply personal journey in an autobiographical ode to his childhood, and to the women who reared him.

“Eighty to ninety percent of the scenes represented in the film are scenes taken out of my memory,” Cuarón said during a Directors Guild of America interview, “sometimes directly, sometimes a bit more obliquely.”

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The Characters

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Roma ▴ Dir. Alfonso Cuarón with Yalitza Aparicio ▴ Photo courtesy of Asac – la Biennale di Venezia.

Just as the memories are real, so are the characters, including Cleo, played to perfection by Yalitza Aparicio, who had no previous acting experience. Cleo is a fictionalised version of the Cuarón family’s live-in-maid Liboria “Libo” Rodríguez.

Cuarón embarked on a painstaking search through countless villages in Mexico auditioning thousands of women for the role. When he met Aparicio, who is from the same small town as Libo, his search was over.

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The Corpus Christi Massacre

Cuarón draws on his childhood amidst political turmoil of the 1970s, most notably the devastating Corpus Christi massacre of 1971. Soldiers and police disguised as civilians opened fire on thousands of high school and university student demonstrators killing over 120 people.

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The Masculinity

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Roma ▴ Dir. Alfonso Cuarón ▴ Photo courtesy of Netflix

In many movies being made right now men seem to be suffering from a form of toxic masculinity syndrome – a disorder associated with brutal, abusive behaviour, with tendencies to lie, cheat, and often drink too much, ultimately letting everyone and themselves down.  

Roma serves as a testament to the women who raised Cuarón who are left to pick up the pieces after being betrayed by the men in their lives.

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The Cinematography

Along with directing the picture, Cuarón wrote the screenplay and also helmed the cinematography.

Due to a scheduling conflict Cuarón’s go-to guy, and three-time Oscar winner Emmanuel Lubezki, who has worked with him on almost every film he has made, was unavailable, leading Cuarón to step into the role himself.

This decision ended up being hugely beneficial to the creative process and the result is stunning.

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The Simplicity

There are plenty of high-impact parts throughout: a blazing forest fire; an earthquake; violent street riots; and an unsettling seaside scene.

But it’s the softer scenes that say so much. Cuarón has a talent of making the ordinary seem extraordinary: soapy water sloshing across a courtyard; a plane reflected in a puddle; laundry swaying on a clothesline. 

These moments of magic seem like a dream – these memories of one of the greatest directors of our time.

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The Score

There isn’t really a score as such, the soundtrack to Cuarón’s latest opus is made up of an occasional song drifting in and out of a radio or stereo, the rumble of city streets, cars vrooming, people babbling, waves crashing, fireworks, rifles, dogs… the sound design is instrumental to the experience allowing us to completely immerse ourselves into this world.

Academy Award contenders aren’t usually black-and-white, Mexican, subtitled movies with a relatively unknown cast and no soundtrack – yet Roma has been cleaning up on the road to the Oscars and has already won the Golden Lion at the Venice Film Festival, 2018.

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Roma billboard in Venice ▴ Dir. Alfonso Cuarón ▴ Photo courtesy of 7 Deadly Things 
 

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7 Occasions the Oscars Podium Became a Political Platform


#MeToo and #TimesUp

2017 –– Sexual misconduct and assault allegations rocks some of the biggest names in the entertainment industry, in particular producer and graduate from the Institute of Sex Pestery, Harvey Weinstein. Hollywood reacted, #MeToo came into new prominence, and the #TimesUp anti-sexual harassment movement was born. Since then, #Metoo has become a much broader conversation with countless women and men coming forward publicly about experiences they’d never been able to talk about before.

#OscarsSoWhite

2015 –– All 20 acting nominees are white sparking a campaign that helped to raise awareness on decades of disparity within the academy. #OscarsSoWhite efforts has since seen the likes of movies like Moonlight (2016), a story about a young gay African-American, winning Best Picture, and more inclusive nominations with multiple people of colour in all categories such as Jordan Peele who made history in becoming the first black director nominated for Picture, Director and Screenplay for his debut film Get Out (2017).

Moonlight, written and directed by Barry Jenkins – A24

Marlon Brando Boycotts the Oscars

1973 –– Marlon Brando is announced as the Best Actor winner for his performance as Vito Corleone in The Godfather (1972). However, instead of seeing the man himself take to the stage, up comes actress-activist Sacheen Littlefeather to decline the Oscar on his behalf. See, Brando had boycotted the ceremony in response to the Wounded Knee incident and also to “the treatment of American Indians today by the film industry and on television in movie reruns.” Littlefeather was met with a mixed response of boos and applause.


Hattie McDaniel and the Segregated Ceremony

1940 –– The Oscars have been handing out little gold statuettes since 1929, but it wasn’t until 1940 that an African-American actor won one. Hattie McDaniel won the Best Supporting Actress prize for her role as Mammy in Gone With the Wind (1939). Although this accolade didn’t outdo the atrocity of McDaniel having to sit at a segregated table at the back of the room of the Ambassador Hotel, a venue that at the time held a “no coloureds” policy. It would be 51 more years until the next African-American woman won an Oscar, which went to Whoopi Goldberg for her supporting role in Ghost (1990).


“Shame on you, Mr. Bush, shame on you” Michael Moore

2003 –– Never one to be kept quiet, Michael Moore took home an Oscar for Bowling for Columbine (2002), a documentary which was an early call for gun control (very sad then that all these years later it seems there’s a high school shooting every other day). Moore used his acceptance speech to protest the invasion of Iraq that had started four days before the event. He denounced George Bush calling him a “fictitious president.” The mix of boos and cheers was met with loud music to outplay Moore who was still speaking.


Sarandon, Robbins and Gere get a Slap on the Wrist from the Academy

1993 –– Susan Sarandon and Tim Robbins presented the prize for best editing and used the platform to highlight the plight of Haitian HIV victims in Cuba, asking authorities to admit 250 refugees to the US. Oscar producer Gil Cates called their actions “outrageous, distasteful and dishonest” and said the pair would not be invited back. Cates threatened to ban the actors, including Richard Gere for his talk on Tibet, from future Oscars broadcasts because they departed from their scripted speeches to make political statements.

And the award for Best Oscar Speech goes to… Sean Penn

2009 –– Sean Penn delivered a stand-out performance as gay rights activist Harvey Milk who was shot to death in 1978 in San Francisco. Penn was rewarded by the Academy with the Best Actor gong in 2009. Sharp-tongued Penn discussed the topic of Milk more broadly in his acceptance speech and called for equal rights for the gay community:

“I think that it is a good time for those who voted for the ban against gay marriage to sit and reflect and anticipate their great shame and the shame in their grandchildren’s eyes if they continue that way of support.”

Hear, hear!


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