Happy Chinese New Year: 40 Culturally Relevant Rabbits


Yesterday may have been Groundhog Day, but today belongs to a different woodland critter entirely. Chinese New Year falls on February 3rd in 2011, which means the year of the tiger is over (sorry, Amy Chua) and the rabbit’s reign has begun. Characterized in the Chinese zodiac as friendly, sensitive, and creative, they’re better known in Western culture as, well, horny. Whatever you associate with them, they’re incredibly well represented in pop culture, from highbrow literature to Saturday morning cartoons. After the jump, we ring in the new year with 40 of the most culturally relevant rabbits of all time.

1. Bugs Bunny

2. Donnie Darko

3. White Rabbit, Alice in Wonderland

4. “White Rabbit” by Jefferson Airplane

5. White Rabbits (the band)

6. Rabbit, Winnie the Pooh

7. Nanabozho

8. “Who Could Win a Rabbit?” by Animal Collective

9. Trix rabbit

10. Bunny, The Secret History

11. Greg the Bunny

12. Easter Bunny

13. “Let’s Pretend We’re Bunny Rabbits” by The Magnetic Fields

15. Centzon Totochtin

16. Mr. Floppy, Unhappily Ever After

17. Br’er Rabbit

18. The Rabbit vibrator

19. Frightened Rabbit

20. Bunny Lebowski, The Big Lebowski

21. “Peter Cottontail” by Gene Autry

22. “Rabbit in Your Headlights” by UNKLE

23. Roger Rabbit

24. March Hare, Alice in Wonderland

25. Eddie Rabbit

26. “Litte Bunny Foo-Foo”

27. Cadbury Bunny

28. The rabbits in Watership Down

29. Echo & the Bunnymen

30. Were-Rabbit, Wallace & Grommit

31. “Rabbits Dying” by Throwing Muses

32. Jackalope

33. Nailbunny, Johnny the Homicidal Maniac

34. “Bunny Hop” by Ray Anthony

35. Rabbit Angstrom

36. Playboy bunny

37. Peter Rabbit

38. Energizer Bunny

39. The Velveteen Rabbit

40. Buster Bunny