• Bunzo the Rabbit

    Ladies and gentlemen,

    I watched the 88th Academy Awards a few days ago despite an overall rather shallow cinematic year 2015. As a humorous comment on this exaggerated ceremony, I would like to talk about the best supporting rabbit in a movie. Yes, you read that right. I'm talking about Bunzo the Rabbit's glorious performance in last year's weird drama ''Kumiko, the Treasure Hunter''. He incarnates the only companion of a lonesome Japanese office lady who leaves her old life behind to find the treasure buried in the fictional American crime flick ''Fargo'' that she believes to exist for real. Let's take a closer look at Bunzo's memorable performance.

    Team Bunzo for the win

    First of all, the question is how this legendary rabbit that took Hollywood by storm was casted in the first place. You can take a look at the other potential candidates for the big role including monkeys, owls and turtles.


    Now, let's take a look at a few scenes from the movie where Bunzo's acting talent really shines through. Co-star Kikuchi Yuriko said about her unusual partner: ''Bunzo was such a photogenic co-star. He was not a professionally trained actor, but somehow he would always deliver right away. There was a scene where we wanted him to eat ramen and he did it right away. When we wanted him to look at the camera, he would look at the camera. He was perfect.''

    I hope that we can see Bunzo the Rabbit in more movies. He would deserve the leading role for an appropriate real-life adaption of Bugs Bunny, Captain Carrot, March Hare, Peter Rabbit, Thumper or the Nesquik Bunny.

    Did you know that the Easter Bunny originated among German Lutherans in the early eighteenth century but that the tradition of coluring eggs for Easter goes back to the thirteenth century? The so-called ''Osterhase'' originally played the role of a judge, evaluating whether children were good or disobedient in behaviour at the start of the season of Eastertide. The Easter Rabbit is sometimes depicted with clothes and a basket with candy, coloured eggs and small toys. The religious connection to hares comes from the fact that rabbits were believed to be hermaphrodites which led to an association with the Virgin Mary. Eggs are also fertility symbols.

    Honestly, who doesn't like rabbits? Happy Easter!

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