The Top Easter Movies for Kids and Families

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Easter is in many ways two holidays. On the one hand, you have the candy-coated, Easter Bunny chasing, egg-hiding commercial holiday and on the other, you have the Christian story of the crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus Christ in Jerusalem. Fortunately, Hollywood and the film industry have come out with a number of movies about Easter — no matter which way you celebrate it. 

From the Easter Bunny to eggs and parades to Christ's ultimate sacrifice, the following films are great to put you and your family in the mood for the Easter holiday!

No holiday is complete without the "Peanuts." This time, Charles Schultz's Peanuts gang is back again and getting ready for Easter. There are eggs to decorate, shopping trips to take and of course Linus telling anyone who'll listen about the Easter Beagle.

"It's the Easter Beagle, Charlie Brown" is sure to entertain audiences of all ages with all your favorite classic Peanuts' characters learning yet another valuable lesson about friendship, kindness and this time the reason for Easter holiday! 

In this live-action, animation hybrid film, Russell Brand voices E.B. — the son of the one and only Easter Bunny (Hugh Laurie) — as he comes to terms with his passion for drumming versus his familial obligation to carry on the Easter Bunny name. 

On the eve of his coronation as the new Easter Bunny, E.B. decides instead to sneak away. He hops all the way to Hollywood where he hopes to pursue his dreams of becoming a drummer. The candy-coated world of the Easter Bunny will make your mouth water, and E.B.'s adventure has just enough comedy and fun for the whole family to enjoy.

"Springtime with Roo" takes place in the familiar Hundred Acre Woods on Easter Day. While everyone is busy getting excited and preparing for the big day, Rabbit becomes obsessed with Cleaning Day instead.

In this fun, Disney film, Roo and the gang are crushed when Rabbit declares that Easter is canceled.  Watch and see if Roo, Pooh, Piglet, and Tigger can remind Rabbit of the fun of Easter and bring their favorite Easter Bunny back. The whole family is sure to enjoy this instant classic.

"Bugs Bunny's Easter Funnies," also known as "Bugs Bunny's Easter Special" weaves together classic Looney Tunes with newly animated sequences, creating an all new story for kids and Looney fans of all ages.

When the Easter Bunny is sick, Bugs and friends try their hand at taking over the job. Well, it seems like another bunny, one named Bugs, in particular, might be the aptest at hopping around playing Easter Rabbit. However, Sylvester, Pepe Le Pew, Foghorn Leghorn and Daffy all want to get in on the fun as well! 

Hilarity ensues that's sure to keep your kids laughing long after the closing credits. 

Told and sung by the great Burl Ives, "The First Easter Rabbit" tells a story similar to that of "The Velveteen Rabbit" in classic Rankin and Bass style. First appearing as a special on NBC in 1976, this classic tale is now available to own.

In "The First Easter Rabbit," Stuffy the Rabbit is a favorite toy who magically comes to life and is given a very special job. The cute and caring bunny is directed to journey to Easter Valley — a beautiful land where it is always springtime — and start a new tradition of delivering Easter treats to children.

Unfortunately, one cold-hearted villain does not want to see Stuffy succeed, and he tries to freeze Easter Valley and stop Easter from happening. With a little help from his friends and a lot of help from Santa Clause, Stuffy might just be headed down the Bunny Trail after all!

In "Here Comes Peter Cottontail," the titular character wants to be the chief Easter Bunny, but Evil Irontail is after the top spot as well. The competition is on, and Peter must deliver more eggs than Irontail or Easter might be ruined for all of the children.

This ABC-TV original stop motion is sure to delight. Hop into an eggcellent adventure with Peter and his friends as they try to beat Irontail and save the day. Your kids will love the title song, too!

"Here Comes Peter Cottontail: The Movieis a full-length sequel to the classic 1971 Rankin/Bass television special. The sequel updates the original's stop-motion puppetry with CGI animation and features the voice of Miranda Cosgrove.

In this musical adventure, Peter Cottontail is trying to pull off Easter even as the Evil Irontail and Jackie Frost, the queen of winter, try to foil his favorite holiday. Continue the fun of the original 1971 classic in this updated version. 

Whiskers, a confused stuffed bunny rabbit must lead Peter's other toys in a quest for a cure for their owner's illness, so the little boy will be up and around by Easter. As the relentlessly upbeat rabbit canvasses the town for help after recruiting Peter's Spanish-accented parrot, Carmen, he eventually encounters the actual Easter Bunny. 

"The Great Easter Egg Hunt" is an uplifting animation from the turn of the century, sure to delight. Especially great for younger audiences, this movie is perfect for a pre-nap flick.

Another Rankin and Bass special, "The Easter Bunny Is Comin' to Townfeatures the voice of Fred Astaire in this fun stop-motion animation. The movie tells the story of Sunny the Bunny and his Kidsville friends as they invent all kinds of Easter traditions in order to win over a grouchy town.

This hippity-hoppity adventure provides springtime fun for children and families. With colorful animation and catchy tunes (just like last time), this film is sure to delight just as much as the first. 

In "Yogi the Easter Bear,  Yogi Bear is up to his old tricks stealing picnic baskets with his friend Boo Boo, and their antics don't bode well for the Easter Jamboree at Jellystone Park. Things get even worse when they find out that the Easter Bunny has been kidnapped, they must do everything they can to save him. 

Watch the events unfold in this fun special episode of the classic Hannah-Barbera hit. There's sure to be plenty of laughs and quotable quotes for your whole family.

Don Hewes, played by Fred Astaire, is devastated when his dancing partner, Nadine Hale (Ann Miller), decides to break up their partnership to set out on her own. Determined to prove that he can succeed without her, Astaire confidently vows that he can pick any random chorus girl and make her a star.

He picks Hannah Brown, played by Judy Garland, and the toe-tapping adventure begins. Full of song, dance, and fun, this old-time classic will be an Easter treat forever. Even today's kids may enjoy that classic charm and appreciate the way films used to be.