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''Here Comes Peter Cottontail'' is a StopMotion puppet animated (called "Animagic") Creator/RankinBassProductions holiday special, the first of the studio's Easter specials, broadcast in 1971. It follows the usual Rankin/Bass formula of taking a holiday standard song like "Peter Cottontail", and weaving around it a narrative, in this case adapted by R/B's favorite writer Romeo Muller from Otto and Priscilla Friedrich's book ''The Easter Bunny That Overslept'', and adding original songs with music by Maury Laws and lyrics by co-producer Jules Bass. Creator/DannyKaye serves as the usual R/B InkSuitActor {{Narrator}}, Seymour S. Sassafrass.
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!!''Here Comes Peter Cottontail'' provides examples of:
* AlliterativeName: '''S'''eymour '''S'''. '''S'''assafrass
* ArtificialLimbs: Irontail wears an artificial tail to replace his tail that was rollerskated.
* BadassSanta: On Christmas Eve, Santa managed to intercept Iron Tail after he stole Peter's eggs and send them back to Peter.
* BigBad: January Q. Irontail is the main antagonist of the special.
* CardCarryingVillain: Irontail has a "book of evil spells".
* ChildHater: Irontail blames children in general for the loss of his tail. The irony is, while they didn't hate ''him'' back then, they sure do ''now'', making his own attempt to deliver eggs rather difficult. (Which pretty much means his current situation is his own fault.)
* DarkReprise: "The Easter Bunny Never Sleeps" begets "The Easter Bunny Always Sleeps" when Irontail takes over April Valley.
* DidntThinkThisThrough: Irontail permanently turning all of Peter's eggs completely green did seem like a brilliant way to ruin them and prevent anyone from wanting them on Valentine's Day. [[HoistByHisOwnPetard St. Patrick's Day, however...]]
* DisabilityAsAnExcuseForJerkassery: Irontail, whose original tail was rollerskated over by a child, forcing him to have an artificial iron one and leaving him with a hatred of children.
* DistaffCounterpart: Jackie Frost in the sequel is obviously a female Jack Frost.
* EasterBunny: Of course.
* EasterSpecial
* TheExile: Peter exiles himself from April Valley after Irontail causes him to oversleep.
* EvilWearsBlack: Irontail wears a black suit and is the BigBad.
* FreudianExcuse: Irontail wasn't always a nasty bunny. The entire reason he dislikes children at all is that a kid accidentally squished his tail while rollerskating. [[DisproportionateRetribution Why he couldn't just be an adult about it and accept an apology rather than decide to be a dick to all children is up for grabs.]]
* HeroicBSOD: Peter goes through a major one courtesy of Irontail.
* HoistByHisOwnPetard: Irontail turns the eggs completely green near the end. Naturally, this comes back to bite him when St. Patrick's Day rolls around.
* InkSuitActor: Danny Kaye as Seymour S. Sassafrass
* LoopholeAbuse: Peter wins the egg-delivering contest in the end and saves Easter because the rules did not specify that the eggs had to be delivered on Easter. Irontail also got away with it at the beginning: Although he only managed to deliver one egg, that was still one more than Peter delivered.
* MauriceChevalierAccent: Antoine speaks with a French accent.
* MrViceGuy: Peter, for most of the original special. He's intelligent and avuncular, and shows kindness to everyone he meets, even those who nobody else would think about. He also genuinely wants to make up for the mistake he made, and he's clearly cut out for the job of Chief Easter Bunny. However, he's prone to overconfidence and boastfulness, and has a propensity towards fibbing that constantly gets the better of him. His pride, in fact, is the reason why he nearly lost in the first place--[[ForWantOfANail if he'd been humble enough to leave nothing to chance and gone to bed early the night before the contest on Easter, he wouldn't have overslept and needed Seymour Sassafras' help to begin with, since he would almost certainly have delivered more eggs than Irontail]].
* MyGodWhatHaveIDone: Peter regrets his actions when Irontail causes him to oversleep, to the point that he exiles himself from April Valley.
* NeverMyFault: Despite his tail being ran over by accident, Irontail pins the blame on children in general for it.
* NiceJobFixingItVillain: Irontail turning the eggs completely green to stop Peter backfires ''big time'' when the latter delivers them on St. Patrick's Day.
* NotCheatingUnlessYouGetCaught: Probably the only reason why Irontail got away with half the stuff he did in the original special.
* OnlySixFaces: The humans Peter encounters during his adventure all tend to look alike.
* PinocchioNose: Peter's left ear droops whenever he lies.
* RealSongThemeTune: The song "Peter Cottontail" is prominently featured throughout the special.
* RedRightHand: Irontail sports an artificial tail and is a villain.
* RunningGag: Peter's left ear drooping whenever he fibbed.
* TyrantTakesTheHelm: Irontail takes over April Valley after tricking Peter into oversleeping.
* WhatMeasureIsANonCute
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