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* PlotAllergy: The farmer is allergic to rabbits, which is why the bunnies succeed in driving him away in the end


* AnnoyingLaugh: Bean's friend Snort. The otherwise normal-sounding Storyteller also has a somewhat annoying giggle ("Hyuck!").

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* AnnoyingLaugh: Bean's friend Snort. The otherwise normal-sounding Storyteller also has a somewhat annoying giggle ("Hyuck!").

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* CoolOldLady: Great-Great-Great-Great-Grandmother Bunny may be getting on in years, but she can still beat any of the youngsters in a race.

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* SmallNameBigEgo: Lugsy thinks he's the best, the coolest and the bravest bunny around, and even describes himself as the "hero of the family." He's wrong.


* TheFaceless: The Farmer's head is out of frame for most of the special.

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* TheFaceless: The Farmer's head is out of frame or in shadow for most of the special.


** Also, the Farmer, to the dog. He doesn't.

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** Also, the The Farmer, to the dog. He doesn't.

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** Also, the Farmer, to the dog. He doesn't.

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* TheFaceless: The Farmer's head is out of frame for most of the special.


* BowTiesAreCool: Bean's father seems to think so, anyway.

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''The Tale of the Bunny Picnic'' is a 1986 television special created by Creator/JimHenson. It introduces the character of Bean Bunny, who would later go on to make appearances in several other Henson-related productions. Henson got the idea for the movie when he and his daughter were in a park and saw a dog chasing rabbits. Afterward, Henson decided to make up a story about bunnies being afraid of dogs.

The story concerns the annual Bunny Picnic, which the rabbits of the forest hold to celebrate the coming of spring. Young Bean is deemed too little to help his older siblings Lugsy and Twitch with decorations, and so he wanders off, and encounters a (seemingly) ferocious dog in the lettuce patch. When he runs back home, no one believes his story, least of all Lugsy. Everyone insists there haven't been any dogs in the woods for years. Bean, though, is determined to prove he's right. And in so doing, he just might save the Bunny Picnic... because the dog is actually the pet of an evil farmer who wants the bunnies to put in his stew!

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* AllOfTheOtherReindeer: Bean's older brother Lugsy deems him "too little" to help out with anything. Despite this, it's a SubvertedTrope because aside from Lugsy, Bean seems to be well-liked and has a few friends.
* AnAesop: "Those who hurt others hurt themselves." Also, the small standing up to the big, and being yourself.
* AnnoyingLaugh: Bean's friend Snort. The otherwise normal-sounding Storyteller also has a somewhat annoying giggle ("Hyuck!").
* AwesomeMcCoolName: [[spoiler:The Dog is eventually named De-Dop De-Diddly-Dog Bop -- "That's ''mister'' De-Dop De-Diddly-Dog Bop to you!"]].
* BigBrotherBully: Lugsy.
* BigEater: Bean's friend Bulbous. He even eats while sleeping.
* BowTiesAreCool: Bean's father seems to think so, anyway.
* CassandraTruth: No matter how hard he tries, ''no one'', not even his, Lugsy's, and Twitch's great-great-great-great-grandmother believes Bean about the dog. Until it attacks the picnic, that is.
* CrowdSong: A few of them, including the main theme song.
* DeadpanSnarker: Lugsy, Bean being the most frequent target of his jokes and sarcasms.
-->'''Bean:''' The dog chased me all around the lettuce, it was horrible!\\
'''Lugsy:''' Oh, oh, and did he have horrible teeth?\\
'''Bean:''' Yeah!\\
'''Lugsy:''' Oh, and horrible eyes?\\
''*Bean shakes, covers his eyes and makes a frightened noise*''\\
'''Lugsy:''' And horrible ears?\\
''*Bean cringes and cowers*''\\
''*beat*''\\
'''Lugsy:''' ...Are you sure you weren't looking in the mirror?
* DubNameChange: Except for Bean, Bulbous and Bebop, most characters are completely renamed in the German dub: Lugsy ("Hufsa"), Twitch ("Kuschel"), Babble ("Blabbermouth"), and Mayor Bunnyparte ("Burgermeister [=LaFour=]").
* EveryoneCallsHimBarkeep: The Storyteller.
* EvilRedhead: The farmer.
* ExtremeOmnivore: Bulbous eats anything and everything, even if it isn't supposed to be edible.
* HappilyMarried: Bean's parents.
* IWantSong: Bean has one early on.
* ImagineSpot: Bean has these frequently. Him being MrImagination is one of the reasons nobody believes him about the dog.
* InformedAttribute: Bean isn't actually much smaller than most of the other bunnies. In fact, he's bigger than his older sister Twitch.
* {{Jerkass}}: Lugsy, to Bean. He gets better.
* MadLibsCatchPhrase: Bean's "I'm not really Bean, I'm a (whatever he's imagining to be at the moment)."
** The dog tends to end his promises or decisions with "or my name's not... whatever it is."
** And Babble tends to begin her ramblings with "If I've said it once, I've said it a thousand times."
* MeaningfulName: [[{{Motormouth}} Babble]], Snort, and [[VerbalTic Bebop]].
* MookFaceTurn: The dog turns good after the farmer is defeated and driven away.
* {{Motormouth}}: [[MeaningfulName True to her name]], Babble does this twice.
* MrImagination: Bean. He imagines himself to be various things such as dragons, weasels, owls and [[ItMakesSenseInContext a tree]].
* NarratorAllAlong: The ending reveals the tale is being told by an elderly Bean to his grandchildren.
* NoNameGiven: A few characters, but especially the farmer's dog. The dog's lack of a name is intentional; his mean owner never bothered naming him. When he befriends the rabbits, though, he does get a name.
* OrMyNameIsnt:
-->'''Dog''': I'll get those bunnies, or my name's not...my name's not...whatever it is."
* PunchClockVillain: The dog only chases the bunnies because his owner tells him to. Otherwise, he bears them no ill will.
* RunningGag: The dog naming the wrong body parts.
* SayingSoundEffectsOutloud: The dog doesn't actually bark or growl, he just says "bark" (occasionally "woof") and "growl" over and over again.
* SugarBowl: This ''may'' be one of the most saccharine Henson specials ever. The bunnies are all extremely cutesy, the forest impossibly idyllic, and everything's very happy, cheerful and colorful. The only real sour notes in the happy song are Lugsy, the dog and the mean farmer -- and Lugsy [[TookALevelInKindness Takes A Level In Kindness]], the dog turns out to be friendly once he's saved from the farmer's tyranny, and the farmer himself is so allergic to the bunnies that just coming near them makes him helpless with sneezing fits. Possibly [[JustifiedTrope justified]] by the revelation that the story is being told by an elderly Bean to a group of very young bunny children.
* SunglassesAtNight: Bebop always wears his shades. Even when he's sleeping!
* VerbalTic: Bebop, who talks pretty much like his name implies.
-->'''Bebop''' ''(during the Storyteller song)'': "[[EstablishingCharacterMoment Tell about a bebop-de-bear running around in his underwear!]]"
* VillainSong
-->'''Dog''': "You're gonna be a bunny stew!"
* WithCatlikeTread: The dog isn't quite as stealthy as he thinks he is. Luckily for him, Bean is under the effect of a sleeping potion at the time.
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