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Rabbit Ears Productions was an animation company that was founded by creators Mark Sottnick and Doris Wilhousky in 1985 with their first production, The Velveteen Rabbit, which was narrated by Meryl Streep. The company was located in Palace Production Center in South Norwalk, Connecticut, where they started creating their productions. Rabbit Ears Productions was well known for having celebrity guest stars, such as Denzel Washington, Meryl Streep, Danny Glover, Jodie Foster, Whoopi Goldberg and Robin Williams narrating the stories, along with famous musicians and illustrators complementing the stories.

Throughout the mid-1980s and the mid-1990s, Rabbit Ears Productions had created over 63 titles and four series that composed the titles: Storybook Classics (which consisted of retellings of classic children’s stories), We All Have Tales (which consisted of international tales), American Heroes and Legends (which consisted of stories that involve tall tale heroes and historical figures) and Greatest Stories Ever Told (which consisted of popular Biblical stories).


In the mid-1990s, however, Rabbit Ears had changed hands and the company stopped producing more stories. It wasn’t until 2000, when Chris Campbell, one of the company’s original partners, bought the rights to the company and, along with Mark Sottnick and Doris Wilhousky, restored the company and renamed it Rabbit Ears Entertainment, LLC. Rabbit Ears Entertainment, LLC is now re-releasing former stories on DVD and audio books and are planning on creating new titles, the first being "Tom Thumb", narrated by John Cleese in 2008.

The company’s website can be found here.


Stories Created by Rabbit Ears Productions

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    Storybook Classics ( 1985 - 1990): 

    We All Have Tales ( 1991 - 1994): 

    Greatest Stories Ever Told ( 1991 - 1993): 

    American Heroes and Legends ( 1992 - 1994): 

  • John Henry (1992), narrated by Denzel Washington
  • Brer Rabbit and Boss Lion (1992), narrated by Danny Glover
  • Follow the Drinking Gourd (1992), narrated by Morgan Freeman
  • Princess Scargo and the Birthday Pumpkin (1992), narrated by Geena Davis
  • Mose the Fireman (1993), narrated by Michael Keaton
  • The Song of Sacajawea (1993), narrated by Laura Dern
  • The Talking Eggs (1994), narrated by Sissy Spacek

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