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From the mind of Dav Pilkey, the man who would bring us Captain Underpants, comes The Dumb Bunnies, a children's book series about a family of astoundingly moronic, pink-furred rabbits who wear nothing but underwear. It is a parody of Good Night Moon and a pastiche of The Stupids.

In every book, Papa Bunny, Mama Bunny, and Baby Bunny would engage in some kind of everyday activity, like going to the beach or celebrating the holidays together. But because of their stupidity and eccentricity, they would always do things in the opposite manner (like sleeping under the bed or wearing winter clothes in the summer) or misunderstand how something functioned (like literally watching a football on a TV or mistaking a revolving door for a carnival ride). And yet despite all the silliness they got themselves into, they always came out with the same goofy smiles and cheery dispositions as before.

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The series consists of:

  1. The Dumb Bunnies (1994)
  2. The Dumb Bunnies' Easter (1995)
  3. Make Way for Dumb Bunnies (1996)
  4. The Dumb Bunnies Go to the Zoo (1997)

The books were given an Animated Adaptation in 1998 that was produced by Canada's Nelvana and Australia's Yoram Gross animation studios. It ran for 2 seasons and aired on CBS in the United States, STV in the UK, and YTV in Canada. Episodes can now be seen at Nelvana's Keep It Weird channel on Youtube.


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The books and the show contain examples of:

  • Adaptation Expansion: In the animated series, episodes based on the books tend to include extra scenes and jokes to extend the plot.
  • Amazing Technicolor Wildlife: The title family are pink rabbits.
  • Beach Episode: Make Way for Dumb Bunnies has the family go to the beach on a rainy day for the first half of the story.
  • Canon Foreigner: The animated series has a few new characters, namely the Dumb Bunnies' more "normal" neighbors, the Uppities, and the local con artist, Sly Fox.
  • Cloud Cuckoolander: The whole family has a rather... quirky brand of stupidity.
  • The Ditz: The Dumb Bunnies are called the Dumb Bunnies for a reason.
  • Easter Bunny: He rides in a red minivan pulled by eight flying Pilgrims to drop a bunch of eggs down the chimney.
  • Easter Special: The Dumb Bunnies' Easter. For the family, the holiday includes such traditions as spray-painting fried eggs and putting up the Easter Tree (upside-down, of course).
  • Fractured Fairy Tale: The first book is simply just a parody of Goldilocks with the Bunnies filling the role of the bears.
  • Hilarity in Zoos: The Dumb Bunnies Go to the Zoo naturally involves this, with the Bunnies mistaking a bird for an elephant and a butterfly for a lion, which leads to them freeing all the animals when the "lion" escapes its cage (read: flies away) and then adopting a pair of giant apes they mistake for a box of free kittens.
  • Kindhearted Simpleton: As stupid as they are, the Dumb Bunnies are shown to be a loving family and extremely friendly people.
  • Lemony Narrator: The TV show features one commenting on the Dumb Bunnies' shenanigans.
  • Literal-Minded: Case in point - The family's idea of making a waterbed is just hosing their own bed.
  • Phrase Catcher: Baby Bunny's is "That's my boy!"
  • Recycled In Space: Dav Pilkey openly admitted that the characters are just The Stupids, but as rabbits.
  • Too Dumb to Fool: More often than not, the Dumb Bunnies get out of situations by being too stupid to be overcome.
  • Too Dumb to Live: One of the worst offenders being the parents allowing Baby Bunny to drive the car. Right off of a cliff.

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