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Bunnicula is an American animated television series from Warner Bros. Animation developed by Jessica Borutski, produced by Borutski herself and Maxwell Atoms, and distributed by Warner Bros. Television.

Loosely based on the children's book series by James Howe and the late Deborah Howe with some influences from the previous Ruby-Spears special, the show is a dark comedy about a vampire rabbit who likes carrot juice instead of blood, a Siamese cat who tries to rationalize everything, and a dog who just goes with the flow.

An original series for Boomerang, Bunnicula premiered on it and Cartoon Network on February 6, 2016, with new episodes airing the same day on both networks.

On May 23, 2018, Warner Bros. announced that the third season of Bunnicula would premiere on the Boomerang streaming service in 2019. However, every episode from that season first premiered on the Boomerang network, airing from December 1, 2018 to December 30, 2018. After this, Bunnicula continued airing reruns on Boomerang until April 28, 2019, when the series was completely removed from the network's line-up. However, the series has not been officially confirmed to be either continuing or ending after its third season, putting Bunnicula on an indefinite hiatus.

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Tropes specific to the Bunnicula 2016 animated series:

  • Absentee Actor: Mina doesn't appear in "Catula".
  • Actor Allusion: In the episode "Alligator Tears", Mina is watching a cartoon resembling Breadwinners, another show Kari Wahlgren stars in.
  • Adaptational Badass: Bunnicula to an extent. In the books, Bunnicula's vampire traits, apart from his eating habits, were largely an Informed Attribute and left up to the reader's imagination. This show pretty much outright states that Bunnicula is a vampire and suitably gives him some powers such as turning his ears into wings for Flight, detaching his limbs and having them move on their own, and moderate Super Strength.
  • Adaptation Distillation: Lots to go around, such as the fact that Bunnicula is a real vampire bunny whose ears can transform into bat wings (whereas in the books his vampiric nature is only vaguely implied, but was a real vampire in the special).
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  • Adaptation Dye-Job: In the original books Chester is a tabby cat. Here he's designed to look like a Siamese.
  • Adapted Out: The Monroes' Dachshund Howie isn't seen.
  • Adorable Abomination: Bunnicula is a cute and fluffy bunny. He's also a vampire that existed as long ago as Ancient Egypt and in one episode, he may have absorbed a black hole.
  • Adult Fear: In "Evil Cat Videos" a brainwashed Chester is ordered to scratch Mina while she's sleeping, but thankfully can't bring himself to do it and breaks free from the haunted video tape's control.
  • Ageless Birthday Episode: Averted in "Family Portrait", in which Mina has her 13th birthday.
  • Alliterative Name: Mina Monroe.
  • Alluring Anglerfish: When the pets tried to fulfill Mina's wish for a supernatural experience, they invited a floating orb of light with a face as a safe option. It turns out that that's only the lure and when the rest of its body appeared, it was as large as a car, walks on four short legs, has four orange eyes, and has eaten Mina's three friends! Thankfully, it was forced to regurgitate them with a Screamer Prank video that shocked the kids and pets earlier that episode.
  • Always a Child to Parent: Mina's dad throws her a party for her 13th birthday...one better suited to a five year old still in her princess and pony phase.
  • Anachronism Stew: Apparently there was pizza delivery back in the day, for Bunnicula's older master.
  • And I Must Scream: The mouse in "Evil Cat Videos." He's trapped in a VHS tape, which has made him become vengeful and evil. He's set free at the end when Chester smashes the tape.
  • Artistic License – Animal Care:
    • Some of the things Mina feeds Bunnicula would kill a normal rabbit, such as onions. A Justified Trope, as Bunnicula is not exactly a normal rabbit.
    • Oddly, she knew not to let Chester eat garlic.
    • Averted in the episode "Walking Fish". When Bunnicula gives Harold the magic harmonica and asks him to play, Harold initially thinks it's a chocolate bar and rightfully points out that giving dogs chocolate is bad for their health. The fact that dogs are not supposed to have chocolate gets brought up again in "The Chocolate Vampire Bunny", which also points out that cats can't eat chocolate either and grapes are poisonous to dogs. Ironically, in the original books Harold regularly ate chocolate, and would even lampshade how unrealistic this was.
    • In "Ghost Chef", Harold eats a bunch of pickles, which are poisonous to dogs.
    • In "The Gingerdread Man", Harold eats a large amount of sweets without ill effects. He still avoids the chocolate, though.
  • Badass Adorable: Bunnicula, a vampire rabbit who is usually the one to correct the problems in the episode, all while still looking cute as a button.
  • Beary Friendly: In "Bearshee", Siobhan the ghost bear that haunts the apartment building, is actually more afraid of mortals than they are of her.
  • Bee Afraid: In "Scaraoke," a malicious ghost drops a beehive in front of Mina. Ever cheerful, her initial reaction is "Cool, bees!" before being stung repeatedly.
  • Big Eater: The titular rabbit can wolf down a lot of carrots.
    • Harold, whenever Bunnic isn't this trope.
  • Beauty Is Never Tarnished: Averted many times with Mina, usually when someone is saying how beautiful she is.
  • Big Brother Instinct: Chester and Bunnicula are shown to become more close from "Adopt a Vampire" onward.
  • Big Creepy-Crawlies: The titular Spiderlamb.
  • The Big Easy: The show takes place in New Orleans.
  • Brought Down to Normal: In "Dreamcatcher" Bunnicula is a normal rabbit without powers inside Mina's dreams, because that's what she thinks he is.
  • Butt-Monkey: Poor, POOR Chester. He's basically this show's Squidward Tentacles.
  • Canon Foreigner: The main trio are the only characters from the book series.
  • Captain Ersatz: Agent 51 is clearly an animated Agent Mulder.
    • In "Alligator Tears", Mina is watching a cartoon series which is a parody of Breadwinners.
  • Cassandra Truth: Marsha is the only recurring human character who notices supernatural events, but people assume she's just imagining things.
  • Cats Are Mean: Averted with Chester. While he may be a Grumpy Bear and a Jerk with a Heart of Gold, he does care about his family and Mina.
  • The Chosen One: Mina seems to be this, as when Chester steals her key it awakens a Monkey Mummy who only goes back to sleep after the key is returned to her.
  • Comic Trio: Bunnicula is the schemer, Harold is the follower, and Chester is the complainer. (This is another alteration from the book series, where Chester is the leader, Howie is the follower, and Harold is the Only Sane Man who can't stop Chester's wild imagination.)
  • Couch Gag: The opening ends with Bunnicula scaring off a bunch of monsters in different ways:
    • Inflates his head.
    • Pulls another Bunnicula out of his mouth, which pulls another Bunnicula out of its mouth.
    • Turns into a giant realistic rabbit that resembles Bunnicula from the namesake books, crushing Chester and Harold.
    • Makes a Nightmare Face and roars.
    • Unleashing the Ghost Pepper out of his mouth.
    • Unzipping his fur.
    • Turning into a three-eyed monster.
    • Summon a mouth in his stomach.
    • Patches the Weredude appears.
    • Harold sucks in a ghost dog and gets possessed.
    • His eyes pop out.
    • Purple tentacles come out of his eyes and mouth.
  • Creepy Crows: The Monster of the Week from "Nevermoar" is a raven that feasts on the anger of everyone on the internet.
  • Dark Is Not Evil: Bunnicula is a very mischievous little rabbit and can cause his share of trouble, but it's out of childish innocence and he's usually the one to set it right. He also genuinely loves Mina, Harold and even tolerates Chester.
  • Dogs Are Dumb: Harold, the dim-witted, goofy, lovable Cloudcuckoolander of a dog, who is friends with Bunnicula and Chester the Siamese cat.
  • Everything's Better with Dinosaurs: "Jurassicnula" shows that Bunnicula can take the shape of dinosaurs and other prehistoric animals by draining ancient plants trapped in amber.
  • Expy:
    • Bunnicula, Harold and Chester are reminiscent of Grim, Billy and Mandy, respectively, though with their respective attributes brought somewhat closer to average. It helps that Maxwell Atoms developed the series.
    • Rusty Bones from the episode "Scaraoke" appears to be based off of real life blues artist Louisiana Red in both appearance and backstory
  • Faux Horrific: Undead fish, at least for Chester. Makes sense since as a cat fish would be on the dinner menu.
  • Felony Misdemeanor: Russell from "Brussel Boy" was turned into a vegetable person by a fairy just because he wouldn't eat his vegetables.
  • Flanderization/Took a Level in Dumbass: The Harold in this adaptation retains his laid-back nature, but is reduced to nothing more than a bungling, cheery comic relief. That said, he's not exactly dumb, just unconcerned about the supernatural goings-on Bunnicula instigates.
  • Fluffy the Terrible: The aptly named doberman "Fluffy the Vampire Pointer".
  • Friend to All Living Things: Mina, to Harold, Chester, and Bunnicula, who is a supernatural vampire rabbit that likes to suck the juice out of vegetables.
  • Future Badass: Harold, Chester, and especially Mina (who learned magic) will be in a team of supernatural hunters with Bunnicula.
  • Genki Girl: Mina can be this at times when cuddling Bunnicula and telling him how much she loves him.
  • Giant Foot of Stomping: In "Spiderlamb", Bunnicula eats a squash to make his foot big enough to squash the Spiderlamb. Doesn't work.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: Harold and Chester are shown to be this in "Alligator Tears".
  • Heel Realization: Fluffy spends an entire episode trying to hunt Bunnicula because she believes him to be evil. But upon seeing that he genuinely cares for his family (something she claims vampires are incapable of) she decides to give up her pursuit of him.
  • Hidden Depths: "Muddy Harry" reveals that, despite being afraid of the supernatural and horror in general, Chester is a massive science fiction fan.
    Chester: It's my jam!
  • Hypocritical Humor: In "Beware Apartment 13!" Bunnicula helps stop a thief, but as it's revealed at the end, Mina and her dad have no vegetables to eat because Bunnicula keeps stealing them all.
  • I Just Want My Beloved to Be Happy: In "Vampire Rabbit Season" Harold becomes infatuated with the doberman Fluffy and mistakes her deadly pursuit of Bunnicula as a sign that she loves him instead. Regardless, Harold tries to remain supportive of the two and requests that they don't elope, so he can at least watch Fluffy from afar.
  • I Will Punish Your Friend for Your Failure: In "Evil Cat Videos" the mouse ghost in the haunted VHS tape orders Chester to kill Bunnicula once He Knows Too Much, but upon finding out he can't harm Bunnicula physically he orders Chester to attack Mina instead.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold:
    • Chester. Much like his book counterpart, he's a snarky and rude little cat, but he does care about the others.
    • Bunnicula really enjoys messing with people with his powers, especially Chester, who is the only one fazed by all of it. But as mentioned, he genuinely cares for the others and is quick to fix his mistakes.
  • Jump Scare: One of the Couch Gags has Bunnicula making a Nightmare Face right up close to the screen.
  • Karma Houdini: Bunnicula for shoplifting an enchanted harmonica that raises undead fish. Though at the very least, he takes enough responsibility for it that he stops the fish before they can hurt anyone.
  • Killer Rabbit: Bunnicula again, though he's not malicious.
  • Knight Templar:
    • The overprotective Knight Owl who cast an enchantment on Mina that will repel everyone who gets near.
    • The Prism Prison guards who arrest all vampires regardless of what kind of harm they pose. By the end of the episode, they might have a point as Bunnicula seems to be the only escaping vampire who isn't up to no good.
  • Living Forever Is Awesome: Bunnicula, obviously, fully support this philosophy.
    • Chester, when he thought that he is turning into vampire in 'Catula' was initially devastated - until Bunnicula pointed out, that living forever he would be able to meet all great peoples of the future, witness scientific advancements, read all books ever existed.
    • Harold firmly believe in that, too.
  • Loophole Abuse: Bunnicula is subject to the Must Be Invited rule so to enter Becky's house, he flew and entered through the chimney while inside Harold's doghouse, in which he is welcome.
  • Lovecraftian Superpower: Not even including the powers he can gain from absorbing vegetables and other plants, Bunnicula can take his body apart and sprout tentacles.
  • Mandatory Twist Ending: The ending of every short.
  • Merging Machine: In the form of a gemstone in the episode "Chestaroldcula"
  • Monster of the Week: Many of whom tend to be based on giant or hybrid animals.
  • Morality Pet: Mina is this to Bunnicula, who Chester has to remind if he ever he goes too far.
  • Mundane Utility: Bunnicula's old owner, possibly Dracula, would use time travel to make sure he got pizza orders correctly.
  • Nervous Wreck: Chester, which Bunnicula plays up to no end.
  • Never Smile at a Crocodile: The episode "Alligator Tears" features a crying alligator ghost whose tears instill sadness in everyone near her- except for Bunnicula, who is immune to it for some reason. But the ghost is not malicious and is merely looking for her missing earring.
  • Nightmare Face: Bunnicula is prone to these. In the episode "Alligator Tears", Bunnicula is confronted by two raccoons after Chester accidentally rolls away with their trash can. Bunnicula's response? To peel back his skin and reveal his own skull! They promptly run for it.
  • Nightmare Fetishist:
    • If it's creepy and weird, you can bet that Mina just loves it!
    • Bunnicula himself is also one. He sees evil undead fish and monstrous cockroaches as "friends", thinks that jars full of assorted human eyeballs are "pretty", and generally feels right at home in all of the spooky situations that happen around him, so long as they don't seriously threaten the people he cares about.
  • Obliviously Evil: So far in the cartoon's first episode, Bunnicula has been shown to be pretty nice but don't really seem to understand how dangerous and wrong his actions are such as raising the dead which he immediately understood when told seeing zombies could have scared Mina.
  • Off-Model: A recurring error is whenever Chester and Harold are walking on all fours, they are shown to have four-dot paw prints under their paws. However, when they tend to use them as hands, the dots on their paws disappear, and for the most part, they switch from having paws to hands.
  • Only Sane Man: Between Harold's laid-back nature and Bunnicula's mischievousness, Chester is always the voice of reason.
  • Our Vampires Are Different: Bunnicula, a vampire rabbit that sucks the juices out of vegetables.
  • Our Werebeasts Are Different: Patches the "weredude", a cat that turns into a human when the moon is full.
  • Perky Goth: Mina.
  • Poor Communication Kills: Chester being unable to understand Bunnicula sometimes leads to Chester misinterpreting Bunnicula's actions as more malicious than they really are.
  • Power-Up Food: Draining certain vegetables or plants gives Bunnicula different abilities:
  • Properly Paranoid: Chester.
  • Rascally Rabbit: Bunnicula, who often gets into mischief with supernatural consequences.
  • Rewatch Bonus: Rewatching "Return of the Curse of the Weredude" knowing that Chester and Patches were only imagining Elvira puts Bunnicula and Harold's earlier reactions in a whole other perspective.
  • Rose-Haired Sweetie: Mina, a Perky Goth who has an upbeat personality, and the front half of her hair is pink, while the back half is black.
  • Sarcasm-Blind: At one point, Bunnicula makes an idea, to which Chester sarcastically says it's a great idea. When it works, Harold is impressed at how it worked, and Chester angrily says he was being sarcastic. Cue Harold asking "What's a sarcasm?"
  • Seldom-Seen Species:
    • Randill from "Collar Me Crazy" is a mandrill monster.
    • Besides the well-known dinosaurs (and pterosaur) Bunnicula transforms into in "Jurassicnula", he also transforms into the prehistoric sperm whale Livyatan.
  • Shout-Out:
  • Shown Their Work: In "Nevermoar", Chester calls Bunnicula a lagomorph, the order rabbits belong to, instead of a rodent.
  • Shrinking Violet: Mina's friend Marsha, who often gets a bit squeamish and nervous.
  • Significant Birth Date: Mina's birthday is October 13.
  • Spiritual Successor: Warner Bros Animation's slate mostly has featured WB, HB and DC legacy adaptations. This series seemed to be an outlier. However it is somewhat clear the Ruby-Spears special had some role in getting this made.note  Regardless of that it makes series like this appear to be Warner Bros Animation's attempt to add more animated adaptations, which makes them even more of a successor to Ruby Spears and Hanna-Barbera because that was the other regular part of their output (loose adaptations of other sources).
  • Stock "Yuck!": According to "Brussel Boy" Mina hates Brussels sprouts until she tries one at the end. In contrast, Bunnicula loves them.
  • Suddenly Voiced/Speaking Simlish: Unlike the mute original, this Bunnicula actually talks, but in a sort of garbled Latinesque language only Harold seems to understand. At the end of "Adopt a Vampire" it's implied he's perfectly capable of speaking English, but chooses to babble nonsense to mess with Chester.
  • Tears of Fear: In "Uninvited" Marsha breaks down in tears after being scared one too many times by Tiny Troll.
  • Those Two Guys: Bunnicula and Harold are the SpongeBob and Patrick to Chester's Squidward.
  • Timey-Wimey Ball: One episode revolves around a mirror that can send people back in time half an hour, repeatedly. As Chester finds out to his horror, this leads to a lot of paradoxes when he runs into his multiple past selves.
  • Troll: Bunnicula in the episode "Garlicked" takes an awful long time to reveal to the others that he can come back from skeleton form after eating garlic, mostly to troll Chester, who fed him the garlic in the first place.
  • Twist Ending: Once every episode.
  • The Unintelligible: Bunnicula, who speaks limited amounts of English on occasion, and usually speaks in unintelligible squeaks which Harold understands.
  • Vampiric Draining: Like in the books, Bunnicula eats by draining the fluids from vegetables. Though the show is more overt than the book and different vegetables have different effects on Bunnicula, such as a squash making his foot big.
  • Vegetarian Vampire: Bunnicula, of course!
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: Bunnicula and Chester. Bunnicula loves to mess with Chester and Chester cannot stand Bunnicula, but the two are capable of working together when needed and genuinely respect each other.
  • Weakened by the Light: Like most vampires, Bunnicula is nocturnal and hates sunlight.
  • Weirdness Censor:
    • Despite being a Nightmare Fetishist, Mina doesn't seem to notice the strange going-ons around her, especially with her pets.
    • Pretty much every human character except Marsha has this.
  • Weirdness Magnet: Chester accuses Bunnicula of being this in the first episode, and the plot is caused by him locking Bunnicula in his tomb in hopes that the monsters would go away... only to accidentally summon a mummy monkey when he steals Mina's key. This implies that it is actually Mina who is the Magnet, but she just doesn't notice.
  • Yank the Dog's Chain: In "Puzzle Madness", Chester manages to solve Bunnicula's puzzle box only for it to turn out it was all in his head. Bunnicula just gave him an ordinary paperweight and he was driven mad trying to solve it.
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