Bunny is a 1998 animated short film directed by Chris Wedge and produced by Blue Sky Studios.
An elderly bunny lives alone in her cabin in the woods. She is baking a cake, but she is being bothered by a persistent moth that keeps flitting about the light in her kitchen. She is especially annoyed when the moth bumps into her wedding picture (her husband has apparently died sometime in the backstory). The bunny eventually knocks the moth into the cake batter, which she then chucks into the stove. She sets the timer and falls asleep—and very odd things begin to happen.
Winning Best Animated Short film at the 1998 Academy Awards, Bunny was the first film produced by Blue Sky Studios, best known for the Ice Age series. Tom Waits himself sings the song over the end credits.
- Early Installment Weirdness: This somber, elegiac short film does not match up well with the madcap antics of the Ice Age sequels or most of the rest of the Blue Sky canon.
- Halfway Plot Switch: Mostly physical humor regarding the bunny's battle with the moth in the first half. Becomes something far darker after the bunny goes into the oven.
- Go into the Light: The moth being attracted to a light eventually becomes symbolic of death. The bunny winds up going into the light just as the moth does.
- The Grim Reaper: The moth becomes this, leading the bunny's soul into the afterlife.
- Mime and Music-Only Cartoon: No dialogue.
- Together in Death: The wedding picture of the bunny and her husband comes to life as they embrace each other, implying that they are together in the afterlife.
- Winged Soul Flies Off at Death: The bunny sprouts wings (like a moth) as it flies off into the light.