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My Friend Rabbit is a show about friendship, particularly the friendship between Mouse and Rabbit. These two buddies and their friends don't think about the past or the future too much, but focus most of their boundless energy on enjoying the moment. The series encourages children to view problems as fun open ended opportunities, accept mistakes, and collaborate with friends.

Qubo began airing an animated children's show based on the book in the Autumn of 2007, and reruns aired on Qubo until March 26, 2017. The show was awarded the Pulcinella Award for Best Preschool TV Series 2008, and the Alliance of Children's Television award for Best Preschool Series 2009. It was also Nominated for 3 Gemini awards for Best Direction (Jason Groh), Best Musical Scoring (John Welsman) and Best Screenwriting (Steve Westren). Steve Westren won the Gemini Award for Screenwriting.


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My Friend Rabbit provides examples of:

  • A Dog Named "Dog": Rabbit and Mouse.
  • Animated Adaptation: Of a children's book by Eric Rohmann.
  • Breaking the Fourth Wall: Mouse welcomes the viewers by asking "Have you ever X? Well that's what happened to me and my friend Rabbit" at the beginning of each story. He then summarizes what happened at the end and signs off. But other than that, he and the other characters don't talk to the viewers.
  • Bunnies for Cuteness: Rabbit.
  • Butt-Monkey: Mouse comes off as this at times.
  • Catchphrase: A few of the many catch prases of this show include...
    Rabbit: Thumpeka!
    Mouse: Oh my quivering whiskers!
  • Disembodied Eyebrows: Not only do the characters' eyebrows float, but Mouse's whiskers float as well.
  • Domestic-Only Cartoon: The show was made in Canada.
  • Eureka Moment: Each episode presents a problem which the characters solve after "hop-thinking". When a character gets an idea, Rabbit, when he's involved with the other thinking characters, would say "Thumpeka".
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  • Every Episode Ending: Mouse usually ends every episode by giving the audience a summary of what happened in the episode, as well as give out the moral of the story.
  • Expressive Ears: Applies to Rabbit, and sometimes Mouse.
  • Filthy Fun: One episode ends with the main cast all having a mud bath.
  • Gentle Giant: Thunder and Edweena
  • Growling Gut: This happens usually to Thunder when he's hungry, and to Rabbit and Mouse in 2 episodes.
  • Happy Dance: Most of the characters have this. In fact, they do it at the end of the theme song.
  • Honorable Elephant: Edweena.
  • In Another Man's Shoes: In the episode "You Be Me", Mouse and Thunder decide to change places for the day, but Mouse learns there is more to being Thunder than just being big and strong, as you have to be really nice too. Also, Thunder realizes that Mouse is small, agile and "very funny".
  • Just a Kid: Qubo's advertisement of the show states that Rabbit acts like a kid most of the time.
  • Limited Animation: This is used when the characters are dancing, "hop-thinking", or even walking.
  • Lost Voice Plot: In "Hazel's Voice", Hazel loses her voice and tries to communicate with drawing, signing and blowing through a stick.
  • Musical Episode: The episode "Sing a Song" is the only episode of the series that is a musical.
  • Neat Freak: Hazel is seen spending time dealing with her acorns in a lot of episodes.
  • Nice Mice: Mouse.
  • Shrinking Violet: Thunder, who is the shyest character in the series.
  • The Power of Friendship: Another one of the show's central themes. After all, the show is called My FRIEND Rabbit.
  • Team Spirit: This is pretty much one of the central themes of My Friend Rabbit. It's detailed in the show's Title Theme Tune as well: "We're a team with lots to share / It's not where we're going it's how we're gonna get there! / We can do it, when we do it together! / We can do it, me and my friend Rabbit!"
  • Why Did It Have to Be Water: Mouse doesn't like water or swimming. The episode "Chasing Rainbows" is the biggest example of this.
  • World of Funny Animals
  • Yodel Land: It happens to "humpa wumpa" noises in "Mouse's Mountain".
  • Zany Scheme: Rabbit usually comes up with one of these, often to help himself and/or other characters when they're in a sticky situation.

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