Picks and Pans Review: Buttons & Rusty and the Easter Bunny
"I like it when they say, 'What's up with you, Rusty?' " says Nick, 2, after watching this tape. "They don't say that, Nick," corrects Kate, 6. Oh, well, what's a big sister for? In any case, Nick is getting something like the right idea: What's up, Rusty...What's up, Doc. Rabbits are crucial in this lively and ingenuous animated adventure. Buttons the baby bear emerges from hibernation to meet up with his friend Rusty the fox—and they find signs of spring everywhere. Hearing about a character called the Easter Bunny from the local forest ranger, but a bit confused about the annual festivities, they go around Chucklewood Park collecting eggs to decorate. Unfortunately what they gather are real, live, hatchable eggs from the neighborhood owl, turtle, duck and woodpecker. To calm the resulting furor in the forest, bear and fox pères return the now brightly colored eggs to the wrong nests. And all ends well with Buttons and Rusty putting things right when the eggs hatch. They also succeed in getting a sneaky peek at the Easter-egg factory. "Can we watch it again?" pleads Nick. "Yes," seconds Kate. "It's nice. Not exactly funny—but nice." Mom agrees—and finds the bedtime-appropriate 25-minute length an especially pleasant added attraction. (Best, $14.95; 800-527-2189)
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