Hop into spring with these Easter movies for kids. From the Easter Bunny to The Dog Who Saved Easter—and everything in between—put these stories on your movie night bucket list, stat. Keep reading for our favorite Easter movies that are sure to delight your Flopsy, Mopsy, and Peter Cottontails.

Hop

Hop may just give the adults in the room a case of the jitters, but the movie is cute enough—and who doesn't love Russell Brand, after all—that we can get beyond the main coming-of-age theme (Really, don't give them any ideas about growing up, and maybe it just won't happen, right?). This animated flick is about the relationship between the Easter Bunny and his adult(ish) son who moves to Hollywood to pursue his dream of being a rock star.

Recommended for ages 5 & older
Universal Pictures, 2011
Common Sense Media Review: Hop
Rated PG

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The Dog Who Saved Easter

If you've fallen in love with retriever Zeus in any of the previous Dog movies, you won't be disappointed in The Dog Who Saved Easter. Expect plenty of humor, a lot of cuteness, and a touch of puppy love (for humans and dogs, alike) in this seasonal special. 

Recommended for ages 6 & up
Digital Filmz International, 2014
Common Sense Media Review: The Dog Who Saved Easter
Rated PG

Here Comes Peter Cottontail

This Rankin-Bass classic is perfect for preschoolers not already disdainful of low-tech special effects and jerky stop-action animation. If your kiddos can see past the lack of flashy animation, they're in for a wholesome treat. 

Recommended for ages 4 & up
Classic Media, 1971
Common Sense Media Review: Here Comes Peter Cottontail
Not rated

Easter Parade

Loaded with great Irving Berlin songs, this 1948 musical is wholesome, straight-forward, and entertaining. Known as "The Happiest Musical Ever Made," you and the kiddos will be tap-dancing your way to your nearest Easter parade with high expectations. 

Recommended for ages 6 & up
MGM/UA, 1948
Common Sense Media Review: Easter Parade
Not rated

Bugs Bunny Easter Funnies

Looking for classic comedy with an Easter theme? Look no further. These cartoons are strung together and are united by what you'd most likely expect—a set of bunny ears and plenty of slapstick humor. 

Recommended for ages 5 & up
Warner Home Video, 2010
Common Sense Media Review: Bugs Bunny Easter Funnies
Not rated

The First Easter Rabbit

For a non-religious story about Easter, this animated musical tale will remind you of classics like Frosty the Snowman and Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer. But get ready—after watching this your littles will be code red for dying eggs and frolicking in the grass. 

Recommended for ages 3 & up
Warner Home Video, 2010
Common Sense Media Review: The First Easter Rabbit
Not rated

Who Framed Roger Rabbit

Ok. This is decidedly NOT an Easter movie, but if you're looking for something heavy on entertainment as well as rabbits, this is your jam. Combining live-action and animation, Roger Rabbit is a detective story with hilarious twists and double crosses. 

Recommended for ages 12 & up
Touchstone Pictures, 1988
Common Sense Media Review: Who Framed Roger Rabbit?
Rated PG

The Velveteen Rabbit

While this classic story takes place during Christmas, the central characters are bunnies, and you can't beat the sweetness of this story. Based on the book by Margery Williams about a soft rabbit—and his buddies—that comes to life—it is a story about an only child finding a world of imagination, where love makes you who you are.

Recommended for ages 5 & up
Family1 Films, 2009
Common Sense Media Review: The Velveteen Rabbit
Rated G

Winnie the Pooh: Springtime with Roo

What happens when Rabbit decides to replace Easter with Spring Cleaning Day? His pals from the Hundred Acre Wood—led by little Roo—come to the rescue and help Rabbit to see the error of his ways, of course!

Recommended for ages 4 & up
Walt Disney Pictures, 2005
Common Sense Media Review: Winnie the Pooh: Springtime with Roo
Rated G

Yogi the Easter Bear

You can expect all of Yogi's usual antics, like stealing picnic baskets and wreaking havoc on the Easter Jamboree at Jellystone, in this classic Hannah-Barbera holiday hit.

Recommended for all ages
Hannah-Barbera, 1994
Common Sense Media Review: None
Not rated

Peter Rabbit

While this version of Peter Rabbit may be a bit edgier and more action-packed than the stories you remember from the classic Beatrix Potter books, you'll still find Old Mr. McGregor, Peter, and all the animals on the McGregor farm. But don't expect a peaceable kingdom—life's tough if you're on the run, and Peter relies on his street smarts to survive.

Recommended for ages 7 & older
Columbia Pictures, Sony Pictures Animation, 2012
Common Sense Media Review: Peter Rabbit
Rated PG

Rise of the Guardians

This animated film features all our favorite holiday heroes, along with the Tooth Fairy, Sand Man and Jack Frost, who set out to defend the Earth's children from disbelief. This crew of childhood icons fights against a menacing bad guy who would like nothing more than to make them all just go away. The Easter Bunny in this feature is not a fluffy, cute little fella. Instead, you'll meet a fast-talking, muscle-bound Australian who will hop his way into your heart.

Recommended for ages 7 & older
Dreamworks, 2012
Common Sense Media Review: Rise of the Guardians
Rated PG

—Shelley Massey

 

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