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Bunnymund
Bunnymund
Biographical Information
Full Name E. Aster Bunnymund
Alias Bunny
The Easter Bunny
Kangaroo (referred by Jack)
Other Name(s)
Age
Birthplace
Home Australia
Occupation(s) Easter Bunny
Guardian of Hope
Morality Good
Characteristics
Gender
Race
Eye Color
Hair Color
Relationships
Relative(s) Pookas (deceased)
Affiliation(s) The Guardians
Allies Jack Frost
Jamie
North
Sandy
Tooth
Ombric
Katherine
Nightlight
Man in Moon
Pippa
Monty
Caleb
Claude
Cupcake
Minions Walking Easter eggs
Eight foot tall sentinel eggs
Enemies Pitch
Nightmare creatures
Abby
Powers and Abilities
Power(s) Open holes underground
Plant manipulation
Weakness(es)
Equipment Enchanted boomerangs
Exploding Easter eggs
Background Information
First Seen The Man in the Moon (book)
Rise of the Guardians (movie)
Last Seen
Voice Actor(s) Hugh Jackman
A mythological Pooka who travels the galaxy, E. Aster Bunnymund specializes in making delicious chocolates—and battling evil. Part sorcerer, part ninja, and completely brilliant, Bunnymund is hard to find but well worth the search.

Guardians of Childhood official website


Bunnymund is the Rise of the Guardians re-imagining of the Easter Bunny, speaking with an Australian accent and known as the Guardian of Hope. Bunnymund is a Pooka, a philosophical warrior rabbit, and used to live with the other Pookas of his village before they were wiped out, leaving him as the only survivor. He currently lives in his Warren, an oasis deep under the surface of Australia that is said to be the birthplace of spring.

Physical Appearance

He is a Pooka; a fictional rabbit species that stands between six to seven feet tall, with grayish-blue fur, flower-like imprints on both his forehead and shoulders, and bright green eyes. He wears leather bracers set with orange stones, a single-strap holster with which he carries his boomerangs, and leather wrappings on his feet. In his disbelieved state, he assumes the form of a regular rabbit, but still retains the ability to talk.

Rise of the Guardians

Bunnymund is the Guardian of Hope and first appeared complaining about the cold weather when North called the Guardians to the North Pole to alert them about the uprising of Pitch. Bunnymund was annoyed by this since Easter was in 3 days and began to argue with North when he said that Christmas was more important than Easter.

As Bunnymund and North bickered and Tooth was busy giving orders to her fairy minions, Sandy noticed The Man in the Moon shinning from above. After many attempts to get the attention of the other Guardians, Sandy started to shake an elf (a bell was connected to its hat), successfully receiving attention. The Man in the Moon told the Guardians that Pitch had returned once again, resulting in a chosen new Guardian. Tooth asked them who could it be and Sandy suggested the Leprechaun. Bunnymund however started praying that new Guardian wasn't the Groundhog. When it was revealed that the new Guardian was Jack Frost, Bunnymund argued that Jack didn't care about children and preferred the Groundhog instead.

Bunnymund is later seen in an ally confronting Jack Frost after he lead him there. Jack asked Bunnymund if he was still mad about their last meeting which was the Spring 1968 but soon after Jack was thrown into a bag by North's Yetis. The Yetis asked Bunnymund about coming with them through the portal but Bunnymund refused and he opened a tunnel to take him back to the pole. The Yetis then shuffle Jack in to the magic portal teleporting him to North's Workshop.

At the Pole, Jack was impressed and curious as to why he was there. He was shocked to find that he was chosen to be a Guardian but he refused something that Bunnymund was happy for. Bunnymund thinks Jack doesn't know anything about bringing joy to children causing a fuss to start between him and Jack.

After Bunnymund told Jack that children believe in him and that Jack was invisible to them. North takes Jack away and explains to him about The Man in The Moon must have known that Jack has something special in him and North reveals his center which is Wonder. Jack, still confused, doesn't know what his center could be. Just then Bunnymund reveals there's trouble in Tooth's Palace and they have to make their way to help Tooth.

On their way there, it's revealed that Pitch has sent his Nightmare to catch all the fairies and collect the teeth of the children of the world. Jack saves Baby Tooth from one of the Nightmares before they arrive inside of the Palace to find a panicking Tooth. Pitch then confronted the Guardians and after a battle between them he escapes.

Soon after it's revealed that the children of Earth are losing hope in Tooth, North thinking fast comes up with a plan of them collecting the teeth and with Jack Frost aboard the Guardians start their quest. Soon after a competition between them started but when Tooth told them they were as fast at collecting teeth and leaving gift as her fairies, the guys remembered that they forgot to leave a gift and had to travel back around the world to leave the gifts.

The Guardians all gather in Jamie's room but caused an uproar that caused Jamie and his dog, Abby, to wake up and see them (except Jack). Abby starts growling at Bunnymund and Jamie tries to stop her. Jack wanting to have fun with Bunnymund, makes the alarm go off, causing Abby to attack Bunnymund and make him jump around the room. Sandy, trying to put Abby to sleep with his dream sand, ends up hitting everyone except Jack, Jamie and himself. Jamie flies out of bed when North lands on it and Sandy catches him, putting Jamie to sleep also. Then Sandy and Jack go to fight Pitch's Nightmares that have appeared outside Jamie's window.

Soon after Jack and Sandy are battling Pitch and his nightmares, Bunnymund joined in with North and Tooth but as the battle heats up, Pitch's Nightmares surrounds Sandy while Pitch took the opportunity to shoot him with an arrow made of nightmare sand, turning The Sandman into more nightmare sand. Jack, angry and horrified, charged at Pitch and creates an ice wave destroying the Nightmares.

The Guardians return to the Pole and do a memorial for Sandy. Knowing that they still can turn things around, the Guardians decided to help Bunnymund with Easter. Bunnymund got excited when North said that this time Easter was more important than Christmas and when North announced about going to the Warren Bunnymund said that since it was 'his warren, his rules' then opened a tunnel under everyone feet.

At the Warren, they find Jamie's sister, Sophie, who had used one of North's snow globes and was transported to the Warren. Jack used his special skills to make Bunnymund more relax and to open up to fun, so he could play with Sophie. After the eggs were ready, Sophie fell asleep and Jack decides to bring her home.

Soon after the Nightmares attacked the Warren, destroying every egg. Jack found them, but it was to late as Bunnymund tried to impress some children, it was revealed he had become invisible. When Tooth asked about Baby Tooth and where he get the Tooth Box and Jack stuttered for an answer other than he was with Pitch. Bunymund got mad at him and told the other Guardians that they shouldn't have trusted him. Bunnymund also revealed his center, hope, by saying that "Easter is new beginnings. New life. Easter's about hope, and now, it's gone." Jack, knowing he has lost the trust of the Guardians, left.

Later Bunnymund is seen with North and Tooth rushing to get the last light, Jamie. When Jack asked about Bunnymund, North revealed that Bunny has turn into a small bunny. Jamie laughed and asked what happened. Knowing that Bunnymund was tall and strong and now he was cute. Bunnymund thought that Jack made Jamie said that but Jamie revealed that Jack has actually helped him by keeping his belief in him.

Pitch soon appear and Jack goes to confront him. Making Bunnymund and the other Guardians to take Jamie away from Pitch but soon they find themselves in alley. Jack crashes down and revealed that Pitch was stronger. With the Guardians trapped Pitch started to approach them making Jamie tell Jack that he was scared. Jack got an idea and after hitting Pitch with a snowball they went to find Jamie's friend.

With the help from the other Guardians, Jamie's friends start to believe again. Pitch asks them who was going to protect the Guardians if the Guardians were protecting them. Jack reassured Jamie to not be scared since the Nightmares are just bad dreams and Jamie volunteered to protect the Guardians causing his friends to join him. Pitch then sends a wave of nightmare sand their way but once Jamie says, "I do believe in you. I'm just not afraid of you!" Jamie was able to turn the nightmare sand back into dreamsand. Which helps the Guardians get their full energy back and battle Pitch. North used his snow globes to bring his Yetis to help out while Bunnymund opened tunnels to get his Warrior Eggs to also help in the battle against the Nightmares while the Guardians confronted Pitch. Jamie gets an idea on how to revive the Sandman and told his friends about it.

As the battle with Pitch continued, the Nightmare King was cornered by the Guardians, but hid in the shadows and appeared behind a distracted Jack with scythe created of nightmare sand. Before he could hurt him the Sandman returns at the last second saving Jack from Pitch and uses his sand to give everyone good dreams and make more believers.

The Guardians and the children started celebrating and Jack hits Jamie with a snowball, which caused a friendly snowball fight. When Pitch woke up, he tried to make Jamie fear him again but found that Jamie was not scared of him anymore because he was able to pass through him. Pitch, afraid, retreats to his lair which caused the Guardians to follow and confront him one last time. After Pitch was taken away by his own Nightmare creatures, the Guardian ceremony was performed again. Jack looked at Jamie which caused him to nod. Proud of himself and of Jamie, Jack says, "I will," making him an official Guardian.

Bunnymund is seen saying goodbye to Sophie and saying that he will miss her. Bunnymund is later seen welcoming Jack on the sleigh, after Jack said his good bye to Jamie and Jamie gave him a hug.

Personality

Bunnymund is a cool, calm Australian as dry as the Outback. A natural ranger, he is an In the dirt, rough and tumble protector of nature. He follows nature's rhythms and when it's time to spring into action he waits for the perfect moment to act. When he finally does, it's all over in a heart beat with the help of his exploding eggs and enchanted boomerangs. Bunny is completely unflappable. The only things that does get under his skin are North's constant ribbing about how Christmas is more important than Easter and his grudge on Jack Frost for causing a blizzard on Easter in '68. (And how Jack use to call him a Kangaroo.)[1]

Bunnymund takes great pride in Easter, and its corresponding season, Spring, stating Spring and Easter represent new beginnings, new life, and the Hope that comes of it. Aside from his tough side, Bunnymund is afraid of Greyhounds.

Powers and Abilities

Rabbit Prowess

Bunnymund has the physical prowess of a rabbit at its peak, enabling him incredible speed and jumping abilities.

Power over Flora

Bunnymund has the power to control flora growth, sometimes making a flower grow whenever his tunnels close up. In the Warren, he has various flowers and plants with magical abilities that help him paint and decorate his easter eggs.

Rabbit Holes

Bunnymund can open holes to underground tunnels by tapping his foot on the ground. This allows him to travel anywhere in the world in a matter of seconds. He taps his foot twice to travel, and appears to tap thrice to summon something from the tunnels, as he did when he summoned some of his sentinel eggs to fight Pitch and his Nightmares.

Martial Artist

Bunnymund claims to be a master of Tai Chi with nerves of steel.

Magic

Bunnymund clearly has access to magic, given his enchanted boomerangs and explosive easter eggs.

Master Boomerang Wielder

Bunnymund's weapons of choice are his enchanted boomerangs, and wields them wirh uncanny skill and swiftness. He can easily take down several Nightmares with them single-handedly, up-close or from a distance, making him a very versatile combatant.

Hope Manipulation

The ability to manipulate hope the Guardian of Hope. Bunnymund can sense and manipulate the hope, including the virtue, of people, animals and other creatures, whether by increasing, decreasing, causing or otherwise channeling hope, even manifesting the emotional energy to physical level.

Bunnymund's elaborately decorated Magic Eggs were designed to be little symbols of hope. [2]

Gift of Life

Bunnymund is the Guardian of life and hope. [3] He can bring his Sentinel Eggs to help him with his Easter tasks.

Trivia

  • His signature color is green.
  • Bunnymund's signature shape is a triangle.
  • His early concept art depicted him in a green robe, but the artists felt this wasn't allowing him to move as swiftly. They pulled it down to a thin lab coat, but they still didn't feel like Bunnymund was filling in their thoughts. They eventually stripped him of all clothing, and they settled on his current design.[4]
  • William Joyce, author of the series which the movie is based on, says of Bunnymund: “Earth was originally egg-shaped, but that was rotationally unstable, so we were heading toward the sun. The planet was going to be cooked like a hard boiled egg, so against his aesthetic judgment, with his incredible digging ability, he rounded out the Earth into a rotationally more docile sphere. In doing so, he created a number of continents, among them his favorite, Australia."[5]
  • He seems to dislike the Groundhog.
  • Bunnymund has a flock of enchanted eggs that carry out his work with great precision.
  • According to the Rise of the Guardians App, Bunnymund protects spring and ensures the cycle of life, which is all symbolized through eggs. 
  • “In early designs, Bunny was professorial, wore a cloak, and was a little uptight. But then when Hugh was cast to play Bunny, the artists came up with this notion of him as a cool and tough Australian ranger.”— Rise of the Guardians Producer, Christina Steinberg.
  • During the scene where Jack and Toothiana are discussing Jack's memories, Bunnymund can be heard in the background. He, North, and Sandy quiet down after a bit and start paying attention to Tooth and Jack, so you can't hear what they were talking about. However, before that, he is heard telling North "I told you never to mention that!" 
  • “Our goal was to look at Bunny as the creator of life and to view his Warren as the birthplace of spring. This realm was once inhabited by a large population of rabbits, but today Bunny is the sole survivor. He is the Guardian of Hope. He feels this huge responsibility because if he goes, then all hope will be lost as well.”— Rise of the Guardians Art Director, Max Boas.

Appearances

Guardians G symbol

The Guardians of Childhood

Picture books

Chapter books

Rise of the Guardians

Film

Background in The Guardians of Childhood

Bunnymund in the books

Bunnymund in the books.

Pitch, the Nightmare King, and his Fearlings had been soundly driven back by Nicholas St. North and company in the first Guardians’ adventure. But now Pitch has disappeared completely—and out of sight does NOT make for out of mind. It seems certain that he’s plotting a particularly nefarious revenge, and the Guardians suspect he might have gone underground. But how can they find him there? Enter E. Aster Bunnymund, the only emissary of the fabled brotherhood of the Pookas—the league of philosophical warrior rabbits of imposing intellect and size. Highly skilled in martial arts (many of which he invented himself), Bunnymund is brilliant, logical, and a tunnel-digger extraordinaire. If the Guardians need paths near the Earth’s core, he’s their Pooka. He’s also armed with magnificent weapons of an oval-sort, and might just be able to help in the quest for the second piece of the Moonclipper.

This second book in The Guardians series is about much more than fixing a few rotten eggs—it brings the Guardians one step closer to defeating Pitch![6]

He is also the last of his kind, having the rest been killed off by Pitch.

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