Tonight Chris Packham goes deep underground to discover the truth about rabbits in BBC2’s The Burrowers: Animals Underground. Where do they sleep? Do they separate out their food from their toilet area? (Er, we hope so) How many rabbits really live in a burrow?
All good questions. Frankly, though, we’re keeping our fingers crossed Packham will stick his head down a warren only to discover a chilled out rabbit (preferably in a bathrobe and slippers) asking “What’s up Doc?”
Anyway, whether that does or doesn't happen, we thought this was a good excuse to celebrate the top showbiz bunnies – starting with Bugs himself...
1. Oh look, it’s the carrot-chomping chap who came up with that line, Warner Bros' Bugs Bunny:
2. You know Bambi – the Disney film about cute animated animals that in a single moment becomes dark and upsetting? Well, thankfully there's a little light relief in the form of Thumper, who often forgets the lessons his dad has taught him.
3. If you’ve ever tried to catch a pet bunny and had a swift kick to the ribs for your efforts, you’ll probably agree with Winnie the Pooh’s grumpy representation of a rabbit. Here’s Rabbit trying to hide his honey from a hungry Pooh bear.
4. Forget bathrobe and slippers, Peter Rabbit is decked out in a cute little jacket and shoes. Not that he manages to hold on to them very well. This bunny finds himself in a lot of bother in just ten minutes.
5. Have 23 whole minutes of Watership Down, a film featuring more rabbits than you can shake a carrot at...
6. Miffy celebrates her birthday in true Miffy style. With a lot of singing. Well, the kids seem to love her...
7. Jessica Rabbit… Roger Rabbit… Who Framed Roger Rabbit? has it all really.
8. Warning: You will find yourself singing this song by The White Rabbit from Alice in Wonderland all the live long day.
9. The Velveteen Rabbit follows the story of a stuffed rabbit and his quest to become real through the love of his owner. Even the hardest hearts will be touched. It was later turned into a film.
10. Of course, some rabbits don’t even really be need to be seen to make their mark on cinematic history. Enter James Stewart’s Harvey, the story of a man and his invisible six-foot rabbit.
See The Burrowers: Animals Underground at 9pm on BBC2