Easter is so much fun for kids, and movies with an Easter theme can add to the festivities. A variety of Easter movies are available on DVD and via streaming and instant download, while others might take a bit more hunting to find.
If the Easter Bunny is looking for a creative way to fill up an Easter basket, many of these Easter movies and specials are available on DVD at major retailers. Consider an Easter movie marathon, check one out for a family movie night, or screen one or several of these movies on Easter when the kids needs some down time. Amazon Instant Video has many of these Easter movies available for 24-hour rental, a cool option if you don’t want to purchase the movie outright. I have listed only a few suggested sources for finding these movies. An online search will reveal more.
What if the bunny next in line to take over the Easter Bunny duties wanted to be a drummer instead? This is the premise of Hop, one of those kids’ films that seems to try too hard to be cool, without enough heart. At times, it’s a little too edgy for a kids’ film, even having Hugh Hefner’s voice when EB visits the Playboy mansion by mistake. On the plus side, the animation of EB is very good and blends quite seamlessly with the rest of the live action. It feels as if a bunch of college boys threw together what they thought kids might find cool or funny: it’s tries to be edgy without enough heart.
Available for rental and purchase on Amazon Instant Video and at Redbox on Blu Ray and DVD.
One of my favorite animated movies of recent years. This film stars Santa Claus, the Sand Man, the Tooth Fairy, and of course the Easter Bunny, who are the guardians of childhood. It’s the winter tale of Jack Frost, who is sad that the children don’t believe in him like they do the other legendary holiday figures. His life is changed when he is invited to join the Guardians, and he’s put to the ultimate test when the Boogie Man gives the children nightmares that make them stop believing. Can Jack Frost help the kids believe in magic again?
Fat Albert’s Easter Special (1982)
A surprisingly sweet special with a positive message. In it Fat Albert and friends decide to perform an Easter good deed for an elderly man in their neighborhood named Mudfoot. When one of the gang pulls a prank, Mudfoot ends up getting hurt. Fat Albert and his friends help restore the old man’s will to live. In spite of the serious turn it takes, which seems to stray from the Easter theme, this special touches on themes of Easter like new beginnings.
Inspired by Charles Dickens A Christmas Carol, this charming special has the veggies explaining the true meaning of Easter for Christians. Veggie Tales are charming and sweet, not preachy, and the message at the heart of this story is that Easter is about much more than eggs and candy. For ages 2-6.
Available at Walmart on DVD and for rental and purchase on Amazon Instant Video.
A follow up Veggie Tales Easter special that has Petunia Rhubarb on a quest to save the town’s theater. A musical theater celebration kids will love. Available at Walmart on DVD and for rental and purchase on Amazon Instant Video.
Charles Shultz loved creating his own unique spin on Santa Clause in The Great Pumpkin. Watch what happens when Linus tells a tale about Snoopy becoming the Easter Bunny! Available for purchase for $9.99 on Amazon Instant Video. A bit steep, but for a classic like this that you can watch year after year, the price is worth it.
Who doesn’t love dog movies? Cute dog movie + Easter = holiday fun. This one is a good candidate for family movie night. Available on Amazon Instant Video and Redbox. Note: Unfortunately, The Easter Bunny Puppy on Netflix does not come recommended.
Uh oh! Swiper has swiped the Easter Bunny’s basket and tossed it to the Rainbow Garden, where it may fall down a waterfall. It’s up to Dora and Boots, and of course the kids watching, to save it! Available on Amazon Instant Video and on DVD for purchase at Walmart.
Dora and Boots are on the hunt for the Big Yellow Egg, and there’s a prize inside. Your little one can’t wait to find out what it is! Available on DVD at Walmart. Also, you can download these free Dora Egg Hunt activity pages from Nick Jr.
A brand new animated collection of Alvin and the Chipmunks episodes featuring “The Easter Chipmunk” plus five more Chipmunks episodes. Now that’s the icing on the (Easter) cake! Available for purchase on DVD at Walmart and on Amazon Instant Video.
This Hollywood classic film doesn’t have an Easter theme all the way through, but it does contain the classic Easter song “The Easter Parade.” Kids will recognize star Judy Garland from The Wizard of Oz. A good choice for a family movie night with older kids if you love classic movies. Amazon Instant Video.
The animation in this movie is rudimentary, but it is a good tool to use for children already familiar with the story of Jesus’ crucifixion and resurrection. A boy and his dog witness these events and discuss them in a way that children will be able to understand. The crucifixion scene is portrayed quite frankly, so it might be too upsetting for younger viewers. The film was made for 4-10 year-olds. Free on Amazon Instant Video.
In this 26-minute short film, a bunny wants to give his mother the perfect Easter gift. Available for purchase and rental for $1.99 on Amazon Instant Video. Not a bad price! Recommended for very young kids.
Pieces of Easter (1 hour 38 minutes)
A business woman’s estranged family is coming for Easter, and she needs the help of a reclusive farmer to get her home ready. This life-affirming, family friendly film with a romantic comedy feel is by Jefferson Moore and Kelly’s Filmworks that have made popular inspirational films like The Gift. This movie is celebrated by audiences and comes highly recommended for family movie night. Available for purchase and rental on Amazon Instant Video.
These religious animated specials (47 mins each) come recommended for older kids. Available for purchase on Amazon Instant Video.
Yogi Bear shows off a family album, telling the story of how his ancestor helped the Easter Bunny start his career. Note that one character doesn’t believe in the Easter Bunny–uh oh! Amazon Instant Video.
For parents and caregivers who want to help their kids understand what Easter is really all about, this film comes highly recommended by viewers. It’s the Easter story told from the perspective of farm animals.
A heart-warming account of the Easter story as seen through the eyes of lovable stable animals. Runtime:
1 hour 28 minutes. Amazon Instant Video.
Sweet animated short about the joys of Easter running 26 minutes and narrated by Naomi Judd. Available for rental and purchase on Amazon Instant Video and at Walmart.com.
For something different, why not stream this live-action ballet of Beatrix Potter’s beloved tales, starring Peter Rabbit, perhaps the world’s most famous bunny. While it doesn’t specifically have an Easter theme, this classic stands the test of time. Amazon Instant Video.
Classic stop-motion animation from Rankin and Bass, the producers of Christmas classics such as “Rudolph” and “Santa Clause Is Coming to Town.” The movie runs 50 minutes and explores how Easter traditions such as hunting for Easter eggs got started. Fred Astaire narrates. Available on DVD at Walmart.
A holiday special for young children. Peter Cottontail dreams of becoming head Easter Bunny, but he first must hurry to keep Evil Irontail from destroying Easter. Available at Walmart.
This 2011 sequel to “Here Comes Peter Cottontail” pits Junior, son of Peter Cottontail, against his father’s old nemesis Irontail. This time the bad guy is conspiring with Jack Frost to create an eternal winter. Junior and his friends have to travel around the world to stop them. All-star voice cast includes Molly Shannon, Christopher Lloyd, and Roger Moore.
This spring Nickelodeon DVD collection contains 12 Max & Ruby episodes, including “Ruby’s Easter Bonnet,” “Max’s Easter Parade,” and “Max the Easter Bunny.” This DVD is available at Walmart and a great choice for young children’s Easter baskets.
A modern twist from Nickelodeon on Beatrix Potter’s classic children’s stories, starring Peter Rabbit, cousin Benjamin Bunny, and friend Lily as they undertake exciting adventures and learn important life lessons. Great for the Easter basket. Available exclusively at Walmart. The DVD includes eight episodes.
Here’s a super fun take on the Easter egg hunt for your little science lover! Sid the Science Kid embarks on an egg hunt only to find a huge rock. He takes the rock to his classroom, and what results is an educational “Easter rock hunt” learning about different kids of rocks. Cool! Available on DVD at Walmart.