8. Br’er Rabbit
> Debut: 1880
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Br’er Rabbit is the central character in the Uncle Remus stories, a collection of children’s stories set in the Southern United States published by Joel Chandler Harris beginning in 1880. Harris adapted the stories from African-American folktales he collected during his time spent with slaves on plantations. Br’er uses his wits to get out of trouble and to get by. He is featured in the 1946 Disney film “Song of the South.” Br’er was one of the inspirations for Beatrix Potter when she wrote “The Tale of Peter Rabbit.”
7. Playboy Bunny
> Debut: 1953
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The Playboy Bunny is not really a rabbit, but rather a waitress in a bunny costume at a Playboy Club. The role was created by Hugh Hefner, who was inspired by Bunny’s Tavern in Urbana, Illinois. Some famous women have worked as Playboy Bunnies, including actress Lauren Hutton, Deborah Harry, and judge Kimba Wood, who was a trainee. Gloria Steinem, one of the most renowned women’s rights activists, also went undercover as a Bunny for a journalistic expose.
6. The Velveteen Rabbit
> Debut: 1922
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“The Velveteen Rabbit,” written by Margery Williams, tells the story of a stuffed rabbit who wants to become a real one. First published in 1922, it has had numerous adaptations in the years since.
5. Peter Rabbit
> Debut: 1901
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Peter Rabbit is another famous creation of Beatrix Potter. He first appeared in “The Tale of Peter Rabbit,” published in 1901. In 2018, Sony Pictures released an animated/live-action adaptation of “Peter Rabbit,” which has grossed almost $200 million worldwide and is one of the best animated movies of all time.
4. Oswald the Lucky Rabbit
> Debut: 1927
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Oswald the Lucky Rabbit was created by Ub Iwerks and Walt Disney in the 1920s. He was one of the first animated characters to have personality and was the Disney Studio’s first character to have its own series. Disney lost the rights to Oswald in 1928 but reacquired them in 2006 in a rather unorthodox trade with NBC that included sportscaster Al Michaels. Oswald reappeared in the 2010 video game Epic Mickey as well as in follow-up games, theme parks, and comic books.