HOME |  CULT MOVIES | COMPETITIONS | ADVERTISE |  CONTACT US |  ABOUT US
 
 
Newest Reviews
Looking On the Bright Side
Take Me Somewhere Nice
Simon
Birds of Prey: And the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn
Gentlemen Broncos
To the Stars
Lady Godiva Rides Again
Angelfish
Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ
Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood, A
This is a Hijack
Loved One, The
Jumanji: The Next Level
Krabi 2562
Call of the Wild, The
Diary of a Country Priest
Sea Fever
Throw Down
Grudge, The
Green Man, The
Specialists, The
Convoy
Romantic Comedy
Going Ape!
Rabid
Infinite Football
Little Women
Camino Skies
Ema
Another Shore
Cry Havoc
Legend of the Stardust Brothers, The
Mystery Team
Westward the Women
Demonwarp
Man Who Killed Don Quixote, The
Chloe
Jojo's Bizarre Adventure
Murder Inferno
Extraction
   
 
Newest Articles
Who Watched The Watchmen?
The Golden Age of Colonic Irrigation: Monty Python Series 4 on Blu-ray
Lady of Pleasure: Lola Montes on Blu-ray
Take You to the Gay Bar: Funeral Parade of Roses on Blu-ray
Hit for Ms: Mark Cousins' Women Make Film on Blu-ray
Look Sinister: The 1000 Eyes of Dr. Mabuse on Blu-ray
Star Wars Triple Threat: The Tricky Third Prequel and Sequel
I Can See for Miles: The Man with the X-Ray Eyes on Blu-ray
Too Much Pressure: The Family Way on Blu-ray
The Alan Key: Alan Klein and What a Crazy World on Blu-ray
A Japanese Ghost Story: Kwaidan on Blu-ray
The Zu Gang: Zu Warriors from the Magic Mountain on Blu-ray
Reality TV: The Year of the Sex Olympics on DVD
The Young and the Damned: They Live By Night on Blu-ray
Mind How You Go: The Best of COI on Blu-ray
Der Kommissar's in Town: Babylon Berlin Series 3 on DVD
The End of Civilisation as We Know It: The 50th Anniversary
The Whalebone Box: The Andrew Kotting Interview
Being Human: The Elephant Man on 4K UHD Blu-ray
It's! Monty Python's Flying Circus Series 3 on Blu-ray
Put the Boot In: Villain on Blu-ray
The Children's Film Foundation Bumper Box Vol. 2: Vic Pratt Interview
All the Lonely People: Sunday Bloody Sunday on Blu-ray
Desperate Characters: Beat the Devil on Blu-ray
Chansons d'Amour: Alfie Darling on Blu-ray
   
 
  Mr Horatio Knibbles Bunny Bother
Year: 1971
Director: Robert Hird
Stars: Lesley Roach, Gary Smith, Rachel Brennock, John Ash, Nigel Chivers, David Richards, Anthony Shepard, Bernard Horsfall, Jane Jordan Rogers, Fred Evans, David Lodge, Freddie Jones, Lila Kaye
Genre: Comedy, FantasyBuy from Amazon
Rating:  7 (from 2 votes)
Review: Mary Bunting (Lesley Roach) lives in a small village in the countryside, but she could do with a good friend to confide in. What she really wants is a pet rabbit, but her mother is against the idea because she doesn't like the animals at all and suggests a kitten instead. With her birthday approaching, Mary doesn't think she will ever get her bunny until she notices a bunch of roses appear on the table in front of her. And then, as if by magic, a giant rabbit materialises before her and introduces himself as Mr Horatio Knibbles (Anthony Shepard)...

What's invisible and smells of carrots? Why Mr Horatio Knibbles, of course! Although he is quite happy to reveal himself to you if you swear you love rabbits and count to five with your eyes closed. This was one of the plethora of Childrens Film Foundation movies from Britain, most of them barely lasting an hour, that were released from the fifties to the mid-eighties, though by that time production had slowed to a crawl. A select few have strong nostalgic value for adults who enjoyed them as kids, and one of the best loved was this item.

Essentially, it's Harvey for kids, and while Mary doesn't get drunk at any point, she still has some explaining to do to the rest of the characters who don't believe in such things as man-sized rabbits. The story taps into a powerful facet of childhood, the imaginary friend, and has Mary's pal being all too real for its novelty. He's a lot like the white rabbit from Alice in Wonderland, certainly dressed like a Victorian gentleman with his top hat and waistcoat, though he's not entirely perfect as he has a big appetite and tends to demolish any food around.

The whole plot revolves around Mary feeling aggrieved that no one will accept what she's saying as true, and eventually she runs away to be with Mr Knibbles. He doesn't live far away, just in a rhododendron bush in the woods, and after Mary contacts him through squirrel post (thanks to a trained squirrel - nice) she turns up on his doorstep next morning. He is quite befuddled and explains she cannot live there with him, but they go out for the day nevertheless, ending up fishing by the river. However, the gamekeeper (Freddie Jones) tries to put a stop to that, so Mr Knibbles grabs the shotgun off him and blows him away!

No, only joking, but he does grab the shotgun and scares the gamekeeper by making it look as if it is floating around in front of him - he's invisible, remember. There is one adult who gets to see the giant rabbit before the ending, and he is the local constable, a rather silly fellow charmingly played by Fred Evans who says the spell and is then introduced. After he gets over the shock, he is delighted, but his sergeant (David Lodge) is not so impressed, and has the same view as Mary's parents do. The fact that the little girl runs away is treated almost casually, but she is searched for and when she is found she is in trouble, because her mother thinks she has stolen her wedding ring. Mr K knows the real reason for that, and it all resolves itself in a happy ending. Truly enchanting in spite of its low budget and ramshackle production, the film fully deserves its place in the hearts of those who enjoyed it way back when. Music by Muir Matheson.

[The BFI have released the Children's Film Foundation Bumper Box, which includes the following films:

Peril for the Guy
Cup Fever
Mr Horatio Knibbles
Anoop and the Elephant
The Zoo Robbery
The Battle of Billy's Pond
One Hour to Zero
4D Special Agents
Pop Pirates

Also included are a special feature length documentary The Children's Film Foundation Story, an interview with Veteran CFF writer John Tully, and three shorts from the 1950s, all with heroic hounds.]
Reviewer: Graeme Clark

 

This review has been viewed 7410 time(s).

As a member you could Rate this film

 
Review Comments (0)


Untitled 1

Login
  Username:
 
  Password:
 
   
 
Forgotten your details? Enter email address in Username box and click Reminder. Your details will be emailed to you.
   

Latest Poll
Which star is the best at shouting?
Arnold Schwarzenegger
Brian Blessed
Tiffany Haddish
Steve Carell
Olivia Colman
Captain Caveman
Sylvester Stallone
Gerard Butler
Samuel L. Jackson
Bipasha Basu
   
 
   

Recent Visitors
Graeme Clark
Enoch Sneed
  Hannah Prosser
Andrew Pragasam
Darren Jones
  Butch Elliot
  Rachel Franke
Paul Smith
   

 

Last Updated: