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Checkered-Eared Rabbit Mini-Statue

The mini-statue of the Checkered-Eared Rabbit sits on a perch near Buda Castle in Budapest, searching for children that need his help.

Checkered-Eared Rabbit Mini-Statue
Szent Gy├Ârgy square (near the Funicular) – Budapest
GPS: 47.497513, 19.038793

The Checkered-Eared Rabbit was a 26-episode Hungarian animated children’s series which premiered on 23 September 1977.

The this helpful little bunny quickly became one of the most prolific mascots of Hungarian animation.
It was also a massive hit outside of Hungary. The series was first syndicated in the countries around Hungary, but it quickly spread in syndication to nearly ninety other countries around the world.
Having no spoken dialogue, the episodes needed no dubbing, except for any text on the screen.
It also became somewhat sought after in the U.S. There it was often called “bunny in a suitcase” and frequently aired on the Pinwheel cable program on Nickelodeon.

The storylines were easily comprehensible, and every episode addressed a childhood problem that seemed universal. Every morning, the Checkered-Eared Rabbit wakes up and gets out of his suitcase.
He climbs to the roof of his building with his telescope and surveys the city to find children in need of help.

Ukraine artist Mihály Kolodko sculpted a tiny statue of the Checkered-Eared Rabbit, and put him up on the hill next to the Buda Castle. From here, this rabbit is scouring the city, looking for big, stupid, bullies picking on little kids.

So children of Budapest, relax, The Checkered-Eared Rabbit is here to help you if you need him.


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