He stands atop of a huge billboard in southern China's Fujian
Province as typhoon Saomai hits the surrounding area. He shouts at
the typhoon, but without doubt, he too is taken away. This is only
one plot from the popular cartoon series Bunny
This fluffy little bunny is China's newest cyberspace celebrity.
He, who always dons a pair of sunglass, seeks to kill himself at
spots of public significance.
Recently, the Bunny Suicides was published after gaining huge
popularity among over 100 million Internet users across the
country. The Star Daily reported on
The suicidal bunny always shows up at the most dangerous and
incredible places and seeks to kill himself. When poisonous
half-cooked snails were served at a Beijing restaurant, he was
there. Likewise, when carcinogenic red yolk eggs were on market, he
The comedies creator, Liu Gang, says that the cartoon rabbit
actually stands for those people who are being abused by their
daily life. The rabbit is a small and unimportant character in
society, but one who suffers many little abuses in his every day
life, abuses he cannot escape.
Liu began creating the cartoon in last August. In a recent
interview with the Washington Post, Liu admitted that his
work is loosely based on a character created by British cartoonist
Andy Riley, but he says that it's not copying. Besides looking
different to its British counterpart, his rabbit is put into many
situations with a distinctively Chinese characteristic, reflecting
what he calls the "black humour" of the Chinese people.
(CRI.cn June 14, 2007)