Written by: Misty Taggart
Release date: 28 March 1991
Running time: 21 minutes
Available on: VHS
"The Turtles and the Hare" is an Easter-themed episode of the 1987–1996 animated Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles TV series, originally broadcasted over CBS on 28 March 1991 during the series' fourth season.


Krang sends out Bebop and Rocksteady, dressed as Easter bunnies, from the Technodrome on the Volcanic Asteroid in Dimension X through the dimensional portal to Earth during Easter. They arrive in New York City to blast people with a "Docilizer Ray". They go to the Channel 6 News building, where the staff is planning to have an Easter egg hunt.

April O'Neil watches Bebop and Rocksteady testing the ray and calls the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles for help just before she gets zapped. To stop them, the TMNT must find out a "Cyranium Crystal" in the "Fairy Tale Dimension". Leonardo and Raphael go there, and meet Hokum Hare, the rabbit from the fable "The Tortoise and the Hare". He thinks they are the turtles who always beat him, but he insists on following them. Outwitting the Giant (from "Jack and the Beanstalk"), Hokum, Leonardo, and Raphael grab the "Cyranium Crystal" and climb down the beanstalk, just as Jack chops it down. They go back to Earth and unite with Donatello and Michaelangelo. Together, they stop Shredder and Krang from broadcasting the "Docilizer Ray" all over Earth. Hokum gets to stand in as the Easter Bunny for the Channel 6 Easter Egg Hunt.[1]


Family Home Entertainment released the episode on a VHS tape titled The Turtles' Awesome Easter in 1993. The tape also included "Once Upon a Time Machine", the episode that followed "The Turtles and the Hare" in broadcast order (and even serves as a second part to the episode, as Hokum Hare appears in that episode). The episode was later made available on DVD on the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Season 4 DVD set, released by Lions Gate Entertainment in DVD-region 1 on 13 March 2007.[2]