Rabbit comes from a very large family, and has lots of relatives. First, there are his parents and grandparents, then at least 25 brothers and sisters, plus more than 10 aunts, about as many uncles, and a countless number of cousins. And that’s just his immediate family. (Let’s not even speak of the extended family , because there are so many of them that even Bear, the certified engineer, couldn’t count them, and he’s truly unparalleled when it comes to counting.) The Rabbit family has many artistically oriented members. Many of them draw and paint quite well, or like to write poems, and there are quite a few that do both.
One branch of his family is good at more than just drawing and painting; they are good at business, too. Which is a lucky thing, because that means they are good at selling their art and so they never need a real job in order to have enough to eat or a place to sleep. Their biggest source of income comes from hand painted Easter eggs, of which they sell about one-hundred-thousand or maybe one-hundred-million a year (maybe they themselves don’t even know how many, but it is a lot), usually just before Easter. Of course ever since the chocolate factory started producing chocolate eggs, their business has dwindled a bit. But a lot of people from all over the world still special order their real hand-painted Easter eggs from the Rabbits.
The other branch of the family, the one Rabbit comes from, occasionally look down their noses a bit at this type of “art,” but they never say so in front of the egg-painting rabbits because they wouldn’t want to hurt their feelings. Rabbit and her siblings are drawn more to “serious” art. Some of them are painters, while others make sculptures out of carrots and other vegetables. There isn’t as big of a demand for fine art as there is for hand-painted Easter eggs, so they also have to do other kinds of work to put food on the table and have somewhere to live. Unless, of course, they were to become world famous artists…
Rabbit considers portrait painting to be his true talent. Before moving to Mummutown, Rabbit would have liked to paint portraits on commission, but he wasn’t getting enough of those. There was one rather unpleasant incident that had occurred. It all started when one of his clients, an English bulldog, for some unknown reason did not pay for his finished painting, even though Rabbit had done a superb job and the portrait was quite exceptional. A long debate and trial ensued, at the end of which the court ruled in favor of the bulldog. He would not have to pay for the portrait, even though the artist had worked long and hard, having put all her heart and soul into it. So, Rabbit ended up stuck with the painting, which made her even madder at the English bulldog (and, truthfully, at the entire world). She got so mad that she decided to paint rabbit ears on the bulldog’s head –obviously not the real bulldog, the one in the painting.
But that didn’t satisfy Rabbit’s rage either, so she arranged for the painting to be featured in an exhibition so that the bulldog would become the laughing stock of the entire town. Well, the humiliated dog didn’t let it end at that. He began spreading rumors that whoever got a portrait done by Rabbit would eventually end up with rabbit ears on their head and become the target of the whole town’s ridicule. Understandably, everyone believed this and from that moment forward no one ever commissioned another portrait from Rabbit.
Nevertheless, that unpleasant incident has not spoiled Rabbit’s love for painting portraits. One by one, she made portraits of each resident of Mummutown, portraying them in beautiful clothes and very flattering poses, so that no one would get mad at her. The Mummus were all thrilled with the paintings.
Koala, the sensitive one, even got all teary-eyed because she thought that if someone could paint such a beautiful picture of her, then they must love her very much. Of course, Rabbit let each model keep their portrait, and all of them gladly hung their masterpiece right up on their walls.
If you decide to adopt a Mummutown resident into your home, you’ll get one of Rabbit’s amazing portraits glued onto the animal’s travel case.