The Time Roger Ebert Saved Kyle Chandler from a Dead Rabbit with a Movie Review

Roger Ebert

In the wake of iconic film critic Roger Ebert’s tragic passing, the world has taken to remembering some of his grander exploits. We’ve looked back on his greatest At the Movies moments, the times he’s gone to bat for unappreciated films, and the influence he’s had on the industry. But there are a few moments that seem to be going overlooked — some of Ebert’s stranger turns, like his appearance on an episode of Early Edition.

When lead Kyle Chandler finds himself struggling to pacify a sullen young boy, heartbroken over the death of a bunny rabbit’s mother in a movie he’s just seen, the future Coach Taylor calls upon Ebert to teach the boy the value in the film’s tragedy.

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Ebert bequeaths the tearful youngster with an analysis of the film, showing him the bright side in the bunny child’s perseverence in the face of tragedy. At the end of Ebert’s speech, the boy perks up, finding the silver lining in the bittersweet story.

It is a strange turn of events. A nebulous moral delivered via a perplexing parable. And it is unequivocally awesome. Watch it below:

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Staff editor Michael Arbeiter’s natural state of being can best be described as “mild panic attack.” His earliest memories of growing up in Queens, New York, involve nighttime conversations with a voice from his bedroom wall (the jury’s still out on what that was all about) and a love for classic television that spawned from the very first time he was allowed to watch “The Munsters.” Attending college at SUNY Binghamton, a 20-year-old Michael learned two things: that he could center his future on this love for TV and movies, and that dragons never actually existed — he was kind of late in the game on that one.