UPDATE Henri The English Bulldog Is Cadbury’s Newest Easter ‘Bunny,’ And The Commercial Is SO Cute


Henri, the bulldog, has officially made his big acting debut. Cadbury, the chocolate brand that chose Henri as the winner of its Cadbury “Bunny” Tryouts, released the updated “Clucking Bunny” commercial earlier than expected. Yes, people were so excited about seeing Henri in his bunny ears that it merited an early release.

According to a press release, the commercial was originally supposed to air later in April, but was pushed sooner based on “overwhelming excitement the brand has received from its fans.” You can watch the commercial online now (see below), and it’ll hit national TV beginning early this month.

You definitely will want to see the behind-the-scenes footage of Henri’s big break—it’s so cute! You can watch that video here.

Katrina Vatter, marketing team member for Cadbury’s US brand, says, “Henri was a natural in front of the camera when we filmed the commercial, and we could really let his personality shine as he gave us his best ‘Clucking Bunny’ impression.”

Cadbury, the brand behind everyone’s absolute favorite chocolate eggs, graced us this year with something undeniably adorable—photos of animals dressed as the Easter bunny, ears and all. The chocolate company held its first-ever “Bunny Tryouts” to find an animal to star in the iconic Easter-time “Clucking Bunny” commercial alongside the Cadbury bunny.

Per a press release, Henri the English Bulldog—who lives in Wilmington, North Carolina, with his humans Kathie and Tim Santillo—was chosen as the winner of the contest out of over 4,000 entries. According to the official rules of the contest, the panel of judges scored the photo submissions based on whether the pet was wearing bunny ears plus the photos’ creativity and brand appeal.

Yay Henri! He’s absolutely adorable, but honestly, he doesn’t look entirely thrilled to be wearing bunny ears.

Henri will make his big acting debut in Cadbury’s Clucking Bunny commercial, which features various animals trying out to be an Easter bunny. As the winner, he (or rather, his humans, I presume) will receive $5,000, according to a press release.

Cadbury is also donating $10,0000 to The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA). Here’s a look at some of the semi-finalists for the contest…

We can’t wait to see Henri star in Cadbury’s commercial, premiering in April!


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