Warner Bros. Animation, Cartoon Network Studios and Hanna-Barbera Studios Europe, together at a Studio Focus presentation at the Annecy International Animation Festival, announced that Bugs, Daffy, and the rest of the Looney Tunes gang are taking to the stage in Bye Bye Bunny: A Looney Tunes Musical. The original animated family movie features original song and dance numbers and new orchestrations from the Warner Bros. library of legendary movie musicals. The new movie will head to HBO Max and Cartoon Network soon.
“Bugs Bunny on Broadway? Yes, please!” said Warner Bros. head of kids and family programming Amy Friedman. “This musical gives off old Hollywood and Broadway vibes while offering a new, modern way to sing along to this one-of-a-kind Looney Tunes movie with the whole family.”
Warner Bros. Animation and Cartoon Network Studios president Sam Register added, “Mayhem and music have helped define the comedic genius of the Looney Tunes for decades. It is a pairing that has created some of the greatest cartoons of our time, and it’s going to be a thrill to add our own musical stamp to these characters.”
In the film, after starring in a long-running Looney Tunes Broadway smash production, an exhausted Bugs Bunny decides it’s time to trade in sold-out shows for life as a regular rabbit. Ever the spotlight opportunist, Daffy Duck attempts to step into the lead role. But his star ambitions are quickly sidetracked when he is kidnapped by an obsessive fan who has more sinister plans for her favorite stage duck. With his ticket to Broadway retirement in danger, Bugs sets off on a rescue mission to find Daffy and, with the help of his Looney Tunes co-stars, hopefully, his joy of performing again.
Bye Bye Bunny: A Looney Tunes Musical features an all-star creative team with screenplay and lyrics by Emmy-award winner Ariel Dumas (The Late Show with Stephen Colbert) and music and orchestration by Pulitzer Prize, Tony, and Grammy award-winner Tom Kitt (Next to Normal). Veteran animator Brandon Jeffords serves as director and supervising producer (Vivo, Smurfs: The Lost Village, Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs). Register serves as executive producer.
No release date has been announced.