Warner Bros. Animation (WBA) has recruited Bugs and the gang for a new musical feature, Bye Bye Bunny: A Looney Tunes Musical.
Here’s what WBA has announced this morning:
- Veteran animator and Vivo co-director Brandon Jeffords (Smurfs: The Lost Village, Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs) will direct and serve as supervising producer. The film features a screenplay and lyrics by Emmy winner Ariel Dumas (The Late Show with Stephen Colbert) and music and orchestration by Pulitzer Prize, Tony, and Grammy winner Tom Kitt (Next to Normal).
- Bound for HBO Max and Cartoon Network, this will be the first-ever Looney Tunes original animated musical movie produced by WBA. It will feature original song and dance numbers as well as new orchestrations of timeless songs from the Warner Bros. library of classic movie musicals.
- Synopsis: 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.
- Amy Friedman, head of kids & family programming at Warner Bros., said: “Bugs Bunny on Broadway? Yes, please! 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.”
- Sam Register, president of WBA and CNS and executive producer of the film, 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.”