Bugs and Daffy's Carnival of the Animals

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Bugs and Daffy's Carnival of the Animals
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Production company Chuck Jones Enterprises
Release date November 22, 1976
Run time 23 minutes
Starring Mel Blanc
Michael Tilson Thomas
Producer(s) Chuck Jones
Music composed by Camille Saint-Saëns
Story by Chuck Jones
Ogden Nash
Director(s) Chuck Jones
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Bugs and Daffy's Carnival of the Animals, originally titled Carnival of the Animals, is a live action/animated musical television special starring Bugs Bunny & Daffy Duck from the Looney Tunes/Merrie Melodies theatrical shorts. It first aired on November 22, 1976 on CBS. It was written by Chuck Jones and Ogden Nash, and directed by Jones.

The special – which utilizes Camille Saint-Saëns' musical suite The Carnival of the Animals – was intentionally cast in the successful mold of Jones' own earlier musical cartoons (including Rabbit of Seville, Long-Haired Hare and Baton Bunny).

It sets the rivalry between Bugs and Daffy against the orchestral backdrop of conductor Michael Tilson Thomas, in a performance based on Saint-Saëns' music and Ogden Nash's poetry.

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For the special, an abridged version of Saint-Saëns' Carnival of Animals was used for the special; omitting the "Tortoise", "Characters with Long Ears", "Cuckoo" and "Swan" movements, and using the "Pianists" music over the ending credits.


Dates are in order of release:

  • United States: November 22, 1976 on CBS

Behind the scenes

  • The special was the first Warner Bros.-commissioned work featuring Bugs Bunny following the release of the cartoon False Hare, as well as their first Looney Tunes production following the second closure of their original animation studio on October 10, 1969.
  • It is also the first appearance of Bugs Bunny and the Looney Tunes cast on prime-time television, since ABC's The Bugs Bunny Show in the early 1960s.


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