Bugs and Daffy’s Carnival of the Animals (originally aired as Carnival of the Animals) is a combination animation/live action television special, starring Bugs Bunny and Daffy Duck, and directed by Chuck Jones. Premiering on CBS on November 22, 1976, and consisting entirely of new animation, this prime time TV special represented Bugs Bunny and company’s first foray into prime time television since the early 1960s. Carnival of the Animals was purposely cast in the successful mold of Jones’ own earlier musical cartoons – Rabbit of Seville, Long-Haired Hare and Baton Bunny – and set the familiar showbiz rivalry between Bugs and Daffy against the orchestral backdrop of musician Michael Tilson Thomas, in a performance based on the music of Camille Saint-Saëns and the poetry of Ogden Nash.
Directed by Chuck Jones. Animated Musical sequences directed by Herbert Klynn. Live-action sequences directed by Gerry Woolery. Produced by Chuck Jones. Assistant to Producer Marian Dern. Story by Chuck Jones. Poems by Ogden Nash. Animation by (in alphabetical order) Mary Cain ink and paint artist, Judy Drake assistant animator, Barry Goldberg color designer, Marlene Robinson May key assistant animator (as Marlene Robinson), Celine Miles ink and paint artist, Phil Monroe master animator, Manuel Perez master animator (as Manny Perez), Tom Ray master animator, Grace Stanzell assistant animator, Bob Tyler assistant animator, Lloyd Vaughan special animator, Ben Washam master animator, Jean Washam assistant animator, Irv Wyner background artist, and Alan Zaslove animator. Graphics by Don Foster. Camera operated by Wally Bulloch. Background photography by Cal Lewin. Film Editing by Sam Horta and Joe Siracusa. Production Design by Barry Goldberg, Gary Lund, and Roy Morita. Production Management by Mary Roscoe. Cast: Mel Blanc (voice of Bugs Bunny / Daffy Duck) and Michael Tilson Thomas (Himself, conductor). Music Department: Kathryn Ando musician: piano duo; Zita Carno musician: piano duo; Dean Elliott music supervisor; and Michael Tilson Thomas conductor.
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