Warner Bros. Announces Bugs Bunny Film Festival

February 12, 1998

That wascally wabbit is back on the big screen!

As part of the celebration of Warner Bros' 75th Anniversary, the studio has assembled some of its most beloved classic cartoons, featuring Bugs Bunny and the other Looney Tunes characters, for theatrical presentation in more than 80 cities across North America.

The Bugs Bunny Film Festival, which officially kicks off its tour on February 13 in Edmonton, Canada, will arrive in the United States with week-long showings beginning this spring. The announcement was made Thursday by D. Barry Reardon, president of Warner Bros. Domestic Theatrical Distribution.

Stated Reardon: "Bugs Bunny remains one of the best-known and most-loved animated characters in history, with fans of all ages all around the world. The Bugs Bunny Film Festival gives Warner Bros. the opportunity to pay tribute to our rich animation heritage in theaters, where most of these animated shorts were originally shown.

"Now that we're looking forward to the release of our first fully animated feature, 'Quest for Camelot,' it's fitting that we salute the work of our animation pioneers and best creators as well as our most popular animated star, Bugs Bunny, during our 75th anniversary year."

Bugs' Festival, which is composed of two separate programs of 15 cartoons each, will play week-long engagements in each venue. The two program series, entitled "Best of the Fest" and "Taz Gone Looney," will play on alternate calendar days during the week's run.

Each program will feature the timeless art and humor of such animators as Tex Avery, Bob Clampett, Friz Freleng, Chuck Jones and Robert McKimson, with some cartoons dating from as early as 1940. In addition, the "Best of the Fest" program features the premiere of a new animated short from the legendary Chuck Jones, "Another Froggy Evening," starring Michigan J. Frog and Marvin the Martian.

The Festival offerings feature the gamut of Warner Bros.' popular animated stars, including Elmer Fudd, Daffy Duck, Porky Pig, Sylvester and Tweety, Foghorn Leghorn, Marvin the Martian, Pepe le Pew, Yosemite Sam, the Tasmanian Devil, Michigan J. Frog, Wile E. Coyote and the Road Runner -- as well as the undisputed star of both program series, Bugs Bunny.

Renowned animated shorts in the festival include "A Wild Hare" (Bugs' "official" first film), "What's Opera, Doc?" (rated the No. 1 animation cartoon by 1,000 animation professionals), the Academy Award-winning "Knighty Knight Bugs" (starring Bugs and Yosemite Sam), "Rabbits Kin" (the only appearance by Pete Puma with Bugs), the Academy Award-winning "For Scent-imental Reasons" (featuring Pepe le Pew and his exhausted amour, Fifi) and "Devil May Hare" (the Tasmanian Devil's cartoon debut).

In conjunction with The Bugs Bunny Film Festival, Warner Bros' Studio Stores will offer special commemorative articles and animation cels featuring these world-famous icons.

More information on local dates and times of The Bugs Bunny Film Festival will be made available regionally in the coming weeks.

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