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‘The Runaway Bunny’ Animated Special Debuts March 25 on HBO Max

Musical performance and narration by Tracee Ellis Ross and songs by Grammy winning artists Mariah Carey, Kelly Rowland, Rosanne Cash, Ziggy Marley and Kimya Dawson highlight new  2D hand-drawn special, based on the classic children’s book by Margaret Wise Brown.

On March 25, HBO Max will premiere the new animated special The Runaway Bunny, based on the children’s book by Margaret Wise Brown. Originally published in 1942 by HarperCollins Publishers, the book has sold over 12 million copies and continues to enchant generations of children. The illustrations of Clement Hurd and the poetry of Brown will be brought to animated life for the first time.

Featuring a restless little bunny who dreams of leaving home, the film is an exploration of love and childhood. Woven throughout the story are songs that accompany the bunny on his imaginary, magical adventures into the world and back home to the comfort of his mother's love.Watch the trailer:

The Runaway Bunny is a timeless classic about youthful independence and the strength of a mother’s love,” shared Billy Wee, SVP, Original Animation, HBO Max. “Amy Schatz has lovingly brought this story to vivid life with an incredible group of collaborators.” 

Producer and director Amy Schatz captures the gentle magic of this classic with the use of traditional hand-drawn animation, narration, and performance of an original Brown lullaby by Tracee Ellis Ross and songs by Grammy winning artists Mariah Carey, Kelly Rowland, Rosanne Cash, Ziggy Marley, and Kimya Dawson, as well as Grammy nominees Rufus Wainwright and Michael Kiwanuka. 

The Runaway Bunny features the following songs:

  • Carey’s brand-new reinterpretation of her #1 hit song “Always Be My Baby”
  • Rowland - Bob Dylan’s “Make You Feel My Love”
  • Cash - “You Are My Sunshine”
  • Marley - “What a Wonderful World”
  • Wainwright - Billy Joel’s “Lullabye, Goodnight My Angel”
  • Dawson - “You Are My Baby”
  • Kiwanuka - “Home Again”

Ross performs “Song of the Runaway Bunny,” the never-before-released song written by Brown based on a Provençal love ballad which inspired her to write the book.

The Runaway Bunny is produced and directed by Schatz, whose work includes Goodnight Moon & Other Sleepytime Tales and the Classical Baby series, currently available on HBO MAX. Schatz’s productions have earned multiple Emmys, Directors Guild of America, Peabody, and Parents’ Choice Awards, including a 2020 Emmy win for outstanding children’s program for We Are the Dream.

Source: HBO Max