HBO Max to Bow Animated Children’s Special ‘The Runaway Bunny’ March 25

Subscription streaming service HBO Max March 25 will premiere the animated special The Runaway Bunny, based on the children’s book by Margaret Wise Brown.

Produced and written by Amy Schatz, the program features traditional hand-drawn animation, narration and performance of an original Margaret Wise 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 story, an exploration of love and childhood, follows a restless little bunny who dreams of leaving home. 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.

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Originally published in 1942 by HarperCollins Publishers, the children’s book has sold more than 12 million copies. The Runaway Bunny brings the illustrations of Clement Hurd and the poetry of Margaret Wise Brown to animated life for the first time.

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

Songs include:

  • Mariah Carey’s brand-new reinterpretation of her No. 1 hit song “Always Be My Baby”;
  • Kelly Rowland performing Bob Dylan’s “Make You Feel My Love”;
  • Rosanne Cash performing “You Are My Sunshine”;
  • Ziggy Marley performing “What a Wonderful World”; and
  • Rufus Wainwright perforing Billy Joel’s “Lullabye, Goodnight My Angel.”
  • Kimya Dawson — “You Are My Baby”
  • Michael Kiwanuka — “Home Again”
  • Tracee Ellis Ross performs “Song of the Runaway Bunny,” the never-before-released song written by Margaret Wise Brown based on a Provençal love ballad which inspired Brown to write this book.

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