Opération Bugs Bunny (lost French live-action/animated Christmas TV special; 1997)


Opération Bugs Bunny
Screencap of the title screen.
Screencap of the title screen.
Status Lost

Opération Bugs Bunny was a Christmas TV special that was originally aired on French channel France 2, on December 24th of 1997. It was directed by Michel Hassan.

Plot

Santa Claus is depressed and refuses to give away gifts as he usually does. Bugs Bunny is charged with finding him and cheering him up back into his job, including showing him some of his own old cartoons.

Cast

The late Michel Galabru plays Santa Claus.

Portuguese-Belgian singer Lio is credited as "Bugs Bunny's girlfriend", although it seems unlikely she is meant to portray Lola Bunny.

Other celebrities appear, such as Canadian stand-up comedian Gad Elmaleh and French singer/comedian Richard Gotainer.

Bugs Bunny himself has been described as being CGI-animated. It is possible this aesthetic choice - and the basic idea of the special itself - was influenced by the movie Space Jam that came out in France in 1997 (in which Bugs Bunny as a cartoon appears alongside live-action humans).

Gérard Surugue, who usually does the French dub of Bugs Bunny, reprises his audio role in this special.

Strangely, Dutch actress Tamar Baruch has also been credited as Bugs Bunny. It seems likely she was motion-capturing a CGI build of Bugs Bunny, in a way similar to virtual TV people such as Cléo from Cyber Flash.

Loss

The special seems to have only aired once and there is no easily accessible footage to this day.

It seems some footage used to be on the video-sharing website wat.tv. However, wat.tv has been bought by TF1 and its videos are no longer available.

Only two screencaps from the TV special remain to this day, including the title screen and a screenshot of the special found on Michel Hassan's website.

Gallery

Still photo, from Michel Hassan's website.

External links

Comments


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SADLAD84

4 months ago
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A bunch of other holiday themed bugs bunny specials are available on dvd here in the UK, so who knows, maybe this got a home media release.
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Ryanskii

4 months ago
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It aired only in France, not the UK
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SADLAD84

4 months ago
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I didn't specify the UK. I meant maybe it got a FRENCH home media release.
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Reynard

4 months ago
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If there was one, then there is no trace of it.
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Yoda

4 months ago
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This should get the attention "A Day With Spongebob Squarepants" got.
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Happy Brian

4 months ago
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Yes, this French TV special actually did exist but hasn't resurfaced in any way yet, while ADWSS never existed to begin with.
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The Schwartz 99

2 months ago
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Michel Hassan's website, where I found the photo I just uploaded:

http://michelhassan.fr/
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Reynard

1 months ago
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Thank you very much for the find! :)
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Narthar

1 months ago
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I feel you should specify that it was shown at 8:45 courtesy of the newspaper article
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