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Chuck Jones

Born Charles Martin Jones
September 21, 1912(1912-09-21)
Spokane, Washington
Died February 22, 2002 (aged 89)
Corona Del Mar, California
Spouse(s) Dorothy Webster (1935-1978)
Marian J. Dern (1981-2002)

Charles Martin "Chuck" Jones (September 21, 1912February 22, 2002) was an American animator, cartoon artist, screenwriter, producer, and director of animated films, most memorably of Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies shorts for the Warner Bros. Cartoons studio. He directed many of the classic short animated cartoons starring Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, the Road Runner & Wile E. Coyote, Pepé Le Pew and the other Warners characters, including What's Opera, Doc? (1957), Duck Amuck (1952) (both later inducted into the National Film Registry) and Jones' famous "Hunting Trilogy" of Rabbit Fire, Rabbit Seasoning, and Duck! Rabbit! Duck! (19511953), establishing himself as an important innovator and storyteller. 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Coyote (also known simply as The Coyote) and the Road Runner are cartoon characters from a series of Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies cartoons, created by Chuck Jones in 1948 for Warner Brothers. ... Pepé Le Pew is an Academy Award-winning fictional character in the Warner Bros. ... Bugs loses his headgear in Whats Opera, Doc? Whats Opera, Doc? is a short animated cartoon directed by Chuck Jones in which Elmer Fudd chases Bugs Bunny through a six-minute operatic parody of Wagners operas, particularly Der Ring des Nibelungen (The Ring of the Nibelung). ... Scene from Duck Amuck Duck Amuck is a surreal 1951 animated cartoon produced by Warner Bros. ... The National Film Registry is the registry of films selected by the United States National Film Preservation Board for preservation in the Library of Congress. ... Bugs and Daffy fight over which one of them is in season at the moment, in this scene from Rabbit Fire. ... Rabbit Seasoning is a 1952 Bugs Bunny cartoon. ... Duck! Rabbit! 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After his career at Warners ended in 1962, Jones started Sib Tower 12 Productions and began producing cartoons for Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, including a new series of Tom & Jerry shorts and the television adaptation of Dr. Seuss's How the Grinch Stole Christmas! (1966). He later started his own studio, Chuck Jones Productions, which created several one-shot specials, and periodically worked on Looney Tunes related works. The opening studio logo from one of the Chuck Jones-produced Tom and Jerry cartoons, featuring Tom the cat in place of Leo the Lion. ... For alternate meanings of MGM, see MGM (disambiguation). ... The phrase Tom and Jerry has a several meanings: Tom and Jerry was originally a pairing of names from Pierce Egans Life in London, or Days and Nights of Jerry Hawthorne and his elegant friend Corinthian Tom. ... Theodor Seuss Geisel (March 2, 1904 – September 24, 1991) was an American writer and cartoonist, better known by his pen name, Dr. Seuss (pronounced ). He published over 40 childrens books, which were often characterized by his imaginative characters and frequent use of rhymed prose; his most notable books include... This article is about the animated special. ...

Contents

Biography

Early life

Jones was born in Spokane, Washington, and later moved with his parents and three siblings to the Los Angeles, California area. In his autobiography, Chuck Amuck, Jones credits his artistic bent to circumstances surrounding his father, who was an unsuccessful businessman in California in the 1920s. His father, Jones recounts, would start every new business venture by purchasing new stationery and new pencils with the company name on them. When the business failed, his father would quietly turn the huge stacks of useless stationery and pencils over to his children, requiring them to use up all the material as fast as possible (e.g., they must not draw on both sides). Armed with an endless supply of high-quality paper and pencils, the children drew constantly. Later, in one art school class, the professor gravely informed the students that they each had 100,000 bad drawings in them that they must first get past before they could possibly draw anything worthwhile. Chuck Jones recounted years later that this pronouncement came as a great relief to him, as he was well past the 200,000 mark, having used up all that stationery. Jones and several of his siblings went on to artistic careers. After graduating from Chouinard Art Institute, Jones held a number of low-ranking jobs in the animation industry, including washing cels at the Ub Iwerks studio and assistant animator at the Walter Lantz studio. While at Iwerks, he met a cel painter named Dorothy Webster, who would later become his wife. Nickname: Location of Spokane in Spokane County and Washington Coordinates: , Country United States State Washington County Spokane Government  - Mayor Dennis P. Hession Area  - City  58. ... Los Angeles and L.A. redirect here. ... The Chouinard Art Institute was a professional art school founded in 1921 in Los Angeles, California by Nelbert Murphy Chouinard (1879-1969). ... A publicity photograph (circa 1929) of Ub Iwerks and his most famous co-creation, Mickey Mouse. ... Walter Lantz in 1983, with painting of Woody Woodpecker Walter Lantz (April 27, 1900 – March 22, 1994) was an American cartoonist and animator, best known for founding the Walter Lantz Studio and creating Woody Woodpecker. ...


Warner Bros.

Chuck Jones joined Leon Schlesinger Productions, the independent studio that produced Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies for Warner Bros., in 1933 as an assistant animator. In 1935, he was promoted to animator, and assigned to work with new Schlesinger director Tex Avery. There was no room for the new Avery unit in Schlesinger's small studio, so Avery, Jones, and fellow animators Bob Clampett, Virgil Ross, and Sid Sutherland were moved into a small adjacent building they dubbed "Termite Terrace". When Clampett was promoted to director in 1937, Jones was assigned to his unit; the Clampett unit were briefly assigned to work with Jones' old employer, Ub Iwerks, when Iwerks subcontracted four cartoons to Schlesinger in 1937. Jones became a director (or "supervisor", the original title for an animation director in the studio) himself in 1938 when Frank Tashlin left the studio. Jones' first cartoon was The Night Watchman, which featured a cute kitten who would later evolve into Sniffles the mouse. Leon Schlesinger (1884 - December 25, 1949) was a Jewish producer at the Warner Bros. ... Looney Tunes opening title Looney Tunes is a Warner Brothers animated cartoon series which ran in many movie theatres from 1930 to 1969. ... Merrie Melodies end title Merrie Melodies is the name of a series of animated cartoons distributed by Warner Bros. ... “WB” redirects here. ... Frederick Bean Fred/Tex Avery (February 26, 1908 – August 26, 1980) was an American animator, cartoonist, and director, famous for producing animated cartoons during The Golden Age of Hollywood animation. ... Robert Emerson Bob Clampett (May 8, 1913–May 4, 1984) was an American animator, producer, director, and puppeteer best known for his work on the Looney Tunes series of cartoons from Warner Bros. ... Virgil Walter Ross (August 8, 1907 - May 15, 1996) was an American artist, cartoonist, and animator best known for his work on the Warner Bros. ... Frank Tashlin (February 19, 1913 - May 5, 1972) was an animator, screenwriter, and director. ... The Night Watchman is a Merrie Melodies cartoon released to theaters on November 19, 1938. ... Sniffles Sniffles is an animated cartoon and comic-book character in the Warner Bros. ...


Many of Jones' cartoons of the 1930s and early 1940s were lavishly animated, but audiences and fellow Schlesinger staff members found them lacking in genuine humor. Often slow-moving and overbearing with "cuteness", Jones' early cartoons were an attempt to follow in the footsteps of Walt Disney's shorts (especially with such cartoons as Tom Thumb in Trouble and the Sniffles cartoons). Jones finally broke away from both his traditional cuteness, and traditional animation conventions as well, with the cartoon The Dover Boys in 1942. Jones credits this cartoon as the film where he "learned how to be funny." The Dover Boys is also one of the first uses of Stylized animation in American film, breaking away from the more realistic animation styles influenced by the Disney Studio. This was also the period where Jones created many of his lesser-known characters, including Charlie Dog, Hubie and Bertie, and The Three Bears. Despite their relative obscurity today, the shorts starring these characters represent some of Jones' earliest work that was strictly intended to be funny. For the company founded by Disney, see The Walt Disney Company. ... Sniffles Sniffles is an animated cartoon and comic-book character in the Warner Bros. ... The Dover Boys at Pimento University or The Rivals of Roquefort Hall (better known as simply The Dover Boys) is a 1942 Merrie Melodies cartoon produced by Leon Schlesinger Productions and directed by Chuck Jones. ... Limited animation is a process of making animated cartoons that does not follow a realistic approach. ... The Walt Disney Company (also known as Disney) (NYSE: DIS) is one of the largest media and entertainment corporations in the world. ... Charlie Dog is an animated cartoon fictional character in the Warner Bros. ... Whatd I do? Whatd I do?! Hubie and Bertie are animated cartoon mouse characters in the Warner Bros. ... The Three Bears are animated cartoon characters in the Warner Bros. ...


During the World War II years, Jones worked closely with Theodor Geisel (also known as Dr. Seuss) to create the Private Snafu series of Army educational cartoons. Private Snafu comically educated soldiers on topics like spies and laziness in a more risque way than general audiences would have been used to at the time. Jones would later collaborate with Seuss on a number of adaptations of Seuss' books to animated form, most importantly How the Grinch Stole Christmas! in 1966. Combatants Allied powers: China France Great Britain Soviet Union United States and others Axis powers: Germany Italy Japan and others Commanders Chiang Kai-shek Charles de Gaulle Winston Churchill Joseph Stalin Franklin Roosevelt Adolf Hitler Benito Mussolini Hideki Tōjō Casualties Military dead: 17,000,000 Civilian dead: 33,000... Theodor Seuss Geisel (March 2, 1904 – September 24, 1991) was an American writer and cartoonist, better known by his pen name, Dr. Seuss (pronounced ). He published over 40 childrens books, which were often characterized by his imaginative characters and frequent use of rhymed prose; his most notable books include... Storyboard Image Private Snafu is the title character of a series of black-and-white American instructional cartoon shorts produced between 1943 and 1945 during World War II. The character was created by director Frank Capra, chairman of the U.S. Army Air Force First Motion Picture Unit, and some... This article is about the Dr. Seuss book. ...

A still from What's Opera, Doc?.
A still from What's Opera, Doc?.

Jones hit his stride in the late 1940s, and continued to make his best-regarded works through the 1950s. Jones-created characters from this period includes Claude Cat, Marc Antony and Pussyfoot, Charlie Dog, Michigan J. Frog, and his three most popular creations, Pepe LePew, the Road Runner, and Wile E. Coyote. Jones based the Coyote on Mark Twain's Roughing It,[citation needed] in which Twain describes the coyote as "a long, slim, sick and sorry-looking skeleton" that is "a living, breathing allegory of Want. He is always hungry". The Road Runner cartoons, in addition to the cartoons that are considered his masterpieces (all written and conceived by Michael Maltese), Duck Amuck, One Froggy Evening, and What's Opera, Doc? are today hailed by critics as some of the best cartoons ever made. Image File history File links Whats_Opera_Doc_still. ... Image File history File links Whats_Opera_Doc_still. ... Whats Opera, Doc? is a 1957 animated cartoon short in the Merrie Melodies series, directed by Chuck Jones for Warner Bros. ... Claude Cat (left) with Pussyfoot and Marc Antony (left to right) Claude Cat is an animated cartoon character in the Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies series of cartoons from Warner Brothers. ... Marc Antony and Pussyfoot (sometimes called Kitty) are animated fictional characters in the Warner Bros. ... Charlie Dog is an animated cartoon fictional character in the Warner Bros. ... Michigan J Frog in the short One Froggy Evening. ... Pepé Le Pew in the short Little Beau Pepé. Pepé Le Pew is an animated cartoon character in the Warner Bros. ... Wile E. Coyote (also known simply as The Coyote) and the Road Runner are cartoon characters from a series of Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies cartoons, created by Chuck Jones in 1948 for Warner Brothers. ... Michael Maltese (February 6, 1908 - February 22, 1981) was born on the Lower East Side of Manhattan, New York. ... Scene from Duck Amuck Duck Amuck is a surreal 1951 animated cartoon produced by Warner Bros. ... Michigan J. Frog One Froggy Evening is an approximately seven-minute long Technicolor animated short film written by Michael Maltese and directed by Chuck Jones. ... Bugs loses his headgear in Whats Opera, Doc? Whats Opera, Doc? is a short animated cartoon directed by Chuck Jones in which Elmer Fudd chases Bugs Bunny through a six-minute operatic parody of Wagners operas, particularly Der Ring des Nibelungen (The Ring of the Nibelung). ...


The staff of the Jones' Unit A were as important to the success of these cartoons as Jones himself. Key members included writer Michael Maltese, layout artist/background designer/co-director Maurice Noble, animator and co-director Abe Levitow, and animators Ken Harris and Ben Washam. Michael Maltese (February 6, 1908 - February 22, 1981) was born on the Lower East Side of Manhattan, New York. ... Maurice Noble (1911-2001)[1] was an American animation background artist and layout designer whose contributions to the industry spanned more than 60 years. ... Abe Levitow (July 2, 1922 - 8 May 1975) was an American animator who worked mainly at Warner Bros. ... Ken Harris (1898-1982) was an American animator who worked for several film studios. ... Ben Washam (1915-1984) was an American animator who worked at Warner Bros. ...


In 1950 Chuck and Mike Maltese began working on Rabbit Fire. This short changed Daffy Duck's personality forever. They decided to make him a totally different character; instead of the crazy duck he had been, they turned Daffy into a vain, greedy, jealous character wanting to steal the spotlight from Bugs Bunny. Of his versions of Bugs and Daffy, Chuck Jones has said, "Bugs is who we want to be. Daffy is who we are." Year 1950 (MCML) was a common year starting on Sunday (link will display the full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Bugs and Daffy fight over which one of them is in season at the moment, in this scene from Rabbit Fire. ... Daffy Duck is an animated cartoon character in the Warner Brothers Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies series of cartoons. ... Bugs Bunny is an animated rabbit/hare who appears in the Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies series of animated films produced by Warner Bros. ...


Jones remained at Warner Bros. throughout the 1950s, except for a brief period in 1953 when Warner closed the animation studio. During this interim, Jones found employment at Walt Disney Pictures, where he teamed with Ward Kimball for a four month period of uncredited work on Sleeping Beauty (1959). Upon the reopening of the Warner animation department, Jones was rehired & reunited with most of his unit. Old logo from 1985-2006 Walt Disney Pictures refers to several different entities associated with The Walt Disney Company: Walt Disney Pictures, the film banner, was established as a designation in 1983, prior to which Disney films since the death of Walt Disney were released under the name of the... Firehouse Five Plus Two LP album cover. ... “Princess Aurora” redirects here. ...


In the early-1960s, Jones and his wife Dorothy wrote the screenplay for the animated feature Gay Purr-ee. The finished film would feature the voices of Judy Garland, Robert Goulet and Red Buttons as cats in Paris, France. The feature was produced by UPA, and directed by his former Warner collaborator, Abe Levitow. Jones moonlit to work on the film, since he had an exclusive contract with Warner Bros. UPA completed the film and made it available for distribution in 1962; it was picked up by Warner Bros. When Warner discovered that Jones had violated his exclusive contract with them, they fired him.[1] Not long after, Jack Warner closed the studio's animation shop (Chuck frequently claimed, including in the aforementioned autobiography, that this happened because Jack finally learned they weren't making Mickey Mouse cartoons). Sample from a screenplay, showing dialogue and action descriptions. ... Gay-Purree is an animated film musical produced by United Productions of America and released by Warner Bros. ... Judy Garland (born Frances Ethel Gumm; June 10, 1922 - June 22, 1969) was an Academy Award-nominated American film actress and singer, best known for her role as Dorothy Gale in The Wizard of Oz (1939). ... Robert Gerard Goulet (November 26, 1933 – October 30, 2007) was a Grammy- and Tony Award-winning American entertainer. ... Red Buttons (February 5, 1919 – July 13, 2006) was the stage name of American comedian and actor Aaron Chwatt. ... Binomial name Felis catus Linnaeus, 1758 Synonyms Felis lybica invalid junior synonym The cat (or domestic cat, house cat) is a small carnivorous mammal. ... The Eiffel Tower has become the symbol of Paris throughout the world. ... United Productions of America, better known as UPA, was an animation studio of the 1940s through 1970s, and a distributor of Japanese films from Toho Studios from the 1970s onward. ... Abe Levitow (July 2, 1922 - 8 May 1975) was an American animator who worked mainly at Warner Bros. ... United Productions of America, better known as UPA, was an animation studio of the 1940s through 1970s, and a distributor of Japanese films from Toho Studios from the 1970s onward. ... This article is about Jack Warner, the head of Warner Brothers. ...


Jones on his own

With business partner Les Goldman, Jones started an independent animation studio, Sib Tower 12 Productions, bringing on most of his unit from Warner Bros., including Maurice Noble and Michael Maltese. In 1963, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer contracted with Sib Tower 12 to have Jones and his staff produce new Tom and Jerry cartoons, which most audiences found superior to the original Hanna & Barbera series. In 1964, Sib Tower 12 was absorbed by MGM and was renamed MGM Animation/Visual Arts. Jones' animated short film The Dot and the Line: A Romance in Higher Mathematics won the 1965 Oscar for Best Animated Short. Chuck also directed the classic animated short "The Bear That Wasn't". The opening studio logo from one of the Chuck Jones-produced Tom and Jerry cartoons, featuring Tom the cat in place of Leo the Lion. ... Maurice Noble (1911-2001)[1] was an American animation background artist and layout designer whose contributions to the industry spanned more than 60 years. ... Michael Maltese (February 6, 1908 - February 22, 1981) was born on the Lower East Side of Manhattan, New York. ... For other uses, see 1963 (disambiguation). ... For alternate meanings of MGM, see MGM (disambiguation). ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... The opening studio logo from one of the Chuck Jones-produced Tom and Jerry cartoons, featuring Tom the cat in place of Leo the Lion. ... The Dot and the Line: A Romance in Lower Mathematics (ISBN 1587170663) is a book by Norton Juster. ... Year 1965 (MCMLXV) was a common year starting on Friday (link will display full calendar) of the 1965 Gregorian calendar. ... Although he never won an Oscar for any of his movie performances, the comedian Bob Hope received two honorary Oscars for his contributions to cinema. ... The Bear that wasnt) is a 10 min. ...


As the Tom and Jerry series wound down (it would be discontinued in 1967), Jones moved on to television. In 1966, he produced and directed the TV special How the Grinch Stole Christmas!, featuring the voice and facial features of Boris Karloff. Jones continued to work on TV specials such as Horton Hears A Who! (1970), but his main focus during this time was the feature film The Phantom Tollbooth, which did lukewarm business when MGM released it in 1970. Jones co-directed 1969's The Pogo Special Birthday Special, based on the Walt Kelly comic strip, and voiced the characters of Porky Pine and Bun Rab. This article is about the animated special. ... Boris Karloff (born William Henry Pratt) (November 23, 1887 – February 2, 1969) was an English actor who emigrated to Canada in the 1910s. ... Horton Hears a Who! book cover Horton Hears a Who! is a 1954 story by Dr. Seuss. ... The Phantom Tollbooth is a live-action/animated film based on the 1961 childrens book The Phantom Tollbooth. ... MGM logo Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer or MGM, is a large media company, involved primarily in the production and distribution of cinema and television programs. ... Walter Crawford Kelly, Jr (August 25, 1913 - October 18, 1973), known simply as Walt Kelly, was a cartoonist notable for his comic strip Pogo featuring characters that inhabited a portion of the Okefenokee Swamp in Georgia. ...


MGM closed the animation division in 1970, and Jones once again started his own studio, Chuck Jones Productions. He produced a children's TV series for the American Broadcasting Company called The Curiosity Shop in 1971. His most notable work during this period was three animated TV adaptations of short stories from Rudyard Kipling's The Jungle Book: Mowgli's Brothers, The White Seal and Rikki-Tikki-Tavi. Jones resumed working with Warner Bros. in 1976 with the animated TV adaptation of The Carnival of the Animals with Bugs Bunny and Daffy Duck. Jones also produced the 1979 movie The Bugs Bunny/Road Runner Movie which was a compilation of Jones' best theatrical shorts; Jones produced new Road Runner shorts for The Electric Company series and Bugs Bunny's Looney Christmas Tales (1979), and even newer shorts were made for Bugs Bunny's Bustin' Out All Over (1980). The American Broadcasting Company (ABC) is an American television network. ... This article is about the British author. ... Embossed cover from the original MacMillan edition of The Jungle Book, 1894, based on art by John Lockwood Kipling (Rudyards father) For other uses, see The Jungle Book (disambiguation). ... Mowgli by John Lockwood Kipling (father of Rudyard Kipling). ... Rikki-Tikki-Tavi book cover Rikki-Tikki-Tavi is a short story in The Jungle Book (1894) by Rudyard Kipling about the adventures of a valiant young mongoose. ... Le Carnaval des Animaux (The Carnival of the Animals) is a musical suite of fourteen movements by the French Romantic composer Camille Saint-Saëns. ... The Bugs Bunny/Road Runner Movie is a 1979 Looney Tunes film with a compilation of classic Warner Bros. ... The Electric Company was an educational American childrens television series produced by the Childrens Television Workshop (now Sesame Workshop) for PBS in the United States. ...


From 1977-1978 Jones wrote & drew the syndicated comic strip "Crawford" (also known as "Crawford & Morgan") for the Chicago Tribune-NY News Syndicate. // Crawford may refer to: Earl of Crawford, title of Scottish nobility created in 1398 Abel Crawford, early American mountaineer and entrepreneur Alexander Crawford, American Civil War sailor and Medal of Honor recipient Billy Crawford, American-Filipino-singer Broderick Crawford (born 1911), actor Brooks Crawford, (born 1989), American Football player Chris...


Later years

Through the 1980s and 1990s, Jones was painting cartoon and parody art, sold through animation galleries by his daughter's company, Linda Jones Enterprises. He was also creating new cartoons for the Internet based on his new character, "Thomas Timberwolf". He made a cameo appearance in the 1984 film Gremlins and directed the Bugs Bunny/Daffy Duck animated sequences that bookend Gremlins 2: The New Batch (1990). Jones also directed animated sequences various features such as a lengthy sequence in the 1992 film, Stay Tuned and a shorter one seen at the start of the 1993 film Mrs. Doubtfire. Jones was not a fan of much contemporary animation, terming most of it, especially television cartoons such as those of Hanna-Barbera, "illustrated radio." // Events The Walt Disney Company founds Touchstone Pictures to release movies with subject matter deemed inappropriate for the Disney name. ... This article is about motion pictures. ... For other uses, see Gremlin (disambiguation). ... The year 1990 in film involved some significant events. ... The year 1992 in film involved many significant films. ... Stay Tuned (1992) is an American black comedy film directed by Peter Hyams, starring John Ritter, Pam Dawber, Jeffrey Jones, and Eugene Levy. ... The year 1993 in film involved many significant films. ... Mrs. ... Cartoon Network Studios, formerly known as Hanna-Barbera Cartoons, Inc. ... Saturday morning cartoon is the colloquial term for the animated television programming which was typically scheduled on Saturday mornings on the major American television networks from the 1960s to the 1990s. ...


In 1988 Jones contributed to the creation of London's Museum of the Moving Image (MOMI) by spending several days working high on scaffolding creating a chase sequence directly onto the high walls of the museum.


Jones' intellectualism, writing ability, and capacity for self-analysis made him an historical authority as well as a major contributor to the development of animation throughout the 20th century. He received an honorary degree from Oglethorpe University in 1993. Oglethorpe University is a private liberal arts college in Atlanta, Georgia, United States. ...


For his contribution to the motion picture industry, Chuck Jones has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 7011 Hollywood Blvd. Buskers perform on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. ...


Jones, whose work had been nominated 8 times over his career for an Oscar (winning thrice, For Scent-imental Reasons, So Much for So Little (for Documentary--Short, not Short Subject--Animated) and The Dot and the Line), received an Honorary Academy Award in 1996 by the Board of Governors of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, for "the creation of classic cartoons and cartoon characters whose animated lives have brought joy to our real ones for more than half a century." Although he never won an Oscar for any of his movie performances, the comedian Bob Hope received two honorary Oscars for his contributions to cinema. ... For Scent-imental Reasons is a 1949 Warner Bros. ... The Dot and the Line: A Romance in Lower Mathematics (ISBN 1587170663) is a book by Norton Juster. ... The Academy Honorary Award is given irregularly by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences to celebrate motion picture achievements that are not covered by existing Academy Awards. ... Pickford Center for Motion Picture Study in Hollywood, California Founded on May 11, 1927 in California, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) is a professional honorary organization dedicated to the advancement of the arts and sciences of motion pictures. ...


Jones' final Looney Tunes cartoon is actually From Hare to Eternity in 1996/1997, which stared Bugs and Sam, with Greg Burson voicing as Bugs. The cartoon was dedicated to Friz Freleng, who had passed on in 1995. Jones did produce a few more Looney Tunes-based and non-related cartoons, a noticeable one being Chariots of Fur, his final Road Runner cartoon in 1994. From Hare To Eternity is a 1991 Bugs Bunny and Yosemite Sam Cartoon in the Looney Tunes series, directed by Chuck Jones. ... Year 1996 (MCMXCVI) was a leap year starting on Monday (link will display full 1996 Gregorian calendar). ... For the band, see 1997 (band). ... Isadore Friz Freleng (August 21, 1906[1]–May 26, 1995) was an animator, cartoonist, director, and producer best known for his work on the Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies series of cartoons from Warner Bros. ... Year 1995 (MCMXCV) was a common year starting on Sunday. ... Chariots of Fur is a six-minute Looney Tunes short released in 1994. ... Year 1994 (MCMXCIV) The year 1994 was designated as the International Year of the Family and the International Year of the Sport and the Olympic Ideal by the United Nations. ...


Jones died of heart failure in 2002.


However, Jones had one final involvement, even after his death, and that was with the Looney Tunes cartoon Daffy Duck for President, which was based on a book that Jones had written; the character designs even copied Jones' style. The cartoon was originally scheduled to be released in 2000, but delays forced the cartoon to be held back until 2004 (both years, of course, saw Presidential elections). Year 2000 (MM) was a leap year starting on Saturday. ... Year 2004 (MMIV) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


Influence and critical perception

Chuck Jones was the greatest animation director of all time, a master of characterization and timing. His best works are noted for depicting a refinement of character to the point that a single eyebrow wiggle could be a major gag as opposed to the wild, frenetic style usually associated with cartoons, and those of Warner Bros. in particular. Like Walt Disney, Jones wanted animation to gain respect from the film and art communities, and often undertook special animation projects reflecting such, including What's Opera Doc, The Dot and the Line, and the 1944 political film Hell-Bent for Election, a campaign film for Franklin D. Roosevelt that he directed for UPA. Image File history File links Question_book-3. ... A political campaign is an effort to reach a certain political goal. ... FDR redirects here. ...


In his later years, Jones became the most vocal alumnus of the Termite Terrace studio, frequently giving lectures, seminars, and working to educate newcomers in the animation field. Many of his principles, therefore, found their way back into the mainstream animation consciousness, and can be seen in films such as Cats Don't Dance, The Rip Borsley Show, The Emperor's New Groove and Lilo & Stitch. Cats Dont Dance is a 1997 animated film, notable as the only animated feature produced by the short-lived Turner Entertainment animation unit (later renamed as Warner Bros. ... The Emperors New Groove is an Academy Award-nominated animated feature film produced by Walt Disney Feature Animation and released by Walt Disney Pictures through Buena Vista Distribution on December 15, 2000. ... For the television series, see Lilo & Stitch: The Series Lilo & Stitch is a 2002 American animated feature film produced by Walt Disney Feature Animation and released by Walt Disney Pictures and Buena Vista Distribution on June 21, 2002. ...


Jones had a penchant for cuteness in his earliest days as is visible in his cartoons featuring Sniffles the Mouse. Other Warners directors, particularly Tex Avery and Bob Clampett, considered "cute" to be a four letter word. By request of producer Leon Schlesinger, Jones changed his style, and began making zanier pictures such as Wackiki Wabbit and Hare Conditioned. After Avery, Clampett, and Schlesinger left the studio, Jones gradually reincorporated elements of the slow pace, sentimentality and cuteness of his previous work with characters like Marc Antony and Pussyfoot and the young Ralph Phillips. His versions of the characters he worked with often showcased a more infantile look than other interpretations, with larger eyes and eyelashes. This is especially apparent in his Tom and Jerry films. Sniffles Sniffles is an animated cartoon and comic-book character in the Warner Bros. ... Frederick Bean Fred/Tex Avery (February 26, 1908 – August 26, 1980) was an American animator, cartoonist, and director, famous for producing animated cartoons during The Golden Age of Hollywood animation. ... Robert Emerson Bob Clampett (May 8, 1913–May 4, 1984) was an American animator, producer, director, and puppeteer best known for his work on the Looney Tunes series of cartoons from Warner Bros. ... Four Letter Word is the fourth single from the Kim Wilde album Close. ... Bugs Bunny in Wackiki Wabbit Wackiki Wabbit is a 1943 Warner Bros. ... Hare Conditioned is a 1945 Warner Bros. ... Marc Antony and Pussyfoot (sometimes called Kitty) are animated fictional characters in the Warner Bros. ... Ralph Phillips is a fictional Looney Tunes character who first appeared in the episode From A to Z-z-z-z (October 16, 1954). ...


Jones, like the rest of his Termite Terrace associates after the departure of Schlesinger, has been criticized for using repetitive plots, most obvious in the Pepé Le Pew and Road Runner cartoons. It must be noted, however, that many of these films were originally issued to theatres years apart, and the repetitious factor was often done at the request of the producers, management, or theatre owners. Also, series like the Road Runner were set up as exercises in exploring the same situation in different ways. Jones had a set list of rules as to what could and could not occur in a Road Runner cartoon, and stated that it was not what happened that was important in the films, but how it happened. Pepé Le Pew is an Academy Award-winning fictional character in the Warner Bros. ... Wile E. Coyote (also known simply as The Coyote) and the Road Runner are cartoon characters from a series of Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies cartoons, created by Chuck Jones in 1948 for Warner Brothers. ...


Chuck Jones' reinvention of certain characters is also a controversial subject. He reimagined the wacky, Clampett-esque hero Daffy Duck as a greedy, sneaky antagonist with a slow-burning temper; and he relegated hapless star Porky Pig to being a sidekick or audience-aware observer of the action. Jones also created a series of films in which he used Friz Freleng's Sylvester in the context of a real cat. Like all the Warners directors, his Bugs Bunny characterization is unique to his films: Jones' Bugs never attacks unless attacked, unlike Avery's and Clampett's bombastic rabbits. Most animation fans & scholars believe Jones' version of the Warner Bros. characters are the definitive ones. When one compiles a list of their favorite Warner Bros cartoons, the majority of almost every list is directed by Charles M. 'Chuck' Jones. Daffy Duck is an animated cartoon character in the Warner Brothers Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies series of cartoons. ... For other uses, see Antagonist (disambiguation). ... Porky Pig is an Academy Award-nominated animated cartoon character in the Warner Bros. ... For other uses, see Sidekick (disambiguation). ... Isadore Friz Freleng (August 21, 1906[1]–May 26, 1995) was an animator, cartoonist, director, and producer best known for his work on the Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies series of cartoons from Warner Bros. ... Look up Sylvester in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... Binomial name Felis catus Linnaeus, 1758 Synonyms Felis lybica invalid junior synonym The cat (or domestic cat, house cat) is a small carnivorous mammal. ... Bugs Bunny is an animated rabbit/hare who appears in the Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies series of animated films produced by Warner Bros. ... “WB” redirects here. ... The WB Shield, used from 2001 to late 2003. ...


Notable animated films directed by Chuck Jones

Daffy Duck and the Dinosaur is a 1939 Merrie Melodies animated cartoon short directed by Chuck Jones and produced by Leon Schlesinger Productions for Warner Bros. ... The Dover Boys at Pimento University or The Rivals of Roquefort Hall (better known as simply The Dover Boys) is a 1942 Merrie Melodies cartoon produced by Leon Schlesinger Productions and directed by Chuck Jones. ... Hell-Bent For Election was a 1944 two-reel (thirteen minute) animated cartoon short subject. ... FDR redirects here. ... Scaredy Cat is a 1948 Merrie Melodies cartoon, directed by Chuck Jones and produced and released by Warner Bros. ... This article describes a Looney Tunes cartoon. ... For Scent-imental Reasons is a 1949 Warner Bros. ... Fast and Furry-ous is a 1948 Warner Bros. ... The Federal Security Agency (FSA) was an independent agency of the United States government established in 1939 pursuant to the Reorganization Act of 1939 (P.L. 19, 76th Cong. ... The Rabbit of Seville is a Warner Brothers Looney Tunes theatrical cartoon short released in 1950. ... Bugs and Daffy fight over which one of them is in season at the moment, in this scene from Rabbit Fire. ... Rabbit Seasoning is a 1952 Bugs Bunny cartoon. ... Duck! Rabbit! Duck! is a 1953 Merrie Melodies cartoon, directed by Chuck Jones, and starring Bugs Bunny. ... Feed the Kitty is a Merrie Melodies cartoon directed by Chuck Jones and written by Michael Maltese where Bulldog Marc Antony adopts small cat Pussyfoot and tries to hide it from his mistress. ... Scene from Duck Amuck Duck Amuck is a surreal 1951 animated cartoon produced by Warner Bros. ... Duck Dodgers is the fictional star of a series of cartoons produced by Warner Bros. ... Bully for Bugs is a Warner Brothers Looney Tunes theatrical cartoon short released on 8 August 1953. ... Michigan J. Frog One Froggy Evening is an approximately seven-minute long Technicolor animated short film written by Michael Maltese and directed by Chuck Jones. ... Bugs loses his headgear in Whats Opera, Doc? Whats Opera, Doc? is a short animated cartoon directed by Chuck Jones in which Elmer Fudd chases Bugs Bunny through a six-minute operatic parody of Wagners operas, particularly Der Ring des Nibelungen (The Ring of the Nibelung). ... Robin Hood Daffy is a 1958 Warner Brothers cartoon featuring Daffy Duck as legendary outlaw Robin Hood. ... Now Hear This is a 1963 animated short film in the Looney Tunes series produced by Warner Bros. ... The Dot and the Line: A Romance in Lower Mathematics (ISBN 1587170663) is a book by Norton Juster. ... The Bear that wasnt) is a 10 min. ... This article is about the Dr. Seuss book. ... Sesame Street is an American educational childrens television series for preschoolers and is a pioneer of the contemporary educational television standard, combining both education and entertainment. ... The Electric Company was an educational American childrens television series produced by the Childrens Television Workshop (now Sesame Workshop) for PBS in the United States. ... Horton Hears a Who! book cover Horton Hears a Who! is a 1954 story by Dr. Seuss. ... The Phantom Tollbooth is a live-action/animated film based on the 1961 childrens book The Phantom Tollbooth. ... Rikki-Tikki-Tavi book cover Rikki-Tikki-Tavi is a short story in The Jungle Book (1894) by Rudyard Kipling about the adventures of a valiant young mongoose. ...

References

  • Barrier, Michael (1999). Hollywood Cartoons: American Animation in Its Golden Age. Oxford: Oxford University Press. ISBN 0-19-516729-5.
  • Jones, Chuck (1989). Chuck Amuck : The Life and Times of an Animated Cartoonist. New York: Farrar Straus & Giroux. ISBN 0-374-12348-9.
  • Jones, Chuck (1996). Chuck Reducks : Drawing from the Fun Side of Life. New York: Warner Books. ISBN 0-446-51893-X.

Quotes

I am still astonished that somebody would offer me a job and pay me to do what I wanted to do.
Everyone has 200,000 bad drawings in them, the sooner you get them out the better.

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NAME Jones, Chuck
ALTERNATIVE NAMES Jones, Charles Martin
SHORT DESCRIPTION Animator
DATE OF BIRTH 1912-9-21
PLACE OF BIRTH Spokane, Washington
DATE OF DEATH 2002-2-22
PLACE OF DEATH Corona Del Mar, California
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Charles Martin "Chuck" Jones (September 21, 1912–February 22, 2002) was an American animator, cartoon artist, screenwriter, producer, and director of animated films, most memorably of Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies shorts for the Warner Brothers cartoon studio.
Jones was born in Spokane, Washington, and later moved with his parents and three siblings to the Los Angeles, California area.
Jones credits this cartoon as the film where he "learned how to be funny." The Dover Boys is also one of the first uses of Stylized animation in American film, breaking away from the more realistic animation styles influenced by the Disney Studio.
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