Short, quick interview with Dan Scanlon, director of Pixar’s “Monsters University” in today’s L.A. Times. Posted below for your edification. When asked what movie to he’d recommend to aspiring animators he said, “I watched a lot of Tex Avery and Chuck Jones cartoons growing up. They’re so clearly staged and beautifully directed, and the characters are so rich. That’s an accessible place to begin.”
“The Usual Suspects”, a fine art reproduction on canvas from artist, Fabio Napoleoni, has just lined up in our galleries. This edition is limited to 77 examples and measures 12″ x 36″; it is hand-signed by the artist. Inspired by not only the great movie of the same title, but also by the antics that good friends sometimes get up to, “The Usual Suspects” are all guilty of love and hope, although not all of them are ready to admit it. To order this work of art, please click here or on the image.
LYFT, the ride-share App that’s making it’s way across the country sporting a fluffy pink mustache, arrived in Orange County this past week with a launch party held at the Chuck Jones Center for Creativity.
Attended by over 1000 of OC’s brightest and best, LYFT really got into the groove of Orange County, “There are endless reasons to love Orange County. In addition to the dozens of beautiful beaches and breathtaking coastlines, we appreciate Orange County for spearheading the Real Housewives movement, introducing us to the Bluth family of Arrested Development and acting as the home to the Happiest Place on Earth. What’s not to love?” said LYFT representative Alexandra Warbasse.
The LYFT group wanted to “Surf into Orange County” so they asked the Center if we had an artist who would embody their spirit and the theme of the evening. Of course, the first words out of our mouth was, “Bob Elias” surf artist extraordinaire. Bob’s been surfing the SoCal waves for decades and is one of the region’s most beloved Surf Artists.
LYFT provide Bob with a surfboard on which to create the perfect LYFT image for Orange County. And he didn’t disappoint.
Bob’s concept, a “Woody” at the beach with a pink mustache, was the hit of the party.
Surf and Chuck Jones Gallery artist, Bob Elias, second from left is shown with his finished painting. With him are LYFT representatives, from left, Austin Schumacher, Will Farino, and Alexandra Warbasse.
“At last night’s launch party, nearly 1000 of the first local community members celebrated the arrival of the pink mustache in Lyft’s 17th market, and the 5th in California alone. Among Orange County’s amazing founding group of drivers, you’ll find the football coach of a Heisman trophy winner, a pro female surfer and three costumed Disneyland characters. Keep an eye out for them on the 405!” — from LYFT’s blog.
The Chuck Jones Center for Creativity was invited to participate in the grand opening ceremonies of the newly renovated and rebuilt San Jose Convention Center. George Daugherty, a recently installed board member of the Center and also the Music Director and Conductor for Ballet San Jose made the connection between the two entities. He performed his award-winning “Bugs Bunny at the Symphony II” as part of the opening day ceremonies on family day, October 10th, which featured several of Chuck Jones’s Looney Tunes cartoons.
The Center provided an exhibition of artwork from the Chuck Jones masterpiece, “What’s Opera, Doc?” as well as an recreation of the famous chaise longue upon which Bugs as Brunhilde entices the unsuspecting Elmer Fudd as Siegfried. Our resident teaching artist, Christopher Scardino, accompanied by local artist, Pamala Meador (Morgan Hill), who graciously set aside her busy schedule to work with families and children attending the festivities. A good time was had by all!
Costa Mesa, CA: Craig Kausen, President of Linda Jones Enterprises, announced today that the venerable art publishing house founded by his mother Linda in 1977 has been appointed by Warner Bros. to produce, publish, and distribute art based on the 1939 classic film starring Judy Garland, “The Wizard of Oz”.
“We’re excited to work with our current collection of artists as well as with some bright new talent to bring to the art marketplace images that will appeal across generations,” Kausen said, “’The Wizard of Oz’ is one of the most significant films of the past 100 years, it made a star out of Judy Garland, and ushered in the use of Technicolor. Many of the songs, characters, and spoken words are considered national treasures. It is truly one for the ages.”
Warner Bros. premiered the re-mastered 3D IMAX version of the film at a gala private party at the newly restored Chinese Theater in Hollywood on Sunday, September 15. This version of the film will then go into wider distribution. In addition, characters from the film will debut in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in 2013 and 2014 as well Andrew Lloyd Webber’s new musical version of the tale; “The Wizard of Oz” will begin a 20-city U.S. tour this fall. Along with the release of collector books, toys, and children’s programming, Warner Bros. is partnering with Habitat for Humanity to bring “There’s No Place Like Home” to communities around the country.
Linda Jones Enterprises will present new work specially commissioned for this major anniversary by such well-known artists as Andrea Alvin, John Alvin, Steven Chorney, and Mike Kungl. They’ll be introducing work by Kathy Daywalt, Daniel Killen, Robert Delgadillo (AKA RAD), T. J. Novy, and Joseph Yakovetic.
“’The Wizard of Oz’ is a landmark Oscar-winning movie and with the marketing push being planned by Warner Bros. for the next year, the film will be on consumer’s minds providing fine art galleries, gift shops, and other venues with a built-in promotional campaign,” explained Kausen, “and we plan to produce artwork suitable for every venue, from gift shops to the most sophisticated art gallery settings. In addition to “The Wizard of Oz” we have been authorized by Warner Bros. to create artwork based on several other of their classic film properties including “Gone With The Wind,” “A Christmas Story,” “King Kong,” “Iron Giant,” “300,” and “Corpse Bride.”
The Chuck Jones Center for Creativity held Chuck 101 yesterday at Hollywood’s historic 91 year-old Egyptian Theater. The day started with Center-sponsored art projects in the courtyard.
There was mask-making and drawing, led by our talented team of teaching artists, including the Center’s resident teaching artist, Christopher Scardino; the Sleeper Sisters, Debbie & Jennifer; Doug Lothers and Darrell Park. Sasha Advani, the Center’s program director had organized the activities.
The art classes were followed by a screening of the Chuck Jones feature film, “The Phantom Tollbooth” (1970).The film was from Chuck’s personal collection of 35mm films. Before the screening, a Q & A with the indomitable Ms. June Foray, the voice actress known for her adept talent and wonderful acting ability. Ms. Foray was feted in the lobby for 96th birthday.
That evening, the Center brought over a dozen of Chuck’s short Looney Tunes cartoons to share with a full house — a portion of ticket sales went to the programs of the Center. Before the screening, though, major donors and supporters of the Center were feted in the Spielberg lobby with hors d’oeuvres and cocktails.
The inimitable George Daugherty, creator, conductor, and producer of the film and live music extravaganza, “Bugs Bunny at the Symphony” is seen here with Marian Jones, Chuck’s widow, and her friend, Bev White.
A full house enjoys cartoons by Chuck Jones. The shorts were interspersed with remembrances of Chuck Jones from all of his family and from special guests, Leonard Maltin, Charles Solomon, John Schulman, George Daugherty, and David Wong.
Watch this space for details regarding Chuck 102, scheduled for Chuck’s birthday, September 21, 2014 at a theater near you.
Chuck Jones Center for Creativity was honored to be a part of the world premiere party for the newly remastered 3D IMAX version of “The Wizard of Oz” which premiered yesterday at the TCL Chinese Theater in Hollywood.
It was o’dark early when we got there to set-up our art display and the art activities. Pictured above from left: Chris Scardino, the Center’s resident teaching artist; Scott Ryder, gallery assistant.
Artist Joseph Yakovetic and his wife, Sammie, assisted with our preparations, cutting ribbons and yarn for the 3D mask making. Along with mask-making there was a table devoted to 3D coloring pages of scenes from Chuck Jones’s animated “Wizard of Oz” from the late 1960s.
Artists Joseph Yakovetic and Daniel Killen stand in front of their work. Linda Jones Enterprises is pleased to be the art publisher and representative for the 75th anniversary of “The Wizard of Oz”.
The Center’s teaching artist, Christopher Scardino, discusses his inspiration for “Less Traveled Road”, an oil on panel painting he created for the “Wizard of Oz” collection to Rico Rodriguez of “Modern Family”.
Four of our six artists were on hand for the festivities, from left: Christopher Scardino, Joseph Yakovetic, Robert Delgadillo (RAD), and Daniel Killen. Not pictured: Kathy Daywalt, Shakiba Hashemi, and T. J. Novy.
Linda Jones, Chuck Jones’s daughter, led Rico Rodriguez and friend (filming for Entertainment Tonight) in a lesson on how to draw a horse of a different color.
The spirit of Judy Garland as Dorothy (via Madame Tussaud’s Wax Museum) was present yesterday, “there’s no place like home!”
Terrific article by Susan King in today’s Los Angeles Times about the upcoming film tribute on Chuck Jones’s 101st birthday, Saturday, September 21 at the Egyptian Theater in Hollywood. She writes in part:
“He was probably the best father anybody could have,” said Linda Jones, an only child. “His father had a difficult time being a father, and he vowed he would never impose that kind of difficulty and challenge on a child.”
Her dad, she said, “was pretty much a 9 to 5 guy. He didn’t bring his work home with him.” Follow this link to read entire article.
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Chuck Jones Center for Creativity Fall Fundraiser, Creativity Season Scheduled
September 28, 2013
Musical Entertainment by Broadway Star, Steve Landes
Costa Mesa, CA: The Chuck Jones Center for Creativity announced today that some of children whose lives have been enriched by its programs, will be the special guests at Creativity Season, to be held Saturday, September 28, 2013 from 6 PM to 10 PM at the Center, 3321 Hyland Avenue, Suite A, Costa Mesa, CA in the South Coast Collection (SoCo).
“Gala” tickets are $75.00 and include hors d’oeuvres, cocktails, and dinner. Silent and live auctions will be presented throughout the evening and after dinner the Center is pleased to present a song cycle by Steve Landes, star of the Broadway revue, “Rain: A Tribute to the Beatles.”
“Premiere” tickets are $125.00 per person and include all of the above plus the opportunity to sit with one of the ten noted artists that have worked with Chuck Jones or are respected artists in their fields such as: Eric Goldberg (Disney animation director “Aladdin”, “The Princess and the Frog”), Mike Peraza (Disney Art Director “The Little Mermaid”), Ron Burns (noted animal portraitist), Jeff DeGrandis (producer and director “Dora the Explorer”), as well as with Chuck’s wife, Marian Jones, a well-known photographer and writer, and his daughter, Linda, the founder of Linda Jones Enterprises, his publisher and art representative.
The evening will be catered by the Center’s partner, 24 carrots Catering & Events. Tickets may be purchased online at http://shop.chuckjonescenter.org/collections/tickets or by phone at 949-660-7793.
“Creativity is me just being me,” said Laura Tanimoto, one of the evening’s special guests. Inspired by Chuck Jones, Laura has participated in classes and volunteered at the Center over the past year. Her donated artwork for the Red Dot Auction was one of the most hotly contested of the evening’s silent auctions.
“We are excited to share the major milestones the Center has produced this past year,” said Craig Kausen, Chairman of the Board of Trustees for the Center and Chuck’s grandson. “And it will also help explain the important work we do. It is a challenge these days to find adequate arts education; creativity is one of the most important attributes of highly successful scientists, mathematicians, and business leaders. The Center is committed to helping everyone, but particularly children, find the creative genius that resides in each of us.”
About the Chuck Jones Center for Creativity: The Center was founded in 1999 by four-time Academy Award recipient and legendary animation creator and director, Chuck Jones. The Center’s vision is to inspire the innate creative genius within each person that leads to a more joyous, passionate, and harmonious life and world.
These are important goals, particularly in today’s world, when arts education is practically non-existent; we are dedicated to re-invigorating the creative spirit and we are doing it through art classes, exhibitions, lectures, and film festivals, all of which spring from the material in the Chuck Jones archive. Jones was a determined saver and his writings, art, and other ephemera from a nine-decade life, along with his philosophy of guiding and nurturing instruction, form the basis of our programs.
About Steve Landes: From New York’s famed Broadway to the West End in London, Steve Landes has been performing to packed houses. An original Broadway cast member of the show, “RAIN: A Tribute to the Beatles” (Winner, 2011 Drama Desk Award for ‘Outstanding Revue’), Steve is currently touring worldwide with the show, in the role of John Lennon. When not on tour with RAIN, Steve performs solo with acoustic guitar, singing soulful versions of some of the greatest pop songs from the past five decades.
Actress of a thousand voices, the inimitable June Foray will be honored with a Lifetime Achievement Creative Arts Emmy at a ceremony September 15. On the 21st of September, Foray will celebrate her birthday at the Egyptian Theater in Hollywood during the “Chuck 101″ festivities celebrating the 101st birthday of animation director and producer, Chuck Jones. To learn more and to buy your tickets for the event at the Egyptian Theater, click here.
The amazing June Foray.