Chuck Jones is noted for his philosophical and intellectual approach to
character. He was the major influence in
the development of Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Porky Pig and Elmer Fudd in the
- The three cartoons that helped define the character of Bugs Bunny,
Daffy Duck and Elmer Fudd were directed by Jones beginning in 1951 with Rabbit Fire, 1952's Rabbit Seasoning and Duck! Rabbit! Duck! of 1953.
- The genius of Chuck Jones is apparent in his 1953 film, Duck Amuck. It is viewed as a twentieth century parable
of man's alienation from his environment.
- In 1955's One Froggy Evening,
Chuck Jones told the story of one man's greed and dissolution. A construction worker finds a singing and
dancing frog, but sadly, the frog will only sing for him. As soon as the frog is put in front of anyone
else (theatrical producers, live audiences, policemen) he clams up. Ruination results for the man, the frog lives
- What's Opera, Doc? of 1957 is arguably the
most celebrated short film of this century.
Honored with inclusion in the Smithsonian's National Film Registry of
the 100 most important films of this century (the only short animated film
included), it is without a doubt one of the true treasures of the art of the
cinema. Jones and his artistic director,
Maurice Noble, designed one of the most memorable of the Bugs Bunny
and Elmer Fudd films ever conceived.
Imagine, over 150 different backgrounds!
To meet the budget demands, Chuck Jones 'borrowed' money from other
films being made at the same time.
- Chuck Jones' Warner Bros. films won 2 Academy Awards, For Scent-i-mental Reasons, 1949 (best
animated short subject) and So Much for
So Little 1950 (best documentary short subject). In 1965, while working under the MGM banner,
Jones' independently produced short animated film The Dot and The Line garnered his 3rd Academy
Award. In 1996 Jones received an Academy
Award for Lifetime Achievement. Jones
also won Peabody Awards for both Dr. Seuss films he directed, Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas 1966
and Horton Hears A Who 1970. Other awards, honorary doctorates, film
tributes and lifetime achievement awards are too numerous to list here.
- Friz Freleng won 3 Academy Awards while at Warner Bros. They were for Speedy Gonzales 1955, Birds
Anonymous 1957 and Knighty Knight
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