A Brief History of Warner Bros. Animation–Starring Chuck Jones

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    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
    "Golden Years".
  • 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. 81122 copy

  • 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.  Giclee 28 Cel.3 copy
  • 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.CJ92-032-25 copy
  • Friz Freleng won 3 Academy Awards while at Warner Bros.  They were for Speedy Gonzales 1955, Birds
    1957 and Knighty Knight

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One thought on “A Brief History of Warner Bros. Animation–Starring Chuck Jones

  1. Larry Levine

    Chuck’s brilliance was knowing humor comes from the character’s personality & how they respond to a situation. Along with great writing, animation & design, it was Chuck’s layout drawings & timing that made his cartoons true classics.


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