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

Part Three

  • Bowing to the pressure of television and reduced budgets for animated
    films, Warner Bros. closed their longtime animation studio in 1963.  Friz Freleng went on to help create and
    direct the Pink Panther cartoons. 
    McKimson stayed at Warner Bros. and Chuck Jones went to MGM where he
    directed several short cartoons for theatrical release starring Hanna-Barbera's
    characters Tom & Jerry.CJE21-117-001 copy
  • Warner Bros. briefly resuscitated their animation department between
    1967-1969 introducing Merlin the Magic Mouse and Cool Cat alongside old
    favorites like Speedy Gonzales and Daffy Duck.
  • In 1985 the Museum of Modern Art, New York, hosted a film retrospective
    of Warner Bros. short animated films directed by Chuck Jones and Friz
    Freleng.  During the 4 month long
    exhibition, more people visited the museum than had in the previous year!

  • During the 1970s and 1980s Chuck Jones worked on eight television
    specials for Warner Bros.  Utilizing
    previously created cartoons, these specials were created by developing a story
    line that tied the cartoons together.
  • After nearly 60 years in the film industry Chuck Jones was given a
    lifetime contract with Warner Bros. 
    Forming Chuck Jones Film Productions in 1994, along with his daughter,
    Linda Jones, as his producer, he began with a group of young animators creating
    in the next 3 years 6 new Warner Bros. cartoons.  The first to be released, Chariots of Fur, debuted in 1994 with
    the WB theatrical film, "Richie Rich".  Although the movie it was paired with didn't
    fare too well the reviews for the animated film were resoundingly positive.81632

  • Chariots of Fur paired the Road Runner and
    Wile E. Coyote in their first theatrical film together in over 30 years.  5 other short films were produced at Chuck
    Jones Film Productions in the next 3 years, they were: Superior Duck starring Daffy Duck and a host of other WB
    characters; One Froggy Evening the
    prequel/sequel to the 1955 film One
    Froggy Evening
    ; a tribute to Friz Freleng, From Hare to Eternity starring Bugs Bunny and Yosemite Sam; Pullet Surprise with Foghorn Leghorn
    and Pete Puma (who was voiced by the original voice actor of Pete Puma, Stan
    Freberg) and Father of the Bird
    starring Sylvester and a new character, a sweet little bird named Cornbread.
  • With the closing of CJFP, Chuck Jones moved on to a more relaxed
    life.    Mr. Jones divided his time
    between gallery exhibitions, film retrospectives, a inveterate love of travel,
    his beautiful wife, Marian and of course, painting, drawing and creating
    limited editions of the characters we've all grown to love and admire. 

Chuck Jones’ letters to his daughter, Linda

# 6 Post:

September 25, 1952

Dear Linda;

I
read in Time that they are trying out a new type of telephone in
Worcester, Mass., I believe, on which you can dial any other telephone
in the United States.  This is just a piece of gratuitous information,
part of our regular service, but it did occur to me that since many of
the people you are meeting over there are from the far reaches of this
country, it would be just as well if this service were withheld from
Hollywood for a few years.  It might be a temptation you would be
unable to withstand if you could just pick up the phone and dial Sally
Krubitsch in Bangor, Maine or Marianne MacGoon in Tallahassee, Florida.

We
saw “O. Henry’s Full House” last night.  A very good picture.  It
contains five of O. Henry’s short stories, one of which, “The Ransom of
Red Chief” was badly done.  One, “The Gift of the Magi” was pretty
good, and three, “The Cop and the Anthem”, “The Clarion Call”, and “The
Last Leaf” were beautifully and lovingly handled.  I commend both the
picture and these stories to you, if there is an O. Henry collection
there at school and you have time to read outside stuff, by all means
look them up.  It will give you added enjoyment when you have an
opportunity to see the film, maybe during Christmas vacation.

I
shall continue to recommend pictures to you as we see them.  Perhaps
you would care to note them down.  I have not yet been able to find
“High Noon” with anything except “Don’t Bother to Knock”, a picture I’d
hate to be in the same theater with.

 Enclosed
you will find some typing (?) exercises of mine.  I typed them without
looking at the keys and they alternate between “Now is the time for
every good man to come to the aid of his party” and “The quick brown
fox jumps over the lazy dog.”  In my opinion it’s a pretty good
exercise.  It appears quite proper to me as I state in the first
sentence that every “giid mab” should, indeed, assist his “fud osrty”
in this, an election year.  The second sentence sounds sort of
Scandinavian, particularly “oger yje lazr dif”.  “Qwrxz bruwn fov”
sounds more German.  One of the most interesting words I’ve run into in
a long time is in the third sentence:  “Tum4”.  Pronounced “tumfor”, I
guess.  Presents a good many possibilities for other words like
“in4mation”, “in4mality”, or just “You 4 me.”  Un4tunate?  Hey, how
about “4estry”?
CoronaSpeedline

“Gu
his parry” I think is a fine thought in these troubled times.  Have you
gued your parry lately?  “Evert yiif man should gu his parry TODAY!!”

The
next two sentences take care of themselves, I think, except for “;azr”,
which has a kind of lonely beauty, unusual in the English language.

The
last sentence is almost perfect.  I couldn’t have stated it better.  If
“laxt sufs” insist upon lying around, they shouldn’t be surprised to be
“kuompd” over by “qwixj briwn fivs”.

Once
in a while I’m going to tell you that I miss you, because I do, just as
I am now telling you that I love you, because I do.  Adios…

 

Chas. Jones
September 25, 1952
Typing I

Now is thr timr for everyb giid mab to come ti the aid of fud osrty

The qwrxg bruwn fov jumpf oger yje lazr dif

Now ud the tum4 evert yiif man to cume yo rhe aid gu his parry

The qwrch nrown fix gumpe over the ;azr gib

Now is the tume fir every giid mab yo cime yo the ays of gud paery

The qwixj briwn fiv kuompd over the laxt suf

Hear animator John Canemaker on “Chuck Jones: Memories of Childhood”

From the Leonard Lopate show on WNYC:

"Animator John Canemaker
talks about Chuck Jones: Memories of Childhood, a documentary
directed by Peggy Stern, about the early life of the legendary Warner
Bros. animation director, Chuck Jones. This film, which combines an
interview with the legendary animator with newly created animated
segments, premieres on Turner Classic Movies Tuesday, March 24, at 8
p.m., followed by a selection of his films."

Listen now!  

Chuck Jones’ letters to his daughter, Linda

# 5 Post:

Wednesday…September 24, 1952

Dearest Linda;

Another day, another letter and my damned typewriting doesn’t seem to improve. The two initial fingers of my right hand do all the work and others
just go along for the ride.  The index finger of my left hand pushes
the shift key.  I suppose it thinks it’s earning its keep.  It just
pointed out to me by doing so that it also returns the carriage.  Big
deal!!  Do you know I used a typewriter for about six years before I
discovered what the tabular key is for?  I felt like I’d just invented
it.

I’m on a diet.  I found to my horror Sunday morning that I weighed 194 pounds.  Pure flab.  So when Donn  came over I challenged him to a two-week diet: no sugars, sweets, starches, breads, potatoes, butter, milk, salad
dressings or etcetera.  No beer!  We agreed on a $50.00 penalty if
either broke it, so I think I’ll go through with it.  What a dreadful
thing it is to have no will power.
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I saw [two of your friends] last evening.  They came tripping past the house, giggling and gabbling.  They were in bathing suits, had just been swimming.  They want you to write to them.  Write to me instead,
hm?

Has the Senator Nixon controversy struck the school?  I hope not.  It’s a hopeless sort of argument.  Had to do, as I suppose you know, as to whether he should
gave accepted $18,000 as a sort of expense fund to help his income.  In
my opinion he is, at best, naive, and dammit, I don’t want a naïve
vice-president.  My advice to you, if you need it, is, while over
there, to indulge in political controversies sparingly.  You’re
probably in a nest of children from Republican families so you won’t
win many converts to the Democratic Party.  

  ‘Bye for now.

Chuck Jones’ letters to his daughter, Linda

# 6 Post:
September 25, 1952

Dear Linda;

I read in Time that they are trying out a new type of telephone in Worcester, Mass., I believe, on which you can dial any other telephone in the United States.  This is just a piece of gratuitous information, part of our regular service, but it did occur to me that since many of the people you are meeting over there are from the far reaches of this country, it would be just as well if this service were withheld from Hollywood for a few years.  It might be a temptation you would be unable to withstand if you could just pick up the phone and dial Sally Krubitsch in Bangor, Maine or Marianne MacGoon in Tallahassee, Florida.

We saw “O. Henry’s Full House” last night.  A very good picture.  It contains five of O. Henry’s short stories, one of which, “The Ransom of Red Chief” was badly done.  One, “The Gift of the Magi” was pretty good, and three, “The Cop and the Anthem”, “The Clarion Call”, and “The Last Leaf” were beautifully and lovingly handled.  I commend both the picture and these stories to you, if there is an O. Henry collection there at school and you have time to read outside stuff, by all means look them up.  It will give you added enjoyment when you have an opportunity to see the film, maybe during Christmas vacation.

I shall continue to recommend pictures to you as we see them.  Perhaps you would care to note them down.  I have not yet been able to find “High Noon” with anything except “Don’t Bother to Knock”, a picture I’d hate to be in the same theater with.

 Enclosed you will find some typing (?) exercises of mine.  I typed them without looking at the keys and they alternate between “Now is the time for every good man to come to the aid of his party” and “The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog.”  In my opinion it’s a pretty good exercise.  It appears quite proper to me as I state in the first sentence that every “giid mab” should, indeed, assist his “fud osrty” in this, an election year.  The second sentence sounds sort of Scandinavian, particularly “oger yje lazr dif”.  “Qwrxz bruwn fov” sounds more German.  One of the most interesting words I’ve run into in a long time is in the third sentence:  “Tum4”.  Pronounced “tumfor”, I guess.  Presents a good many possibilities for other words like “in4mation”, “in4mality”, or just “You 4 me.”  Un4tunate?  Hey, how about “4estry”?CoronaSpeedline

“Gu his parry” I think is a fine thought in these troubled times.  Have you gued your parry lately?  “Evert yiif man should gu his parry TODAY!!”

The next two sentences take care of themselves, I think, except for “;azr”, which has a kind of lonely beauty, unusual in the English language.

The last sentence is almost perfect.  I couldn’t have stated it better.  If “laxt sufs” insist upon lying around, they shouldn’t be surprised to be “kuompd” over by “qwixj briwn fivs”.

Once in a while I’m going to tell you that I miss you, because I do, just as I am now telling you that I love you, because I do.  Adios…

 

Chas. Jones
September 25, 1952
Typing I

Now is thr timr for everyb giid mab to come ti the aid of fud osrty

The qwrxg bruwn fov jumpf oger yje lazr dif

Now ud the tum4 evert yiif man to cume yo rhe aid gu his parry

The qwrch nrown fix gumpe over the ;azr gib

Now is the tume fir every giid mab yo cime yo the ays of gud paery

The qwixj briwn fiv kuompd over the laxt suf

Chuck Jones Center for Creativity needs YOU

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"What an ultramaroon!  What a nincowpoop!"

"You know, it is possible to be too attractive."

"I bet we shoulda turned left at Albuquerque, and then maybe a right turn at La Jolla."

"Run for the hills, folks, or you'll be up to your armpits in Martians!"

"You're despicable."

"At last, after two thousand years of research, the illudium Q-36 explosive space modulator."

"I can't help it, I'm a greedy slob. It's my hobby. Save me!"

"I am ze locksmith of love, no?"

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Chuck Jones: Memories of Childhood TONIGHT on Turner Classic Movies


TCM and Oscar®-Winning Filmmakers Peggy Stern and John Canemaker Premiere their Documentary, CHUCK JONES: MEMORIES OF CHILDHOOD
Half-Hour Film Combines Interview with Legendary Animator
with Newly Created Animated Sequences based on his Childhood

Premiere Night to Feature Presentations of Classic Jones Short Films,
Plus Feature Film The Phantom Tollbooth

CHUCK JONES: MEMORIES OF CHILDHOOD Premieres Tuesday, March 24, at 8 P.M.