Premiering May 23, 1953, the Chuck Jones directed Much Ado About Nutting was a character departure for the Jones unit in that it starred a single squirrel not from the regular stable of 'actors'. Not unlike his masterpiece One Froggy Evening of 1955, this film is silent (except for sound-effects.) Jones' use of pantomime to convey the human condition in an animated film is one of the hallmarks of his creativity. Working with his unit including the talented designer Maurice Noble, writer Michael Maltese and animators Ben Washam and Ken Harris, Jones created another fable for modern times.
Character model sheet by Chuck Jones, gouache on 12 field animation paper.