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Chuck Jones’ letters to his daughter, Linda

Friday, January 12, 1953(4)

Post #49

Dearest Child;

You last letter was a sort of puzzling one and I’m not going to attempt to analyze it yet.  Keep us informed what your thinking is though.  I’ll never hold you to a chance remark as being some kind of gospel, yet such offhand opinions in aggregate often give a much clearer idea of the conditions that exist and the state of your feelings than some carefully considered statement.  Catch?

As Dottie told me she told you we are again in the throes of the good old Academy.  We have a good cartoon up, the one I narrated for you about a year ago concerning the little boy who day-dreamed:  “FROM A TO Z-Z-Z-Z”.  It is, I believe, a happy compromise between the stylized limited UPA-ish approach and the Disney tendency to over-animate.  It was received well by the academy judging committee and I have received several enthusiastic calls from friends who saw and like it.  All this adds up to the possibility of it perhaps failing to even be nominated, but I do believe that it merits that.  Once again, as it must every year, we will just have to wait and see.

I woke up last Saturday feeling somehow different.  I knew there was rain in the offing.  Not that day because it was absolutely cloudless and sparkling, but soon, of that I was positive.  Then while I was shaving I suddenly realized what was different: my hair was lying down.  During all this very dry, cold weather it had a tendency to be very floaty and impulsive and get all charged up with electricity, but today it was acting like hair, very orderly and mannerly.  The odd part was though that I knew it meant rain, and soon.  So I told Dottie that it would rain within three days and I’ll be Billybedamned if Monday it didn’t cloud over in a lovely storm and just beat its brains out raining. Now how the devil did my hair know two days in advance and how did it know to tell me?  Real bright hair.

How did the poor old woman make out?  I meant to tell you that you are under no obligation to use it, show it, or preserve it.  Things that are fun to do are not necessarily fun to use.  I enjoyed doing it because I felt like it, but it won’t hurt my enjoyment a bit to have it incinerated or anything else that seems proper and fitting a fate.  [an illustration of the song, The Poor Old Woman, She Swallowed a Fly]

Heard of a man in Greenwich Village in New York with a diabolic sense of humour who inserted an ad in a newspaper the day after Christmas GOOD PRICES FOR USED CHRISTMAS TREES and added the address of a friend.  There was a traffic jam to end all traffic jams.

I love you with a curious detached fatherly attitude untouched by criticism.

Your devoted sire…

Chuck Jones’ letters to his daughter, Linda

Friday, January 12, 1953(4)

Post #49

Dearest Child;

You last letter was a sort of
puzzling one and I’m not going to attempt to analyze it yet.  Keep us
informed what your thinking is though.  I’ll never hold you to a chance
remark as being some kind of gospel, yet such offhand opinions in
aggregate often give a much clearer idea of the conditions that exist
and the state of your feelings than some carefully considered
statement.  Catch?

As Dottie told me she told you we
are again in the throes of the good old Academy.  We have a good
cartoon up, the one I narrated for you about a year ago concerning the
little boy who day-dreamed:  “FROM A TO Z-Z-Z-Z”.  It is, I believe, a
happy compromise between the stylized limited UPA-ish approach and the
Disney tendency to over-animate.  It was received well by the academy
judging committee and I have received several enthusiastic calls from
friends who saw and like it.  All this adds up to the possibility of it
perhaps failing to even be nominated, but I do believe that it merits
that.  Once again, as it must every year, we will just have to wait and
see.

I woke up last Saturday feeling
somehow different.  I knew there was rain in the offing.  Not that day
because it was absolutely cloudless and sparkling, but soon, of that I
was positive.  Then while I was shaving I suddenly realized what was
different: my hair was lying down.  During all this very dry, cold
weather it had a tendency to be very floaty and impulsive and get all
charged up with electricity, but today it was acting like hair, very
orderly and mannerly.  The odd part was though that I knew it meant
rain, and soon.  So I told Dottie that it would rain within three days
and I’ll be Billybedamned if Monday it didn’t cloud over in a lovely
storm and just beat its brains out raining. Now how the devil did my
hair know two days in advance and how did it know to tell me?  Real
bright hair.

How did the poor old woman make
out?  I meant to tell you that you are under no obligation to use it,
show it, or preserve it.  Things that are fun to do are not necessarily
fun to use.  I enjoyed doing it because I felt like it, but it won’t
hurt my enjoyment a bit to have it incinerated or anything else that
seems proper and fitting a fate.  [an illustration of the song, The
Poor Old Woman, She Swallowed a Fly]

Heard of a man in Greenwich Village
in New York with a diabolic sense of humour who inserted an ad in a
newspaper the day after Christmas GOOD PRICES FOR USED CHRISTMAS TREES
and added the address of a friend.  There was a traffic jam to end all
traffic jams.

I love you with a curious detached fatherly attitude untouched by criticism.

Your devoted sire…

Image of the Day: Scrambled Aches

In case you were unaware of this, "FLOOMP!" is the sound an anvil makes when it is sailing through the air and destroying the cliff you are standing on.  The Chuck Jones directed, Scrambled Aches of 1957, starred the Road Runner and Wile E. Coyote and fell into theaters on January 26th. 

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Image of the Day: Mississippi Hare

Do you remember when you learned to spell Mississippi?  M, i, crooked letter, crooked letter, i, crooked letter, crooked letter, i, humpback, humpback, i…it still can make you giggle.  When Mississippi Hare it premiered in theaters on February 26, 1949 made people laugh out loud with pleasure.  Remember the exploding cigar?  Colonel Shuffle was a perfect foil for Bugs Bunny.  This is Chuck Jones' model sheet for that hot-tempered river boat gambler.

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Chuck Jones’ Pepé le Pew Is ‘A Cut Above’: New Mexico Rose Parade Float Design Unveiled

Dateline Santa Fe, NM–Last night New Mexico Tourism Secretary Michael Cerletti along with Raul Rodriguez of Fiesta Parade Floats unveiled the 2010 New Mexico Rose Parade Float design in a ceremony at the Anderson-Abruzzo International Balloon Museum.   Titled Enchantment is in the Air, it features Chuck Jones' Academy Award® -winning Pepé le Pew and Penelope Pussycat and a series of balloons traveling over the New Mexico landscape.  You can read the full report at What's the Word with Peter St.Cyr.

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Mr. Rodriguez said "Chuck Jones is an inspiration to me and I hope that he would be proud and happy with the floats that we have created for New Mexico."  Craig Kausen of the Chuck Jones Galleries presented Raul Rodriguez with
a work of art depicting the amorous skunk by his grandfather, Chuck
Jones, in appreciation of his continued celebration of Chuck Jones and
his characters.

Image of the Day: The Bugs Bunny Show

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The Bugs Bunny Show aired on ABC TV from October 1960 through September 1962 and was written and produced by Chuck Jones and Friz Freleng.   Both of them contributed layout drawings for the bridge animation (new animation that connected three Warner Bros. cartoons in each episode.)  This Chuck Jones layout drawing (graphite and colored pencil on 12 field animation paper) is from Episode #1575, 11/8/60; it was co-directed by Maurice Noble. 

From Yukon Territory to Ulaanbataar, Chuck Jones Goes Global!

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Our Show Your Memories with Your Favorite Chuck Jones Characters contest has reached hundreds of thousands of people around the world.  The yellow dots on the above map represent cities and countries where fans have logged on and either entered the contest or have viewed it and voted for an entry.  From Reykjavik to Rio de Janeiro, Salem to Singapore, Capetown to Canberra, and points in-between, the creativity, wit and humor of Chuck Jones has played a part in many a life.  

If you haven't taken a moment to check it out, do so today by clicking on the image below:

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Chuck Jones Quote of the Day: Multiplications of our own Foibles

"All my characters in a way are like multiplications of our own foibles. And if they weren't, of course, they wouldn't be valuable at all, they wouldn't be funny. But I suspect that all humor is based on that fact: the recognition in others, in a multiplied form, of something that we ourselves are capable of. It's like george Orwell said, "I've never met a person that was any worse than I am."

–Chuck Jones, page 38, Stroke of Genius, A Collection of Paintings and Musings on Life, Love and Art

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