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Chuck Jones’ letters to his daughter, Linda

Monday, January 11

Post #48

Dearest moppet:

We have not yet recieved word whether or not you have arrived back at school.  If you have not, please let us know, there is no particular reason to continue to pay if you are no longer there.  I would like to help [the Headmaster] and all that but I’d rather make a direct contribution and get credit for it than continue to pay for a non-existent student.  Of course, there is always the possibility that you have returned.  If you have or if you hear where you are please let us know so we can proceed accordingly.  You might try asking around among the other kids, it’s just possible that some of them might have heard a rumour of what might have happened to you.

You’ll notice in the first line above that I am still having trouble with the i before e routine especially in the word “receive”.  I know that it is after c there, any fool can see that, but it still doesn’t look right.  But then “recieve” doesn’t look right either (iether?).  When you run something through a sieve and then do it again is that resieve?  I cannot believe that any language could be conceived (that looks wrong too) in which the exceptions exceed (e before e, except after c) the rule.  Then the rule would be exceeded by the exceptions and the exception would become the rule and the rule the exceptions.  How about “Y before X, except after sex”?

There are only fifty-seven shopping days left before Arbor Day.  I think we should inaugurate Reverse-Arbor Day, in which everybody chops down a tree, thus everybody is kept happy and everything is kept in balance.  Look at it this way:  If everybody in the United States planted only one tree on Arbor Day, and many plant more (sneaks) then there are 165,000,000 ½ trees planted each year on that day alone.  The ½ is a bush planted by mistake.  In only one thousand years there would be 165,000,000,000,000 new trees in the United States and you wouldn’t be able to walk across the room without an axe.  Highways would be overgrown; toilets filled with weeping willows and eucalyptus, wheat fields with pepper trees and peat bogs with persimmons.  Only answer: Reverse or Anti-Arbor Day.

I keep flinging out these magnificent ideas and you keep ignoring them.  Here I am stinting myself, living on Filet Mignon and Champagne and all to keep you in luxury, all to stuff you like a chicken with erudite.  Hell, child, respond, build me an empite (empire, that is!)  (In the foregoing sentence the ! should have been outside the “)  “rather than inside it)

We enjoyed having you with us during the Holidays.  No holiday seems quite the same without the pitter-patter of little feet around the house, tiny grubby finger prints on the wallpaper, the shrill baby voice, the ‘I want a drink of beer’ late at night, the changing of the diapers…..

Your sire…

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1954 Linda is the third person from the left (or the second person from the right) in the first row.   Chemistry lab.

Chuck Jones’ letters to his daughter, Linda

Monday, January 11

Post #48

Dearest moppet:

We have not yet recieved word whether or not you have arrived back at school.  If you have not, please let us know, there is no particular reason to continue to pay if you are no longer there.  I would like to help [the Headmaster] and all that but I’d rather make a direct contribution and get credit for it than continue to pay for a non-existent student.  Of course, there is always the possibility that you have returned.  If you have or if you hear where you are please let us know so we can proceed accordingly.  You might try asking around among the other kids, it’s just possible that some of them might have heard a rumour of what might have happened to you.

You’ll notice in the first line above that I am still having trouble with the i before e routine especially in the word “receive”.  I know that it is after c there, any fool can see that, but it still doesn’t look right.  But then “recieve” doesn’t look right either (iether?).  When you run something through a sieve and then do it again is that resieve?  I cannot believe that any language could be conceived (that looks wrong too) in which the exceptions exceed (e before e, except after c) the rule.  Then the rule would be exceeded by the exceptions and the exception would become the rule and the rule the exceptions.  How about “Y before X, except after sex”?

There are only fifty-seven shopping days left before Arbor Day.  I think we should inaugurate Reverse-Arbor Day, in which everybody chops down a tree, thus everybody is kept happy and everything is kept in balance.  Look at it this way:  If everybody in the United States planted only one tree on Arbor Day, and many plant more (sneaks) then there are 165,000,000 ½ trees planted each year on that day alone.  The ½ is a bush planted by mistake.  In only one thousand years there would be 165,000,000,000,000 new trees in the United States and you wouldn’t be able to walk across the room without an axe.  Highways would be overgrown; toilets filled with weeping willows and eucalyptus, wheat fields with pepper trees and peat bogs with persimmons.  Only answer: Reverse or Anti-Arbor Day.

I keep flinging out these magnificent ideas and you keep ignoring them.  Here I am stinting myself, living on Filet Mignon and Champagne and all to keep you in luxury, all to stuff you like a chicken with erudite.  Hell, child, respond, build me an empite (empire, that is!)  (In the foregoing sentence the ! should have been outside the “)  “rather than inside it)

We enjoyed having you with us during the Holidays.  No holiday seems quite the same without the pitter-patter of little feet around the house, tiny grubby finger prints on the wallpaper, the shrill baby voice, the ‘I want a drink of beer’ late at night, the changing of the diapers…..

Your sire…

Chuck Jones’ letters to his daughter, Linda

Monday, January 11

Post #48

Dearest moppet:

We have not yet recieved word whether or not you have arrived back at school.  If you have not, please let us know, there is no particular reason to continue to pay if you are no longer there.  I would like to help [the Headmaster] and all that but I’d rather make a direct contribution and get credit for it than continue to pay for a non-existent student.  Of course, there is always the possibility that you have returned.  If you have or if you hear where you are please let us know so we can proceed accordingly.  You might try asking around among the other kids, it’s just possible that some of them might have heard a rumour of what might have happened to you.

You’ll notice in the first line above that I am still having trouble with the i before e routine especially in the word “receive”.  I know that it is after c there, any fool can see that, but it still doesn’t look right.  But then “recieve” doesn’t look right either (iether?).  When you run something through a sieve and then do it again is that resieve?  I cannot believe that any language could be conceived (that looks wrong too) in which the exceptions exceed (e before e, except after c) the rule.  Then the rule would be exceeded by the exceptions and the exception would become the rule and the rule the exceptions.  How about “Y before X, except after sex”?

There are only fifty-seven shopping days left before Arbor Day.  I think we should inaugurate Reverse-Arbor Day, in which everybody chops down a tree, thus everybody is kept happy and everything is kept in balance.  Look at it this way:  If everybody in the United States planted only one tree on Arbor Day, and many plant more (sneaks) then there are 165,000,000 ½ trees planted each year on that day alone.  The ½ is a bush planted by mistake.  In only one thousand years there would be 165,000,000,000,000 new trees in the United States and you wouldn’t be able to walk across the room without an axe.  Highways would be overgrown; toilets filled with weeping willows and eucalyptus, wheat fields with pepper trees and peat bogs with persimmons.  Only answer: Reverse or Anti-Arbor Day.

I keep flinging out these magnificent ideas and you keep ignoring them.  Here I am stinting myself, living on Filet Mignon and Champagne and all to keep you in luxury, all to stuff you like a chicken with erudite.  Hell, child, respond, build me an empite (empire, that is!)  (In the foregoing sentence the ! should have been outside the “)  “rather than inside it)

We enjoyed having you with us during the Holidays.  No holiday seems quite the same without the pitter-patter of little feet around the house, tiny grubby finger prints on the wallpaper, the shrill baby voice, the ‘I want a drink of beer’ late at night, the changing of the diapers…..

Your sire…

Chuck Jones Quote of the Day: Cluttered Attic of Ambition

"You see, that's the whole wonder of animation directing: if you're not something you want to be, or are something you don't want to be, you can, through drawing, through action, create a character who will take care of the matter. All you have to do is dig down into your cluttered cellar of frustration or up into your cluttered attic of ambition and lo-there you are!"

–Chuck Jones, page 36, Stroke of Genius, A Collection of Paintings and Musing on Life, Love and Art

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The Art of Chuck Jones: Splitting Hares

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Splitting Hares merges two great moments from the Chuck Jones directed 1952 film, Water, Water, Every Hare (to learn more about the title's literary allusion to Samuel Taylor Coleridge's poem The Rime of the Ancient Mariner, click here.) While Bugs Bunny engages Gossamer in conversation, "…eh, what's up, Doc?" the mad scientist descends the castle keep, ax poised, ready to split the hare's cranium in his futile attempt to use Bugs' brains for his mechanical monster.

The second of Jones' films to star the big, orange, lump-headed monster Gossamer, Water, Water, Every Hare (the first was Hair-Raising Hare, 1946) combines the slapstick antics of many of Jones' earlier cartoons with a dreamy, surreal quality that underscores the wit and vitality of the director.

Flooding into theaters on April 19, 1952 Water, Water, Every Hare was directed by Charles M. Jones with story by Michael Maltese and animation by Ben Washam, Ken Harris, Phil Monroe and Lloyd Vaughn.  Scenic layouts were by Robert Gribbroek and the backgrounds were painted by Philip DeGuard.  The effects animation was created by Harry Love and the voice actor was Mel Blanc.  Carl W. Stalling provided the musical direction. 

Chuck Jones Gallery–Santa Fe “El Dia de los Muertos”

Update: November 10, 2009–Over one hundred people attended the Day of the Dead festivities held at the Chuck Jones Gallery in Santa Fe, including many of the students and teachers from Santa Fe High School whose creative efforts resulted in the spectacular la ofrenda!  Many thanks to all of those who attended and honored those who have come before us. 

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Students from Santa Fe High School gather to celebrate El Dia de los Muertos at the Chuck Jones Gallery.

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Randy Grillo and Reverie Escobedo, teachers at Santa Fe High School, join in the festivities.

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Patricia De Dios and Katherine Sward, teachers at the high school, add their smiles to the general conviviality of the event. 

On November 1 from 5 to 7 PM, The Chuck Jones Gallery, Santa Fe, in conjunction with Santa Fe High School and Cesar Chavez Elementary School will be celebrating El Dia de los Muertos (the Day of the Dead) with a special exhibition and cultural event creatively presented by the students of the two schools.  Celebrating one of the most Mexican of traditions, El Dia de los Muertos is an event not to be missed. Enriching the festivities will be Mariachi music and Pan de Muerto

Currently on display in the gallery is la ofrenda (to learn more about la ofrenda, please click here,) a typical altar built to honor the dead.  This year's was constructed by the Santa Fe High School woodshop and students from the two participating schools, la ofrenda is composed of poems, candles, incense, gifts and foodstuffs all in honor of the dead. 

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Chuck Jones Gallery in San Diego Wins Lamplighter Award

Dateline San Diego:  The Gaslamp Association held its 15th annual award show at the Omni Hotel in San Diego last night and the Chuck Jones Gallery won for Best Art Gallery!  You can read all about it and see who the competition was and what other awards were handed out by clicking here.   A hearty thank you to everyone who voted for the Chuck Jones Gallery!  

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“Snoopy’s Follies” Skates into San Diego!

Exhibition at the Chuck Jones Gallery Honors Lawrence Lichleiter, Animator on Peanuts Animated Specials

San Diego, CA–In a rare public appearance, Lawrence Lichleiter, Peanuts animation artist, will be the special guest-of-honor at The Chuck Jones Gallery, 232 Fifth Ave., San Diego on Saturday, November 7 from 4 to 7 PM as the gallery unveils Snoopy's Follies, a new cel art edition featuring everyone's favorite Beagle as he makes his way across the ice at Rockefeller Center.  The reception and exhibition at the gallery will feature original production art, limited edition cel art and rare book illustration art from many of the most famous Peanuts television specials of the last 40 years.  Mr. Lichleiter will also be signing and dedicating art purchased at this event.

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Mr. Lichleiter's career in animation began in the 1960s working for Bill Hanna and Joe Barbera at their studio creating animation for television.  While there, he worked alongside some of the most renowned animators of the "Golden Age" of animation including Iwao Takamoto and Wiley Ito.  Likening working in animation to that of the life of a nomad, Lichleiter's career included stints with Ralph Bakshi where he was able to work with the great animator, Irv Spence (known for his fluid animation of MGM's Tom & Jerry cartoons of the 1950s) and before he hung his hat at Bill Melendez Productions, the home of the Peanuts television specials, advertising and films.  Lichleiter has also directed several animation shows for Nickelodeon including SpongeBob SquarePants and Hey, Arnold!

About the gallery:  The Chuck Jones Gallery, located in the heart of San Diego's historic Gaslamp District at 232 Fifth Ave., is the destination for art collectors and visitors from around the world.  Owned by Linda Jones Enterprises, the publisher and distributor of the art of of the legendary animation creator and director, Chuck Jones, it is the only gallery in San Diego devoted to the art of the animated film.  Included in the on-going display is art from all major animation studios as well as original paintings and limited edition fine art from a variety of internationally known artists and photographers whose work is entertainment related.  For more information, please call the gallery at 888-294-9880 or online at www.ChuckJonesGallery.com

Chuck Jones Quote of the Day: Terribly Fast

"The Roadrunner series tries to capture the essence of speed-of a boy moving in space at incredible velocity. Speed was once analyzed in a definitive manner by my daughter when she saw a self-portrait of Van Gogh for the first time: "Well," she said, "he must have been terribly fast to have bitten off his own ear!"

–Chuck Jones, page 34, Stroke of Genius, A Collection of Paintings and Musings on Life, Love and Art

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Image of the Day: Transylvania 6-5000

Vampire movies are the 'it' monster movies these days, thrilling audiences with their chilling ways (talk about sang-froid!)  In 1963 Chuck Jones directed Transylvania 6-5000 spoofing the genre that had its teeth sunk into audiences over 40 years ago.  Here for your delectation we have Count Bloodcount, an original layout drawing by Chuck Jones (graphite and mixed media on 12 field animation paper.)

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