Monthly Archives: November 2009

Grinch’s Green Wednesday Event Ends Today!

Last night driving home, we passed the local Wal-mart at about 10:30 PM and guess what?  The parking lot was full of people camping out in order to be first in line for today's sale!  Imagine! 

For fans and collectors of the art of Chuck Jones there's no need to camp out when an opportunity as unique as Grinch's Green Wednesday is still available.  But take note, this special ends tonight at 6:00 PM PST.  No need to drive in traffic and fight the thundering hordes of holiday shoppers, all you have to do is click on Grinch's Green Wednesday and follow your heart to this unique acquisition event. 

Image of the Day: Top of the Morning

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Added to Chuck Jones' obvious mastery of the watercolor medium is his wit, humor and intelligence.  One of our favorite quotes from Chuck about kissing a woman's hand is:

"Hand kissing.  This is something I took up when I realized its character and intent.  A girl is a continuous thing, and it isn't because the hand-bone is connected to the arm-bone, the arm-bone is connected to the head-bone.  The skin of a girl's hand is connected by direct route and direct wire to her lips, the hand is like holding the end of a lariat, the business part is at the end.  So when the continental gallant kisses a girl's hand he is in effect saying what every sane woman wants to hear: "I'd like to kiss your lips."  Shaking hands is just silly, whoever heard of shaking lips?"

Grinch’s Green Wednesday!

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Chuck Jones
Character Club Special Announcement

You've heard of Black Friday,
right?  Well today is Grinch's Green Wednesday!  If you
are a member of the Chuck
Jones Character Club
, check your email in-box now for a special opportunity beginning  Wednesday
morning, November 25th
.  If you're not a member, then today's the
day to join because you won't want to miss an opportunity as Grinch-y green
fabulous as this one.  It will take just a minute of your time, but
will provide you with benefits lasting a lifetime. 

Click on Chuck Jones Character Club below to join today!  The Grinch's
Green
Wednesday Event will end promptly on Friday, November 27th at 6 PM PST.

CHUCK JONES CHARACTER CLUB

Chuck Jones’ letters to his daughter, Linda

January 1955 (?)

Post #  57
My dearest darling;

I hope this letter is one of two that will come to you in the mail this morning.  I hope almost as much as you do, I think, because I cannot bear to have you suffer and I know how dreadful waiting can be.  If he has written this morning then this letter is unnecessary and I know it can be of very little help in any case, but I guess I felt it would help me to write it, relieve my tension a little anyway.  So please read it knowing that you are helping me by doing so.

I always thought when you were a little girl, and you were a honey of a little girl, that when you were in your mid-teens and had any problems that I, in my middle aged wisdom, could instantly resolve them.  I was sure that in that remote future (now) I would be so wise and so old that no problem would present any but the most cursory obstacles to my knowing mind.  I would accomplish these miracles with deftness always larded with gentle wit.  I would be known as the sage of Sagebrush Lane (or whatever street we happened to be living on) and your friends would sit at my feet and bring me iced drinks and revere my silvery hair and golden mind.  This is the way I saw the future and it seemed completely reasonable and rational and natural, too.  I now realize that as I imagined it the solutions were so simple because I always thought them up first and then tacked the problem on the front, so that when I saw you approaching, problem clutched in trembling hand, I knew what you were going to present and instantly solved it for you to your wonder and delight.

Fantasy and fact—how widely they are separate.  I, who was so nimble in my dreams, find myself wordless and inept when you need help so.  I know now that there are problems with but one solution and that beyond my reach.  I cannot relieve your hurt, even standing by and saying, “I understand, darling, and I sympathise for I remember, too” there is only one answer and we both know what that is.

Very well, you know how very deeply I love you and you know I’m sure that if there was anything I could do I would do it and very quickly, too.  This is part of life, I suppose, whatever that means and being alive often has its disadvantages, but you are conducting yourself like a gentleman.  A curious compliment?  I do not think so, it can be said about so few people.

I know.  I know, darling, and I do understand.

And I love you.

Chuck Jones’ letters to his daughter, Linda

January 1955 (?)

Post #  57
My dearest darling;

I hope this letter is one of two that will come to you in the mail this morning.  I hope almost as much as you do, I think, because I cannot bear to have you suffer and I know how dreadful waiting can be.  If he has written this morning then this letter is unnecessary and I know it can be of very little help in any case, but I guess I felt it would help me to write it, relieve my tension a little anyway.  So please read it knowing that you are helping me by doing so.

I always thought when you were a little girl, and you were a honey of a little girl, that when you were in your mid-teens and had any problems that I, in my middle aged wisdom, could instantly resolve them.  I was sure that in that remote future (now) I would be so wise and so old that no problem would present any but the most cursory obstacles to my knowing mind.  I would accomplish these miracles with deftness always larded with gentle wit.  I would be known as the sage of Sagebrush Lane (or whatever street we happened to be living on) and your friends would sit at my feet and bring me iced drinks and revere my silvery hair and golden mind.  This is the way I saw the future and it seemed completely reasonable and rational and natural, too.  I now realize that as I imagined it the solutions were so simple because I always thought them up first and then tacked the problem on the front, so that when I saw you approaching, problem clutched in trembling hand, I knew what you were going to present and instantly solved it for you to your wonder and delight.

Fantasy and fact—how widely they are separate.  I, who was so nimble in my dreams, find myself wordless and inept when you need help so.  I know now that there are problems with but one solution and that beyond my reach.  I cannot relieve your hurt, even standing by and saying, “I understand, darling, and I sympathise for I remember, too” there is only one answer and we both know what that is.

Very well, you know how very deeply I love you and you know I’m sure that if there was anything I could do I would do it and very quickly, too.  This is part of life, I suppose, whatever that means and being alive often has its disadvantages, but you are conducting yourself like a gentleman.  A curious compliment?  I do not think so, it can be said about so few people.

I know.  I know, darling, and I do understand.

And I love you.

Chuck Jones Quote of the Day: Great Comedian

"Every great comedian makes himself available to his audience. That is, the traits that define his personality the audience must be able to recognize in itself. Even though, as in the case of Daffy or Bugs, the audience does not have the courage to exercise them."

–Chuck Jones, page 90, Stroke of Genius, A Collection of Paintings and Musings on Life, Love and Art

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