Monthly Archives: February 2010

Chuck Jones’ Oscar Goes on a Trip, part 4

Oscar at tca

Oscar in his temporary home at Tempe Center for the Arts exhibition, "Chuck Amuck: A Legacy of Laughter." 

Linda jones at tca
Linda Jones, Chuck Jones' daughter, draws Marvin Martian on Jones' animation desk this afternoon at Tempe Center for the Arts before heading back to southern California after last night's gala opening reception.

More on the opening to follow in the days to come! 

Image of the Day: Rikki Tikki Tavi

Rikki Tikki Tavi and Teddy

Original layout drawing by Chuck Jones for his 1975 television special “Rikki Tikki Tavi” based on one of The Jungle Book stories by Rudyard Kipling.  This drawing is part of the exhibition Chuck Amuck: A Legacy of Laughter opening tonight at the Tempe Center for the Arts in Tempe, Arizona.

Chuck Jones’ Oscar Goes On a Trip, part 2

Oscar in arizona

This just in from Craig Kausen, Chuck Jones' grandson who is in Tempe, Az for the opening tonight of "Chuck Amuck:  A Legacy of Laughter" at Tempe Center for the Arts.  "It's a beautiful morning in Tempe!" as Oscar greets the day. 

Oscar at infinity pool TCA
Oscar takes the sun at the edge of the infinity pool in front of the Tempe Center for the Arts. 

Oscar ck alexis DelChiaro Fox 10
A little later this morning and Oscar (along with Craig) is being interviewed by Fox 10's own Alexis DelChiaro at Tempe Center for the Arts exhibition "Chuck Amuck: A Legacy of Laughter." 

Stay tuned for more Oscar buzz! 

Tempe Center for the Arts opens long-awaited Chuck Jones exhibition: “Chuck Amuck: A Legacy of Laughter”

City of Tempe Newsroom

For Immediate

Mary E. Fowler
City of
Management Assistant
(480) 350-2880

TCA gallery
features work of Warner Bros. cartoonist

CONTACT: Michelle Dock
TELEPHONE: 480-350-2867

TEMPE, Ariz. – The life and work of
Chuck Jones, who brought to life the animated characters Bugs Bunny, Road
Runner, Elmer Fudd and Pepe lePew, will be featured in the exhibition, “Chuck
Amuck: A Legacy of Laughter” from Feb. 26 through June 18 at the Gallery at
Tempe Center for the Arts, 700 W. Rio Salado Parkway.

The public opening
will be from 6 to 9:30 p.m. on Feb. 26 with a free, ticketed film night starting
at 7:30 p.m. Craig Kausen, Jones’ grandson and representative of the Chuck Jones
Center for Creativity, will introduce short films created by Jones and share
personal stories about his grandfather. Tickets will be available at the

A Family Creativity Day featuring free hands-on projects for
children is scheduled from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Feb. 27 in the TCA Gallery and
Sculpture Garden. The day is presented by the Gallery at TCA, Chuck Jones Center
for Creativity and Childsplay Theater of Tempe.

In a career spanning
more than 60 years, Jones made more than 300 animated films, winning three
Oscars as director and in 1996 an honorary Oscar for Lifetime Achievement. Among
the many awards and recognitions, one of those most valued was the honorary life
membership from the Directors Guild of America.

During the Golden Age of
animation Jones helped bring to life many of Warner Bros. most famous
characters—Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Elmer Fudd and Porky Pig. The list of
characters he created himself includes Road Runner, Wile E. Coyote, Marvin
Martian, Pepe le Pew and Michigan J. Frog. He also produced, directed and wrote
the screenplays for "Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas," a television
classic, as well as the feature-length film "The Phantom Tollbooth." In
addition, Jones was a prolific artist whose work has been exhibited at galleries
and museums worldwide.

“The Books of Chuck
Jones: Black and White and Read All Over” is on display through June 18 at the
Tempe Public Library’s newly renovated Youth Library at 3500 S. Rural
"Chuck Jones: An Animated Life" is on display at the Phoenix Sky Harbor
International Airport Museum (Terminal 4, Level 3) at Sky Harbor through May

All exhibitions are being presented by the city of Tempe, the city of
Phoenix, the Friends of the Tempe Center for the Arts and the Chuck Jones Center
for Creativity in Tustin, Calif.

Chuck Jones – 
Events -

Tempe Public Library exhibition –
Airport Museum at Sky Harbor –

10 a.m. to 6 p.m.,
Tuesday through Friday
11 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday
Admission is free.

Chuck Jones’ Oscar Goes On a Trip

Craig Kausen, Chuck's grandson, is traveling today to Tempe, Arizona site of the Chuck Jones retrospective exhibition, Chuck Amuck, a Legacy of Laughter, that opens tomorrow night at the Tempe Center for the Arts.  Traveling with him today is one of Chuck's Oscars that will be on display at the exhibit. 

They started off at John Wayne airport in Orange County:

Oscar airport 

And they landed at Sky Harbor Airport in Phoenix where a beautiful, concurrent exhibit of Chuck Jones original art is in the airport's museum (terminal 4, level 3 gallery):

Oscar at skyharbor 

Follow Oscar as he makes his way to Tempe Center for the Arts!

Image of the Day: Persistence of Carrots

the Persistence of Carrots

In 1989 Chuck Jones created a series of original oil paintings whose themes sprung from artists that he admired.  He said at that time that it was one of the most challenging of works as he had to bend his artistic will to that of another artist in order to capture their brushwork and their intent.  Pictured is the original oil painting titled "Persistence of Carrots."  It will be featured at the exhibit Chuck Amuck, a Legacy of Laughter opening tomorrow night at the Tempe Center for the Arts in Tempe, Arizona.

The oil paintings Chuck Jones completed in this series were published as fine art lithographs that same year by the American Atelier.  Each was hand-pulled on 19th century French stone lithographic presses one color at at time.  You can learn more about that series by clicking on the image.