Monthly Archives: June 2010

Idiots and Angels

Idiots and Angels

Animation Legend Bill Plympton to Spread His
Wings 

Chuck Jones Gallery Hosts Reception & Exhibition

Friday, July, 23rd

 

San Diego, CA—The Chuck Jones Gallery at 232 Fifth Avenue,
in the heart of San Diego’s Gaslamp District, will be the scene of a ‘heavenly’
exhibition as they welcome two-time Academy Award-nominee Bill Plympton in a
special appearance by the artist Friday, July 23rd from 7 to 10
PM.   Long considered one of animation’s
premier auteurs and artists, Plympton will be the focus of his first gallery
exhibition in San Diego.  “Idiots and
Angels” is Plympton’s most recent feature length hand-drawn animated film that
will be premiering this fall in select theaters nationwide.  Original drawings by Plympton from the film
“Idiots and Angels” along with his original work for such popular short films
of his as “Guard Dog” (Oscar nominated,) “Horn Dog” and “Guide Dog” will be the
focus of the exhibition and sale.


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Known for his irreverence and intellect, the emotional core
of Plympton’s films often focus on the state of humankind and the responses to
the forces of our nature that not only impede but also propel our future
stories.  His hand-drawn films are
complex, oblique, off-center dark comedies. 
When queried several years ago what his next feature would be, Plympton
replied off-handedly that, “it would be about an angel who didn’t want his
wings, and as we discussed the idea, I really got to like the concept. That
night, in my hotel room, I started to explore the dramatic possibilities of a
reluctant angel."

 


Born in Portland, Oregon and educated at the School
of Visual Arts in New York City, Plympton has called New York his home since
1968.  Early in his career he designed
magazines such as Cineaste and Film Society Review while contributing
illustrations to the New York Times,
Vanity Fair, The Village Voice
, Screw
and House Beautiful.  His cartoons appeared in such magazines
as Rolling Stone, National Lampoon, and Glamour.  In 1975, in The SoHo Weekly News, he began "Plympton," a political
cartoon strip.  By 1981, it was
syndicated in over twenty papers by Universal Press.
 
In 1987 he was nominated for an
Oscar® for his animated short "Your Face". In 2005, Bill
received another Oscar® nomination, this time for a short film "Guard
Dog". "Push Comes to Shove" another short film, won the
prestigious Cannes 1991 Palme d'Or.

 


After producing many shorts
that appeared on MTV and Spike and Mike's, he turned his talent to feature
films. Since 1991 he's made nine feature films, six of them, "The
Tune", "Mondo Plympton", "I Married A Strange Person",
"Mutant Aliens", "Hair High" and "Idiots and Angels"
are animated features that he has hand-drawn himself (they require over 70,000
drawings!)
 

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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 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.  Blog: Chuck
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Chuck Jones Center’s New Website & Blog Address

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The Chuck Jones Center for Creativity's new website has incorporated this blog, Now Hare This!, into its platform.  We are in the process of transferring all of the posts to the new address, www.ChuckJonesCenter.org and hope you'll stop by often to read about our programs, events and upcoming exhibitions.  

See you there and thank you for your support!

The Indomitable Stan Lee

One
Night Only! 

Legendary Comics Creator to Appear at
Chuck Jones Gallery

Unveils the Art of Stripperella for Comic
Con International Collectors

San Diego, CA—The
Chuck Jones Gallery is thrilled to announce that the legendary comic book
superhero creator, POW! Entertainment’s own Stan Lee, will be making a rare in-gallery
appearance, Thursday, July 22nd during the gallery’s opening night
reception (from 6 to 9 PM) for the revealing exhibition of new original and
limited edition 2-D & 3-D art from his provocative graphic series Stripperella.

Stripperella first
gained international attention in 2003 when Lee’s super-heroine action animated
series débuted on Spike TV.   Originally based on (and voiced by) Pamela
Anderson, Stripperella’s ‘day’ job (O.K., it was a night job) as one of the
most famous exotic dancers in the world was her ‘cover’ for her super-powers:
enhanced reflexes and senses combined with really sexy stripper moves, made her
an instant international hit with that most-coveted of marketing demographics,
young males between the ages of 18 and 34. 


Stripperella Poster - So Much Excitement (Medium) 

Stripperella, poster edition of 250, signed by Stan Lee & Anthony Winn, call or write for pricing.

As imagined and brought to life by Lee and his
collaborators, Stripperella was at
once a crushing blow to the stereotypical blond iconography and at the same
time it was glamorous and provocative, all the while winking at the audience
with its double entendre-laced dialogue. 

Now, in collaboration with artist and protégé, Anthony Winn,
Lee has re-imagined Stripperella (red
hair!) and brought her to fiery new life as an animated digital cartoon.  New limited edition artwork, including a
terrific new bronze sculpture, will be premiered at the exhibition’s opening,
July 22nd. 

Whatever you may think you know about the legendary comics
creator Stan Lee is only a sliver of what this icon of the comicbook world has
going on in his life.  Only superlatives
can be used to describe him: 
super-dynamic, super-imaginative, and super-genius.   For
over seven decades, Lee has dominated the comicbook superhero field with his
ingenious creations: their super-human triumphs and all-too-human failures
resonating with millions of readers and fans around the world.  And now, with his exciting new company POW!
Entertainment, Stan is creating more fantastic concepts than ever before.

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"Caught in the Moment" (Stan Lee & Stripperella) limited edition artwork

Anthony Winn has been mentored by the incomparable Stan Lee
since 1999 and their collaborative efforts have resulted in some of the comic
legend’s most provocative and original artwork for a variety of media.  Winn’s innate artistic talent was noticed at
an early age after his family’s harrowing escape from Viet Nam at the close of
the war in 1975.  Settling in southern
California, Winn was soon under the spell of Spider-Man and the legendary work
of Stan Lee. 

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 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.  Blog: Chuck
Redux
.

Image of the Day: The Hands of Chuck Jones

Artists' hands are a tool as much as the pencil, brush, or mouse are and they reveal much about the artist's personality and character just in the way they hold their instrument, or touch the paper, even in a still image such as this one of Chuck Jones at his drawing table in his home studio. 

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When you see Chuck Jones' hands, the left holding the paper in place, the right with his favored pencil (the Eberhard Faber Blackwing 602, no longer in production) it's easy to imagine that you hear the gentle scratch of lead on paper, and witness the brisk, sure movement of his hand delineating the character of Elmer Fudd and Bugs Bunny as surely as someone who completely understands their motivations, personality tics and eccentricities as he does his own. 

Craig Kausen Leads Tour of “Chuck Jones: An Animator’s Life From A to Z-z-z-z”

On Saturday, June 19, Craig Kausen, grandson of Chuck Jones led a tour of the exhibition "Chuck Jones: An Animator's Life From A to Z-Z-Z-Z" at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in Beverly Hills, California.  A group of about 40 Chuck Jones art collectors, fans and aficianados gathered to hear Craig wax nostalgic about growing up with Chuck Jones and discuss the impact Jones has made on the art of the animated film. 

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Craig spoke about the manner in which Chuck Jones constructed his films, his editing process (during the creation of the short film) and his attention to detail.

Johnnie Diem and Garrett Landry
Johnnie Diem and her grandson, Garrett, were among those who enjoyed the afternoon excursion and tour.  Garrett is currently interested in stop-motion animation and has been making his own films using legos.

Tom Myak and Oscar
Of course, everyone loves to get close to the magic of Oscar and collector Tom Myak is no exception.  

CK and Diane Eberly at AMPAs
As with all things Chuck Jones, there is always much love to be shared.  Craig and Diane Norwine give each other a hug in greeting and excitement at the prospect of sharing this incredible exhibition together.  

The exhibition runs through August 22nd at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, 8949 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills, California.  For more information, including hours, please their website by clicking here.

O What a Night! Chuck Jones Center for Creativity Grand Opening!

Hundreds of people welcomed the Chuck Jones Center for Creativity to its new home at 131 W. Chapman Avenue, Orange, California last night!  The open house festivities began at 6 PM and a steady stream of well-wishers kept flowing through the door until well after 10 PM.  There were give-a-ways, speechifying, & much hilarity + Litter-Alley was a huge hit with so many of our younger (and older guests!)  More about the evening to follow…

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A young artist works on her creative spirit in "Litter-Alley" last night at the grand opening of the Chuck Jones Center for Creativity.

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Craig Kausen, Chairman of the Board of Trustees, makes an important announcement at last night's festivities.  That's Chuck Jones' daughter, Linda, to the left.

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Marvin Martian stood guard over the hors d'oeuvres!

To learn more about the Center & it's programs, please visit it's new & improved website, www.ChuckJonesCenter.org

Image of the Day: Chuck Jones on the Cover of Newport Beach [714]

Craig (Chuck's grandson) and I were talking today about Chuck (as we do) and we zeroed in on this cover of Newport Beach [714] and Craig said it was shortly after this photo shoot that Chuck moved his studio to the offices of Chuck Jones Enterprises in Costa Mesa and that the painting of Daffy that you see on the easel was one of the last paintings Chuck painted in that studio (February, 1993.)

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Image of the Day: Salva ‘door’ Dali

At a Special Client Event in the fall of 1996 at the Chuck Jones Gallery in Corona del Mar, Chuck Jones demonstrated his amazing draftsmanship for those assembled by using a Sharpie and drawing directly onto a hanging door a delightful image of his iconic characters, Wile E. Coyote and Road Runner.  Of course, there was a mad dash to 'red dot' it, but it was not for sale.  You can see it now in its new home at the Chuck Jones Gallery in San Diego

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Image of the Day: Chuck Jones with His Daughter, Linda

"With some help from my wife, I produced a daughter, Linda, in 1937…In my eyes–and whose other eyes can I trust?–she has always been a perfect daughter…" –Chuck Jones, writing in his autobiography, Chuck Amuck. 

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Linda at age 2, with her father, Chuck Jones.

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Dorothy, Chuck and Linda Jones, Manhattan Beach, California circa mid-1940s.

 
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Dorothy, Linda and Chuck Jones, 1950, with the Oscars for the Jones' directed "So Much for So Little" (best short documentary of 1949) and "For Scent-i-mental Reasons" (best short animated film of 1949.)

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Linda Jones, painted by her father, Chuck Jones, in 1954 (featured in the book "A Stroke of Genius, A Collection of Paintings and Musings on Life, Love and Art by Chuck Jones." 

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Chuck Jones and his daughter at a gallery reception in Corona del Mar, California circa 1992.