Monthly Archives: February 2011

Chuck Jones Quote of the Day: Sensible Rules for Marriage

"The purpose of making films is to delight. The purpose of making films is to excite. The purpose of making films is to have fun. Not a bad set of rules for a marriage-which needs some sensible rules. Do these rules apply only to your expected audience? No, they only apply to you."

–Chuck Jones, page 62, Stroke of Genius, A Collection of Paintings and Musings on Life, Love and Art

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Oscar Was Tickled!

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Oscar landed at O'Hare last Friday and was treated to dinner hosted by Val and Mark Maron of Art Partners Gallery in Schaumburg (from left, Rosa Rottar (Art Partners Consultant), Mark Maron, Robert Patrick (Linda Jones Enterprises), Val Maron and Craig Kausen, CEO of Linda Jones Enterprises and Chairman of the Board of Chuck Jones Center for Creativity.  

Oscar traveled courtesy of the Center and Mrs. Chuck Jones.  It is the Oscar Chuck Jones won for best animated short subject in 1966 for his "The Dot and The Line."  He appeared the following evening at the gallery and was met with enthusiastic applause when he was first unveiled.  Oscar travels in a plain styrofoam container with a lot of red tape (as you can see below just before Mark Maron opened the box) and at first blush an observer might imagine that there was a heart or other important human organ waiting to be delivered to its recipient.  The reaction when the box is opened is much the same though, cries of delight and many oohs and aahs.    

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After all of the evening's guests had gone home, many with their first work of Chuck Jones art, Oscar asked that a more formal photo be taken with the evening's special guest, Craig (grandson of Chuck Jones) who had produced a mini Chuck Jones film festival just for the occasion.  Here's Oscar held by Craig and behind, our hosts, from left, Val and Mark Maron and on the right, Rosa Rottar, all of Art Partners Gallery.  

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This was Oscar's first foray out into the world since his time at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences in Beverly Hills last summer during the exhibit, Chuck Jones: An Animator's Life, From A to Z-z-z-z.  Where will you find him next?

Where in the World is Oscar?

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Chuck Jones's Oscar for his 1965 short animated film, "The Dot and the Line" is seen in the lovely hands of Stephanie (left) and Val, his flight attendants yesterday.  Stephanie, when first seeing Oscar is quoted as saying, "Shut the front door!"  

Oscar is  scheduled to make an appearance this evening…stay tuned for more.  

Motion Picture Herald Awards–1957

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Pictured from left: Johnny Burton, production manager of Warner Bros. Animation with directors Chuck Jones, Robert McKimson and Friz Freleng in a publicity shot from 1957 holding their Motion Picture Herald Awards. These awards recognized studios and actors for their contribution to the business of film-making, as voted by theater owners in Canada and the United States as well as on gross revenue.    This photo will be featured in the Archive Art Exhibit at Art Partners Gallery, 14 S. Roselle Rd., Schaumburg, Illinois on Saturday, February 5th beginning at 7:30 PM.  To RSVP, please call 847-517-5757.  See you there!

Identity Issues: Pepe le Pew in Archive Art Exhibit

"Scent-imental Over You" is the second Pepe le Pew cartoon directed by Chuck Jones.  This 'Scent' was released in theaters nationwide on May 8, 1947, a couple of years after Pepe's first film, "Odor-able Kitty" and two years before Jones won his first Oscar (who, BTW, is going on holiday, watch this space for more news in the coming days as to his whereabouts…) for the Pepe le Pew vehicle "For Scent-imental Reasons".  

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This original production layout drawing by Chuck Jones of Pepe chasing after the poor little Chihuahua (who as a "Mexican Hairless" has disguised himself in his mistress's furs so that he would look more like the other dogs, alas to his chagrin) is graphite on 12 field two-hole punch animation paper.  It will be featured in the Archive Art Exhibit at Art Partners Gallery this Saturday, February 5th at 7:30 PM. Throw on your snowshoes and come meet Craig Kausen, Chuck Jones' grandson, as he inaugurates the exhibit Chuck Jones: Frame by Frame, An Animator's Story at the gallery.  More details?  Call 847-517-5757!  

The cartoon has Russian translations for the dialogue, but you'll get the idea…

“Sheep Ahoy!” Classic Layout Drawings Featured at Exhibit

"Hello Sam," "Hello Ralph,"  and so begins the adventures (and misadventures) of Ralph Wolf and Sam Sheepdog, friends and neighbors who when not at work (trying to steal sheep, guarding said sheep from theft) you can almost imagine might share a pint at the local pub and reminisce about days gone by.  

These wonderful layout drawings by Chuck Jones for his 1954 "Sheep Ahoy" short animated film will be part of an exhibit of rare original production art and ephemera at Art Partners Gallery in Schaumburg, Illinois, opening Saturday February 5th.  Craig Kausen, Jones's grandson and Chairman of the Board of Chuck Jones Center for Creativity will be the special guest.  He'll share anecdotes and stories about growing up with Chuck Jones with those assembled Saturday evening, beginning at 7:30 PM.  For more information about the exhibit, please call Art Partners Gallery at 847-517-5757.

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Oscar Takes a Holiday!

Chuck Jones's Oscar for his 1966 short animated film, "The Dot and the Line" is seen outside the Chuck Jones Gallery in Tustin (3065 Edinger Avenue) warming up for a short trip to the frozen, blizzard-y wilds of Schaumburg, Illinois (just outside of Chicago) where he'll be making an appearance at "Chuck Jones: Frame by Frame, An Animator's Story" at Art Partners Gallery (14 S. Roselle Rd.) on Saturday, February 5th. For more information about the exhibit and to RSVP to meet Oscar, call 847-517-5757.  Don't let a little snow keep you away from this unique, fun event (there'll be cartoons!)  

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Archive Exhibit at Gallery

A selection of original vintage production art from Chuck Jones cartoons including layout drawings, scripts, backgrounds and exposure sheets will be featured at Art Partners Gallery in Schaumburg, Il as part of their exhibit, "Chuck Jones: Frame by Frame, An Animator's Story" opening Saturday, February 5th at 7:30 P.M.

Meet Craig Kausen, grandson of Chuck Jones, as he shares anecdotes about life with his grandfather, legendary Warner Bros. animation pioneer and four time Academy Award recipient, Chuck Jones.  Kausen will present a mini-Chuck Jones Film Festival that will include not only many of your favorite Chuck Jones cartoons, but also a selection of taped interviews with Jones.

This original layout drawing by Jones' 1963 short film, "Transylvania 6-5000" will be featured (graphite and colored pencil on 12 field animation paper.)

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Here's a short clip from the cartoon, just to whet your whistle.  If you're in the Chicago area, please call the gallery at 847-517-5757 to RSVP for the show or go online to learn more by clicking here.