Bugs Bunny Takes Center Stage in Irvine


On top of a mountain, a horned figure manipulates lightning in perfect accord with a thundering score of percussion and winds. As the lightning and music climax together, the figure raises his arms to the heavens before stopping outright so that the audience can hear the terrible truth that he must reveal.

He clears his throat before announcing in a flurry of w's; "Be vewwwwy qwiet, I'm hunting wabbits!"

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"Bugs Bunny at the Symphony" will feature the Pacific Symphony performing the scores of Chuck Jones' iconic Warner Bros. cartoons, which will be shown on an overhead screen at Pacific Amphitheatre.

Wagner as performed by Elmer Fudd.

The animation of Chuck Jones is arguably among the greatest produced in the roughly hundred-year frame that animation has existed. Jones' tenure from 1935 to 1963 as an animator at Warner Brothers yielded some of the most iconic cartoon characters ever, including Bugs Bunny, Elmer Fudd, Michigan J. Frog, Wile E. Coyote, the Roadrunner, and Pépé Lepew. Of the four Looney Tunes shorts inducted into the National Film Registry, three were directed by Jones, the most animation works in the archive by a single director.   Read the rest of the story, via www.ocregister.com

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