Monthly Archives: March 2012

Draw the White Seal with Christopher Scardino

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Christopher Scardino, the Chuck Jones Center for Creativity's resident teaching artist was filmed for Pencils.com's Studio 602 blog drawing the Chuck Jones character, Kotick, the White Seal. Read the article here (or click the above image) and view the video. Check out the Center's new website, ChuckJonesCenter.org, while you're at it! 

A special shout-out to our friends at Pencils.com for their continued interest in the Center's programs!

Chuck Jones Center for Creativity Launches New Website

We are delighted to announce that tomorrow, Saturday, March 24th, at 1 PM PDT, the new Chuck Jones Center for Creativity website will launch. This labor of love has had a multi-month gestation period and all of us here at the Center, along with the wonderfully talented and I might add, patient, website designer, Andrew 'Atlanta' Jones, are thrilled to be able to let our baby go out into the world tomorrow on its own.  

Of course, you'll discover that not every little nook and cranny has been filled with lucious, rich, exciting, amazing, delightful, and inspiring Chuck Jones content, but there's plenty to look at and explore and we promise that more is on the way. So, poke around tomorrow, enjoy the art and photographs, check out the Chuck Jones Filmography and drop us a note to let us know your thoughts on what we've done (and if you're so inclined, what we could do to improve it.) Click on the image below and start your journey or go to ChuckJonesCenter.org

Home page screen view

Don't forget that this year's spring fundraiser, the Red Dot Auction, will be held on Friday evening, May 11th from 6 to 9 PM at the Center's new location, 3321 Hyland Avenue, Costa Mesa, California. RSVP@ChuckJonesCenter.org and reserve 5 free raffle tickets (available at the front desk when you sign in the night of the event.) It's possible that 'Atlanta' Jones will have a work of art in the Red Dot Auction, who'd want to miss the opportunity to own it? Make sure you RSVP today!

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The handsome and witty Andrew 'Atlanta' Jones, click on his image to read his blog.

Chuck Jones Film Retrospective

CJ Unit A circa 1939Chuck Jones (center) and Unit "A" at Leon Schlesinger Productions, circa 1939, from the Dorothy Jones scrapbook chronicling Chuck's first few years as director. More memorabilia from this scrapbook is on display at the Chuck Jones Experience, Circus Circus, Las Vegas.

The perfect way to enjoy a Satruday: Turner Classic Movies will be honoring Chuck Jones's centennial year with a film retrospective on Saturday, March 24th.  Click here for the play list and times.  You'll be treated to a panoply of Jones's most cherished cartoons, starring your favorite Looney Tunes characters such as Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Road Runner, and Pepe le Pew.  Make some popcorn and stay up late to watch his only feature film, "The Phantom Tollbooth" and look for him in a cameo role! I can hear the laughter already…can't you?

Chuck Jones Filmography

A complete listing of Chuck Jones’ films appears below: 

1938- The Night Watchman

1/14/39 – Dog Gone Modern – WB

 2/11/39 – Robin Hood Makes Good – WB

 3/25/39 – Prest-O Change-O – WB

 4/22/39 – Daffy Duck and the Dinosaur – WB

 5/30/39 – Naughty But Mice – WB

 7/1/39 – Old Glory – WB

 7/29/39 – Snow Man’s Land – WB

 9/2/39 – Little Brother Rat – WB

 10/7/39 – Little Lion Hunter – WB

 10/21/39 – The Good Egg – WB

 12/2/39 – Sniffles and the Bookworm – WB

 12/30/39 – Curious Puppy – WB

 1/27/40 – The Mighty Hunters – WB

 3/2/40 – Elmer’s Candid Camera – WB

 5/22/40 – Sniffles Takes a Trip – WB

 6/8/40 – Tom Thumb in Trouble – WB

 7/20/40 – The Egg Collector – WB

 8/10/40 – Ghost Wanted – WB

 9/28/40 – Stage Fright – WB

 10/26/40 – Good Night Elmer – WB

 11/23/40 – Bedtime for Sniffles – WB

 1/4/41 – Elmer’s Pet Rabbit – WB

 2/1/41 – Sniffles Bells the Cat – WB

 3/8/41 – Joe Glow, the Firefly – WB

 4/12/41 – Toy Trouble – WB

 5/10/41 – Porky’s Ant – WB

 6/21/41 – Porky’s Prize Pony – WB

 7/19/41 – Inki and the Lion – WB

 8/30/41 – Snow Time for Comedy – WB

 9/27/41 – Brave Little Bat – WB

 11/8/41 – Saddle Silly – WB

 11/22/41 – Porky’s Midnight Matinee – WB

 1/17/42 – The Bird Came C.O.D. – WB

1942 – Porky’s Cafe

 2/21/42 – Conrad the Sailor – WB

 4/25/42 – Dog Tired – WB

 5/9/42 – The Draft Horse – WB

 6/13/42 – Hold the Lion, Please! – WB

 8/8/42 – The Squawkin’ Hawk – WB

 9/5/42 – Fox Pop – WB

 9/10/42 – The Dover Boys – WB

 12/5/42 – My Favorite Duck – WB

 12/12/42 – Case of the Missing Hare – WB

 3/6/43 – To Duck or Not to Duck – WB

 3/20/43 – Flop Goes the Weasel – WB

 4/3/43 – Super -Rabbit – WB

 4/17/43 – The Unbearable Bear – WB

 06/43 – Coming Snafu – U.S. Army

 6/9/43 – The Aristo Cat – WB

 7/3/43 – Wackiki Wabbit – WB

 08/43 – Spies – U.S. Army

 09/43 – The Infantry Blues – U.S. Army

 10/23/43 – Fin N’ Catty – WB

 11/13/43 – Inki and the Mynah Bird – WB

 ’44 – Hell Bent for Election – UPA

 2/12/44 – Tom Turk and Daffy – WB

 2/26/44 – Bugs Bunny and the Three Bears – WB

 3/25/44 – The Weakly Report – WB

 03/44 – Private Snafu VS. Malaria Mike – U.S. Army

 04/44 – Lecture on Camouflage – U.S. Army

 05/44 – Gas – U.S. Army

 05/44 – Going Home – U.S. Army

 6/3/44 – Angel Puss – WB

 8/5/44 – From Hand to Mouse – WB

 08/44 – Outpost – U.S. Army

 9/30/44 – Lost and Foundling – WB

 1/6/45 – In the Aleutians – U.S. Army

 1/6/45 – The Odor-Able Kitty – WB

 2/24/45 – Trap Happy Porky – WB

 05/45 – It’s Murder She Says – WB

 8/11/45 – Hare Conditioned – WB

 8/28/45 – Fresh Airedale – WB

 10/45 – No Buddy Atoll – U.S. Army

 11/10/45 – Hare Tonic – WB

 ’45 – Secrets of the Caribbean – U.S. Army

 3/2/46 – Quentil Quail – WB

 5/4/46 – Hush My Mouse – WB

 5/25/46 – Hair-Raising Hare – WB

 7/13/46 – The Eager Beaver – WB

 9/28/46 – Fair and Worm-er – WB

 11/23/46 – Roughly Squeaking – WB

 5/8/47 – Scent-Imental Over You – WB

 6/21/47 – Inki at the Circus – WB

 8/3/47 – A Pest in the House – WB

 10/4/47 – Little Orphan Airedale – WB

 2/7/48 – A Feather in His Hare – WB

 2/28/48 – What’s Brewin’ Bruin? – WB

 4/10/48 – Rabbit Punch – WB

 7/24/48 – Haredevil Hare – WB

 8/7/48 – You Were Never Duckier – WB

 10/7/48 – House-Hunting Mice – WB

 10/21/48 – Daffy Dilly – WB

 12/14/48 – My Bunny Lies Over the Sea – WB

 12/18/48 – Scaredy Cat – WB

 ’49 – So Much For So Little (Public Health) – WB (Academy Award Winner)

 1/29/49 – Awful Orphan – WB

 2/26/49 – Mississippi Hare – WB

 4/23/49 – Mouse Wreckers – WB (Academy Award Nominee)

 5/14/49 – The Bee-Deviled Bruin – WB

 6/25/49 – Long-Haired Hare – WB

 8/13/49 – Often an Orphan – WB

 9/16/49 – Fast and Furry-ous – WB

 10/7/49 – Frigid Hare – WB

 11/12/49 – For Scent-imental Reasons – WB (Academy Award Winner)

 12/10/49 – Bear Feat – WB

 12/24/49 – Rabbit Hood – WB

 2/18/50 – The Scarlet Pumpernickel – WB

 3/11/50 – Homeless Hare – WB

 4/15/50 – The Hypo-condri-Cat – WB

 7/8/50 – Eight Ball Bunny – WB

 8/26/50 – Dog Gone South – WB

 9/2/50 – The Ducksters – WB

 11/25/50 – Caveman Inki – WB

 12/16/50 – The Rabbit of Seville – WB

 12/30/50 – Two’s a Crowd – WB

 3/10/51 – Bunny Hugged – WB

 3/24/51 – Scent-imental Romeo – WB

 4/28/51 – A Hound For Trouble – WB

 5/19/51 – Rabbit Fire – WB

 6/16/51 – Chow Hound – WB

 7/14/51 – The Wearing of the Grin – WB

 8/28/51 – Cheese Chasers – WB

 10/20/51 – A Bear for Punishment – WB

 11/17/51 – Dripalong Daffy – WB

 1/19/52 – Operation: Rabbit – WB

 2/2/52 – Feed the Kitty – WB

 3/29/52 – Little Beau Pepe – WB

 4/19/52 – Water, Water Every Hare – WB

 5/24/52 – Beep, Beep – WB

 6/7/52 – The Hasty Hare – WB

 8/23/52 – Going! Going! Gosh! – WB

 9/8/52 – Mouse Warning – WB

 9/20/52 – Rabbit Seasoning – WB

 11/29/52 – Terrier Stricken – WB

 1/3/53 – Don’t Give Up the Sheep – WB

 2/4/53 – Forward March Hare – WB

 2/21/53 – Kiss Me Cat – WB

 2/28/53 – Duck Amuck – WB

 5/3/53 – Much Ado About Nutting – WB

 7/11/53 – Wild Over You – WB

 7/25/53 – Duck Dodgers in the 24 1/2 Century – WB

 8/8/53 – Bully for Bugs – WB

 9/14/53 – Zipping Along – WB

 10/3/53 – Duck! Rabbit! Duck! – WB

 12/19/53 – Punch Trunk – WB

 2/13/54 – Feline Frame-Up – WB

 2/27/54 – Cat’s Bah – WB

1954 – No Barking

 5/22/54 – Claws for Alarm – WB

 7/24/54 – Bewitched Bunny – WB

 8/14/54 – Stop, Look and Hasten – WB

 10/16/54 – From A to Z-Z-Z-Z – WB (Academy Award Nominee)

 11/13/54 – Lumberjack Rabbit – WB

 11/27/54 – My Little Duckaroo – WB

 12/11/54 – Sheep Ahoy – WB

 12/18/54 – Baby Buggy Bunny – WB

 ’55 – A Hitch in Time (US Air Force) – WB

 2/12/55 – Beanstalk Bunny – WB

 4/30/55 – Ready, Set, Zoom! – WB

 5/21/55 – Past Perfumance – WB

 6/11/55 – Rabbit Rampage – WB

 7/13/55 – Double or Mutton – WB

 8/6/55 – Jumpin’ Jupiter – WB

 10/1/55 – Knight-Mare Hare – WB

 10/15/55 – Two Scent’s Worth – WB

 12/10/55 – Guided Muscle – WB

 12/31/55 – One Froggy Evening – WB

 ’56 – 90 Days Wondering – U.S. Army

 1/14/56 – Bugs Bonnets – WB

 2/25/56 – Broom-Stick Bunny – WB

 3/10/56 – Rocket Squad – WB

 3/31/56 – Heaven Scent – WB

 5/5/56 – Gee Whiz-z-z – WB

 7/21/56 – Barbary Coast Bunny – WB

 8/4/56 – Rocket-Bye Baby – WB

 9/29/56 – Deduce, You Say – WB

 11/10/56 – There They Go-Go-Go – WB

 12/15/56 – To Hare is Human – WB

 ’57 – Drafty Isn’t It? – U.S. Army

 1/26/57 – Scrambled Ashes – WB

 2/9/57 – Ali Baba Bunny – WB

 2/23/57 – Go Fly a Kit – WB

 6/8/57 – Steal Wool – WB

 7/6/57 – What’s Opera, Doc? – WB (Nat’l Film Registry)

 9/14/57 – Zoom and Bored – WB

 9/20/57 – Boyhood Daze – WB

 10/21/57 – Touche and Go – WB

 3/8/58 – Robin Hood Daffy – WB

 3/29/58 – Hare Way to the Stars – WB

 4/12/58 – Whoa Be Gone! – WB

 6/28/58 – To Itch His Own – WB

 10/11/58 – Hook, Line and Stinker – WB

 12/6/58 – Hip Hip-Hurry – WB

 12/20/58 – Cat Feud – WB

 1/10/59 – Baton Bunny – WB

 5/9/59 – Hot Rod and Reel – WB

 10/10/59 – Wild About Hurry – WB

 1/19/60 – Fastest with the Mostest – WB

 4/23/60 – Who Scent You? – WB

 6/4/60 – Rabbit’s Feat – WB

 7/30/60 – Ready Woolen and Able – WB

 10/8/60 – Hopalong Casualty – WB

 12/3/60 – High Note – WB (Academy Award Nominee)

 1/21/61 – Zip ‘N’ Snort – WB

 2/25/61 – The Mouse on 57th Street – WB

 5/20/61 – The Abominable Snow Rabbit – WB

 6/3/61 – Lickety Splat – WB

 6/24/61 – A Scent of the Matterhorn – WB

 7/29/61 – Compressed Hare – WB

 11/11/61 – Beep Prepared – WB (Academy Award Nominee)

 12/30/61 – Nelly’s Folly – WB (Academy Award Nominee)

 2/10/62 – A Sheep in the Deep – WB

 6/2/62 – The Adventures of the Road Runner – WB

 6/30/62 – Zoom at the Top – WB

 8/18/62 – Louvre Come Back to Me – WB

 12/29/62 – Martian Through Georgia – WB

 1/19/63 – I Was a Teenage Thumb – WB

 4/27/63 – Now Hear This – WB (Academy Award Nominee)

1963 – Woolen Under Where

 6/8/63 – Hare-Breadth Hurry – WB

 10/19/63 – Mad as a Mars Hare – WB

 11/30/63 – Transylania 6-5000 – WB

 12/28/63 – To Beep or Not To Beep – WB

 6/6/64 – War and Pieces – WB

 ’63 – Penthouse Mouse – MGM

 ’64 – The Cat Above, The Mouse Below – MGM

 ’64 – Is There a Doctor in the Mouse? – MGM

 ’64 – Much Ado About Mousing – MGM

 ’64 – Snowbody Loves Me – MGM

 ’64 – Unshrinkable Jerry Mouse – MGM

 ’65 – The Dot and the Line – MGM (Academy Award Winner)

 ’65 – Tom-ic Energy – MGM

 ’65 – Ah-Sweet Mouse Story of Life – MGM

 ’65 – Bad Day At Cat Rock – MGM

 ’65 – Haunted Mouse – MGM

 ’65 – I’m Just Wild About Jerry – MGM

 ’65 – Of Feline Bondage – MGM

 ’65 – Tom Thump – MGM

 ’65 – The Year of the Mouse – MGM

 ’65 – The Cat’s Me-Ouch – MGM

 ’66 – Duel Personality – MGM

 ’66 – Jerry Jerry Quite Contrary – MGM

1966 – Love Me, Love My Mouse

 ’66 – The Bear That Wasn’t – MGM

 12/18/66 – How the Grinch Stole Christmas (TV) – MGM

 ’67 – Cat and Duplicat – MGM

 ’67 – Cannery Rodent – MGM

1967 –  How the Grinch Stole Christmas (TV Special)

1967 – Gillette commercial

 ’67 – The Mouse from H.U.N.G.E.R. – MGM

 5/18/69 – The Pogo Special Birthday Special (TV) – MGM

 3/19/70 – Horton Hears a Who (TV) – MGM

 ’71 – The Phantom Tollbooth (Feature) – MGM

’71 – Horton Hears a Who (TV Special)

’71 – The Pogo Family Birthday Special

72’ – Curiosity Shop (TV Series)

73’ –  A Christmas Carol

 4/24/73 – The Cricket in Times Square (TV) – CJE

 12/14/73 – A Very Merry Cricket (TV) – CJE

1/16/74 – Yankee Doodle Cricket (TV) – CJE

3/24/74 – The White Seal (TV) – CJE

 1/9/75 – Rikki-Tikki-Tavi (TV) – CJE

 2/11/76 – Mowgli’s Brothers (TV) – CJE

 11/27/76 – Carnival of the Animals (TV) – CJE

 2/23/78 – A Connecticut Rabbit in King Arthur’s Court (TV) – CJE

 11/30/78 – Raggedy Ann & Andy in the Great Santa Claus Caper (TV) – CJE

 78’ – Bugs Bunny in King Arthur’s Court

 9/30/79 – Bugs Bunny/Road Runner Movie – WB

 10/31/79 – Raggedy Ann & Andy in the Pumpkin Who Couldn’t Smile (TV) – CJE

 11/27/79 – Bugs Bunny’s Looney Christmas Tales – WB

 79’ – Daffy Duck’s Thanks-for-Giving Special

 ’80 – Duck Dodgers & the Return of the 24 1/2 Century (TV) – WB

 5/21/80 – Bugs Bunny’s Bustin’ Out All Over (TV) – WB

 11/24/81 – Daffy Duck’s Thanks-for-Giving Special (TV) – WB

 83’ – Heineken commercial

 1/14/86 – Bugs Bunny/Looney Tunes All-Star 50th Anniv. Special (TV) – WB

 86’ – Warner Bros. Golden Jubilee

 ’92 – Stay Tuned (animation sequence from movie) – CJFP

 ’93 – Mrs. Doubtfire (animation sequence from movie) – CJFP

 12/94 – Chariots of Fur – CJFP

 1/95 – Another Froggy Evening – CJFP

 12/95 – Superior Duck – CJFP

 ’96 – From Hare to Eternity – CJFP

 10/24/01 – Timber Wolf – CJE & WB

 

Chuck Jones Center for Creativity Welcomes Guest Film Curator

This just could not wait another minute…

The Guest Curator page on the soon-to-be-brand-new-exciting-and-thrilling Chuck Jones Center for Creativity website will be devoted to commentary provided by a variety of experts and fans of the art and films of Chuck Jones.  Throughout this series, we plan to bring you new insight and fresh perspectives on Jones's oeuvre.  Stay tuned!

Animation expert, author, and historian, Jerry Beck, graciously agreed to inaugurate the Guest Curator page on the Center's website, but due to a delay in launching that brand-new-exciting-and-thrilling-website, we've decided to share his insights with you today here at Chuck Redux.  Selecting three Chuck Jones cartoons to highlight proved a challenge, but one he met with his usual gusto, delight, and expertise.   Read on! 

ONE FROGGY EVENING – Chuck Jones probably never set out to create a classic when he began directing this one-shot cartoon (originally titled “It Hopped One Night”), but that’s exactly what he did. Michael Maltese’s premise, about a singing frog that performs only in view of its owner, must have appealed to Chuck for its witty use of popular tunes from an earlier generation, and a story told virtually through pantomime, poses and facial expressions.
 
But it turned out to be (in my humble opinion) his greatest piece of animation storytelling, where every subtle nuance conveys feelings we can all relate to, including happiness, greed, frustration and failure. One Froggy Evening plays upon our desire to achieve the American Dream of easy success, and finds humor in the realities of how that success may or may not be obtained. Jones’ animation unit at this time was at the height of its talents, producing cartoons as contemporary as the UPA shorts, as timeless as Disney, and utterly original on their own terms. A masterpiece!
Unfortunately, One Froggy Evening is only available by hyperlink, click on the title in this sentence to watch the cartoon.
 
OPERATION RABBIT – The best cartoon characters represent identifiable personalities that are either who we are – or who we want to be. Operation Rabbit presents the eternal battle between those two forces. Bugs Bunny has always been smarter than his various adversaries (think Elmer Fudd, Yosemite Sam and Taz), but here he encounters his brainest foe – a “genius” in fact – Wile E. Coyote.
 
Jones concocted the coyote as the personification of his own bewilderment with tools, machinery or simply building things. He knew how funny this sort of character could be up against the cool, calm and confident Bugs, just as he was in his debut film versus the Road Runner two years earlier.
 
Operation Rabbit is Wile E.’s second screen appearance and his first speaking role (not to mention the first time the character is named). I personally think its one of the best Bugs Bunny cartoons ever made and debatably the funniest. The scene of the coyote hanging on a rock ledge, having just been blown to bits by a train hitting his nitro glycerin shack, repeating his name “Wile E. Coyote, Super-Genius” – that never fails to make me laugh out loud. I know that guy. He’s me, he’s Chuck and he’s probably you.
 
Unlike the Coyote, Jones hit the Bullseye with this one!
 

SCAREDY CAT – Scaredy Cat is the first of several Porky Pig and Sylvester “Gothics”, three cartoons Jones made with a similarly eerie premise, and one of my all-time favorites. This one has the pair spending a hair raising night in an old dark house. The humor comes from Sylvester’s observations and actions to protect an oblivious Porky from a legion of killer mice.
 
Every director at Warners had their shot to work with Porky and Sylvester and each succeeded in creating an individual persona for the characters. Jones’ Porky is never more appealing than he is here – optimistic, self-assured and quite a strict pet owner. Sylvester is also tweaked in a Jonesian way: silent and scared, paranoid yet uncharacteristically brave. Oh, and I also believe this is the first cartoon where the cat (unnamed in previous screen appearances under Clampett, Davis and McKimson – and dubbed “Thomas” in Freleng’s Oscar winning “Tweetie Pie”) is given his proper name, Sylvester.
 
That sound like something Jones and Maltese would make up for this speech-impaired putty tat. “Sufferin’ Succotash!”