Monthly Archives: December 2013

Mulligan’s “Wizard of Oz” Mural Finds Its Forever Home at Burnett Library, Long Beach

Just three months after its creation, the 40′ long by 6′ tall mural commissioned by Warner Bros., Habitat for Humanity, and the Chuck Jones Center for Creativity was installed at its permanent home in the central room of the Burnett Library in Long Beach’s Bixby Knolls area.

Installation proceeds smoothly. Artist James C. Mulligan lifts a panel up to the Chuck Jones Center's Chairman of the Board, Craig Kausen.
Installation proceeds smoothly as artist James C. Mulligan lifts a panel up to the Chuck Jones Center’s Chairman of the Board, Craig Kausen.

Created in September, the mural, titled “There’s No Place Like Home” was a project conceived by Warner Bros. Studios in conjunction with their commitment to assist Habitat for Humanity in the construction of a home for a deserving family in Long Beach’s Bixby Knolls neighborhood. Employees of the Studio donated their time to the construction project as well as working with Mulligan on the mural project–constructing the felt ‘poppies’ that bloom along the bottom of the mural.

Jimmy Mulligan prepares to unwrap one of the panels before its installation at the Burnett Library.

Jimmy Mulligan prepares to unwrap one of the panels before its installation at the Burnett Library.

Craig Kausen, grandson of the legendary animation pioneer, Chuck Jones, directs the action from on high.

Craig Kausen, grandson of the legendary animation pioneer, Chuck Jones, directs the action from on high.

Chuck Redux offered advice from the floor of the  library while Craig and Jimmy shimmy the panels into place.

Chuck Redux offered advice from the floor of the library while Craig and Jimmy shimmy the panels into place.

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The mural’s beauty and scope start to come together as the panels are placed.

The complete mural installed at the Burnett Libary, Long Beach.

The complete mural installed at the Burnett Libary, Long Beach.

Muralist James C. Mulligan with his finished "There's No Place Like Home" mural celebrating Habitat for Humanity and the 75th Anniversary of "The Wizard of Oz".

Muralist James C. Mulligan with his finished “There’s No Place Like Home” mural celebrating Habitat for Humanity and the 75th Anniversary of “The Wizard of Oz”.

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Hang in there, Jimmy, Chuck Redux is almost finished taking photos!

The Chuck Jones Center for Creativity, Craig Kausen, Jimmy Mulligan, and Chuck Redux want to thank librarian extraordinaire, Erica Lansdown, for her help and enthusiasm this past Monday!

Dan Scanlon, Director of “Monsters University” Recommends Chuck Jones and Tex Avery to Aspiring Animators

Short, quick interview with Dan Scanlon, director of Pixar’s “Monsters University” in today’s L.A. Times. Posted below for your edification. When asked what movie to he’d recommend to aspiring animators he said, “I watched a lot of Tex Avery and Chuck Jones cartoons growing up. They’re so clearly staged and beautifully directed, and the characters are so rich. That’s an accessible place to begin.”

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New from Fabio Napoleoni, “The Usual Suspects”

The Usual Suspects“The Usual Suspects”, a fine art reproduction on canvas from artist, Fabio Napoleoni, has just lined up in our galleries. This edition is limited to 77 examples and measures 12″ x 36″; it is hand-signed by the artist.¬†Inspired by not only the great movie of the same title, but also by the antics that good friends sometimes get up to, “The Usual Suspects” are all guilty of love and hope, although not all of them are ready to admit it. To order this work of art, please click here or on the image.