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DAFFY DUCK PAC RAISING FUNDS FOR PRESIDENTIAL RUN

DAFFY DUCK PAC RAISING FUNDS FOR PRESIDENTIAL RUN

Contributions support the Chuck Jones Center for Creativity

Orange County, CA, February 25, 2016: Renowned film legend Daffy Duck announced his intent to seek the office of President of the United States. Shouting at a crowd of three from the steps of the Chuck Jones Center for Creativity, candidate Duck hinted at his platform. “A vote for Daffy Duck is a vote for creativity and imagination, and I’m throwing my bill into the ring! Why not? It’s been thrown everywhere else!”

Tying the announcement in with an early victory party on June 5, 2016, before the California Primary (Tuesday, June 7, 2016), the Chuck Jones Center in Orange County will host a “Daffy Duck for President” bumper sticker/campaign poster drawing party, with prizes and celebrations.  Supporters can cast their vote for Daffy at any time on the Center’s website, http://www.daffyforpresident.org.  “I’m the only candidate for the party, and if anybody knows about a party, it’s this duck!” he told the largely silent trio of passersby.

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Mr. Duck’s reasons for entering the grueling 2016 political fray were clarified in a press release. “As candidates of both parties fall away, one candidate rises! A champion of the people who’s not mainstream (but who knows his streams). He’s more stream-of-consciousness. He believes in mom, apple pie, and social insecurity. He’s got brains, bluster, and pluck! He’s a nihilistic socialist rogue insider with Tea Party Appeal.”

For every contribution of $100 to the Chuck Jones Center for Creativity’s “Daffy for President” PAC (Patently Angry Character), the contributor will receive a hardcover copy of Chuck Jones’s “Daffy Duck for President,” a “Daffy for President” campaign button, and a “Daffy for President 2016” bumper sticker. For contributions less than $100, a variety of other gifts are included. Visit http://www.daffyforpresident.org to donate today and for full details! All contributions benefit the educational and outreach programs of the Chuck Jones Center for Creativity, a 501(c)3 public charity located in Orange County, California. The Center brings creativity programs to underserved children and adults in Los Angeles, Orange Counties, and beyond.

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“Daffy puts the ‘wag’ back in ‘bandwagon,’” the announcement said. “He puts the ‘otus’ back in POTUS. He puts the ‘ivity’ back in ‘creativity.’ He’s not only a problem solver, but he’s a problem creator! And if this world needs anything these days, it’s more problems! Ladies and Gentlemen—we ask your support for the next leader of the Free (if not reasonably priced) World–Daffy Duck for President, 2016!”

Chuck Jones’s “Daffy Duck for President” was a pet project of the four-time Academy Award-recipient and legendary animation pioneer, and was born of a desire to talk to kids about the process of passing a law as detailed in the U.S. Constitution. Using Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, and Jones’s unique brand of humor, the book was his last published work.

Endorsements have poured in:

“Eh, what’s one more lunatic?” – Bugs Bunny, international film star

“Petty. Greedy. Jealous. And transparent! Daffy fits the bill.” –Foghorn Leghorn (R-Alabama)

“Who?” – Porky Pig, actor

“Are you serious? Start-a-runnin’, varmint!” – Yosemite Sam, diplomat. 

About Daffy Duck:

Daffy Duck is an animated cartoon character created by the animation studio of Warner Bros. in the 1930s. Styled as an anthropomorphic black duck, the character has appeared in cartoon series such as Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies where he has usually been depicted as the screwball companion and occasional archrival of Bugs Bunny. Daffy starred in 133 shorts in animation’s Golden Age, making him the third most frequent character in the Looney Tunes/Merrie Melodies cartoons, behind Bugs Bunny and Porky Pig.

Daffy was number 14 on TV Guide‘s list of top 50 best cartoon characters and was featured on one of the issue’s four covers as Duck Dodgers with Porky Pig.

About the Chuck Jones Center for Creativity:

The Chuck Jones Center for Creativity is a 501(c)3 public charity located in Orange County, CA. Chuck Jones was a creative genius  who gave life to Road Runner, Wile E. Coyote & Bugs Bunny along with over 300 animated films.  The Center, which he founded in 1999, is an organization that fosters and teaches creative thinking—the thinking behind problem solving. It’s a proven fact that “creativity” is like a muscle in your brain that needs exercise in order to get and stay healthy. The stronger that muscle is, the better it works in engaging tasks and solving problems. The Center serves as a gymnasium for the brain. We work with disadvantaged youth, school systems without arts programs, people on the autism spectrum, the elderly (many of whom suffer from early onset dementia), and other groups, including corporate clients, who see the value of pumping up creativity in their ranks.

Support the Chuck Jones Center for Creativity. Exercise Your Genius!

Images are available upon request. Interviews available and are dependent upon the candidate’s prior engagements.

 

Artist Tom Everhart Premier Exhibit in San Diego

Artist Tom Everhart, whose special 20 year friendship with Peanuts creator, Charles M Schulz, has influenced his work of the last 27 years, brings an exhibition of his paintings to San Diego for the first time. 

TOM EVERHART:  Opening Night

Exhibit of Original Paintings and Mixed Media Work 

THE SAN DIEGO PREMIERE OF THE COLLECTION

San Diego, CA – January 2016 –Artist Tom Everhart, world renowned for his Charles Schulz-influenced paintings presents his latest exhibition entitled “Opening Night”. This extraordinary collection of works will be on exhibit and available for acquisition at the Chuck Jones Gallery in San Diego beginning February 13, 2016 and presenting through March 11, 2016. This is Tom Everhart’s first exhibition in San Diego. “Opening Night”, a new fine art edition on paper will premier at the exhibit and will be an exclusive to the Chuck Jones Gallery for the run of the exhibit.

Everhart and legendary Peanuts creator Charles Schulz enjoyed both a personal friendship and an artistic relationship greatly valued by both; a mutual respect so powerful that Schulz encouraged Everhart to experiment with his cartoon language in Everhart’s own medium of Fine Art Painting.

As a result, a legal agreement was arranged that would allow Everhart to use Schulz’s visual subject matter in his art for “The Term Of His Life”.

Everhart’s Schulz-influenced work has been shown not only at the Louvre in Paris, but also at the Charles Schulz Museum in Santa Rosa, and gallery shows around the world.

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Image:  Charles Schulz & Tom Everhart   Paris 1990

Artwork is on exhibition and available for acquisition and all appearances are open to the public beginning February 11, 2016. Dedications by the artist will be available.

Opening Public Reception:  Saturday, February 13th, from 5 to 8 PM 

Where: Chuck Jones Gallery, 232 Fifth Avenue, San Diego, CA 92101 

RSVP Required: SanDiego@ChuckJones.com or

Telephone: 888-294-9880

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Image: Opening Night fine art edition by Tom Everhart  © PWW 2016                                       

About Tom Everhart

Tom Everhart was born on May 21, 1952 in Washington, D.C. He began his under graduate studies at Yale University of Art and Architecture in 1970. In 1972 he participated in an independent study program under Earl Hoffman at St. Mary’s College. He returned to the Yale School of Art and Architecture in 1974 where he completed his graduate work in 1976, followed by post-graduate studies at the Musée de l’Orangerie, in Paris. He taught Life Drawing and Painting, briefly from 1979 to 1980, at Antioch College.  This exhibition is greatly inspired by the artist’s years in New York spent with and inspired by fellow artists Jean-Michel Basquiat and Andy Warhol, among others.

Tom Everhart was the only fine artist granted permission by Schulz to use the Peanuts© characters in his paintings. Image: the Artist in His Venice, California Studio 2015. Photo credit: Kristen Burns Photography

In 1980, Tom Everhart was introduced to cartoonist Charles M. Schulz at Schulz’s studios in Santa Rosa, California. A few weeks prior to their meeting, Everhart, having absolutely no education in cartooning, found himself involved in a freelance project that required him to draw and present Peanuts© renderings to Schulz’s studios. Preparing as he would the drawings and studies for his large-scale skeleton/nature related paintings; he enlarged some of the cartoonist’s comic strips on a twenty-five foot wall in his studio which eliminated the perimeter lines of the cartoon box, leaving only the marks of the cartoonist. Schulz’s painterly pen stroke, now larger than life, translated into painterly brush strokes and was now a language that overwhelmingly connected to Everhart’s own form of expression and communication. Completely impressed with Schulz’s line, he was able to reproduce the line art almost exactly, which in turn impressed Schulz at their meeting. It was at this time that Everhart confirmed his obsession with Schulz’s line art style. This mutual fascination with each other’s artwork formed their ongoing relationship and furthered Everhart’s education of Schulz’s line style.

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Image:  Charles Schulz & Tom Everhart

A few years later, while still painting full-time on his previous body of work in his studio, Everhart began drawing special projects for Schulz and United Media, both in New York and Tokyo. These authentic Schulz-style drawings included covers and interiors of magazines, art for the White House, and the majority of the Met Life advertising campaign. When Everhart was not painting, he was now considered to be the only fine artist authorized and educated by Schulz to draw the actual Schulz line of characters.

Everhart began using Charles Schulz’s comic strip, Peanuts©, as subject matter for his paintings, eventually replacing his skeleton and nature related motifs in 1988. The inspiration came to Everhart in Johns Hopkins Hospital, where he was undergoing several operations for stage 4 colon / liver cancer in the summer of 1988. Everhart recalls lying in a hospital bed surrounded by enough flowers to open a florist shop, piles of art books and a stack of Peanuts© comic strips sent to him by Schulz. The light streaming in from the window almost projected the new images of his future Schulz inspired paintings on the wall. All the images in Everhart’s work are in some respect derived from Schulz’s Peanuts© comic strip.

In January 1990 Everhart’s Schulz related work were exhibited at the Louvre in Paris and subsequently at the Los Angeles County Museum of Natural History; Museum of Fine Arts, Montreal; Suntory Museum of Art, Tokyo and Osaka, Japan; Charles M. Schulz Museum, Santa Rosa, and in fine art galleries in Rome, Venice, Milan, Minneapolis, New York, Baltimore, Chicago, and Las Vegas.

In 1991, Charles Schulz and United Media drafted a legal agreement to allow Tom Everhart to use subject matter from Schulz’s Peanuts© strip in his art for “the term of his life”.

In 1992, “Pigpen’s Dirtballs”, a 72″ x 128″ painting was filmed with the artist in progress for the CBS special “The Fabulous Funnies”. A series of four lithographs were published in 1996 and a series of four more lithographs entitled, “To Every Dog There Is A Season”, followed in 1997. Over the next ten years S2 Art Editions and Tom Everhart would create an astonishing body of lithographic work consisting of over seventy-four lithographs.

In 1997, “Snoopy, Not Your Average Dog”, published by Harper Collins, featured an essay on and reproductions of Tom Everhart’s Schulz-inspired paintings.

In 2000, his first solo museum show was launched at the Suntory Museum of Art in Tokyo and Osaka, Japan. The Exhibition traveled to five other locations in Japan until the year 2002.

CBS, in a Charles M. Schulz tribute, designed an entire sound stage, comprised solely of Everhart’s paintings, that were used with host Whoopi Goldberg, throughout the hour long special, in May of 2000.

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Image:  Tom Everhart in Studio    Photo Credit:  Alan Shaffer

 

After Charles Schulz passed away in February of 2000 it left Everhart with a deep sense of loss as well as an even stronger desire to communicate the incredible gift bestowed on him by Schulz.

In 2000 Everhart first visited French Polynesia, a small group of islands in the center of the Pacific Ocean. His trips between French Polynesia and Venice, California have had a significant effect on the paintings, most obviously in the luminous color palette. More importantly, however, it offered him a new way of seeing the work that he was dedicated to continuing.

The Charles M Schulz Museum opened in August 2002 and the following year Everhart had the honor of presenting his works in a solo exhibition there titled, “Under the Influence”. He would also be included in the Museum’s 2011, “Pop’d From the Panel” exhibition, along with works by renowned POP artists, Andy Warhol and Roy Lichtenstein.

In 2011 he exhibited 97 works, titled “Crashing the Party” in a solo exhibition at AFA in New York.

Tom Everhart was brought in during the very first few days of the making of the Peanuts movie in New York to share his knowledge of Schulz’s art with the full creative team.

Tom Everhart continues to lecture around the world about the artwork of Charles M Schulz and to communicate the unique collaborative relationship they shared, as a cartoonist and a painter.

After living in San Francisco, Paris, New York, Washington D.C., Baltimore, and London, in 1997 Tom Everhart moved to Venice, California where he now lives with Jennifer, his wife and director of their studio.

Today, Everhart is the only fine artist educated by Schulz and authorized to use subject matter from Schulz’s Peanuts ©strip to create fine art.

About Chuck Jones Gallery

The Chuck Jones Gallery, founded in 1991, is the only gallery in San Diego devoted to the art of American popular culture, representing not only the work of its namesake, four-time Academy Award-recipient and legendary animation director and creator, Chuck Jones, but also art work by Dr. Seuss and all animation studios. Included in the ongoing gallery exhibits are original paintings and fine art editions by artists such as Tom Everhart, Charles Schulz, Mike Kungl, Eric Goldberg, Fran Lew, Marvel and DC Comics, and Fabio Napoleoni. The gallery is open seven days a week from 10 to 8 PM, except on Sunday when they close at 6 PM. Chuck Jones Galleries are also located in Santa Fe, New Mexico and Costa Mesa, California. The gallery website is ChuckJones.com.

 

Media Interviews are coordinated by:

Robert Patrick

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All Images are courtesy of Peanuts World Wide ©

BOB NICOLL, DEAN OF BLIZZARD ACADEMY, TO SPEAK ON CREATIVITY AND TEAM BUILDING

Coming to the CHUCK JONES CENTER FOR CREATIVITY on Thursday, August 20! 

Renowned Visual Effects & Gaming Educator, Bob Nicoll, Will Host a Special One-Hour  

“Chuck Talk” on the Creative Process and Collaborative Team Building 

Costa Mesa, CA, July 21, 2015—Ever wonder how to get the most creativity out of your team? Businesses today need to be more adaptable and innovative than ever before to stay ahead, but often leaders are unsure of how to get their teams to deliver creative solutions to daunting business problems. Bob Nicoll—wordsmith, speaker, author and Dean of Development at the Blizzard Academy in Orange County—will help you look at problem-solving and team building in new, highly creative ways at the Chuck Jones Center for Creativity’s inaugural Chuck Talk on Thursday, August 20, 2015 at 7:30pm. 

“We are honored to have Bob Nicoll kick off our quarterly Chuck Talk series,” said Craig Kausen, Chairman of the Chuck Jones Center for Creativity and Chuck Jones’s grandson. “Chuck Talk speakers inform and inspire the listener; providing insights into their creative process and offering audiences the tools to find, understand, and utilize their own creativity in their daily lives. Bob is world-renowned as a passionate, inspiring teacher who brings creativity to everything he does. We couldn’t be more pleased to welcome him to the Center. ”

Bob was a long-time friend of Chuck Jones’s and the Kausen family. When asked about Jones’s influence on his life, he said, “Even before I met and worked with Chuck Jones, his characters, his films, and his philosophies helped shape my own creativity and imagination and it continues to inspire me today in all that I do.”

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Known for his infectious positivity, Bob Nicoll is considered one of the most important speakers and teachers in the entertainment industry. His expertise in both animation and gaming has made him an integral part of companies such as Sony, SGI, EA, and now Blizzard. He has been a faculty member at the USC School of Cinematic Arts and Carnegie Mellon University and has sat on the boards of the Visual Effects Society and San Francisco Academy of Art University.

The Chuck Jones Center for Creativity was founded in 1999 by the four-time Academy Award-recipient and legendary creative genius, Chuck Jones, as a place to promote creativity in all its various forms. The Center’s programs are inspired by the films, writings and art of Jones and are informed by his philosophy of guiding and nurturing instruction.

Doors to open at 6:30 PM for networking opportunities, talk to begin at 7:30 PM sharp. This event is free and open to the public. Space is limited to 100 attendees, RSVP required at 949-660-7793 x 107 or programs@ChuckJonesCenter.org. The Center is located at 3321 Hyland Avenue, Suite A & B, Costa Mesa, CA in South Coast Collection (SoCo).

William Shatner to Appear at Chuck Jones Gallery—San Diego

Actor, Author Will Be Special Guest during Comic Con Int’l 2015

Presenting Artwork from His “Man O’ War” Cinematic Graphic Novel

The Chuck Jones Gallery will also host receptions for #SuperArtists Mike Kungl, Fabio Napoleoni, Rob Kaz, Rodel Gonzalez, Chuck Jones, and Girls Drawin’ Girls! 

San Diego: William Shatner, remembered for his iconic role as Captain James T. Kirk in the television series “Star Trek”, will be the special guest of the Chuck Jones Gallery in San Diego on Saturday, July 11 from 8 to 10 PM, RSVP required, announced Scott Dicken, VP of Retail for Linda Jones Enterprises, the gallery’s parent company. The gallery will be premiering artwork from Shatner’s latest creative endeavor, the Cinematic Graphic Novel™ interpretation of his science fiction novel “Man O’ War”. The gallery is located at 232 Fifth Avenue, across from the Hard Rock Hotel and a half-block from the San Diego Convention Center.

“I’m doing something so new and so exciting,” says William Shatner.  “We’re doing illustrated novels in an absolutely new way, something that has essentially never been done before.” The Cinematic Graphic Novel format delivers a groundbreaking form of digital comics that combines moving panels, a new stylistic dimension in animation, in-story sound effects and a music soundtrack to usher in an enhanced reading experience. William Shatner’s Man O’ War is the first licensed property to receive the Cinematic Graphic Novel™ treatment developed by LNL Partners and Panelfly.

William Shatner photographed by Manfred Baumann

William Shatner photographed by Manfred Baumann

The official adaptation of William Shatner’s Man O’ War: Cinematic Graphic Novel is a 16-chapter taut, action-filled drama of a controversial ambassador sent to negotiate peace between workers at a Martian mining colony and the corporation that owns their lives. Its flawed but charismatic hero, Benton Hawkes, confronts corrupt powerbrokers, political assassination, clandestine relationships and dangerous exploration and investigation on a depleted Earth and a powder-keg Mars.

“Showcasing Shatner at his best, William Shatner’s Man O’ War: Cinematic Graphic Novel features humanistic storytelling based on his more than 50 years of performance and his lifetime of understanding power and people.  A lifelong fan of comics, Mr. Shatner has actively worked on projects in this field and has had an ongoing vision to advance the medium with technological enhancements. “With the surge of popularity for mobile devices, and with new devices in the pipeline, he believes the time is ripe to introduce a new product channel into the market – and we are thrilled to be part of his vision,” said Mariano Nicieza, LNL Partners Co-Owner.

Collectors who acquire artwork from William Shatner’s Man O’ War cinematic graphic novel from the Chuck Jones Gallery will be given priority access to meet Mr. Shatner on Saturday evening. Other restrictions may apply. Contact the gallery for full details 888-294-9880 or write SanDiego@ChuckJones.com.

The Chuck Jones Gallery is also pleased to announce its Comic Con 2015 calendar of events and #SuperArtists Line-Up:

–Wednesday, July 8, from 7 to 9 PM, RSVP Required: Premiering artwork from the video game Mortal Kombat IX and Mortal Kombat X. Mortal Kombat is one of the most popular video games ever produced. Its combination of intricate storytelling and gruesome battles has drawn legions of fans around the world. The artwork will represent both the battlegrounds and the stars of the series.

Aztec Courtyard, art from Mortal Kombat X by Marcel Van Vuuren and Atomhawk

Aztec Courtyard, art from Mortal Kombat X by Marcel Van Vuuren and Atomhawk

Also this evening, the Gallery will be introducing new artwork by Rob Kaz and Rodel Gonzalez based on the movie franchise, Star Wars. Mr. Kaz and Mr. Gonzalez will be our #SuperArtists on Wednesday, July 8, from 7 to 9 PM.

Star Wars art by Rodel Gonzalez and Rob Kaz

Star Wars art by Rodel Gonzalez and Rob Kaz

–Thursday, July 9, from 7 to 9 PM, RSVP Required: “What’s Pin-up, Doc” an evening devoted to Chuck Jones and Girls Drawin’ Girls. Featuring artwork inspired by Chuck Jones and created by Jennifer Llewellyn, Kate Ferguson, Megan Kelly, Mako Fufu, Joanna Davidovich, Yating Sun, Arie Monroe, Penelope Gaylord, and Heather Chavez. A portion of proceeds of sales this evening will benefit the Chuck Jones Center for Creativity and Girls Drawin’ Girls.

"Convention Dress Code" by Mako Fufu

“Convention Dress Code” by Mako Fufu

–Friday, July 10, from 7 to 9 PM, RSVP Required: “The Chase Is Over”, an evening with Fabio Napoleoni. One of the breakout art stars of the new millennium and our #SuperArtist of the evening, Napoleoni continues to enchant collectors around the globe. The gallery will premier “The Chase Is Over”, Fabio’s latest homage to Chuck Jones, starring the irrepressible Pepé le Pew and his intended paramour, Penelope. Included in the exhibition will be original paintings; rare, sold-out limited editions, and exclusives to the Chuck Jones Gallery. The artist will be signing and dedicating artwork purchased that evening.

The Chase Is Over by Fabio Napoleoni

The Chase Is Over by Fabio Napoleoni

–Saturday, July 11, from 5 to 7:30 PM, RSVP Required: “Fast and Blast” a reception for the Art Deco-inspired #SuperArtist, Mike Kungl. His love of all things Looney Tunes continues to challenge and inspire him and this year we are pleased to present his latest paintings celebrating the 25th anniversary of the Chuck Jones Gallery as well as original drawings and limited editions. 

"Fast" and "Blast" by Mike Kungl

“Fast” and “Blast” by Mike Kungl

About the Gallery: The Chuck Jones Gallery is the only gallery in San Diego devoted to the art of the animated film, representing not only the work of its namesake, four-time Academy Award recipient and legendary animation director and creator, Chuck Jones, but also art work by Dr. Seuss and all animation studios. Included in the ongoing gallery exhibits are original paintings and fine art editions by artists such as Mike Kungl, Bob Elias, Mike Peraza, Eric Goldberg, and Fabio Napoleoni. The gallery is open seven days a week from 10 to 8 PM, except on Sunday when they close at 6 PM. The gallery website is at ChuckJones.com.

Art images available upon request.

Chuck Jones on What Makes a Comedian Funny

Many thanks to the editors at BigThink.com and to Patrick Allan at LifeHacker.com for sharing this terrific story and quote from Chuck Jones!

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From BigThink.com:

Chuck Jones (1912-2002) was an American animator, cartoonist, and director of animated films. His most famous work consisted of numerous Looney Tunes and Merry Melodies shorts for Warner Brothers featuring characters such as Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Porky Pig, Wile E. Coyote, and others. Jones was nominated for eight Oscars, won three, and was awarded an honorary statuette in 1996. Robin Williams called Jones “the Orson Welles of cartoons.”

Many luminaries of humor peddle varying definitions of comedy. Jones’ stance was that comedians are funny people who do funny things against a backdrop of relative normality.

“A comedian is not a person who opens a funny door — he’s the person who opens a door funny.” [Wikiquote]

Source: “The Art of Chuck Jones: John Lewell Interviews the Veteran Hollywood Animator [1982],” in Animation – Art and Industry, ed. Maureen Furniss (John Libby Publishing Ltd., 2009), 134.

From Patrick Allan writing at LifeHacker.com:

Having a good sense of humor can make you more charismatic and become the type of person people like to be around. Being funny isn’t always easy, however, and legendary animator Chuck Jones believes the main ingredient is how you say or do something—not what you say or do.

Chuck Jones—most known for his animation and direction on Looney Tunes—has been nominated for eight Academy Awards and received four for his cartoon work. Needless to say, Jones—who passed away in 2002—knew comedy pretty darn well. Jones believed there was a secret to it all:

“A comedian is not a person who opens a funny door — he’s the person who opens a door funny.”

Ever tried to listen to someone repeat a stand-up comedian’s joke? It’s amazing how unfunny it can be. So as you work on your jokes and humorous conversation, remember that you don’t need to stress about material. Instead think of ways to be funny without relying on a “funny door.” Of course, you don’t want to be all jokes all the time, but a sense of humor can get you a lot farther than you think.

Chuck Jones in the News–Recent Press

Sabeena Khosla writes in the online magazine, “Highbrow”, about Chuck Jones and the exhibit “What’s Up, Doc? — The Animated Art of Chuck Jones” currently on view at the Museum of the Moving Image in Astoria, NY. Read the article here.

In the online blog, “War is Boring” Steve Weintz writes about the professional and personal relationship of Ted Geisel, AKA Dr. Seuss, and Chuck Jones. You can read it here.

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Key Master set-up from “Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas”, 1966.

Chuck Jones Knew that Creativity Could Unlock the Mind

Chuck Jones Center for Creativity and Dr. William Shankle, the endowed chairman in memory and cognitive disorders at Hoag Hospital, have engaged Bug Bunny’s help for a family friendly event this Friday, September 19, at the hospital. For more information, go to Hoag.org/brainhealth. Last Sunday, Dr. Shankle addressed the issues of creativity and how it helps keep the brain agile and young in the Daily Pilot.

Mom might have told you that cartoons will rot your brain, but Chuck Jones knew otherwise.The creator of the Road Runner, Wile E. Coyote, Marvin Martian and so many other Looney Tunes pals, Jones used his creativity and his wit to stay eternally young at heart.

Now studies show that creativity like Jones’ can help a person stay young cognitively too.

When you activate an area of the brain, it works like a muscle. It gets bigger and functions more efficiently. MRI studies have revealed that creative activity activates more brain areas than just about any other kind of activity.

It is therefore possible that creative pursuits can help prevent damage from dementia, an exciting theory that suggests that by adding more creativity to our lives we all can do something to help delay or minimize the ravaging effects of Alzheimer’s and other devastating cognitive diseases. To continue reading the article, click here.

The Playful God of a Manic Valhalla

In tomorrow’s New York Times, a wonderful art review by Ken Johnson of the exhibit at the Museum of the Moving Image, “What’s Up, Doc? The Animation Art of Chuck Jones”. An excellent read! (Click the image to read the article.)

Drawings from “What’s Opera, Doc?,” a 1957 parody of “The Ring Cycle,” are in the Chuck Jones exhibit at the Museum of the Moving Image. Credit Chuck Jones Center for Creativity

Drawings from “What’s Opera, Doc?,” a 1957 parody of “The Ring Cycle,” are in the Chuck Jones exhibit at the Museum of the Moving Image. Credit Chuck Jones Center for Creativity

ChuckJonesNow.com–the Portal to All Things Chuck Jones

Friday night, Hook & Loop, the creative arm of business software giant, Infor, along with the Chuck Jones Center for Creativity, launched ChuckJonesNow.com at the Museum of the Moving Image, a web portal that operates across all devices (smart phones, tablets, and computer monitors) and that will provide you with up-to-the-minute news on all things Chuck Jones. It will include exhibition information about “What’s Up, Doc? The Animation Art of Chuck Jones” as well as other exhibition openings and events around the country and around the world.

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Hook & Loop’s creative director, Marc Scibelli, along with his team of web designers and creatives, and through the generosity of Infor, created, built, and launched this new web portal. Besides information about Chuck Jones exhibitions and events, there are also many delightful features to the website that will keep you actively engaged, from coloring a character drawing to videos and a media gallery of drawings, watercolors, and oil paintings by Chuck Jones.

Linda Jones Clough, center, with Marc Scibelli of Infor's Hook & Loop and his wife, Megan.

Linda Jones Clough, center, with Marc Scibelli of Infor’s Hook & Loop and his wife, Megan.

The Chuck Jones Center for Creativity wishes to express its thanks to Infor, Hook & Loop, and Marc Scibelli and his team of experts for this wonderful, generous, thoughtful, and creative gift. Now get online and go directly to ChuckJonesNow.com to see what we’re talking about!

Valerie Kausen, Chuck Jones's granddaughter, left, with Michael Markowski and Gina Baker.

Valerie Kausen, Chuck Jones’s granddaughter, left, with Michael Markowski and Gina Baker.

Craig Kausen, Chuck Jones's grandson, and the Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Chuck Jones Center for Creativity speaks at last night's launch party for ChuckJonesNow.com.

Craig Kausen, Chuck Jones’s grandson, and the Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Chuck Jones Center for Creativity speaks at last night’s launch party for ChuckJonesNow.com.

Marc Scibelli, Creative Director of Infor, center, with Nunzio Esposito of Infor's Hook & Loop creative team, premiers ChuckJonesNow.com at the Museum of the Moving Image last night.

Marc Scibelli, Creative Director of Infor, center, with Nunzio Esposito of Infor’s Hook & Loop creative team, premiers ChuckJonesNow.com at the Museum of the Moving Image last night.

From left: Craig Kausen, Valerie Kausen, Linda Jones Clough, Marc & Megan Scibelli

From left: Craig Kausen, Valerie Kausen, Linda Jones Clough, Marc & Megan Scibelli

he Chuck Jones Family with Mr. & Mrs. Marc Scibelli and the team behind the creation of ChuckJonesNow.com, Pooja Shah, Nunzio Esposito, Adam Picitelli, Kate...

he Chuck Jones Family with Mr. & Mrs. Marc Scibelli and the team behind the creation of ChuckJonesNow.com, Pooja Shah, Nunzio Esposito, Adam Picitelli, Kate Merlie, and Daniela Caicedo.

Take Two! PEANUTS Producer Lee Mendelson Honored Guest at Chuck Jones Gallery–San Diego

PEANUTS Executive Producer, Lee Mendelson, Special Guest at PEANUTS™ Art Exhibition

San Diego, CA: The Chuck Jones Gallery, located in the center of the historic Gaslamp District at 232 Fifth Avenue, announced today that Lee Mendelson, executive producer of many of the beloved PEANUTS ™ animated television specials, will be their special guest, Saturday, March 15 from 6 to 8:30 PM, at the opening night reception for an exhibit of original production art from the classic PEANUTS ™ films. The event is free and open to the public. RSVPs suggested at 619-294-9880 or SanDiego@ChuckJones.com.

Mendelson’s career began in San Francisco at television station KPIX where he created public service announcements. His first production, a documentary on the baseball legend, Willie Mays, lead to his meeting Charles Schulz. The resulting documentary, Charlie Brown & Charles Schulz premiered in 1965. When Mendelson was approached by Coca Cola about producing a Christmas television special, he naturally thought of his friend, Schulz. A Charlie Brown Christmas aired on December 9, 1965 and began a 30 year-long relationship between the two.

Over 50 original works of animation art will be on display and for sale at the gallery through April 7th, many of them signed by Bill Melendez, the director of all of the PEANUTS™ specials up until his death in 2008.  Included in this exhibit will be “Get ‘Em Next Time” a three-panel fine art reproduction on paper of original layout watercolors by Bill Melendez; Mr. Mendelson will be signing this edition. As a special addition to the exhibit of PEANUTS works, art from other endelson/Melendez productions including the “Babar” and “Betty Boop” cartoons will be on view and for sale. Dedications are available, contact the gallery for details.

The exhibition will introduce “Triple Play” a limited edition fine art reproduction on paper, hand-signed by Lee Mendelson. See image below.

“We are thrilled to be able to exhibit these historic works of art,” said Kate Bowerman, the gallery’s assistant director, “each cel represents an actual moment of time, almost as if you were able to capture the character’s heartbeat in a painting. To evoke those special memories is wonderful.”

The Chuck Jones Gallery is the only gallery in San Diego devoted to the art of the animated film, representing not only the work of its namesake, four-time Academy Award recipient and legendary animation director and creator, Chuck Jones, but also art work by Dr. Seuss and all animation studios. Included in the ongoing gallery exhibits are original paintings and fine art editions by artists such as Mike Kungl, Bob Elias, Mike Peraza, Eric Goldberg, and Fabio Napoleoni. The gallery is open seven days a week from 10 to 8 PM, except on Sunday when they close at 6 PM. The gallery website is at ChuckJones.com. Chuck Jones Gallery, 232 Fifth Avenue, San Diego, CA 92101.

Mr. Mendelson is available for interviews before the event. To arrange an interview or request images, contact Erin Liddell at 619-984-9880 or Erin@ChuckJones.com.

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“Triple Play!”, a signed limited edition fine art reproduction on paper. Created from three hand-painted color-key panels; the concept art for scenes 57, 65A & 67 in the 1969 Academy Award-nominated animated film, “A Boy Named Charlie Brown”. Lee Mendelson, longtime producer of the Peanuts films, has endorsed this art with his signature.