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!
One of the hallmarks of a Chuck Jones cartoon is the articulate use of gesture and facial expression as evidenced in the above drawing of a monkey trying to point out the obvious danger facing the implacable hero, Ralph Phillips, in the 1957 short animated film, "Boyhood Daze." Directed by Chuck Jones, this is one of his original layout drawings used to guide the character development, animation and story of the film by his amazing crew of animators (Abe Levitow, Richard Thompson, and Ken Harris.) The brilliant designer, Maurice Noble, provided the graphic layouts for the cartoon.
"What's Opera, Doc?" Chuck Jones' masterpiece of animated film-making is arguably the most famous and oft-cited cartoon in history. As Jones tells it, his crew 'stole' time from other concurrent productions in order to produce this film. With its magnificent scene design by the incomparable Maurice Noble and layout drawings, such as this one, by Chuck Jones, "What's Opera, Doc?" rode into theaters (and the hearts and souls of millions) on July 6, 1957.
This layout drawing is part of Chuck Amuck, A Legacy of Laughter, opening Friday, February 26th at the Tempe Center for the Arts.