Tag Archives: AMPAS

We get letters…

Craig Kausen, Chuck's grandson, just received this lovely note from Tracy Dillon at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences in Beverly Hills:

Dear Craig,

It was wonderful meeting you at the Academy of Motion Pictures during the Chuck Jones exhibit.  What an incredible exhibit!  And the best part was during the opening night reception, as hundreds of people are milling around, looking at the incredible artwork and photographs, there were a group of children, of all ages, sitting cross-legged on the floor, eyes glued to the TV set running some of the Chuck Jones cartoons in the pavilion. And behind them were a 20-something year old  guy, a 30-something woman, me in my 40's, a 50-something man and a 60   year old fellow employee of the Academy.  Standing behind the children on the floor, we all looked at each, with big grins on our faces, feeling like kids again as Chuck Jones took us back to our childhoods, with the Roadrunner, Wile E. Coyote and my favorite, Bugs Bunny.  What a picture-perfect sight, at all ages, Chuck Jones wows us all…STILL!
Thank you again for participating in such a wonderful event!  It was a pleasure meeting you!

Best regards,
Tracy Dillon, AMPAS staff member

Kids watching cartoons 2

Friday May 14 v2 use this


Chuck Jones Film Fest at Samuel Goldwyn Theater

IMG_6922 (Medium)

As we were saying earlier this week,
a group of like-minded individuals got together for a road trip that
began at the Chuck Jones Galley in Tustin (3065 Edinger Avenue, open
M-F, 9-6 PM, 949-660-7791) and up to Burbank and the Warner Bros.
Studios for a private screening of their new 3D short cartoons (directed
by Matthew O'Callaghan) which were awesome!  After that incredibly fun
experience, what better way to celebrate all things Chuck Jones than to
drive over the hills to Beverly, Beverly Hills that is, movie stars,
swimming pools, (oof, I'm off topic) and down to the Academy of Motion
Picture Arts & Sciences where Linda Jones Clough, Chuck Jones'
daughter, led a tour of the exhibition "Chuck Jones: An Animator's Life
From A to Z-Z-Z-Z". 

IMG_6928 (Medium) 

Her insightful (and first-hand) knowledge of the subject matter made for a fascinating tour of the exhibit.  It was at turns, nostalgic and heart-warming, funny and laugh-out-loud (LOL for you internet users,) and filled with the kind of knowledge only someone as intimately involved with the creator of so many magical moments could share with us.  We all felt honored to have shared in that moment.

IMG_6930 (Medium)
Linda Jones with collectors Brian S. (center) and Jim O'N.


Leigh Y. and her son, John Jr., pore over some of the dialogue sheets from a Chuck Jones directed cartoon.

Later that afternoon we strolled down Wilshire Blvd. (like we owned it) and had a fantastic dinner at Kate Mantilini's (Wilshire & Doheny, if you're in the 'hood.)  It was a great time for all of us to recount the favorite part of our day, and share in some good old-fashion camaraderie, the kind that's so often missing in today's fast-paced, plugged-in, media saturated environment.  It also gave us a chance to get all fired up about the evening's presentation back at AMPAS of all of Chuck Jones' Academy Award-nominated and -winning short films, many of which some of us had never seen before on the big screen in their original 35 mm form.  Woo Hoo!

IMG_6952 (Medium) 

Cathy Dicken, wife of Scott Dicken, the VP of Retail for Linda Jones Enterprises, peeks over the menu at Kate Mantilini's. 

After the screening at the Samuel Goldwyn Theater a panel discussion was held led by Bill Kroyer, head of Digital Arts at Chapman University & featuring “The Dover Boys”, four animators who were mentored by Chuck Jones in the
early 1980s; Kelly Asbury, Chris Bailey, Jeff DeGrandis & Rob Minkoff (all of whom have become extremely successful & well-respected directors/producers & artists.)

Hooray for Hollywood!  Although the day was long the rewards were great, exhilarating & heart-warming.

IMG_7006 (Medium)
From left: Bill Kroyer, Linda Jones Clough, Marian Jones (wife of Chuck Jones) and Kelly Asbury.

IMG_7007 (Medium)
"The Dover Boys" from left: Kelly Asbury, Chris Bailey, Jeff DeGrandis and Rob Minkoff.  So named by Linda Jones because she envisioned starting a production company with the four of them when they were first being mentored by Chuck Jones in the early 1980s. 

AMPAS to Screen All Nine of Chuck Jones’ Nominated & Winning Short Films

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced today that on Friday, August 20 at 7:30 PM they will present a screening of Chuck Jones' nine Oscar-nominated (and 3 winners) short films.  This is presented in conjunction with the final days of the exhibition "Chuck Jones: An Animator's Life From A to Z-Z-Z-Z" that closes on August 22. 

Tickets for the screening are just $5.00 for the general public and are available online.  Click here for more information.

Work on AMPAS Chuck Jones Exhibit Progresses


Cheryl Posner, Executive Director of Chuck Jones Center for Creativity (L), and Alexander Yust, Chief Preparator for The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) check through the art selected from the Chuck Jones Center's archive for the upcoming exhibition, "Chuck Jones: An Animator's Life from A to Z-Z-Z-Z" that will open May 14th at AMPAS' main campus, 8949 Wilshire Blvd., in Beverly Hills, California.


Taking a moment's respite from cataloguing the art for the exhibit (and to satisfy the needs of the author "How about a look at the camera, please?") The exhibit in Beverly Hills will close August 22nd (make your travel plans now, because this is an amazing exhibit!)  For more information, contact the Center's Program Director, Pamela Marsden at 949-660-7793 or via email: Pam@ChuckJonesCenter.org. 

Image of the Day: Bugs Bunny

Two of my co-workers and I spent part of the morning pulling artwork for the upcoming Chuck Jones exhibit at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences that opens May 14th.  Although we all work with Chuck Jones art everyday, we're oftentimes removed from it (via computer screens, etc.) and today to have had the opportunity to get close to so much visual richness, ingenuity and creativity was completely inspiring!

This drawing of Bugs Bunny by Chuck Jones (graphite and colored pencil on 12 field animation paper) was a preliminary layout for a life-size (6') cut-out sign that was posted at the gate to the Warner Bros. lot in the 1950s.  

BBMI-01-008 copy