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Which Artist’s Work Will You Go Home with at this Year’s Red Dot Auction?

With less than two weeks until the Red Dot Auction, we wanted to share with you the stories of the artists who have donated art work (or in some cases, more than one) to this year’s Red Dot Auction. This fundraiser, now in its sixth year, benefits the programs of the Chuck Jones Center for Creativity. Today we feature artist Jeffrey Speiser.

Jeff Speiser

Jeff Speiser’s talent for art was recognized at an early age. His kindergarten report card noted that he was the “best male artist in the class.” (Thanks to his mom for holding onto his report cards for all these years). Jeff attended Cornell University where he majored in Film and Animation. During and after college, Jeff worked as an assistant animator and layout artist for Sesame Street,Reading Rainbow, MTV Animation and on the Academy Award-nominated short, The Chicken from Outer Space. Today, Jeff continues to work in design and marketing where he has completed projects for brands like Disney, The Walking Dead, Marvel Comics, the NBA, the NFL and more. Jeff lives in Celebration, FL with his wife Julie, son Connor and daughter Willow.

Will you go home with Jeffrey’s work at this year’s Red Dot Auction? Be there to find out. Ticket’s available at ChuckJonesCenter.org/RedDot. Pre-bidding is now available at Heritage Auctions, click here to place your bids.

The Night Watchman

We're busy curating the exhibition for the Chuck Jones Experience opening in Las Vegas at Circus Circus (truly, it's coming, promise!) One of the exhibitions will feature some marvelous telegrams and a charming letter from Chuck's brother Dick (Richard Jones, who also worked as an in-betweener and animator at Schlesinger Studios and for a while was a part of Chuck's unit; after enlisting in the Service during WWII, went on to make quite a career for himself as a noted photographer and painter,) on the release of this, "The Night Watchman", his first directorial effort (although they called it then 'supervision'.)  Here's the letter from his brother, followed by the cartoon.



Cornelius ‘Corny’ Cole (1930–2011)

We mourn the passing of animator, production designer, and art instructor, Cornelius 'Corny' Cole. Seen below with Linda Jones Clough (Chuck Jones's daughter) at Blink Digital's Bob Kurtz exhibition reception in September of 2006, Corny had worked with the Chuck Jones unit at Warner Bros. in the early 1960s and was production designer on the Jones written and produced "Gay Purr-ee".  A graduate of Chouinard Art Institute (now CalArts), Cole was known as an expert draftsman and later become one of the great instructors of life drawing at California Institute of the Arts in Valencia.  During his 5 decade-plus career he worked with most of the major animation studios.  A full obituary is available at the Los Angeles Times.  

Linda Jones Cornelius Cole (Large)

Cole animated the short sequence "Rape of the Sabine Women" for the Kurtz + Friends Emmy Award-winning PBS television special, "Roman City" (1994) by drawing with a ballpoint pen directly onto the acetate sheets (shown below) in one sitting.  



“Daffy Dilly” by Chuck Jones

In this 1948 short cartoon directed by Chuck Jones, Daffy Duck is first seen as a down-on-his-luck peddler peddling (that is what peddlers do, they peddle) gags on a street corner in a busy metropolis, when he overhears a radio report about a dying gazillionaire (my word) who would pay anyone a million dollars if they could only make him laugh before he passes on to his great reward.  

At the blog, What About Thad?, the author, Thad Komorowski, who, by the way, is a great source of knowledge about animated films, has written an interesting article on the short, "Daffy Dilly" delving into the relationship each of Jones' animators had with the Warner Bros. characters, Daffy particularly, their drawing strengths, and Jones's use of their talents.   He has also posted an excellent copy of the cartoon, which I think all of you will agree is a perfect example of how Chuck Jones's work with the character of Daffy is so different from that of the other directors (Freleng and McKimson, particularly.)

Click here to read the article and watch the cartoon.  Enjoy!

Ken Harris: Master Animator

"He was a master animator, a virtuoso…Ken Harris did it all."  – Chuck Jones


There is a wonderful website devoted to animator Ken Harris.  He worked alongside Chuck Jones for 28 years at Warner Bros. and continued to be a part of Chuck's unit well into the '60s at MGM and Chuck Jones Enterprises.  Chuck was even his best man at his wedding to his second wife in 1966!  

You can visit the site and learn more about this master animator by clicking here.


Craig Kausen Leads Tour of “Chuck Jones: An Animator’s Life From A to Z-z-z-z”

On Saturday, June 19, Craig Kausen, grandson of Chuck Jones led a tour of the exhibition "Chuck Jones: An Animator's Life From A to Z-Z-Z-Z" at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in Beverly Hills, California.  A group of about 40 Chuck Jones art collectors, fans and aficianados gathered to hear Craig wax nostalgic about growing up with Chuck Jones and discuss the impact Jones has made on the art of the animated film. 

CK as docent
Craig spoke about the manner in which Chuck Jones constructed his films, his editing process (during the creation of the short film) and his attention to detail.

Johnnie Diem and Garrett Landry
Johnnie Diem and her grandson, Garrett, were among those who enjoyed the afternoon excursion and tour.  Garrett is currently interested in stop-motion animation and has been making his own films using legos.

Tom Myak and Oscar
Of course, everyone loves to get close to the magic of Oscar and collector Tom Myak is no exception.  

CK and Diane Eberly at AMPAs
As with all things Chuck Jones, there is always much love to be shared.  Craig and Diane Norwine give each other a hug in greeting and excitement at the prospect of sharing this incredible exhibition together.  

The exhibition runs through August 22nd at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, 8949 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills, California.  For more information, including hours, please their website by clicking here.

Image of the Day: From A to Z-Z-Z-Z

FAZZ-01-008 copy

Original lobby card for the 1954 Chuck Jones directed short animated film, "From A to Z-Z-Z-Z" starring the day-dreaming young boy, Ralph Phillips.  In the Great Performances documentary "Extremes & In-Betweens" both Jones and his brother, Richard, discuss Chuck's difficulty with formal education (having learned to read at 3 and consumed more books by the age of 8 than many adults read in a lifetime,) Chuck was bored.  Thankfully, his father pulled him out of school as a teenager and enrolled him in the Chouinard Institute.  (And, as they say, the rest is history.)  

"Chuck Jones: An Animator's Life From A to Z-Z-Z-Z", an exhibition of over 200 works of animation art and ephemera from the six decade career of the Oscar-winning director and creator, will open to the public on Friday, May 14, 2010 in the Grand Lobby Gallery of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences, 8949 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills, Califonia.  To read more about the exhibit, click here.  

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. 

Meet The Simpsons Animator Stephen Reis This Afternoon!

The Simpsons animator & storyboard artist, Stephen Reis, is our special guest this afternoon at not only our San Diego gallery, but also via podcast at our Santa Fe gallery.  If you're looking to make last minute late afternoon plans in either city, please feel free to drop by and introduce yourself! 

Chuck Jones Gallery–San Diego, 232 Fifth Avenue–888-294-9880 and Santa Fe, 135 W. Palace Avenue–800-290-5999. 

Mr. Reis will be dedicating artwork purchased at these events. 

1 Stephen Reis sketch card 


Original production cel from episode 9 of the 12th season, titled "HOMR" (backwards 'R'.) Available subject to prior sale.


Original production drawing from episode 9 of the 12 season, titled "HOMR" (backwards 'R'.)  Available subject to prior sale.