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Image of the Day: Old Glory

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"Old Glory" limited edition hand-painted cel created from an original drawing by Chuck Jones for his 1939 film of the same title that had Uncle Sam demonstrating to Porky Pig why learning the Pledge of Allegiance was important.  Edition of 39 examples, 12.5" x 10.5" and hand-signed by Martha Sigal, one of the original Leon Schlesinger Productions ink & paint department denizens.  Purchase this cel from your Chuck Jones Gallery by July 4, 2011 and receive 2 free tickets to the August 6th performance of "Bugs Bunny at the Symphony" at Verizon Wireless Amphitheater in Irvine, California as well as two free tickets to "The Chuck Jones Big Draw" a family event on Sunday, August 7, 2011 from 11 AM to 5 PM, held at SOCO (South Coast Collection) in Costa Mesa.  Call San Diego: 888-294-9880 or email SanDiego@ChuckJones.com; Santa Fe 800-290-5999 or email SantaFe@ChuckJones.com and Tustin 800-959-7175 or email Tustin@ChuckJones.com for more details and to place your order.  

Long-Haired Hare

“Of course, you know this means war!”  And with those words the battle begins pitting the ingenious Bugs Bunny against the pompous and self-absorbed opera singer, Giovanni Jones.  The results are to be expected (the rabbit wins!) but getting there is all the fun.  Gainers by Giovanni into the horn section of the orchestra pit, liquid alum shrinking his head, and in the scene depicted here, Bugs dressed as a bobby soxer requesting an autograph by handing our vain singer a lit dynamite pen!  The coup-de-grâce comes as Bugs enters the Hollywood Bowl dressed as Leopold Stokowski, the famed conductor, wreaking havoc as he conducts Jones in his final bow before the Bowl blows up and buries him in its debris.

Long Haired Hare made its début in theaters nationwide on June 25, 1949.  Directed by Charles M. Jones with a story by Michael Maltese, it was animated by Phil Monroe, Ben Washam, Lloyd Vaughan and Ken Harris.  Robert Gribbroek designed the layouts and the backgrounds were painted by Peter Alvarado. Mel Blanc provided the voice characterizations and the music was provided by Carl W. Stalling.

Image of the Day: “Louvre Come Back to Me” 1962

If you were expecting a St. Patrick’s Day-themed post today, we’re afraid you’re going to be disappointed and we hate to disappoint, but…

Instead, on our way to other things, we came across an original production drawing from the Chuck Jones directed short animated cartoon, “Louvre Come Back to Me” of 1962 of Pepe le Pew with a dog, simply saying “Something?”

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Which immediately put us in mind of the delightful cel art edition created by Chuck Jones in 1983 (21 years later!) that the Chuck Jones Galleries have released from archive just for this post, so we can share it with you.  Click the image for more details.


We are always delighted when we can put 2 + 2 together; to discover where inspiration springs (like Irish Spring–there’s the tie-in!) from and how one fine drawing, so full of character, found a second life as an edition that has pleased so many, so many years later.  


Disintegration-Proof Vest

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"Little does he realize that I have on my disintegration-proof-vest," opines Daffy Duck in this original graphite and India ink drawing on 12 field animation paper by Chuck Jones, created circa mid-1990s.  In preparation for his original line drawing to be transferred to acetate sheets in the production of his cel art editions, Chuck Jones would take a brush and a bottle of India ink and 'paint' the clean line that you see in this drawing.  Linda Jones then would erase the graphite from the paper (for the uninitiated, if you saw Linda doing this, it would give your heart pause, "what could she be thinking, erasing a drawing by Chuck Jones?!?!?")  

Bel Canto Opera & the Rabbit of Seville


“Rabbit of Seville” 16 field pan cel art edition created from Chuck Jones’ original line drawing.  (Click on image for special limited time offer.)

Today, the Seattle Opera Blog posted an article about Bel Canto Opera in which they said, “You can hear the Overture to Rossini’s Barber of Seville throughout the great Chuck Jones cartoon The Rabbit of Seville.” 

The article is fascinating reading for anyone who enjoys opera, music, and cartoons (particularly cartoons where opera had such an important impact on the action).  You may read the article by clicking here.


“The Rabbit of Seville–1950″ a Director’s Cut edition of 200 (hand-painted, gouache on 12 field acetate, 12.5″ x 10.5” unframed).  



Image of the Day: Soup or Sonic

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The only time that Wile E. Coyote caught the
Road Runner was in the Chuck Jones directed 1980’s “Soup or Sonic.”  Unfortunately for the Coyote, the Road Runner
through animated legerdemain has become a giant only because the Coyote has
become tiny, very tiny—it’s complicated and funny!  Looking at this terrific set of production drawings and their matching production
cel with hand-painted background you can almost feel sorry for poor ol’ Wile E. Coyote.  


Image of the Day: “Bric-a Brac-a, Firecracker, Sis-Boom-Bah!”

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“Super Rabbit” premiered in theaters nationwide on April 3, 1943.  Directed by Chuck Jones with Tedd Pierce, story, and animation by Ken Harris, it was a spoof of the popular “Superman” character and cartoons produced by the rival studio, Paramount.  (It had the word ‘firecracker’ in it, so consider this our 4th of July post. ed.)  

Image of the Day: Opticular Successimus


"Opticular Successimus" is a hand-painted cel art edition created from an original line drawing by Chuck Jones.  We believe it to be the only time that Wile E. Coyote has ever captured the Road Runner (in real time and not in a dream) using his ACME spectacles. 

That reminds me, it's time for an eye exam, how about you? 

Image of the Day: Cosi Fan Tutti

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“What if…?” That is a question that Chuck Jones often asked himself.  “What if Bugs Bunny were wearing a tartan plaid?” (The result: a painting titled “Bunny Prince Charlie.”)  “What if Mozart (Bugs Bunny in the above image) had a hard time coming up with a title for his latest opera?”  A child-like wonder at the possibilities of language and of art sustained his creativity throughout his long and productive life.  “Cosi Fan Tutti” was created as part of a commission by Opera Pacific in 1997; it is a 12 field (12.5″ x 10.5″) hand-painted cel art edition.

Image of the Day: La Boheme

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In 1997 Chuck Jones was commissioned by Opera Pacific to create images for their upcoming season.  On view is "La Bohème" starring Wile E. Coyote and Bugs Bunny.  One of these 'bohemian' cartoon characters (one painter, one poet) are in love with the beautiful but doomed Mimi.  As Bugs is writing, "Roses sont rouges (Roses are red,) Violettes sont bleus (Violets are blue,) Carrots sont oranges (Carrots are orange,) et je t'aime Mimi (and I love Mimi.)

As part of the promotion for the '97 season, this image (and three others) were created as hand-painted cel art editions from Chuck Jones original line drawings.