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This Just In! “Cels” are 100 Years Old Today!

Thanks to Tom Sito we learned that on this date in 1914, Earl Hurd patented animation ‘cels’ (celluloids) and backgrounds. Before this cartoonists tried drawing the background settings over and over again hundreds of times or slashed the paper around the character and tried not to have it walk in front of anything. By the late 1990’s, most cels & cel paint had been replaced by digital imaging.

"Plein Air Genius" a hand-painted cel art edition celebrating the Chuck Jones Centennial year 2012

“Plein Air Genius” a hand-painted cel art edition celebrating the Chuck Jones Centennial year 2012

Are You Going to the Grand Opening at the Cartoon Art Museum?

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Original layout drawing by Chuck Jones for "The Bugs Bunny TV Show" circa 1961.

Tomorrow night, March 23rd from 6 to 9 PM PDT, the Chuck Jones Center for Creativity and the Cartoon Art Museum present the grand opening of the exhibition, "Chuck Jones: Drawing on Imagination, 100 Years of an Animated Artist. 100 works of art from his early career through his last projects are presented in this retrospective of the genius of Chuck Jones. You'll meet some very hip people: Linda Jones Clough, daughter of Chuck Jones; Marian Jones, his widow; and Craig Kausen, his grandson. You'll also have the opportunity to visit with some old friends such as Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Marvin Martian, Wile E. Coyote, and the Road Runner. Tickets, from $10.00 to $50.00, are available by clicking here or at the door. The Cartoon Art Museum is located at 655 Mission St. in the SoMA Arts District of San Francisco. Call 1-415-CAR-TOON for more details. Be there or be square!

Thank You Five Crowns for Your Support of the Chuck Jones Center for Creativity

Five Crowns Restaurant in Chuck's hometown of Corona del Mar created a special dessert to honor Chuck on his centennial, all of the proceeds of which were donated to the Chuck Jones Center for Creativity. Kudos to Five Crowns, their parent company, Lawry's, and all of the special people who lifted a glass of champagne in honor of Chuck Jones during the month of this celebration!

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We send a special thank you to Tommy Martin at the Five Crowns who made Chuck and his wife, Marian, welcome guests of the restaurant for many, many years. Huzzah!

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Chuck and Marian Jones with Tommy Martin of the Five Crowns Restaurant in Corona del Mar, California.

If you live in Orange County or are visiting, make a reservation at the Five Crowns, 3801 E. Coast Hwy., Corona del Mar, California 92625, 949.760.0331, it's scrumptious!

Five Crowns Restaurant in Chuck’s Hometown to Celebrate His Centennial

FIVE
CROWNS AND CHEF GREG HARRISON TO CREATE SPECIAL DESSERT TO HONOR THE CHUCK
JONES CENTENNIAL!

The
Celebrated Artist and Cartoonist Will Be Memorialized with a Unique Champagne
and Carrot Cake Creation!

(Newport Beach/Corona del Mar, CA)
September 20, 2012
– In honor of the Chuck Jones Centennial,
Five Crowns, a member of the Lawry’s family of restaurants,
and Executive Chef Greg Harrison will offer restaurant guests a special dessert
featuring champagne and carrot cake. Jones is the legendary artist who
brought to life such famous cartoon characters as Daffy Duck, Bugs Bunny,
Marvin the Martian, Wile E. Coyote, Road Runner, Pepé le Pew, Marc Anthony, Dr.
Suess’s “How the Grinch Stole Christmas”, and many others. Jones was a long
time patron of Five Crowns and even befriended the restaurant’s guest
Ambassador, Tommy Martin. 100% of all proceeds from the dessert, which will be
offered until October 21, will be donated to the Chuck Jones Center for
Creativity and its mission to reignite the creative spirit through art classes,
exhibition, lectures, film festivals and more. 

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Chuck Jones, Marian Jones, and Tommy Martin at the Five Crowns circa 2000.

Jones,
whose credits include four Academy Award-winning short films, directed over 300
films in his lifetime, including “Rabbit Seasoning?”, “Robin Hood Daffy”, and
“Feed the Kitty”. In 1992, his “What’s Opera, Doc?” was the first short
animated film to be inducted into the Library of Congress' National Film
Registry. The centennial of the artist’s birth will feature the Chuck Jones
Centennial Celebration Film Festival at the Alex Theatre in
Glendale, CA on Friday, September 21st. 

“We
are thrilled to commemorate Chuck Jones with this wonderful and unique dessert,
which was inspired by Bugs Bunny, of course,” says Chef Harrison.
“Jones gave us a lifetime of memories through his beloved cartoons. By creating
this dish for him, we celebrate his legacy and his infectiously fun approach to
life.” 

Five
Crowns, an historic landmark with English flair recently renovated in Corona
del Mar, is Orange County’s premiere dining alternative. The distinguished
restaurant features the best organic ingredients carefully selected from local
farmers markets for a thoughtfully prepared menu. SideDoor is the charming English-style
gastro-pub adjacent to Five Crowns. 

For
more information, reservations, and information, please call (949) 760-0331 or
visit thefivecrowns.com for Five Crowns, or (949) 717-4322 or sidedoorcdm.com
for SideDoor. 

About
Five Crowns

Five Crowns and SideDoor are members of
the Lawry’s family of restaurants, which includes Lawry’s The Prime Rib, with
locations in Beverly Hills, Chicago, Dallas, Las Vegas, Osaka, Tokyo,
Singapore, Taipei, and Hong Kong, as well as the Tam O’Shanter in Los Angeles. The
company’s quick-service concept, Lawry’s Carvery, opened at South Coast Plaza
in Costa Mesa in 2003, and was followed by additional locations at Westfield
Century City and L.A. LIVE. Five Crowns and SideDoor are located at 3801 East
Coast Highway, Corona del Mar. For Five Crowns reservations and information, please
call (949) 760-0331 or visit thefivecrowns.com. For SideDoor information, please
call (949) 717-4322 or visit sidedoorcdm.com.


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Minnesota Public Radio Celebrates the Chuck Jones Centennial!

Hats off to Minnesota Public Radio for their short, but sweet, tribute to Chuck Jones's Centennial!

St. Paul, Minn. — Chuck Jones — the animator, cartoon artist, writer, producer and director of countless classic televisions cartoons, from episodes of Looney Tunes and Tom & Jerry to How the Grinch Stole Christmas — would have turned 100 today. Born on September 21, 1912 in Spokane, Wash., Jones took low-level animation jobs after graduating from art school and slowly worked his way up into the entertainment industry. He went on to create hundreds of memorable shorts during a career that spanned eight decades. Jones passed away on February 22, 2002.

To read the entire article and to watch Chuck Jones's classic short cartoon, "What's Opera, Doc?" click on Minnesota Publi Radio!

How to Celebrate 100 Years of Joy! Chuck Jones Film Festival at the Alex Theatre

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Order your tickets today by clicking the image above or visiting the Alex Theatre website, AlexTheatre.org.   

The Chuck Jones Centennial Celebration Film Festival will be an evening devoted to honoring the artist who brought to life such famous cartoon characters as Wile E. Coyote, Road Runner, Pepé le Pew, Marvin Martian, and Marc Anthony. Hosted by the family of Chuck Jones, the evening will include reminiscences from noted artists* whose careers and lives have been impacted by Chuck Jones and the work he created.

Of course, there will be cartoons, many of them from Jones' personal 35mm collection. Chuck Jones, whose credits include four Academy Award-winning short films, directed over 300 films in his lifetime, with such memorable titles as "Rabbit Seasoning?", "Robin Hood Daffy", and "Feed the Kitty".  In 1992 his "What's Opera, Doc?" was the first short animated film to be inducted into the Library of Congress' National Film Registry, subsequently two others have been added, "One Froggy Evening" and "Duck Amuck".  Jones, an honorary lifetime member of the Director's Guild, is considered to be one of the pioneers of the animated film, feted and honored at dozens of International Film Festivals from Annecy to Zagreb.  In 1985 Jones was the subject of a film retrospective at the Museum of Modern Art, New York.  In 1999, Jones founded the Chuck Jones Center for Creativity, a non-profit public charity whose vision is to inspire the innate creative genius within each person that leads to a more joyous, passionate, and harmonious life and world.

Join the Jones family (Marian, Linda, Craig, Todd, and Valerie) as they welcome our special guests, including:

*Carl Bell, animator and clean-up artist, will be one of the presenters. A Governor of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, Bell worked with Jones in the late 1960s and early 1970s at MGM. His career includes work with Clampett Productions early in his career and most recently with Disney Studios.

*Eric Goldberg:  Eric Goldberg joined Disney Studios in 1990 as the supervising animator responsible for the movements, personality and soul of the Genie in Aladdin.  Goldberg's strong background in animation next earned him his directorial debut on Pocahontas, which he followed up as the supervising animator on Phil, the salty satyr and trainer of heroes in Hercules.  Goldberg also directed the "Carnival of the Animals" and "Rhapsody in Blue" segments ofFantasia 2000, the continuation of Walt Disney's 1940 masterpiece.Goldberg not only served as the director of animation for Warner Bros.' 2003 live-action and animation hybrid feature "Looney Tunes: Back in Action," but he also provided the voices of the cartoon characters Marvin Martian, Tweety and Speedy Gonzalez.  Working with Bob Kurtz of Kurtz + Friends, he animated the title sequence of MGM's 2006 remake of "The Pink Panther".  His relationship with Chuck Jones began in the early 1990s and continued until Jones' passing in 2002.

*Jerry Beck is an animation historian, author, blogger, animation producer and industry consultant to Warner Bros. Studios and has been an executive with Nickelodeon and Disney. 

More names of presenters as they become available.

The Alex Theatre is located at 216 North Brand Boulevard, Glendale, CA 91203. The phone number is 818-243-ALEX (2539).

Birthdays, Super Heroes, and Comic Con

We'd be remiss if we didn't mention that yesterday was Joel Shapiro's birthday. Now, you're probably asking, "Who is Joel Shapiro?" Well, he's our Super Hero expert at the Chuck Jones Gallery–San Diego and you couldn't ask for a more informed consultant than he to help you build your collection of Alex Ross or Jim Lee or any of the other DC Comic and Marvel artists the gallery represents. If you want to read more about Joel and his collection, we profiled him on this blog way back in February of 2009 (read it here). His collection has grown since then, as has his knowledge. If you're in the neighborhood, 232 Fifth Avenue, just one half block north of the San Diego Convention Center, stop by and wish Joel a "Happy Birthday" and ask him about the Silver Surfer

This evening the Chuck Jones Gallery will celebrate the Chuck Jones Centennial (another birthday!) with an amazing selection of original Chuck Jones artwork, as well as work from the Chuck Jones Homage Artists. There'll be door prizes awarded throughout the night PLUS! a trivia game that will make you dig deep for that tidbit of Chuck Jones knowledge that you've been storing forever (such as "What is Chuck's hat size?). Prizes will include art, t-shirts, hats, and much more.

Meet Chuck's grandon, Craig Kausen, who'll be our special host for the evening. It's an event you won't want to miss. Open house starts at 6 PM. Chuck Jones Gallery, 232 Fifth Avenue. Your one-stop gallery for all things animation, and Super Hero. 

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Joel and his birthday cupcakes!

Also, you'll note that the Chuck Jones Gallery was visited by Wonder Woman this morning, who was kind enough to pause for a photo op with Wile E. Coyote (he didn't seem to mind.)

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A Little Bit of “Rough Justice” for Comic Con-goers at Chuck Jones Gallery–San Diego

The Chuck Jones Gallery–San Diego, located just steps from the Convention Center at 232 Fifth Avenue in San Diego's historic (and oh-so-naughty, historically speaking, of course) Gaslamp Quarter is your home for the newest art from DC Comics's star artist, Alex Ross. 

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All of Ross's hyper-realistic artwork begins as a pencil drawing and these new works, such as "Rough Justice-Batman" demonstrate why Ross is the go-to artist for DC Comics. Although some of his drawings never get painted, the new series (including Superman, below) show how the drawing evolves into a painting. 

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In this short video, Alex Ross talks about what it takes to be a comic book artist and how he works.

Visit the Chuck Jones Gallery at 232 Fifth Avenue during Comic Con! 866-294-9880 or email SanDiego@ChuckJones.com.

Comic Con Show Schedule:

Thursday, July 12: 7 to 10 PM — Meet artist Mike Kungl

Friday, July 13: 6 PM to ? — Fun and Games with Prizes! Celebrate the Chuck Jones Centennial

Saturday, July 14: 2 to 5 PM — Meet artist Tennessee Loveless

Shop online at ChuckJonesGallery.com

Chuck Jones + New Mexico Celebrate Their Centennial in 2012

Chuck Jones said that part of his great pleasure in visiting the Land of Enchantment (New Mexico) was probably due to the fact they both came to be the same year, 1912.  "New Mexico" magazine celebrates the state's centennial in their latest Collector's Edition, which included a great note about "taking a left turn at Albuquerque".  

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It reads: "1953: Cartoonist Chuck Jones popularizes Bugs Bunny's phrase, "I knew I shoulda tooke that left toin at Albakoikie," [sic] sparking a pop-culture onslaught of references to getting lost near the Duke City.  Looney Tunes and Merry Melodies creator Chuck Jones lived in California, but traveled frequently to New Mexico.  Reflecting his attachment to the state, a gallery of his work operates in Santa Fe today."