Tag Archives: Chuck Amuck

Image of the Day: Johnson the Cat

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How can you not love Johnson the Cat?  He's a half-a-grapefruit-space-helmet-wearing-swim-in-the-ocean cat, after all, and that has to count for something in the annals of catdom, don't you agree?  To learn more about Johnson (other than what you've just found out, obviously), dive into your nearest copy of Jones's autobiography, "Chuck Amuck" and turn to pages 12 through 23 for the side-splitting hilarity that is the character of a peculiar cat.  

P.S.  The drawing is graphite and colored marker on notepaper, 10.5" x 8.5", by Chuck Jones, circa late 1980s.

Image of the Day: Bugs Director: Chuck Amuck

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In 1989, Chuck Jones' autobiography Chuck Amuck was released with much fanfare and critical acclaim. In a series of appearances at art galleries around the nation that launched the release, Jones was overwhelmed with the outpouring of love and admiration from his legion of collectors, fans and admirers.

One aspect of book publishing is the all important cover art, and in the case of Chuck Amuck there was no doubt who would be providing said art.  Chuck Jones created this image of Bugs Bunny seated at an animator's desk, quickly animating Daffy Duck with the sign "Rabbit Season"; it is, in essence, a flurry of drawings as they fly off his drawing surface. 

Released at the same time as his autobiography, Bugs Director: Chuck Amuck is a 16 field (13.5" x 16.5") hand-painted cel art edition.  The line for the edition was created by Mr. Jones in graphite and then beautifully inked (with a brush) by him, it was then transferred to acetate sheets, painted and Mr. Jones then hand-signed each example in the edition.  It is the perfect centerpiece to any collection of Chuck Jones art.  Learn more about it here

Image of the Day: Persistence of Carrots

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In 1989 Chuck Jones created a series of original oil paintings whose themes sprung from artists that he admired.  He said at that time that it was one of the most challenging of works as he had to bend his artistic will to that of another artist in order to capture their brushwork and their intent.  Pictured is the original oil painting titled "Persistence of Carrots."  It will be featured at the exhibit Chuck Amuck, a Legacy of Laughter opening tomorrow night at the Tempe Center for the Arts in Tempe, Arizona.

The oil paintings Chuck Jones completed in this series were published as fine art lithographs that same year by the American Atelier.  Each was hand-pulled on 19th century French stone lithographic presses one color at at time.  You can learn more about that series by clicking on the image. 

Image of the Day: Little Lion Hunter

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A model sheet drawn by Chuck Jones for his 1939 Little Lion Hunter that will be on display at the Tempe Center for the Arts retrospective exhibition, Chuck Amuck, A Legacy of Laughter that opens a week from today.  This will be the largest exhibit of original artwork from the archive of Chuck Jones Center for Creativity ever assembled. 

Chuck Amuck, A Legacy of Laughter: Exhibition to Open at Tempe Center for the Arts

Chuck Amuck, a Legacy of Laughter

A Retrospective Exhibition of Art & Artifacts from

Chuck Jones Center for Creativity

Opens February 26, 2010 at

Tempe Center for the Arts

 Tustin, CA—Chuck
Jones Center for Creativity announced today that “Chuck Amuck, a Legacy of
Laughter,” will open Friday, February 26 at Tempe Center for the Arts, 700 W.
Rio Salado Parkway, Tempe, Arizona.  A
free-to-the-public opening night reception will be held from 7 to 9:30 PM in
the TCA Gallery to inaugurate the exhibition which will be on display through
June 18th.  "The city of Tempe and
the Tempe Center for the Arts are thrilled to play host to this marvelous
exhibition. Children and adults of all ages will enjoy and learn about Jones
whose work and legacy continues to fill us with laughter and inspiration,"
enthused Michelle Nichols Dock, Gallery Coordinator for TCA. 

This exhibition of original sketches, paintings and
animation production art highlights the life and art of legendary artist,
animator and director Chuck Jones who not only helped bring to life famous
cartoon characters such as Bugs Bunny and Daffy Duck, but also created the
iconic Wile E. Coyote and Road Runner, along with many more. 

This exhibit will be the largest and most
comprehensive exhibit of art by Jones since his retrospective held at the
Capitol Children’s Museum, Washington, D.C. in 1988. 
 
The opening night festivities will also include a Chuck
Jones Cartoons and Short Films Screening beginning at 7:30 PM in the theater of
TCA.  The film festival, hosted by Jones’
grandson Craig Kausen, will be free – tickets are required and will be
available at the door that evening, but note that seating is limited. 
 

“It has been wonderful working with everyone at TCA on this
exhibition and all of us at Chuck Jones Center for Creativity are looking
forward to sharing the creative genius of Chuck Jones with the citizens of
Tempe and environs.  As Chuck Jones famously said, ‘any project is 99%
hard work and 1% love and only the love should show.’  We know that, with
the help of TCA, CJCC and its volunteers, only the love will show when this exhibit
opens on the 26th,” said Craig Kausen, Chairman of the Board of
Trustees for Chuck Jones Center for Creativity. 
 

A free to the public Family Creativity Festival will be
hosted Saturday, February 27th from 10 AM to 2 PM.  Chuck Jones Center for Creativity, the
Gallery at TCA and the theater troupe, Childsplay
will host three free hands-on art booths that day.  There will be TCA volunteer-led tours of the
Chuck Jones exhibit as well.  Childsplay, the local children’s theater
troupe will also present a performance of “Peter and the Wolf.”

 

About Chuck Jones:  In a career that spanned almost seventy
years, Jones made over 250 films, won four Academy Awards®, and was nominated
for six others. Jones' razor-sharp eye for character movement, his legendary
sense of timing, and his beguilingly irreverent wit have combined to create
some of the classic cartoons of all time, including these classic films
released by Warner Bros.: Bully for Bugs,
Duck Dodgers in the 24 1/2 Century, Duck Amuck, Rabbit Seasoning, The Scarlet
Pumpernickel, Robin Hood Daffy, A Scent of the Matterhorn,
and Feed The Kitty.

 

Jones also created and directed
some of the most popular and critically-acclaimed animated television specials
in the history of the medium, including Dr.
Seuss' How The Grinch Stole Christmas, Horton Hears A Who, Rikki-Tikki-Tavi,
Mowgli's Brothers,
and The White
Seal.

 
On March 25, 1996, Jones' work
was celebrated with a special Lifetime Achievement Oscar®, presented to him at
the Academy Awards by Robin Williams. 

In
addition, Chuck Jones has been
honored with three other Oscars, nine Academy Award nominations, a Museum of
Modern Art retrospective, two honorary degrees and countless honors including
France’s greatest creative honor—Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres.

 
Chuck Jones
died at the age of 89 in February 2002, but he leaves a legacy of brilliance,
comedy, joy, color, and laughter that will live on forever.

About TCA:  Tempe Center for the Arts stages innovative
programming that enriches, enlightens, inspires and expands the artistic
horizons of f the Tempe community.  The
TCA is a unique visual and performing arts experience built by the community
for the community.    The Center offers
a unique blending of arts and culture at a distinctive destination designed by
Tempe-based Architekton and award-winning Barton Myers Associates of Los
Angeles and houses a state-of-the-art, 600-seat proscenium theater, a 200-seat
studio theater and a 3,500 square-foot gallery. 

About CJCC:  The Chuck Jones Center for Creativity is
dedicated to fostering and encouraging creativity, especially in young people,
using the drawings, films, and writings of legendary animation director, Chuck
Jones, as inspiration. It encourages the expression of artistic creativity and
promotes an environment where that spirit can flourish. Jones' art and ideas
continue to influence contemporary artists, filmmakers, and writers through the
vast resource of his work accessible through the Center for Creativity's online
archive.

Interviews with Craig Kausen, Chairman of the Board of
Directors of Chuck Jones Center for Creativity, as well as images are available
upon request.
 

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Chuck Amuck, A Legacy of Laughter: Exhibition to Open at Tempe Center for the Arts

Chuck Amuck, a Legacy of Laughter

A Retrospective Exhibition of Art & Artifacts from

Chuck Jones Center for Creativity

Opens February 26, 2010 at

Tempe Center for the Arts

 

Tustin, CA—Chuck
Jones Center for Creativity announced today that “Chuck Amuck, a Legacy of
Laughter,” will open Friday, February 26 at Tempe Center for the Arts, 700 W.
Rio Salado Parkway, Tempe, Arizona.  A
free-to-the-public opening night reception will be held from 7 to 9:30 PM in
the TCA Gallery to inaugurate the exhibition which will be on display through
June 18th.  "The city of Tempe and
the Tempe Center for the Arts are thrilled to play host to this marvelous
exhibition. Children and adults of all ages will enjoy and learn about Jones
whose work and legacy continues to fill us with laughter and inspiration,"
enthused Michelle Nichols Dock, Gallery Coordinator for TCA. 

This exhibition of original sketches, paintings and
animation production art highlights the life and art of legendary artist,
animator and director Chuck Jones who not only helped bring to life famous
cartoon characters such as Bugs Bunny and Daffy Duck, but also created the
iconic Wile E. Coyote and Road Runner, along with many more. 

This exhibit will be the largest and most
comprehensive exhibit of art by Jones since his retrospective held at the
Capitol Children’s Museum, Washington, D.C. in 1988. 
 
The opening night festivities will also include a Chuck
Jones Cartoons and Short Films Screening beginning at 7:30 PM in the theater of
TCA.  The film festival, hosted by Jones’
grandson Craig Kausen, will be free – tickets are required and will be
available at the door that evening, but note that seating is limited. 
 

“It has been wonderful working with everyone at TCA on this
exhibition and all of us at Chuck Jones Center for Creativity are looking
forward to sharing the creative genius of Chuck Jones with the citizens of
Tempe and environs.  As Chuck Jones famously said, ‘any project is 99%
hard work and 1% love and only the love should show.’  We know that, with
the help of TCA, CJCC and its volunteers, only the love will show when this exhibit
opens on the 26th,” said Craig Kausen, Chairman of the Board of
Trustees for Chuck Jones Center for Creativity. 
 

A free to the public Family Creativity Festival will be
hosted Saturday, February 27th from 10 AM to 2 PM.  Chuck Jones Center for Creativity, the
Gallery at TCA and the theater troupe, Childsplay
will host three free hands-on art booths that day.  There will be TCA volunteer-led tours of the
Chuck Jones exhibit as well.  Childsplay, the local children’s theater
troupe will also present a performance of “Peter and the Wolf.”

 

About Chuck Jones:  In a career that spanned almost seventy
years, Jones made over 250 films, won four Academy Awards®, and was nominated
for six others. Jones' razor-sharp eye for character movement, his legendary
sense of timing, and his beguilingly irreverent wit have combined to create
some of the classic cartoons of all time, including these classic films
released by Warner Bros.: Bully for Bugs,
Duck Dodgers in the 24 1/2 Century, Duck Amuck, Rabbit Seasoning, The Scarlet
Pumpernickel, Robin Hood Daffy, A Scent of the Matterhorn,
and Feed The Kitty.

 

Jones also created and directed
some of the most popular and critically-acclaimed animated television specials
in the history of the medium, including Dr.
Seuss' How The Grinch Stole Christmas, Horton Hears A Who, Rikki-Tikki-Tavi,
Mowgli's Brothers,
and The White
Seal.

 
On March 25, 1996, Jones' work
was celebrated with a special Lifetime Achievement Oscar®, presented to him at
the Academy Awards by Robin Williams. 

In
addition, Chuck Jones has been
honored with three other Oscars, nine Academy Award nominations, a Museum of
Modern Art retrospective, two honorary degrees and countless honors including
France’s greatest creative honor—Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres.

 
Chuck Jones
died at the age of 89 in February 2002, but he leaves a legacy of brilliance,
comedy, joy, color, and laughter that will live on forever.

About TCA:  Tempe Center for the Arts stages innovative
programming that enriches, enlightens, inspires and expands the artistic
horizons of f the Tempe community.  The
TCA is a unique visual and performing arts experience built by the community
for the community.    The Center offers
a unique blending of arts and culture at a distinctive destination designed by
Tempe-based Architekton and award-winning Barton Myers Associates of Los
Angeles and houses a state-of-the-art, 600-seat proscenium theater, a 200-seat
studio theater and a 3,500 square-foot gallery. 

About CJCC:  The Chuck Jones Center for Creativity is
dedicated to fostering and encouraging creativity, especially in young people,
using the drawings, films, and writings of legendary animation director, Chuck
Jones, as inspiration. It encourages the expression of artistic creativity and
promotes an environment where that spirit can flourish. Jones' art and ideas
continue to influence contemporary artists, filmmakers, and writers through the
vast resource of his work accessible through the Center for Creativity's online
archive.

Interviews with Craig Kausen, Chairman of the Board of
Directors of Chuck Jones Center for Creativity, as well as images are available
upon request.
 

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Actor Ben Foster Gives Chuck Jones a ‘Shout-out’

Young actor Ben Foster (The Messenger, 3:10 to Yuma, Six Feet Under) was being interviewed at a Santa Fe radio station the other day when he mentioned his love for Chuck Jones and the Chuck Jones Gallery in Santa Fe.  Coincidentally, gallery director Michael Bundy was being interviewed at that same station and overheard Foster's admiration for Chuck Jones.  

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Ben was kind enough to share with us some of his thoughts about Chuck Jones:

"I'm thrilled to give a shout out to your gallery.  I spent many afternoons wandering the collection a few years ago while I was shooting the film "3:10 to Yuma."  I bought our director, James Mangold, and Russell Crowe, each a signed Chuck Jones cel as a 'wrap' gift.  As an aspiring actor in a small town in Iowa, with no idea of how to 'break into the biz" — I studied two things.

"Imagining my path was going to be one of physical comedy, I watched all of Martin and Lewis tapes from our local video store and then furthered my education by ordering the complete collection and followed suit with the other; anything Chuck Jones.

"I have read and re-read [Chuck Amuck] "life and times of animated cartoonist."  He [Chuck Jones] in so many ways has shaped my approach to work.  A master in the ballet of failure, relentless mischief and the power of the will.

"Although at this time drama has been my primary path, I continue to be a devoted fan and student of his contribution to the world of entertainment.  There will never be another like him.

"I adored Bugs, but related most begrudgingly to Daffy, and on rough days…Wile E.  I am forever indebted to his generosity of spirit and I am grateful that you are continuing his legacy for future generations. 

"Thanks for the laughter."