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Mulligan’s “Wizard of Oz” Mural Finds Its Forever Home at Burnett Library, Long Beach

Just three months after its creation, the 40′ long by 6′ tall mural commissioned by Warner Bros., Habitat for Humanity, and the Chuck Jones Center for Creativity was installed at its permanent home in the central room of the Burnett Library in Long Beach’s Bixby Knolls area.

Installation proceeds smoothly. Artist James C. Mulligan lifts a panel up to the Chuck Jones Center's Chairman of the Board, Craig Kausen.
Installation proceeds smoothly as artist James C. Mulligan lifts a panel up to the Chuck Jones Center’s Chairman of the Board, Craig Kausen.

Created in September, the mural, titled “There’s No Place Like Home” was a project conceived by Warner Bros. Studios in conjunction with their commitment to assist Habitat for Humanity in the construction of a home for a deserving family in Long Beach’s Bixby Knolls neighborhood. Employees of the Studio donated their time to the construction project as well as working with Mulligan on the mural project–constructing the felt ‘poppies’ that bloom along the bottom of the mural.

Jimmy Mulligan prepares to unwrap one of the panels before its installation at the Burnett Library.

Jimmy Mulligan prepares to unwrap one of the panels before its installation at the Burnett Library.

Craig Kausen, grandson of the legendary animation pioneer, Chuck Jones, directs the action from on high.

Craig Kausen, grandson of the legendary animation pioneer, Chuck Jones, directs the action from on high.

Chuck Redux offered advice from the floor of the  library while Craig and Jimmy shimmy the panels into place.

Chuck Redux offered advice from the floor of the library while Craig and Jimmy shimmy the panels into place.

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The mural’s beauty and scope start to come together as the panels are placed.

The complete mural installed at the Burnett Libary, Long Beach.

The complete mural installed at the Burnett Libary, Long Beach.

Muralist James C. Mulligan with his finished "There's No Place Like Home" mural celebrating Habitat for Humanity and the 75th Anniversary of "The Wizard of Oz".

Muralist James C. Mulligan with his finished “There’s No Place Like Home” mural celebrating Habitat for Humanity and the 75th Anniversary of “The Wizard of Oz”.

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Hang in there, Jimmy, Chuck Redux is almost finished taking photos!

The Chuck Jones Center for Creativity, Craig Kausen, Jimmy Mulligan, and Chuck Redux want to thank librarian extraordinaire, Erica Lansdown, for her help and enthusiasm this past Monday!

Chuck 101 Film Festival at the Egyptian Theater–Hollywood

The Chuck Jones Center for Creativity held Chuck 101 yesterday at Hollywood’s historic 91 year-old Egyptian Theater. The day started with Center-sponsored art projects in the courtyard.

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There was mask-making and drawing, led by our talented team of teaching artists, including the Center’s resident teaching artist, Christopher Scardino; the Sleeper Sisters, Debbie & Jennifer; Doug Lothers and Darrell Park. Sasha Advani, the Center’s program director had organized the activities.

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The art classes were followed by a screening of the Chuck Jones feature film, “The Phantom Tollbooth” (1970).The film was from Chuck’s personal collection of 35mm films. Before the screening, a Q & A with the indomitable Ms. June Foray, the voice actress known for her adept talent and wonderful acting ability. Ms. Foray was feted in the lobby for 96th birthday.

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DSC06900That evening, the Center brought over a dozen of Chuck’s short Looney Tunes cartoons to share with a full house — a portion of ticket sales went to the programs of the Center. Before the screening, though, major donors and supporters of the Center were feted in the Spielberg lobby with hors d’oeuvres and cocktails.

DSC06902From left: Craig Kausen, chairman of the Chuck Jones Center for Creativity and Chuck’s grandson; Maddie Andre; Steve Fossati, Dina Andre, and Chris Bailey.

DSC06904Valerie Kausen, Chuck’s granddaughter is seen here with producer David Wong.

DSC06905Linda Jones Clough, Chuck’s daughter and founding member of the Board of Trustees smiles with her adoring fans, (r. to l.) Jim (husband), Dave, and Louis.

DSC06906Cynthia Damiano, a Center donor and supporter takes a breather from the festivities.

DSC06907The inimitable George Daugherty, creator, conductor, and producer of the film and live music extravaganza, “Bugs Bunny at the Symphony” is seen here with Marian Jones, Chuck’s widow, and her friend, Bev White.

DSC06908From left: Ashley & Kevin Mangusing with John and Doris Rendine.

DSC06910Chuck Jones Gallery art consultant, Erin Liddell (left) with collectors and friends, the Milligan’s.

DSC06911Singer and actress, Juliana Hansen with her main squeeze, artist and pirate, James C. Mulligan.

DSC06915The Spielberg Lobby at Grauman’s Egyptian Theater. Follow American Cinematheque on Twitter @sidgrauman.

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DSC06922One of the many wonderful, beautiful, and charming volunteers from American Cinematheque. The Center thanks Gwen, Grant, and their entire group for the lovely assistance they provided us yesterday.

DSC06924The Chuck Jones family from right: Craig Kausen, Linda Jones Clough, Valerie Kausen, and Todd Kausen.

DSC06925Before the lights went down on the evening’s program, Chuck Redux snapped a photo of the Art Deco ceiling in the theater. Stunning!

DSC06933A full house enjoys cartoons by Chuck Jones. The shorts were interspersed with remembrances of Chuck Jones from all of his family and from special guests, Leonard Maltin, Charles Solomon, John Schulman, George Daugherty, and David Wong.

Watch this space for details regarding Chuck 102, scheduled for Chuck’s birthday, September 21, 2014 at a theater near you.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Blackwing Experience Opens with a “What’s Up, Doc?”

The Chuck Jones Center for Creativity was the scene last night for the opening gala of the Blackwing Experience. Charles Berlozheimer and his wife, Ginger, founders of the Blackwing Foundation and sixth generation pencil-makers were on hand to greet arriving guests.

DSC05150In addition to the Berlozheimer’s, guests were greeted by a quote from Blackwing 602 pencil devotee, Chuck Jones, “The rules are simple: take your work, but never yourself, seriously. Pour in the love and whatever skill you have, and it will come out.” Every guest picked up a Blackwing 602 or a Blackwing Pearl pencil on their way in, because…DSC05147…there were creativity stations scattered throughout the Center. From camera lucidas to song-writing, from pictionary to photo ops, guests had the opportunity to express themselves while nibbling on amazing hors d’oeuvres from 24 Carrots Catering.DSC05163One of many highlights of the evening was the launch of the new ChuckJones.com website. Created by the awesome team at Gigasavvy. Shown here from left: Sven Johnston, SVP Business Development at Gigasavvy; Corey Mangold, Co-founder of Gigasavvy with his fiancee, Erin; and far right, Craig Kausen, Chairman of the Chuck Jones Center for Creativity and Chuck Jones’s grandson. The new website, when it leaps out of beta mode (soon, soon, we promise!) will be one of the most creative and exciting shopping destinations on the internet. Chuck Redux may be biased, but we are not over-promising!

DSC05162Another special treat of the evening was Stephen Reis, storyboard artist for the longest running sitcom on television, “The Simpsons”. Reis, center, shown here with Ann Tanner and her husband, Joel, one of the co-founders of Gigasavvy. Stephen was kind enough to spend the evening at one of Chuck’s animation desks drawing “Simpsons” characters for those assembled. Thank you for your generous spirit, Stephen!

DSC05180The Blackwing Experience wouldn’t be the astounding event it is without the creative talents of art director, Lesli Scott, seen here with the Center’s Robert Patrick. How do you spell “CREATIVE”? L-e-s-l-i!

DSC05156And speaking of behind-the-scenes talent (we were, you know) Grant Christensen, right, the director of business development for Pencils.com and Palomino Brands, the companies behind the Blackwing Experience, was on hand to make sure all of the parts fell together before the gala kicked off. He’s shown here with landscape artist Diane Wright, and Mahlon, the Pencils.com wholesale point person.

DSC05170Artists Joseph Yakovetic, left, and Robert Delgadillo (AKA Radboy).

DSC05168Chuck Jones “Homage” artist and surfer, Bob Elias.

DSC05171Henri Duong, Project Manager at Gigasavvy, with his friend, Kimberly, show off their artistic sides.

DSC05174The always entertaining Wayne Todd, PBS SoCal art director and volunteer community ambassador for the Chuck Jones Center (AKA Jester McCool), shown here with Chuck Jones Gallery art consultant, Carol Erickson, left, and Sasha Advani, Program Administrator for the Center (who is tireless.)

DSC05175Rogue’s gallery from left: Kyle Johnston, VP Online Marketing at Gigasavvy with Joel Tanner and Craig Kausen.

DSC05186Somewhere in the middle of the evening–or was toward the end? Who can remember?–Craig Kausen took the microphone and welcomed everyone to the Blackwing Experience; he introduced Corey Mangold of Gigasavvy (below) as well as Charles Berlozheimer of Blackwing (2nd photo below.) All-in-all it was a lovely evening celebrating the creative spirit, especially the spirit as embodied in the simple object of a pencil. Huzzah to the Blackwing 602!

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O, What a Night! Red Dot Re-cap

Were you there? Wasn't it awesome? Close to 300 people made the scene last night at the 3rd Annual Red Dot Auction, the spring fundraiser for the Chuck Jones Center for Creativity in Costa Mesa, California (couldn't resist the alliterative 'c's!) 

Here's a quick look at the night in pictures…a more detailed account will be posted in the coming days (Chuck Redux needs to rest…)

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The Jacobson's take a moment to confab before the crowd arrived. Daughter Brenna helped out by selling raffle tickets throughout the evening and was a contributing artist, mom Rina is a council member and volunteer community ambassador for the Center. Mr. J., well, did as dads and husbands do.

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These patrons of the Center bid often and won often!

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Tracy Tanner (left), the Council's most-excellent president, says hello to her friend, David.

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Rachael O'Connell, a contributing artist, and her husband, David.

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The Zives make the scene! Thanks for becoming a member of the Center, Paul!

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Andrea Salisbury, who contributed two canvases to the Red Dot Auction, and her husband.

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John Yetsko, left, and his wife, Leigh, and son, John, Jr. (far right) with contributing artist Eric Scales.

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The Sleeper sisters, Jennifer and Debbie (left and right, respectively), flank Linda Jones Clough, daughter of Chuck Jones and founding trustee of the Center. All three were contributing artists to the Red Dot Auction.

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Artist Eric Scales and his contribution, a hilarious and spot-on portrait of Michigan J. Frog!

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Tracy Tanner, Nancy Evans, photographer Pasquale Ferazzoli (who donated two beautiful photographs) and the Center's amazing program administrator, Sasha Advani. Thank you, Sasha, for all of your help and assistance–we couldn't have done it without you!

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Mike Dicken, national sales director for the Chuck Jones Galleries, gives Chuck Redux the "if you post this photo, you'll be in deep …." look. 

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Oh, here's trouble: From left, Michael Young of Collector's Editions (love you, mean it) with contributing artist, Mike Kungl, and Craig Kausen, chairman of the Chuck Jones Center for Creativity try to keep quiet while auctioneer, Eric Ross does his thing.

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Ain't we got fun?

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Carol Erickson, left, art consultant at the Chuck Jones Gallery in Costa Mesa, with Linda Jones Clough. Bare walls = a successful Red Dot Auction!

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MIke Peraza, second from right, artist and art director extraordinaire for Disney Studios and Warner Bros. kindly donated his talents for a live auction item that included a drawing lesson with him as well as several DVDs of films he's worked on and an original Chuck Jones drawing from the archive. Winners included David Cantor, far left, with his father Neil and Heather Broadnax, third from right, and her mother. Craig Kausen holds the Chuck Jones drawing (Craig is Chuck's grandson.)

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As the night wound down, winning bidders and artists got together for Chuck Redux's camera. Here we have contributing artist, Joseph Yakovetic with patrons of the arts, John Tanner (center) and son Nick who were the winning bidders of Joseph's portrait of Chuck Jones. Also, Nick helped out last night by selling raffle tickets and taking photos, thank you Nick!

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Producer of Nickelodeon's long-running "Dora the Explorer" and other animated series, Jeff DeGrandis, far left, with John, Jr., Leigh, and John Yetsko. They used their Red Dot on Jeff's "Chuck Jones as Ralph Phillips" or is it "Ralph Phillips as Chuck Jones"? Either way, it was a fab contribution to the success of the Red Dot Auction! Thank you, Jeff! And thank you to the Yetsko's!

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And finally, the truth is out, Craig Kausen is not only an engineer, but also an artist! (Plus, without his unflagging energy and extraordinary positive attitude, none of this would be possible.)

Thank you everyone for making last night such a resounding success. We appreciate you!

Arrival photos and event photos from the Center's professional photographer, Stephen Russo, will be posted later this week. Look for them!

Let me bring you up-to-date…

Last night the Chuck Jones Center for Creativity was the setting for a preview of its Spring fundraiser, the Red Dot Auction. It was an intimate evening that allowed the Center's donors and benefactors the opportunity to meet many of the contributing artists to this, the 3rd annual Red Dot Auction.

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For the world-weary, a lounge.

The Center sparkled and shone in the early evening's setting sun and the donated artwork, arrayed as it is on the "spokes" of a wheel with a red dot stage as its hub, glittered and enticed.

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You know, the great thing about the Red Dot Auction, as Chuck Redux has always maintained, is the love it generates. Each and every artist has given of themselves to help fund creativity and you, when you're standing in the middle of all that generosity, can't help but feel the joy of such gift-giving. Did we mention that bidding begins at only $100.00? 


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Husband and wife artists Dana (center) and Mike Kungl greet one of the Center's longtime supporters, collector Tom M. as last night's get-together got going. Funny story: Mike called Chuck Redux earlier in the day and said, "You won't mind if I come a little early, would you?" he queried, "I was thinking about the work I donated and realized it would be much much better if I painted a little bit of sparkle in the character's eye. It will only take me a moment." So, arrive early he did with paint and paint brush, we quietly slipped him into our office and seconds later, he was satisfied with the results. Chuck Redux will admit that the addition of the 'sparkle' was just the thing to finish his wonderful donation!

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Council president, Tracy Tanner (right) and one of the Council's community ambassadors, Steve Smith, stopped to smile for the camera. The Chuck Jones Council for Creativity is the volunteer arm of the Center. 

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Artist Ylenia Mino flew in from New York City just to be a part of the festivities! Thank you, Ylenia, for making the trip, and for your generous donation, it means the world to us.

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Painter, pirate, and philanthropist, James C. Mulligan (center)shows off a recent painting to Linda Jones Clough, daughter of Chuck Jones, and her son, Craig Kausen, chairman of the Center. Jimmy's inspiration for the painting was a late '40s cover drawing by Chuck Jones for the square dance magazine, "Sets in Order" which depicts a deep-sea diver square dancing with a beautiful mermaid.

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Artist Joseph Yakovetic and his lovely wife, Sammy, making the scene at last night's Artist Meet & Greet.

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Artist Jeffrey Fliehler, Minerva the goddess, and Mike Wedaa of Opis Network enjoy the hospitality of the evening.

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Artist Allyson Vought with her S.O., Lisa, along with Dave L., one of the Council's volunteers and a patron of the Center get close for Chuck Redux.

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Artists George Garcia (far left) and Scott Ryder (2nd from right–Scott is also the gallery assistant at the Center and without whose help, Chuck Redux would be in a world of hurt) with the special women in their lives celebrate at last night's informal gathering of artistic temperaments. 

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Scott Dicken (right, and who is really tall), the VP of retail for the Chuck Jones Galleries, discusses the finer points of building a collection with Sandra and Louis L., art collectors and patrons of the Center. Okay, not true, they were talking baseball, maybe, or they could have been talking about something else entirely for at this point in the evening Chuck Redux's attention span was on the wane.

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Artist Luis Salazar (left) along with Dave L., Carol Erickson (2nd from right–and a Chuck Jones Gallery art consultant and collector), and Susan Palcsik (who is known for herding cats in a room full of rocking chairs) say goodnight to Chuck Redux at the end of the evening.

And that's what you missed at the preview party for the 3rd Annual Red Dot Auction. Tickets are still available and at the door for tonight's big gala. Go to the Center's website, ChuckJonesCenter.org for more information. See you tonight!

 

Making the Scene at the Newport Beach Film Festival

The Newport Beach Film Festival opened last night with a showing of the documentary, "Broadway Idiot," that follows the making of the band Green Day's musical, "American Idiot." Although Billie Joe Armstrong and his mates were on hand last night, the Chuck Jones Center for Creativity's intrepid photographer, Stephen Russo, caught Linda Jones Clough, daughter of Chuck Jones, seen below (center) with Richard and Elizabeth Sherman (he, along with his late brother, Robert, the penners of the music for "Mary Poppins," "Chitty Chitty Bang Bang," and "It's a Small World (After All)." 

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And the marquee outside of Edwards Big Newport Cinemas.

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Tomorrow morning, Saturday, April 27, Linda and her son, Craig, will be presenting a Chuck Jones Film Festival at Big Newport. Ticket information is here. They will also screen some of the animated shorts that were submitted to the festival. A Q & A will follow. 

Photos courtesy Stephen Russo.

Oscar Goes Hawaiian!

Craig Kausen, grandson of Chuck Jones and president of the Chuck Jones Companies, traveled this week to the beautiful island of Maui as the special guest of Dolphin Galleries who are currently hosting an exhibition and sale of the art of four-time Academy Award recipient, Chuck Jones.

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Craig Kausen, second from left, with Nick Schlag (far left), Sylvester the cat and Dolphin Gallery founder, Stephen Schlag.

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Chuck's Oscar for "The Dot and the Line", best short animated film of 1965 is given a place of honor in a display of photographs, drawings, and letters on loan from the Chuck Jones Center for Creativity.

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Oscar, as his wont, also got special attention from Dolphin Gallery art consultants, Janna and Christine.

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During the reception on Thursday evening, Craig took time with each of the collectors to discuss the subtleties and nuances of the art of the animated film.

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Of course, some future collectors of Chuck Jones art were more interested in what was happening on the screen than off!

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Sylvester the cat was a big hit with visitors to the Dolphin Galleries in the Shops at Wailea. Did you know that in Chuck Jones cartoons, Sylvester never spoke?

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Dolphin Galleries's very own Christian Adams designed a unique way to display the original production art that was featured in the exhibition and sale.

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A portion of the Chuck Jones exhibition and sale at Dolphin Galleries, the Shops at Wailea, Maui.

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Craig shared stories of growing up with Chuck Jones with collectors this past Thursday evening.

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Kids love Chuck Jones! (So do their parents!)

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Shhh, don't tell anyone, but Dolphin Galleries art consultant, Teresa, sneaked a bag of popcorn. 

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The flowers of Maui are nearly as spectacular as the Chuck Jones art on display.

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Oscar sends "Aloha" from Maui! (Oscar's companion courtesy Kimberley and Craig Kausen.)

 

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!

Actor Butch Patrick Visits the Chuck Jones Center for Creativity

 
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Butch Patrick, perhaps best known for his role as Eddie Munster in the hit TV series (1964-66) "The Munsters" also starred in Chuck Jones's feature film, "The Phantom Tollbooth" as Milo, the young boy bored with everything, stopped by the Chuck Jones Center for Creativity yesterday to meet with Chuck's grandson, Craig Kausen and to pick-up his original Chuck Jones drawing that had been reframed for him. While there, Butch agreed to create a canvas for the Red Dot Auction, scheduled for May 11 at the Center. 

Photo by Stephen Russo

Craig Kausen–Principal for the Day at McPherson Magnet K-8

Craig Kausen, Chairman of the Chuck Jones Center for Creativity and Chuck's grandson, will be Principal for the Day at McPherson Magnet K-8 school Wednesday, March 13.  

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Craig Kausen flies a remote-controlled helicopter at the Chuck Jones Center for Creativity.

The Orange Unified School District will celebrate Principal for a Day on Wednesday, March 13, 2013 throughout its campuses. The event partners a business leader or community member with a school principal and allows the participant an opportunity to observe a glimpse of a principal’s daily responsibilities. The purpose of the program is to foster relationships within the community and to share the outstanding work of OUSD teachers, students, and staff.

Chuck Redux believes the children at McPherson are in for a special treat! More about Craig's day as Prinicpal as it unfolds. Stay tooned!

Photo by Stephen Russo