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“Abominable Snow Rabbit” — Chuck Jones Image of the Day

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"The Abominable Snow Rabbit" shoveled its way into theaters on May 20, 1961.  Directed by Chuck Jones (and co-directed by Maurice Noble) the cartoon finds our intrepid heroes (Bugs Bunny & Daffy Duck) on their way to Palm Springs, which is all fine and well, except they took that wrong turn at _________ (according to Daffy they should've turned west at East St. Louis,) whatever, (have you ever noticed that Bugs's sense of direction is, well, a bit off, especially when he's tunneling underground?   This is hardly the first time such a 'wrong turn at __________' has thrown our man in Havana — excuse me — our rabbit in the Himalayas off course.)  

But I digress.  The drawing above is a rough layout drawing by Chuck Jones of Daffy Duck when first introduced to the Abominable Snowman.  It is graphite on 12 field animation paper and if you watch this clip carefully you will see how closely Chuck's animators (for this film: Ken Harris, Richard Thompson, Bob Bransford, and Tom Ray) hew to his layouts.