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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.

DSC06916Michael Wedaa with Linda and Jim Clough. Chuck Redux apologizes for forgetting to write down Michael’s date’s name. Our bad.

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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Chuck Jones Film Retrospective

CJ Unit A circa 1939Chuck Jones (center) and Unit "A" at Leon Schlesinger Productions, circa 1939, from the Dorothy Jones scrapbook chronicling Chuck's first few years as director. More memorabilia from this scrapbook is on display at the Chuck Jones Experience, Circus Circus, Las Vegas.

The perfect way to enjoy a Satruday: Turner Classic Movies will be honoring Chuck Jones's centennial year with a film retrospective on Saturday, March 24th.  Click here for the play list and times.  You'll be treated to a panoply of Jones's most cherished cartoons, starring your favorite Looney Tunes characters such as Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Road Runner, and Pepe le Pew.  Make some popcorn and stay up late to watch his only feature film, "The Phantom Tollbooth" and look for him in a cameo role! I can hear the laughter already…can't you?

Chuck Jones Experience — Sneak Peek and Grand Opening Date!

The artisans and craftsmen (and women) who have been turning an 8,000 square foot concrete and wallboard shell at Circus Circus in Las Vegas into the Chuck Jones Experience have been working around the clock to make this unique destination one of the most exciting to come to Las Vegas in a long time. Make your plans to join us on the 19th of January for its grand opening!

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On your way to a recreation of Chuck's office that will include his animation desk and artifacts, photos, and original drawings from the 1940s and 1950s.

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The entrance to the Chuck Jones Theater where you'll watch an introductory film and other moving picture surprises!

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Inside the theater…are you as excited as we are?  It's going to be awesome!

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Every single brick has been lovingly hand-prepared just for your enjoyment!  Grand opening and ribbon cutting ceremony on Thursday, January 19th mid-day.  Be there or be square!

 

Chuck Jones Takes Flight at the Portland Airport

The works of Northwest legendary cartoon artist, and world-renowned anima-producer at Warner Bros., Chuck Jones, are now on display at Portland International Airport. Born in Spokane, Washington, Jones’ career spanned the history of animated films, beginning at Warner Bros. and continuing his work at MGM before establishing his own Chuck Jones Enterprises in 1963.

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Jones' colorful and magical masterpieces of liveliness display his innate creative genius.  His most poplular works include "The Dot and the Line", "Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas" and "The Phantom Tollbooth."  He is perhaps best known for his timeless work at Warner Bros. such as "What's Opera, Doc?", "Duck Amuck" and "One Froggy Evening."  

Greeting the traveler’s eye, Jones’ exhibit, located along Concourse A, brings to life his youthful spirit and sharp wit. Jones’ work speaks to the inner-child of many travelers, and highlights more than 60 years of cartoon and animation history. Jones was a prolific artist whose work has been exhibited at galleries and museums worldwide. He has directed more than 300 animated films, won three Oscars in his career, and received the Lifetime Achievement Oscar in 1996.

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Photo courtesy Port of Portland

"Painting does what we cannot do—it brings a three-dimensional world into a two-dimensional plane,” said Jones, who expressed himself in many different ways through his work.

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The work is part of the rotating art exhibits program at PDX and is on loan from the Chuck Jones Center for Creativity through March 2012. More information about Jones is available at www.ChuckJonesCenter.org.

The PDX art program is designed to showcase the dynamic cultural life in the Pacific Northwest and showcase Northwest expression through ongoing relationships with regional artists, arts organizations, museums and educational institutions.

More information about PDX is available at www.pdx.com.

 

“It Held Me Smellbound.”

When Chuck Jones's 1949 short animated film starring Pepé le Pew, "For Scent-i-mental Reasons" won the Oscar for best short animated film at the Oscars held in March of 1950, he received many congratulatory telegrams (of course, he did not get the actual Oscar statuette, that honor was bestowed upon the producer, the irascible Eddie Selzer), but of all of the congratulations, the telegram below, from the inimitable Tex Avery is perhaps the most delightful.  This artfact will be on display at the soon-to-open Chuck Jones Experience at Circus Circus in Las Vegas.

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CIRCUS CIRCUS LAS VEGAS GETS ANIMATED THIS OCTOBER WITH THE OPENING OF “THE CHUCK JONES EXPERIENCE”

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                                                                MEDIA CONTACT:  Kim Sudhalter, Urban Legend PR, 213-369-6062 or kim@urbanlegendpr.com

 HOLLYWOOD, CA, August 22, 2011 – The legacy and creativity of Chuck Jones, one of animation’s pioneering director-producers, will be brought to life with the opening of The Chuck Jones Experience, an interactive exhibit at Circus Circus Las Vegas designed to “Educate, Inspire & Entertain” people of all ages. The attraction will celebrate its grand opening in mid-October with a press conference featuring some of animation’s brightest stars.

A four-time Academy Award-recipient, Jones created some of today’s most beloved and enduring animated characters including Wile E. Coyote, Road Runner and Pepé le Pew among many others.  In 1999, with the establishment of the Chuck Jones Center for Creativity, Chuck Jones envisioned a time when people of all ages could explore their creativity…when all ideas would be welcome, when inspiration would be nurtured without prejudice, and creativity would blossom and grow. The Chuck Jones Experience, utilizing the art, writings and films of Jones, will nurture that spirit of creativity in an environment that is playful, lively, inspirational and educational. The project is being developed by Jones’ grandson, Craig Kausen, Jones’ daughter, Linda Jones Clough, and a group of Chuck Jones fans who have believed in and supported its creation for years.

“My grandfather said that if you provide the right materials and an environment of love, creative magic will come out of young people,” said Kausen. “The Chuck Jones Experience will provide kids, and animation fans of all ages, with an extraordinary place to not only learn about the art of animation, but to discover the creativity and magic that’s inside us all. We are thrilled to kick off Chuck’s Centennial year with the opening of this exciting new venture.”

The Chuck Jones Experience is a nearly 10,000 square-foot destination. At its entrance is the 1,000 square-foot glass-enclosed Chuck Jones Center for Creativity class room where creative art projects will be encouraged and guided by teachers from the field of animation and the arts. Heading inside, your first stop is the Chuck Jones Theatre, designed to simulate a 1930s-style movie theater. There, you’ll meet Chuck Jones via a short film, introduced by one of his characters, the Connecticut Cat.

Moving on, you’ll walk down a virtual street surrounded by many of Jones’ most memorable characters and a timeline of his extraordinary life. Next, you’ll arrive at a re-creation of Jones’ studio, where you’ll see how he worked, and discover what inspired him to create his beloved characters. From there, you‘ll enter the “How Do You Measure Up?” room where 3-D characters are on display.  You’ll learn more about how characters are developed and experience some of the original key drawings Jones drew during the creation of these characters.

Continuing along, you can view some of Jones’ fine art work from various periods in his life and see classic photos of him, his fellow animators and his family. This leads into “Animation Alley,” a multimedia wall where animation pieces are on display from the permanent collection of the Chuck Jones Center for Creativity and from other animation studios and collections.

Finally, you’ll arrive at the Acme Workshop, where you can create your own sound effects and voiceovers for a Chuck Jones cartoon at the Chuck Jones Experience Foley Stage. You can commemorate your experience forever at the Chuck Jones Experience Gift Shop with a variety of creative gifts and souvenirs.

“My father knew that creativity was the key to any innovation and breakthrough and therefore it must be encouraged and supported in order for society to succeed,” added Jones Clough. “It has been our family’s dream to develop locations where creativity could flourish. We established the Chuck Jones Center for Creativity in Orange County, CA, as a first step in bringing this vision to life. The opening of The Chuck Jones Experience represents a delightful next step in making creativity accessible to everyone, whether they’re visiting Las Vegas, or living nearby.”

“We are pleased to be joining forces with such a great partner as Circus Circus to make this project a reality,” continued Kausen. “Creative inspiration can be achieved in a very short time and being on vacation is a perfect time to tap into it.  Circus Circus is well known for the fun and wonderment it inspires in guests, and it’s a crossroads for travelers from around the world. These qualities make it a great location for The Chuck Jones Experience.”

The Chuck Jones Experience is an exciting addition to our assortment of family-friendly entertainment offerings at Circus Circus and we are honored to become home to such a fascinating interactive attraction,” said Don Thrasher, president and chief operating officer of Circus Circus. “This experience is unlike anything else in Las Vegas and it is certain to create hours of fun and enlightenment for guests of all ages.”

"Speaking on behalf of the Chuck Jones Center for Creativity, I am very excited that the programs which have been so successful here will be accessible by a much broader group of people at The Chuck Jones Experience,” said Tracy Tanner, president of the Chuck Jones Council for Creativity.

About Chuck Jones:

Chuck Jones created the legendary Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies shorts for Warner Bros. Tom & Jerry cartoons and the TV version of Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas for MGM, along with many other well-known classics such as The Phantom Tollbooth, George Selden’s The Cricket in Times Square, Rudyard Kipling’s Rikki-Tikki-Tavi and The White Seal.

About Circus Circus Las Vegas

The hallmark of the 3,767-room Circus Circus Las Vegas lies under the legendary Big Top, where celebrated circus acts perform on the Midway Stage as part of the world's largest permanent circus.  The Adventuredome, America’s largest indoor theme park, offers five acres of climate-controlled fun for all ages.  Guests of Circus Circus may dine in a variety of restaurants including THE Steak House, rated the best steakhouse by Zagat and recognized a record 20 times in Las Vegas Review-Journal’s “Best of Las Vegas” awards, and Rock & Rita’s, where flair bartenders and live music enliven the scene.  Circus Circus also offers a casino, wedding chapel, meeting and convention space and a 30-acre RV park.  Circus Circus is a wholly owned subsidiary of MGM Resorts International™ (NYSE: MGM).  For more information and reservations, visit www.circuscircus.com or call toll free at (800) 634-3450 or find us on Facebook and Twitter.

 

“I’m in the Money” — Chuck Jones Image of the Day

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Daffy Duck doesn’t just do rich; he does ‘comfortably well-off!’  “I’m in the Money” depicts this despot of ducks drowning in ducats and buckets of lucre.  Talk about bling.

Daffy Duck doesn’t want to share and says so.  Reminiscing about his childhood once, Chuck Jones spoke about how we learn to be socially acceptable by telling the story of a birthday party given for his 6th or 7th year.  A beautiful cake had been lovingly prepared by his mother and when he, presented with the cake and a knife with which to cut slices for the other celebrants, stated “I won’t be needing the knife as I don’t plan on sharing the cake with anyone,” and was then quickly whisked away from the table and spent the rest of his birthday alone in his room contemplating the difference between what we really want and what is considered acceptable behavior in polite society. 

“It is never a struggle for [Daffy] to determine his priorities.  Daffy does what we would like to do if we had the guts. 

"Good comedy arises from the ability to bring to the surface, without shame, parts of yourself you would rather keep hidden.  A character such as Daffy can act out things that you are not particularly interested in having anyone associate with you, but that you are perfectly willing to associate with someone you draw.

"He is so honest that it hurts.  Underlying his avariciousness, sneakiness, and selfishness is an admirable will to survive.”  Chuck Jones, Chuck Reducks 

I’m in the Money is a limited edition fine art reproduction on canvas and has been lovingly created from an original oil painting by Chuck Jones (pictured on page 146 of Chuck Reducks, Drawing from the Fun Side of Life and on page 81 of Stroke of Genius: A Collection of Paintings and Musings on Life, Love and Art by Chuck Jones.)  

“The Phantom Tollbooth” at the Seattle International Film Festival

The Seattle International Film Festival (SIFF) announced the line-up for their "Animation Fascination" series of animated short cartoons and feature films to be shown April 22-24.  Included in the line-up will be Chuck Jones' only feature-length animated film, "The Phantom Tollbooth."  Adapted from the Norton Juster book of the same title, "The Phantom Tollbooth" utilizes both live action and animation to tell the story of Milo, a young boy whose boredom catapults him into the adventure of his life.  

If you're in the Seattle area, order your tickets today!

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Original production cel on key matching background of Milo, Tock and the Spelling Bee from the 1970 animated feature "The Phantom Tollbooth" directed by Chuck Jones.  

Notes on “Watership Down”

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In 1973, Richard Adams’ acclaimed novel Watership Down sold over 30 million copies.  Epic in scope and human in detail, the band of intrepid rabbits led by Hazel, Fiver and Bigwig strike out on an adventure in search of a new home.

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Original production cels (gouache on acetate) on original matching background layout (mixed media on paper.)

 
In 1978, famed producer and writer, Martin Rosen (Women in Love) brought to the silver screen the much loved story of this group of rabbits.  Conceived, written and produced by Mr. Rosen, Watership Down the animated film was met with tremendous critical and audience praise.  (Four-time Academy Award-winning animators Faith and John Hubley [Moonbird, The Story of an *] developed and designed the opening fable sequence.)

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Original production cel set-up (gouache on acetate) for the opening sequence of "Watership Down" designed and animated by John and Faith Hubley. 

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Original production cel (gouache on acetate) from the opening sequence of "Watership Down". 

Charles Champlin of the Los Angeles Times said of the film, “An epic told with elegance, wit and persuasive detail.  It is lyrical, literal, very exciting, often very funny and entirely enchanting.  As it is the best scripted, so it must surely be the best acted animation feature of all.”

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Original concept art, mixed media on paper and acetate, for "Watership Down."

What is it about?  A city-state is doomed.  Cassandra-like, a visionary rabbit (Fiver) prophesies the coming calamity.  Together with a small but resolute band of fellows, he sets off for safety and some dimly apprehended place that he has seen in his dreams.  The little band travels across an immense landscape, meeting with strange and fearful adventures on its way.  Such a journey Odysseus made—and the comparison is not inapt.  This great adventure finds its ultimate fulfillment on Watership Down where, after winning battles and surviving harrowing ordeals, harmony is at last established and the future is assured.

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Original layout drawing, graphite and colored pencil on 12 field animation paper.

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Original production cel (gouache on acetate) with, from left, Silver, Pipkin, Fiver and Bigwig.


Such noted actors as John Hurt (Hazel,) Sir Ralph Richardson (Chief Rabbit,) Zero Mostel (Kehaar the seagull,) Denholm Elliott (Cowslip) and Nigel Hawthorne (Campion) provided the voice characterizations.  Art Garfunkel’s lyrical single “Bright Eyes,” from the soundtrack became the second biggest selling single in British recording history at the time.

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Original production cel (gouache on acetate) with photo-reproduced background with, from left, Hazel, Fiver, Bigwig and Blackberry.

Watership Down is one of the best animated films since the heyday of Disney…the story seems to have slipped easily and delightfully on to the screen…the film is remarkably beautiful to look at.” –Financial Times, London, U.K.  

 

Chuck Jones Quote of the Day: Sensible Rules for Marriage

"The purpose of making films is to delight. The purpose of making films is to excite. The purpose of making films is to have fun. Not a bad set of rules for a marriage-which needs some sensible rules. Do these rules apply only to your expected audience? No, they only apply to you."

–Chuck Jones, page 62, Stroke of Genius, A Collection of Paintings and Musings on Life, Love and Art

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