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Image of the Day: Old Glory

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"Old Glory" limited edition hand-painted cel created from an original drawing by Chuck Jones for his 1939 film of the same title that had Uncle Sam demonstrating to Porky Pig why learning the Pledge of Allegiance was important.  Edition of 39 examples, 12.5" x 10.5" and hand-signed by Martha Sigal, one of the original Leon Schlesinger Productions ink & paint department denizens.  Purchase this cel from your Chuck Jones Gallery by July 4, 2011 and receive 2 free tickets to the August 6th performance of "Bugs Bunny at the Symphony" at Verizon Wireless Amphitheater in Irvine, California as well as two free tickets to "The Chuck Jones Big Draw" a family event on Sunday, August 7, 2011 from 11 AM to 5 PM, held at SOCO (South Coast Collection) in Costa Mesa.  Call San Diego: 888-294-9880 or email SanDiego@ChuckJones.com; Santa Fe 800-290-5999 or email SantaFe@ChuckJones.com and Tustin 800-959-7175 or email Tustin@ChuckJones.com for more details and to place your order.  

Image of the Day: Water, Water, Everywhere

"Water, Water, Every Hare" flowed into theaters nationwide on April 19, 1952.  Directed by Chuck Jones, it continues the story of "Hair – Raising Hare" (in its own way, of course) of 1946.  This time the evil scientist needs a brain for his mechanized monster & who better to assist than, Gossamer.  I won't repeat the most famous line from this film, but can you?  

"Splitting Hares", a 16 field hand-painted cel art edition of 201.  


Bel Canto Opera & the Rabbit of Seville


“Rabbit of Seville” 16 field pan cel art edition created from Chuck Jones’ original line drawing.  (Click on image for special limited time offer.)

Today, the Seattle Opera Blog posted an article about Bel Canto Opera in which they said, “You can hear the Overture to Rossini’s Barber of Seville throughout the great Chuck Jones cartoon The Rabbit of Seville.” 

The article is fascinating reading for anyone who enjoys opera, music, and cartoons (particularly cartoons where opera had such an important impact on the action).  You may read the article by clicking here.


“The Rabbit of Seville–1950″ a Director’s Cut edition of 200 (hand-painted, gouache on 12 field acetate, 12.5″ x 10.5” unframed).  



Image of the Day: Mouse Wreckers


Original hand-painted background, 10.5" x 12.5" from the 1949 Chuck Jones-directed & Academy Award-nominated short cartoon, "Mouse Wreckers."  The background is presented with a recreated hand-inked, hand-painted ovelay cel matched to the scene.  

“Yeah, yeah. Sure, sure.”  So it goes with Hubie & Bertie, two hobo
mice that want to set up house-keeping in a new home patrolled the champion
mouser, Claude Cat (pun alert: get it?) 
Suffice it to say that Claude ends up shivering in the upper branches of
a tree as our two intrepid rodents roast marshmallows over a roaring flame in
the fireplace.  


Image of the Day: “Bric-a Brac-a, Firecracker, Sis-Boom-Bah!”

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“Super Rabbit” premiered in theaters nationwide on April 3, 1943.  Directed by Chuck Jones with Tedd Pierce, story, and animation by Ken Harris, it was a spoof of the popular “Superman” character and cartoons produced by the rival studio, Paramount.  (It had the word ‘firecracker’ in it, so consider this our 4th of July post. ed.)  

Image of the Day: Opticular Successimus


"Opticular Successimus" is a hand-painted cel art edition created from an original line drawing by Chuck Jones.  We believe it to be the only time that Wile E. Coyote has ever captured the Road Runner (in real time and not in a dream) using his ACME spectacles. 

That reminds me, it's time for an eye exam, how about you? 

Image of the Day: Creature From Another Planet


"Creature From Another Planet" hand-painted cel art edition of 60, 10.5" x 25"

Chuck Jones' iconic 1953 film, "Duck Dodgers in the 24 1/2 Century" pits the intrepid Daffy Duck and his sidekick Porky Pig (Space Cadet) against a Martian named Marvin in a spoof of the very popular space opera films and radio/television serials of the period.  Maurice Noble designed the amazing background layouts for the short film (Planet X!)  

Image of the Day: No Barking


“No Barking” bow-wowed in theaters on February 27, 1954.  It was the final installment in the Frisky Puppy series and considered by Jerry Beck and Will Friedwald to be one of Chuck Jones’ mini-masterpieces.  The entire cartoon was animated by the phenomenally talented animator Ken Harris.  It was the only Jones cartoon where the Clampett/Freleng character, Tweety Bird, made an appearance (albeit a cameo.) 

This image is a 12 field hand-painted cel art edition (Director’s Cut) that captures the moment Tweety Bird first appears and utters his trademark line, “I tawt I taw a puddy tat.” 

Image of the Day: Tunnel Vision


"Tunnel Vision" a hand-painted cel art edition of 250 by Chuck Jones. 

“I see nothing in the Coyote that I can’t find in almost any
human being.  Most of us share his desire
for something small and special, be it diamonds, doughnuts, or Road
Runner.  Wile E. Coyote devotes enormous
ingenuity and energy to chasing the Road Runner.  People wonder what good it would do him to
catch the Road Runner, as there’s obviously very little food on that scrawny
frame.  A rabbit would seem to be more
nutritious prey, but Wile E. considers roadrunner to be a luxury item on the
coyote’s food chain.  There are
delicacies as yet unknown to the human palate, and one of them is this
apparently succulent avian." –Chuck Jones

Image of the Day: Little Orphan Airedale


Little Orphan Airedale bow-wowed in theaters nationwide on October 4, 1947.  Directed by Chuck Jones, it follows the adventures of Charlie Dog as he tries to persuade Porky Pig that he’s the right dog for him.  This is a hand-painted cel art edition of 47 examples from the Time Line Series.