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Special Guests @ Chuck 102Gether!

Chuck 102Gether at the Alex Theatre, Sunday, September 21 from 3 to 5 PM!

A Film Festival celebrating the collaborative creativity of the Golden Age of Looney Tunes!

Need another reason to attend besides being able to see these great cartoons on the big screen as they’re meant to be shown? Here’s a partial list of guest panelists:

GEORGE DAUGHERTY, creator of “Bugs Bunny at the Symphony” will be the afternoon’s Master of Ceremonies.
ROB MINKOFF–Director of “The Lion King” and “Mr. Peabody & Sherman”
TOM SITO–Key figure in the Disney Renaissance and one of the 100 most influential people in animation
LEITH ADAMS–Longtime Executive Director of the Warner Bros. Archive
JEFF DEGRANDIS–Now at Dreamworks, formerly a supervising producer at Nickelodeon
ERIC GOLDBERG–Animator of the Genie in “Aladdin” and director of “Fantasia 2000” and so much more!

Other special guests may include: JUNE FORAY, AURIL THOMPSON, and MARTHA SIGALL (health permitting.)

Tickets from $10 available at AlexTheatre.org!

Employees of Leon Schlesinger Studios, circa 1935.

Employees of Leon Schlesinger Studios, circa 1935.

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.



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.

DSC06883Carrot cake cupcakes, of course!

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.

















Actress June Foray to Receive Creative Arts Emmy for Lifetime Achievement!

Actress of a thousand voices, the inimitable June Foray will be honored with a Lifetime Achievement Creative Arts Emmy at a ceremony September 15. On the 21st of September, Foray will celebrate her birthday at the Egyptian Theater in Hollywood during the “Chuck 101” festivities celebrating the 101st birthday of animation director and producer, Chuck Jones. To learn more and to buy your tickets for the event at the Egyptian Theater, click here.


The amazing June Foray.

Chuck Jones Centennial Celebration of Animation at the Newport Beach Film Festival 2012

The Chuck Jones Center for Creativity, a Newport Beach Film Festival Event Sponsor, will be hosting a morning of Chuck Jones animated cartoons at Triangle Square, Costa Mesa (at the intersection of Newport Blvd., 19th St., and the terminus of the 55 freeway) on Saturday, April 28th at 11 AM. Among the many favorite short cartoons to be shown will be one of his masterpieces, "One Froggy Evening."

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Following the showing at 1:30 PM will be a panel discussion and seminar on animation with celebrated voice actress, June Foray (Rocky the Flying Squirrel, Natasha Fatale, and Witch Hazel); Emmy Award-winning producer Linda Jones Clough; "Dora the Explorer" producer and director, Jeff DeGrandis; animation director, character designer ("Hop"), and writer, Chris Bailey and photographer Marian Jones, Chuck Jones's widow. The discussion will be moderated by Craig Kausen, chairman of the Chuck Jones Center for Creativity.

A ticket for both events is $5.00 for adults. For more information and to purchase tickets, please contact the Newport Beach Film Festival by clicking on their name in this sentence or on the images. 

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It’s June in January!

Legendary actress, June Foray, the voice of such renowned cartoon characters as Natasha, Rocky the Flying Squirrel, Witch Hazel and little Cindy Lou Who, will be making a special appearance this evening, January 5th, at the Coffee Gallery Backstage in Altadena at 8 PM and performing in word and song with Will Ryan and the Cactus County Cowboys.  Be there or be square!  

Why Santy Claus, Why?

First awakened by the jingling of a loosened ornament from her Who Christmas tree, little Cindy-Lou Who's plaintive cry of "Why Santy Claus, why," startles the Grinch and one of the great scenes from Chuck Jones' classic "Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas" unfolds.  The acting is subtle and impressive; Jones often said, "An animator is an actor with a pencil," and no where in this film is that more evident than here.  

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Original production cel of Cindy-Lou Who with its matching original production background.  In the 1970s while the production art from the film was stored at UCLA's film library, a water pipe burst and many pieces suffered water damage as seen in the background of the above piece.  

Of course, this post is really about the incomparable June Foray, the voice of Cindy-Lou Who.  Chuck Jones writes in his Chuck Reducks, "One of the few misconceptions about June is to think of her wonderful talent as "voice over."  Nothing could be further from the truth.  June is worthy of the gift-word: actress.  She imbues a part with herself, be it a Mama Bear or the deadly cobra Nagaina in Rikki Tikki Tavi.  As a vocal Grandma Moses, she brought the redoubtable Granny to life for Friz Freleng; for me, she did the loving mother seal in Kipling's The White Seal.  She created three different witches named Hazel for Disney, MGM and Warner Bros., all with different personalities but all with undeniable knowledge of Shakespeare's squacky trio.  She could transfer her throat from a sweet Cindy-Lou in How the Grinch Stole Christmas! to a bellowing Red Riding Hood in Little Red Riding Rabbit…  From Natasha to (an asexual) Rocky, she dominated Bullwinkle and company for many years.  Indeed, she is one of the few actresses I know who would understand John Barrymore's assertion that "an actor cannot say 'pass the butter' without understanding who said it, where it was said, and under what circumstances it was said."  In fact–and I speak with the deepest respect for him–I can only compliment Mel Blanc by saying that he could be called the a male June Foray."

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Craig Kausen (Chuck Jones' grandson) and voice actress extraordinaire June Foray at a reception held in her honor at the Chuck Jones Gallery.   

Video excerpts from the June Foray Reception at the Chuck Jones Gallery–Orange County

Our reception for legendary voice actress, June Foray (Witch Hazel, Granny, Cindy Lou Who, Rocky the Flying Squirrel, Natasha Fatale,) started off with a beautiful sunset over the Tustin Marine Corps Base (just to the southwest of our gallery) and went on into the night with a crowd of collectors & well-wishers.  Miss Foray, a vibrant 93 years old, spoke during the evening with hundreds of her fans, food was consumed — there was even music (coming soon!)  All-in-all a lovely evening.  More video to come, watch this space.

(P.S. that's Craig Kausen, Chuck's grandson, on the left of the last photo.)

Last Minute Preparations for the June Foray Show Tonight

Preparations continue for the June Foray reception and "Roast Beast Feast" exhibit at the Chuck Jones Gallery in Tustin this evening from 4 to 8 PM.  3065 Edinger Ave.  Tustin@ChuckJones.com or 800-959-7175.  

11:54 AM PST: We are currently experiencing some technical difficulties and there is no sound with the video, hope to fix that problem, please check back!

12:31 PM PST: Problem fixed!  Play on…

June Foray, Legendary Voice Actress, Special Guest at Chuck Jones Gallery Tonight!

June Foray, the legendary voice of such memorable cartoon characters as Witch Hazel and Granny, Rocky the Flying Squirrel and Natasha Fatale along with a host of others, will be the guest-of-honor at the Chuck Jones Gallery in Tustin, California this evening.  The reception, "Roast Beast Feast" is a celebration of the artwork of the Chuck Jones directed 1966 classic Holiday animated TV special, "Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas"  and for which Ms. Foray provided the voice of little Cindy Lou Who, who was no more than two.

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Ms. Foray is shown here with Chuck Jones (left) at a reception in the 1990s.  The reception is from 4 to 8 PM this evening, Friday, December 3rd.  The gallery is located at 3065 Edinger Avenue, Tustin, California.  For more information email Tustin@ChuckJones.com or call 800-959-7175.