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How to Celebrate 100 Years of Joy! Chuck Jones Film Festival at the Alex Theatre

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The Chuck Jones Centennial Celebration Film Festival will be an evening devoted to honoring the artist who brought to life such famous cartoon characters as Wile E. Coyote, Road Runner, Pepé le Pew, Marvin Martian, and Marc Anthony. Hosted by the family of Chuck Jones, the evening will include reminiscences from noted artists* whose careers and lives have been impacted by Chuck Jones and the work he created.

Of course, there will be cartoons, many of them from Jones' personal 35mm collection. Chuck Jones, whose credits include four Academy Award-winning short films, directed over 300 films in his lifetime, with such memorable titles as "Rabbit Seasoning?", "Robin Hood Daffy", and "Feed the Kitty".  In 1992 his "What's Opera, Doc?" was the first short animated film to be inducted into the Library of Congress' National Film Registry, subsequently two others have been added, "One Froggy Evening" and "Duck Amuck".  Jones, an honorary lifetime member of the Director's Guild, is considered to be one of the pioneers of the animated film, feted and honored at dozens of International Film Festivals from Annecy to Zagreb.  In 1985 Jones was the subject of a film retrospective at the Museum of Modern Art, New York.  In 1999, Jones founded the Chuck Jones Center for Creativity, a non-profit public charity whose vision is to inspire the innate creative genius within each person that leads to a more joyous, passionate, and harmonious life and world.

Join the Jones family (Marian, Linda, Craig, Todd, and Valerie) as they welcome our special guests, including:

*Carl Bell, animator and clean-up artist, will be one of the presenters. A Governor of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, Bell worked with Jones in the late 1960s and early 1970s at MGM. His career includes work with Clampett Productions early in his career and most recently with Disney Studios.

*Eric Goldberg:  Eric Goldberg joined Disney Studios in 1990 as the supervising animator responsible for the movements, personality and soul of the Genie in Aladdin.  Goldberg's strong background in animation next earned him his directorial debut on Pocahontas, which he followed up as the supervising animator on Phil, the salty satyr and trainer of heroes in Hercules.  Goldberg also directed the "Carnival of the Animals" and "Rhapsody in Blue" segments ofFantasia 2000, the continuation of Walt Disney's 1940 masterpiece.Goldberg not only served as the director of animation for Warner Bros.' 2003 live-action and animation hybrid feature "Looney Tunes: Back in Action," but he also provided the voices of the cartoon characters Marvin Martian, Tweety and Speedy Gonzalez.  Working with Bob Kurtz of Kurtz + Friends, he animated the title sequence of MGM's 2006 remake of "The Pink Panther".  His relationship with Chuck Jones began in the early 1990s and continued until Jones' passing in 2002.

*Jerry Beck is an animation historian, author, blogger, animation producer and industry consultant to Warner Bros. Studios and has been an executive with Nickelodeon and Disney. 

More names of presenters as they become available.

The Alex Theatre is located at 216 North Brand Boulevard, Glendale, CA 91203. The phone number is 818-243-ALEX (2539).

Chuck Jones’ Oscar Goes on a Trip, part 4

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Oscar in his temporary home at Tempe Center for the Arts exhibition, "Chuck Amuck: A Legacy of Laughter." 

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Linda Jones, Chuck Jones' daughter, draws Marvin Martian on Jones' animation desk this afternoon at Tempe Center for the Arts before heading back to southern California after last night's gala opening reception.

More on the opening to follow in the days to come! 

Image of the Day: Rikki Tikki Tavi

Rikki Tikki Tavi and Teddy

Original layout drawing by Chuck Jones for his 1975 television special “Rikki Tikki Tavi” based on one of The Jungle Book stories by Rudyard Kipling.  This drawing is part of the exhibition Chuck Amuck: A Legacy of Laughter opening tonight at the Tempe Center for the Arts in Tempe, Arizona.

Chuck Jones’ Oscar Goes On a Trip, part 2

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This just in from Craig Kausen, Chuck Jones' grandson who is in Tempe, Az for the opening tonight of "Chuck Amuck:  A Legacy of Laughter" at Tempe Center for the Arts.  "It's a beautiful morning in Tempe!" as Oscar greets the day. 

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Oscar takes the sun at the edge of the infinity pool in front of the Tempe Center for the Arts. 

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A little later this morning and Oscar (along with Craig) is being interviewed by Fox 10's own Alexis DelChiaro at Tempe Center for the Arts exhibition "Chuck Amuck: A Legacy of Laughter." 

Stay tuned for more Oscar buzz! 

Chuck Jones, September 21, 1912 — February 22, 2002

Today is eight years since my Grandfather, Chuck Jones, passed away.

It was eight years and three days ago that I went down to say goodbye to him.

He wasn't conscious, at least as far as I could tell as I sat by his bed at his home in Corona del Mar.  But I believed that at some level he was aware of me by his side.  It was just the two of us in the room and I sat quietly for a long time.

For some reason, I brought "The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn" by Mark Twain.  After sitting there for a while, I opened the book and just started to read.  The only part that I remember distinctly from the few pages that I read was:

"We got an old tin lantern, and a butcher-knife without any handle, and a bran-new Barlow knife worth two bits in any store, and a lot of tallow candles, and a tin candlestick, and a gourd, and a tin cup, and a ratty old bedquilt off the bed, and a reticule with needles and pins and beeswax and buttons and thread and all such truck in it, and a hatchet and some nails, and a fishline as thick as my little finger with some monstrous hooks on it, and a roll of buckskin, and a leather dog-collar, and a horseshoe, and some vials of medicine that didn't have no label on them; and just as we was leaving I found a tolerable good curry-comb, and Jim he found a ratty old fiddle-bow, and a wooden leg.  The straps was broke off of it, but barring that, it was a good enough leg, though it was too long for me and not long enough for Jim, and we couldn't find the other one, though we hunted all around."

I laughed out loud when I got to the end of this paragraph (as I always do) at the discontinuity and yet logic of looking for a matching wooden leg.

Chuck breathed a little more sporadically and a little deeper for a few moments then, I suppose due to my outburst of laughter.

Each and every February 22nd I make a specific intention to laugh more, to live more deeply, and to be more grateful for the things I have and have had in my life, including Chuck.

Today is no different as we've told some stories, had many laughs about the absurdities of life, and thoroughly enjoyed the day; just as I know Chuck is doing as he discusses the poetic nature of the written word with Mark Twain.

I hope that each person that loved him and his work will laugh an extra laugh in Chuck's honor today.  –Craig Kausen

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Chuck Amuck, A Legacy of Laughter: Exhibition to Open at Tempe Center for the Arts

Chuck Amuck, a Legacy of Laughter

A Retrospective Exhibition of Art & Artifacts from

Chuck Jones Center for Creativity

Opens February 26, 2010 at

Tempe Center for the Arts

 Tustin, CA—Chuck
Jones Center for Creativity announced today that “Chuck Amuck, a Legacy of
Laughter,” will open Friday, February 26 at Tempe Center for the Arts, 700 W.
Rio Salado Parkway, Tempe, Arizona.  A
free-to-the-public opening night reception will be held from 7 to 9:30 PM in
the TCA Gallery to inaugurate the exhibition which will be on display through
June 18th.  "The city of Tempe and
the Tempe Center for the Arts are thrilled to play host to this marvelous
exhibition. Children and adults of all ages will enjoy and learn about Jones
whose work and legacy continues to fill us with laughter and inspiration,"
enthused Michelle Nichols Dock, Gallery Coordinator for TCA. 

This exhibition of original sketches, paintings and
animation production art highlights the life and art of legendary artist,
animator and director Chuck Jones who not only helped bring to life famous
cartoon characters such as Bugs Bunny and Daffy Duck, but also created the
iconic Wile E. Coyote and Road Runner, along with many more. 

This exhibit will be the largest and most
comprehensive exhibit of art by Jones since his retrospective held at the
Capitol Children’s Museum, Washington, D.C. in 1988. 
 
The opening night festivities will also include a Chuck
Jones Cartoons and Short Films Screening beginning at 7:30 PM in the theater of
TCA.  The film festival, hosted by Jones’
grandson Craig Kausen, will be free – tickets are required and will be
available at the door that evening, but note that seating is limited. 
 

“It has been wonderful working with everyone at TCA on this
exhibition and all of us at Chuck Jones Center for Creativity are looking
forward to sharing the creative genius of Chuck Jones with the citizens of
Tempe and environs.  As Chuck Jones famously said, ‘any project is 99%
hard work and 1% love and only the love should show.’  We know that, with
the help of TCA, CJCC and its volunteers, only the love will show when this exhibit
opens on the 26th,” said Craig Kausen, Chairman of the Board of
Trustees for Chuck Jones Center for Creativity. 
 

A free to the public Family Creativity Festival will be
hosted Saturday, February 27th from 10 AM to 2 PM.  Chuck Jones Center for Creativity, the
Gallery at TCA and the theater troupe, Childsplay
will host three free hands-on art booths that day.  There will be TCA volunteer-led tours of the
Chuck Jones exhibit as well.  Childsplay, the local children’s theater
troupe will also present a performance of “Peter and the Wolf.”

 

About Chuck Jones:  In a career that spanned almost seventy
years, Jones made over 250 films, won four Academy Awards®, and was nominated
for six others. Jones' razor-sharp eye for character movement, his legendary
sense of timing, and his beguilingly irreverent wit have combined to create
some of the classic cartoons of all time, including these classic films
released by Warner Bros.: Bully for Bugs,
Duck Dodgers in the 24 1/2 Century, Duck Amuck, Rabbit Seasoning, The Scarlet
Pumpernickel, Robin Hood Daffy, A Scent of the Matterhorn,
and Feed The Kitty.

 

Jones also created and directed
some of the most popular and critically-acclaimed animated television specials
in the history of the medium, including Dr.
Seuss' How The Grinch Stole Christmas, Horton Hears A Who, Rikki-Tikki-Tavi,
Mowgli's Brothers,
and The White
Seal.

 
On March 25, 1996, Jones' work
was celebrated with a special Lifetime Achievement Oscar®, presented to him at
the Academy Awards by Robin Williams. 

In
addition, Chuck Jones has been
honored with three other Oscars, nine Academy Award nominations, a Museum of
Modern Art retrospective, two honorary degrees and countless honors including
France’s greatest creative honor—Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres.

 
Chuck Jones
died at the age of 89 in February 2002, but he leaves a legacy of brilliance,
comedy, joy, color, and laughter that will live on forever.

About TCA:  Tempe Center for the Arts stages innovative
programming that enriches, enlightens, inspires and expands the artistic
horizons of f the Tempe community.  The
TCA is a unique visual and performing arts experience built by the community
for the community.    The Center offers
a unique blending of arts and culture at a distinctive destination designed by
Tempe-based Architekton and award-winning Barton Myers Associates of Los
Angeles and houses a state-of-the-art, 600-seat proscenium theater, a 200-seat
studio theater and a 3,500 square-foot gallery. 

About CJCC:  The Chuck Jones Center for Creativity is
dedicated to fostering and encouraging creativity, especially in young people,
using the drawings, films, and writings of legendary animation director, Chuck
Jones, as inspiration. It encourages the expression of artistic creativity and
promotes an environment where that spirit can flourish. Jones' art and ideas
continue to influence contemporary artists, filmmakers, and writers through the
vast resource of his work accessible through the Center for Creativity's online
archive.

Interviews with Craig Kausen, Chairman of the Board of
Directors of Chuck Jones Center for Creativity, as well as images are available
upon request.
 

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Chuck Amuck, A Legacy of Laughter: Exhibition to Open at Tempe Center for the Arts

Chuck Amuck, a Legacy of Laughter

A Retrospective Exhibition of Art & Artifacts from

Chuck Jones Center for Creativity

Opens February 26, 2010 at

Tempe Center for the Arts

 

Tustin, CA—Chuck
Jones Center for Creativity announced today that “Chuck Amuck, a Legacy of
Laughter,” will open Friday, February 26 at Tempe Center for the Arts, 700 W.
Rio Salado Parkway, Tempe, Arizona.  A
free-to-the-public opening night reception will be held from 7 to 9:30 PM in
the TCA Gallery to inaugurate the exhibition which will be on display through
June 18th.  "The city of Tempe and
the Tempe Center for the Arts are thrilled to play host to this marvelous
exhibition. Children and adults of all ages will enjoy and learn about Jones
whose work and legacy continues to fill us with laughter and inspiration,"
enthused Michelle Nichols Dock, Gallery Coordinator for TCA. 

This exhibition of original sketches, paintings and
animation production art highlights the life and art of legendary artist,
animator and director Chuck Jones who not only helped bring to life famous
cartoon characters such as Bugs Bunny and Daffy Duck, but also created the
iconic Wile E. Coyote and Road Runner, along with many more. 

This exhibit will be the largest and most
comprehensive exhibit of art by Jones since his retrospective held at the
Capitol Children’s Museum, Washington, D.C. in 1988. 
 
The opening night festivities will also include a Chuck
Jones Cartoons and Short Films Screening beginning at 7:30 PM in the theater of
TCA.  The film festival, hosted by Jones’
grandson Craig Kausen, will be free – tickets are required and will be
available at the door that evening, but note that seating is limited. 
 

“It has been wonderful working with everyone at TCA on this
exhibition and all of us at Chuck Jones Center for Creativity are looking
forward to sharing the creative genius of Chuck Jones with the citizens of
Tempe and environs.  As Chuck Jones famously said, ‘any project is 99%
hard work and 1% love and only the love should show.’  We know that, with
the help of TCA, CJCC and its volunteers, only the love will show when this exhibit
opens on the 26th,” said Craig Kausen, Chairman of the Board of
Trustees for Chuck Jones Center for Creativity. 
 

A free to the public Family Creativity Festival will be
hosted Saturday, February 27th from 10 AM to 2 PM.  Chuck Jones Center for Creativity, the
Gallery at TCA and the theater troupe, Childsplay
will host three free hands-on art booths that day.  There will be TCA volunteer-led tours of the
Chuck Jones exhibit as well.  Childsplay, the local children’s theater
troupe will also present a performance of “Peter and the Wolf.”

 

About Chuck Jones:  In a career that spanned almost seventy
years, Jones made over 250 films, won four Academy Awards®, and was nominated
for six others. Jones' razor-sharp eye for character movement, his legendary
sense of timing, and his beguilingly irreverent wit have combined to create
some of the classic cartoons of all time, including these classic films
released by Warner Bros.: Bully for Bugs,
Duck Dodgers in the 24 1/2 Century, Duck Amuck, Rabbit Seasoning, The Scarlet
Pumpernickel, Robin Hood Daffy, A Scent of the Matterhorn,
and Feed The Kitty.

 

Jones also created and directed
some of the most popular and critically-acclaimed animated television specials
in the history of the medium, including Dr.
Seuss' How The Grinch Stole Christmas, Horton Hears A Who, Rikki-Tikki-Tavi,
Mowgli's Brothers,
and The White
Seal.

 
On March 25, 1996, Jones' work
was celebrated with a special Lifetime Achievement Oscar®, presented to him at
the Academy Awards by Robin Williams. 

In
addition, Chuck Jones has been
honored with three other Oscars, nine Academy Award nominations, a Museum of
Modern Art retrospective, two honorary degrees and countless honors including
France’s greatest creative honor—Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres.

 
Chuck Jones
died at the age of 89 in February 2002, but he leaves a legacy of brilliance,
comedy, joy, color, and laughter that will live on forever.

About TCA:  Tempe Center for the Arts stages innovative
programming that enriches, enlightens, inspires and expands the artistic
horizons of f the Tempe community.  The
TCA is a unique visual and performing arts experience built by the community
for the community.    The Center offers
a unique blending of arts and culture at a distinctive destination designed by
Tempe-based Architekton and award-winning Barton Myers Associates of Los
Angeles and houses a state-of-the-art, 600-seat proscenium theater, a 200-seat
studio theater and a 3,500 square-foot gallery. 

About CJCC:  The Chuck Jones Center for Creativity is
dedicated to fostering and encouraging creativity, especially in young people,
using the drawings, films, and writings of legendary animation director, Chuck
Jones, as inspiration. It encourages the expression of artistic creativity and
promotes an environment where that spirit can flourish. Jones' art and ideas
continue to influence contemporary artists, filmmakers, and writers through the
vast resource of his work accessible through the Center for Creativity's online
archive.

Interviews with Craig Kausen, Chairman of the Board of
Directors of Chuck Jones Center for Creativity, as well as images are available
upon request.
 

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