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Chuck Jones Image of the Day: Mowgli’s Brothers

During his tenure as vice-president in charge of children's programming at ABC television, Jones produced and directed three half-hour television specials based on stories from Rudyard Kipling's "The Jungle Book". In 1973, the story of a young boy raised by wolves in the jungle, premiered to immediate acclaim.  Narrated by Roddy McDowall, Mowgli learns about the love, justice and the jungle code of loyalty.  

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Early storyboard by Jones with a nascent Mowgli in the upper right corner.

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Pre-production model sketch of Mowgli by Chuck Jones.  You can begin to see how Jones is determining the character and personality of Mowgli through his use of the drawn line.

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Production layout drawing by Chuck Jones.  Providing hundreds of layout drawings for each of the films he directed, Jones here has clearly defined the character of Mowgli and establishes the model from which the animator's created the mood and movement of each scene.  


Identity Issues: Pepe le Pew in Archive Art Exhibit

"Scent-imental Over You" is the second Pepe le Pew cartoon directed by Chuck Jones.  This 'Scent' was released in theaters nationwide on May 8, 1947, a couple of years after Pepe's first film, "Odor-able Kitty" and two years before Jones won his first Oscar (who, BTW, is going on holiday, watch this space for more news in the coming days as to his whereabouts…) for the Pepe le Pew vehicle "For Scent-imental Reasons".  

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This original production layout drawing by Chuck Jones of Pepe chasing after the poor little Chihuahua (who as a "Mexican Hairless" has disguised himself in his mistress's furs so that he would look more like the other dogs, alas to his chagrin) is graphite on 12 field two-hole punch animation paper.  It will be featured in the Archive Art Exhibit at Art Partners Gallery this Saturday, February 5th at 7:30 PM. Throw on your snowshoes and come meet Craig Kausen, Chuck Jones' grandson, as he inaugurates the exhibit Chuck Jones: Frame by Frame, An Animator's Story at the gallery.  More details?  Call 847-517-5757!  

The cartoon has Russian translations for the dialogue, but you'll get the idea…

“Sheep Ahoy!” Classic Layout Drawings Featured at Exhibit

"Hello Sam," "Hello Ralph,"  and so begins the adventures (and misadventures) of Ralph Wolf and Sam Sheepdog, friends and neighbors who when not at work (trying to steal sheep, guarding said sheep from theft) you can almost imagine might share a pint at the local pub and reminisce about days gone by.  

These wonderful layout drawings by Chuck Jones for his 1954 "Sheep Ahoy" short animated film will be part of an exhibit of rare original production art and ephemera at Art Partners Gallery in Schaumburg, Illinois, opening Saturday February 5th.  Craig Kausen, Jones's grandson and Chairman of the Board of Chuck Jones Center for Creativity will be the special guest.  He'll share anecdotes and stories about growing up with Chuck Jones with those assembled Saturday evening, beginning at 7:30 PM.  For more information about the exhibit, please call Art Partners Gallery at 847-517-5757.

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Image of the Day: Rabbit Seasoning 1952

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Original layout drawing with dialog by Chuck Jones, graphite on 12 field animation paper for his 1952 "Rabbit Seasoning."  

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Original background layout for the Chuck Jones directed "Rabbit Seasoning" by Maurice Noble, graphite and colored pencil on 12 field animation paper.  Both are genius!  


Image of the Day: Cats Bah

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"Darling! I have waited por vu."  Pepé le Pew makes his move in this original layout drawing by Chuck Jones for his 1954 short film, "Cats Bah."  In this film, the most Boyer-referential outing of the amorous skunk, Pepé is found reminiscing about his greatest love when he his smitten by the "belle Americaine touriste femme skunk."  The drawing is graphite on 12 field, two-hole punch animation paper and measures 10.5" x 12.5".  

Image of the Day: Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas

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Original storyboard
by Maurice Noble (hand-signed.) 
¾” x 6 ½” mixed media on MGM storyboard paper.

One of the pre-eminent color designers and art
directors in 20th century animation, Maurice Noble’s film career
began in 1934 at Walt Disney Studios creating watercolor backgrounds for the Silly Symphonies.  Leaving Disney in 1941 after the bitter
animation strike of that same year, Noble joined the Army and worked in the
Capra unit alongside Chuck Jones and Ted Geisel (AKA Dr. Seuss.)  His work on the 1966 television special Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas
involved storyboards, color design, art direction, background layouts and
co-direction.  It is arguably the most watched
animation special ever created for television.  


Image of the Day: Who Scent You

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“Who Scent You” premiered in theaters nationwide
on April 23, 1960.  In this Pepé le Pew vehicle, Chuck Jones
along with writer Michael Maltese continued their examination of all things le
Francais.  With classics like “Your
aloneness is almost ovair” and “You are my peanut, I am your brittle,” who
could argue with the e’scent’ial reasoning of this amorous skunk?  This original layout drawing by Chuck Jones includes his dialog notes (graphite on 12 field animation paper, 10.5″ x 12.5″).  


Image of the Day: Inki and the Minah Bird

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Original Chuck Jones layout drawing (graphite on 2 hole-punch 12 field animation paper, 10.5" x 12.5") for his 1943 short cartoon, "Inki and the Minah Bird".  

With a tip of the hat to the surrealists holding
court in painterly circles in Europe—Chuck Jones commands an outrageously
magical brush in this pastiche of a film. 
Read what you will into its rhythms and syncopations, appearances and
disappearances and outright lunacy, but don’t deny its hold on your


Image of the Day: High Note

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Chuck Jones’ 1962 Academy Award-nominated short
animated film, “High Note” is an excellent example of his seamless melding of
abstract graphic designs and animation with story and personality.  The attempt by the notes to play “The Blue
Danube” is disrupted by one quarter note that has been partying in “The Little
Brown Jug” a little too frequently. 

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Note” set the stage for Jones Academy Award-winning 1966 short film “The Dot
and the Line” as it married abstract thought with his innate sense of timing,
story & character.   It’s interesting
to note that “High Note” and “Now Hear This” are both Oscar-nominated (one year
after the other.)  The Academy obviously
saw something growing here that finally blossomed (and won) with “The Dot and
the Line.”  


Image of the Day: Beep Prepared

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“Don’t Let the Stars Get in Your Eyes” could’ve
been the musical score to accompany this Academy Award-nominated short animated
film by Chuck Jones.  “Beep Prepared”
fell off a cliff into theaters on November 7, 1961 and catapulted the Coyote into a
constellation at the end.  The series of
mishaps that plague Wile E. in this film are: 
flat foot from a truck rolling over his foot, an arrow, two boulders, a
‘portable’ hole, bat-wing/sky rocket outfit, ACME Bird Seed, a mis-managed
magnet, trains, and finally the ACME Little Giant Do-It-Yourself Rocket-Sled
Kit.  Oof!  

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This beautiful layout drawing of the Road Runner
is one of the rarest of birds.  You know
what Linda has said in response to “Why are there so few Road Runner production
pieces?” don’t you?  “Because he’s very
fast.” And that’s the truth.