Original mixed media model drawing of the Connecticut Cat by Chuck Jones for his 1973 television special, "A Very Merry Cricket." The sequel to his "A Cricket in Times Square" (original book by George Selden), "A Very Merry Cricket" finds our intrepid heroes Tucker Mouse (voiced by Mel Blanc) and Harry the Cat (voiced by Les Tremayne) off to Connecticut to find their friend, the musically-gifted cricket, Chester. The final Christmas montage of the film is cited by many to be some of Chuck's finest post-Warner Bros. work, see for yourself and let us know if you agree:
Original storyboard page for Chuck Jones' 1973 television special "A Cricket in Times Square." This artwork will be part of Chuck Jones: An Animator's Life from A to Z-Z-Z-Z opening May 14th at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in Beverly Hills.
Based on the children's book of the same title by George Selden, the film finds a braunschweiger-eating cricket named Chester trapped in a picnic basket and transported from his home in Connecticut to New York City, with voice actors Mel Blanc, June Foray and Les Tremayne.