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Chuck Jones Filmography

A complete listing of Chuck Jones’ films appears below: 

1938- The Night Watchman

1/14/39 – Dog Gone Modern – WB

 2/11/39 – Robin Hood Makes Good – WB

 3/25/39 – Prest-O Change-O – WB

 4/22/39 – Daffy Duck and the Dinosaur – WB

 5/30/39 – Naughty But Mice – WB

 7/1/39 – Old Glory – WB

 7/29/39 – Snow Man’s Land – WB

 9/2/39 – Little Brother Rat – WB

 10/7/39 – Little Lion Hunter – WB

 10/21/39 – The Good Egg – WB

 12/2/39 – Sniffles and the Bookworm – WB

 12/30/39 – Curious Puppy – WB

 1/27/40 – The Mighty Hunters – WB

 3/2/40 – Elmer’s Candid Camera – WB

 5/22/40 – Sniffles Takes a Trip – WB

 6/8/40 – Tom Thumb in Trouble – WB

 7/20/40 – The Egg Collector – WB

 8/10/40 – Ghost Wanted – WB

 9/28/40 – Stage Fright – WB

 10/26/40 – Good Night Elmer – WB

 11/23/40 – Bedtime for Sniffles – WB

 1/4/41 – Elmer’s Pet Rabbit – WB

 2/1/41 – Sniffles Bells the Cat – WB

 3/8/41 – Joe Glow, the Firefly – WB

 4/12/41 – Toy Trouble – WB

 5/10/41 – Porky’s Ant – WB

 6/21/41 – Porky’s Prize Pony – WB

 7/19/41 – Inki and the Lion – WB

 8/30/41 – Snow Time for Comedy – WB

 9/27/41 – Brave Little Bat – WB

 11/8/41 – Saddle Silly – WB

 11/22/41 – Porky’s Midnight Matinee – WB

 1/17/42 – The Bird Came C.O.D. – WB

1942 – Porky’s Cafe

 2/21/42 – Conrad the Sailor – WB

 4/25/42 – Dog Tired – WB

 5/9/42 – The Draft Horse – WB

 6/13/42 – Hold the Lion, Please! – WB

 8/8/42 – The Squawkin’ Hawk – WB

 9/5/42 – Fox Pop – WB

 9/10/42 – The Dover Boys – WB

 12/5/42 – My Favorite Duck – WB

 12/12/42 – Case of the Missing Hare – WB

 3/6/43 – To Duck or Not to Duck – WB

 3/20/43 – Flop Goes the Weasel – WB

 4/3/43 – Super -Rabbit – WB

 4/17/43 – The Unbearable Bear – WB

 06/43 – Coming Snafu – U.S. Army

 6/9/43 – The Aristo Cat – WB

 7/3/43 – Wackiki Wabbit – WB

 08/43 – Spies – U.S. Army

 09/43 – The Infantry Blues – U.S. Army

 10/23/43 – Fin N’ Catty – WB

 11/13/43 – Inki and the Mynah Bird – WB

 ’44 – Hell Bent for Election – UPA

 2/12/44 – Tom Turk and Daffy – WB

 2/26/44 – Bugs Bunny and the Three Bears – WB

 3/25/44 – The Weakly Report – WB

 03/44 – Private Snafu VS. Malaria Mike – U.S. Army

 04/44 – Lecture on Camouflage – U.S. Army

 05/44 – Gas – U.S. Army

 05/44 – Going Home – U.S. Army

 6/3/44 – Angel Puss – WB

 8/5/44 – From Hand to Mouse – WB

 08/44 – Outpost – U.S. Army

 9/30/44 – Lost and Foundling – WB

 1/6/45 – In the Aleutians – U.S. Army

 1/6/45 – The Odor-Able Kitty – WB

 2/24/45 – Trap Happy Porky – WB

 05/45 – It’s Murder She Says – WB

 8/11/45 – Hare Conditioned – WB

 8/28/45 – Fresh Airedale – WB

 10/45 – No Buddy Atoll – U.S. Army

 11/10/45 – Hare Tonic – WB

 ’45 – Secrets of the Caribbean – U.S. Army

 3/2/46 – Quentil Quail – WB

 5/4/46 – Hush My Mouse – WB

 5/25/46 – Hair-Raising Hare – WB

 7/13/46 – The Eager Beaver – WB

 9/28/46 – Fair and Worm-er – WB

 11/23/46 – Roughly Squeaking – WB

 5/8/47 – Scent-Imental Over You – WB

 6/21/47 – Inki at the Circus – WB

 8/3/47 – A Pest in the House – WB

 10/4/47 – Little Orphan Airedale – WB

 2/7/48 – A Feather in His Hare – WB

 2/28/48 – What’s Brewin’ Bruin? – WB

 4/10/48 – Rabbit Punch – WB

 7/24/48 – Haredevil Hare – WB

 8/7/48 – You Were Never Duckier – WB

 10/7/48 – House-Hunting Mice – WB

 10/21/48 – Daffy Dilly – WB

 12/14/48 – My Bunny Lies Over the Sea – WB

 12/18/48 – Scaredy Cat – WB

 ’49 – So Much For So Little (Public Health) – WB (Academy Award Winner)

 1/29/49 – Awful Orphan – WB

 2/26/49 – Mississippi Hare – WB

 4/23/49 – Mouse Wreckers – WB (Academy Award Nominee)

 5/14/49 – The Bee-Deviled Bruin – WB

 6/25/49 – Long-Haired Hare – WB

 8/13/49 – Often an Orphan – WB

 9/16/49 – Fast and Furry-ous – WB

 10/7/49 – Frigid Hare – WB

 11/12/49 – For Scent-imental Reasons – WB (Academy Award Winner)

 12/10/49 – Bear Feat – WB

 12/24/49 – Rabbit Hood – WB

 2/18/50 – The Scarlet Pumpernickel – WB

 3/11/50 – Homeless Hare – WB

 4/15/50 – The Hypo-condri-Cat – WB

 7/8/50 – Eight Ball Bunny – WB

 8/26/50 – Dog Gone South – WB

 9/2/50 – The Ducksters – WB

 11/25/50 – Caveman Inki – WB

 12/16/50 – The Rabbit of Seville – WB

 12/30/50 – Two’s a Crowd – WB

 3/10/51 – Bunny Hugged – WB

 3/24/51 – Scent-imental Romeo – WB

 4/28/51 – A Hound For Trouble – WB

 5/19/51 – Rabbit Fire – WB

 6/16/51 – Chow Hound – WB

 7/14/51 – The Wearing of the Grin – WB

 8/28/51 – Cheese Chasers – WB

 10/20/51 – A Bear for Punishment – WB

 11/17/51 – Dripalong Daffy – WB

 1/19/52 – Operation: Rabbit – WB

 2/2/52 – Feed the Kitty – WB

 3/29/52 – Little Beau Pepe – WB

 4/19/52 – Water, Water Every Hare – WB

 5/24/52 – Beep, Beep – WB

 6/7/52 – The Hasty Hare – WB

 8/23/52 – Going! Going! Gosh! – WB

 9/8/52 – Mouse Warning – WB

 9/20/52 – Rabbit Seasoning – WB

 11/29/52 – Terrier Stricken – WB

 1/3/53 – Don’t Give Up the Sheep – WB

 2/4/53 – Forward March Hare – WB

 2/21/53 – Kiss Me Cat – WB

 2/28/53 – Duck Amuck – WB

 5/3/53 – Much Ado About Nutting – WB

 7/11/53 – Wild Over You – WB

 7/25/53 – Duck Dodgers in the 24 1/2 Century – WB

 8/8/53 – Bully for Bugs – WB

 9/14/53 – Zipping Along – WB

 10/3/53 – Duck! Rabbit! Duck! – WB

 12/19/53 – Punch Trunk – WB

 2/13/54 – Feline Frame-Up – WB

 2/27/54 – Cat’s Bah – WB

1954 – No Barking

 5/22/54 – Claws for Alarm – WB

 7/24/54 – Bewitched Bunny – WB

 8/14/54 – Stop, Look and Hasten – WB

 10/16/54 – From A to Z-Z-Z-Z – WB (Academy Award Nominee)

 11/13/54 – Lumberjack Rabbit – WB

 11/27/54 – My Little Duckaroo – WB

 12/11/54 – Sheep Ahoy – WB

 12/18/54 – Baby Buggy Bunny – WB

 ’55 – A Hitch in Time (US Air Force) – WB

 2/12/55 – Beanstalk Bunny – WB

 4/30/55 – Ready, Set, Zoom! – WB

 5/21/55 – Past Perfumance – WB

 6/11/55 – Rabbit Rampage – WB

 7/13/55 – Double or Mutton – WB

 8/6/55 – Jumpin’ Jupiter – WB

 10/1/55 – Knight-Mare Hare – WB

 10/15/55 – Two Scent’s Worth – WB

 12/10/55 – Guided Muscle – WB

 12/31/55 – One Froggy Evening – WB

 ’56 – 90 Days Wondering – U.S. Army

 1/14/56 – Bugs Bonnets – WB

 2/25/56 – Broom-Stick Bunny – WB

 3/10/56 – Rocket Squad – WB

 3/31/56 – Heaven Scent – WB

 5/5/56 – Gee Whiz-z-z – WB

 7/21/56 – Barbary Coast Bunny – WB

 8/4/56 – Rocket-Bye Baby – WB

 9/29/56 – Deduce, You Say – WB

 11/10/56 – There They Go-Go-Go – WB

 12/15/56 – To Hare is Human – WB

 ’57 – Drafty Isn’t It? – U.S. Army

 1/26/57 – Scrambled Ashes – WB

 2/9/57 – Ali Baba Bunny – WB

 2/23/57 – Go Fly a Kit – WB

 6/8/57 – Steal Wool – WB

 7/6/57 – What’s Opera, Doc? – WB (Nat’l Film Registry)

 9/14/57 – Zoom and Bored – WB

 9/20/57 – Boyhood Daze – WB

 10/21/57 – Touche and Go – WB

 3/8/58 – Robin Hood Daffy – WB

 3/29/58 – Hare Way to the Stars – WB

 4/12/58 – Whoa Be Gone! – WB

 6/28/58 – To Itch His Own – WB

 10/11/58 – Hook, Line and Stinker – WB

 12/6/58 – Hip Hip-Hurry – WB

 12/20/58 – Cat Feud – WB

 1/10/59 – Baton Bunny – WB

 5/9/59 – Hot Rod and Reel – WB

 10/10/59 – Wild About Hurry – WB

 1/19/60 – Fastest with the Mostest – WB

 4/23/60 – Who Scent You? – WB

 6/4/60 – Rabbit’s Feat – WB

 7/30/60 – Ready Woolen and Able – WB

 10/8/60 – Hopalong Casualty – WB

 12/3/60 – High Note – WB (Academy Award Nominee)

 1/21/61 – Zip ‘N’ Snort – WB

 2/25/61 – The Mouse on 57th Street – WB

 5/20/61 – The Abominable Snow Rabbit – WB

 6/3/61 – Lickety Splat – WB

 6/24/61 – A Scent of the Matterhorn – WB

 7/29/61 – Compressed Hare – WB

 11/11/61 – Beep Prepared – WB (Academy Award Nominee)

 12/30/61 – Nelly’s Folly – WB (Academy Award Nominee)

 2/10/62 – A Sheep in the Deep – WB

 6/2/62 – The Adventures of the Road Runner – WB

 6/30/62 – Zoom at the Top – WB

 8/18/62 – Louvre Come Back to Me – WB

 12/29/62 – Martian Through Georgia – WB

 1/19/63 – I Was a Teenage Thumb – WB

 4/27/63 – Now Hear This – WB (Academy Award Nominee)

1963 – Woolen Under Where

 6/8/63 – Hare-Breadth Hurry – WB

 10/19/63 – Mad as a Mars Hare – WB

 11/30/63 – Transylania 6-5000 – WB

 12/28/63 – To Beep or Not To Beep – WB

 6/6/64 – War and Pieces – WB

 ’63 – Penthouse Mouse – MGM

 ’64 – The Cat Above, The Mouse Below – MGM

 ’64 – Is There a Doctor in the Mouse? – MGM

 ’64 – Much Ado About Mousing – MGM

 ’64 – Snowbody Loves Me – MGM

 ’64 – Unshrinkable Jerry Mouse – MGM

 ’65 – The Dot and the Line – MGM (Academy Award Winner)

 ’65 – Tom-ic Energy – MGM

 ’65 – Ah-Sweet Mouse Story of Life – MGM

 ’65 – Bad Day At Cat Rock – MGM

 ’65 – Haunted Mouse – MGM

 ’65 – I’m Just Wild About Jerry – MGM

 ’65 – Of Feline Bondage – MGM

 ’65 – Tom Thump – MGM

 ’65 – The Year of the Mouse – MGM

 ’65 – The Cat’s Me-Ouch – MGM

 ’66 – Duel Personality – MGM

 ’66 – Jerry Jerry Quite Contrary – MGM

1966 – Love Me, Love My Mouse

 ’66 – The Bear That Wasn’t – MGM

 12/18/66 – How the Grinch Stole Christmas (TV) – MGM

 ’67 – Cat and Duplicat – MGM

 ’67 – Cannery Rodent – MGM

1967 –  How the Grinch Stole Christmas (TV Special)

1967 – Gillette commercial

 ’67 – The Mouse from H.U.N.G.E.R. – MGM

 5/18/69 – The Pogo Special Birthday Special (TV) – MGM

 3/19/70 – Horton Hears a Who (TV) – MGM

 ’71 – The Phantom Tollbooth (Feature) – MGM

’71 – Horton Hears a Who (TV Special)

’71 – The Pogo Family Birthday Special

72’ – Curiosity Shop (TV Series)

73’ –  A Christmas Carol

 4/24/73 – The Cricket in Times Square (TV) – CJE

 12/14/73 – A Very Merry Cricket (TV) – CJE

1/16/74 – Yankee Doodle Cricket (TV) – CJE

3/24/74 – The White Seal (TV) – CJE

 1/9/75 – Rikki-Tikki-Tavi (TV) – CJE

 2/11/76 – Mowgli’s Brothers (TV) – CJE

 11/27/76 – Carnival of the Animals (TV) – CJE

 2/23/78 – A Connecticut Rabbit in King Arthur’s Court (TV) – CJE

 11/30/78 – Raggedy Ann & Andy in the Great Santa Claus Caper (TV) – CJE

 78’ – Bugs Bunny in King Arthur’s Court

 9/30/79 – Bugs Bunny/Road Runner Movie – WB

 10/31/79 – Raggedy Ann & Andy in the Pumpkin Who Couldn’t Smile (TV) – CJE

 11/27/79 – Bugs Bunny’s Looney Christmas Tales – WB

 79’ – Daffy Duck’s Thanks-for-Giving Special

 ’80 – Duck Dodgers & the Return of the 24 1/2 Century (TV) – WB

 5/21/80 – Bugs Bunny’s Bustin’ Out All Over (TV) – WB

 11/24/81 – Daffy Duck’s Thanks-for-Giving Special (TV) – WB

 83’ – Heineken commercial

 1/14/86 – Bugs Bunny/Looney Tunes All-Star 50th Anniv. Special (TV) – WB

 86’ – Warner Bros. Golden Jubilee

 ’92 – Stay Tuned (animation sequence from movie) – CJFP

 ’93 – Mrs. Doubtfire (animation sequence from movie) – CJFP

 12/94 – Chariots of Fur – CJFP

 1/95 – Another Froggy Evening – CJFP

 12/95 – Superior Duck – CJFP

 ’96 – From Hare to Eternity – CJFP

 10/24/01 – Timber Wolf – CJE & WB

 

about Boris Karloff, the man whose voice tells the story…

That's the title at the top of the page from the MGM press booklet for the 1966 Chuck Jones-directed animated television special, "Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas" that introduces Boris Karloff. It goes on to reveal some fascinating aspects of Karloff's character and reads in part:

"When it comes to villains, Boris Karloff is the epitome, so for Dr. Seuss' HOW THE GRINCH STOLE CHRISTMAS–a tale of a Christmas villain, Karloff is the appropriate narrator.

"Both Jones and Dr. Seuss agreed that Boris Karloff was the only man to tell the tale over the colorful animated film.  The choice was not so much for the association with Karloff's monster roles (although the Grinch is somewhat of a monster in the beginning of the story) but because of the rich mellow voice of this distinguished actor.  He can sound miserable and mean on the one hand, and bright and cheerful on the other–both qualities necessary to the story of HOW THE GRINCH STOLE CHRISTMAS.

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Chuck Jones and Boris Karloff during the taping of the audio for the animated film, "Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas."

"Through the years, Karloff has played literally hundreds of different characters–so many that he honestly can't remember them all… In fact, this past year has been a busy one for him at MGM, where he also did the role of Mother Muffin in an episode of "The Girl from U.N.C.L.E.", and still another character portrayal in the MGM feature presentation, "The Venetian Affair".

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The multi-page Press Book (each page hand-typed!) from MGM for the release of "Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas."

"Today, Karloff commutes between Hollywood and London, where he maintains a flat, and a cottage in Hampshire.  Says he, "You know, it's a funny thing, when I'm in England and I speak of California–that's home, but when I'm here, I think of England as home".  

"His chief interests are flower gardens, poetry and the stage.  He's an avid fan of cricket and Rugby football–in all, quite a mild, cultured, soft spoken English gentleman–a complete contrast to most of his menacing characters on the screen."

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Original pencil on animation paper drawing of Boris Karloff as the Grinch (with the Cat in the Hat hat on) by Chuck Jones; created during the audio taping of Karloff's narration of the classic animated film.  

Ken Harris: Master Animator

"He was a master animator, a virtuoso…Ken Harris did it all."  – Chuck Jones

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There is a wonderful website devoted to animator Ken Harris.  He worked alongside Chuck Jones for 28 years at Warner Bros. and continued to be a part of Chuck's unit well into the '60s at MGM and Chuck Jones Enterprises.  Chuck was even his best man at his wedding to his second wife in 1966!  

You can visit the site and learn more about this master animator by clicking here.

 

Image of the Day: Nice Kitty

The Chuck Jones mantra, instilled in him at an early age at Chouinard Art Institute in Los Angeles was, "you have 100,000 bad drawings in you, start getting rid of them now."  And toward that end, Jones, each and every day, drew, almost constantly.  Whether he was on the phone, having breakfast, sitting at the beach, having lunch at his favorite restaurant; there rarely was a moment when he wasn't drawing.  

These three sketches of big cats may have been done at the San Diego Zoo (a favorite destination for him) or judging by the fact that two of the drawings are on MGM animation paper, it may be that he was at the Los Angeles Zoo.  Wherever they occurred, Jones trademark economy of line distills the character and personality of each of these three big cats; whether in repose or leaping at you, each one exhibits what Chuck deemed most important: they are believable.  

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Image of the Day: The Bear That Wasn’t

The Bear That Wasn't was the last theatrical short produced by MGM.  Originally a children's storybook written by Looney Tunes director Frank Tashlin in 1946, the 1967 cartoon was directed by Chuck Jones.  Although a story ostensibly for children, it's also noted for its satirical view of corporate culture and mass indoctrination–if something is repeated enough, even if it isn't true, it will become the truth for many. 

Here are a production cel and timed drawing from the film:

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And the cartoon: