Chuck Jones’s first cartoon as a director premiered in October of 1938 “The Night Watchman”. His advancement to ‘supervisor’ from animator at Leon Schlesinger Productions was noted in the film trade journal, Daily Variety, prompting not only a flurry of congratulatory letters from co-workers (Grim Natwick, for instance) and family (his brother Dick, an in-betweener at Schlesinger), but also a few telegrams from the likes of Mickey Mouse, Walt Disney, and Max Fleischer (sent, we believe, with a wink from his co-workers.)
Top: Model drawing of the head rat from “The Night Watchman” by Chuck Jones, colored pencil on 12 field animation paper, 10.5” x 12.5”. Model drawings of the Night Watchman by Chuck Jones, graphite on 12 field animation paper.
Bonus feature: “Text messages from the early 20th century”!
Last Saturday, POP artist Tennessee Loveless made an appearance at the Chuck Jones Gallery in San Diego during Comic Con. His fans and collectors made a point of stopping by to say hello and to look, consider, and acquire his latest editions and original works. Loveless unveiled his first Bugs Bunny portrait (below) and told us that he's planning a series of paintings of Bugs Bunny not unlike his Mickey Mouse works; it's a project that everyone here at Chuck Redux is looking forward to seeing in the future from this talented young man.
Tennessee Loveless at the Chuck Jones Gallery–San Diego on Saturday, July 14th with a selection of his original works on canvas and paper.
Tennessee Loveless (fourth from right) poses with the Chuck Jones Gallery staff, from left: Sarah Knox, Joel Shapiro, Stephanie Owens, Dave Hausmann, Erin Liddell, Loveless, Mike Dicken, Scott Dicken, and Kate Bowerman.