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Chuck Jones, Actor

Thanks to all of our readers who responded to yesterday's post and the question:  what films did Chuck Jones act in (theatrical & TV), other than Joe Dante's 1984 "Gremlins"?  Here's the complete list:

1.  The Pogo Birthday Special (TV special,) 1969: voice actor, Porky Pine, Bun Rab, Basil the Butterfly

2.  The Phantom Tollbooth (feature film,) 1970:  man sitting on trolley next to Milo (Butch Patrick)

3.  Horton Hears a Who! (TV special,) 1970: voice actor, Junyer Kangaroo

4.  The Curiosity Shop (TV show,) 1971

5.  Gremlins (Feature film,) 1984: man in bar

6.  Innerspace (Feature film,) 1987: grocery store customer

You may see that IMDB.com lists a role in the feature film "The Arrogant" from 1987 that they say Chuck Jones appeared in, but that is not confirmed by the Jones family.  

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Tock, Milo and Humbug from the 1970 feature film, "The Phantom Tollbooth," directed by Chuck Jones.

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.  

 

 

Image of the Day: The Kid

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"The Kid" hand-painted cel art edition by Chuck Jones

"I was raised in Hollywood when the great comedians were at the top of their power, and I soon realized that–just like our temporarily demented cat Othello–what they looked like had nothing to do with what they were.  It was how they moved that made them what they were…

"From 1918 to 1920, the Jones clan lived in an orange grove directly across the street from Hollywood High School on Sunset Boulevard.  if I thought about the matter at all, I would not have considered myslf privileged. 

"And, as far as I knew, any other boy in the self-same world could, by walking two blocks to Charlie Chaplin's studio at La Brea Avenue and looking through an open-link fence, watch Chaplin at work, which, I am sorry to say, I often found deadly dull.  I loved his films; so easy, so natural, so appealing to my sense of rebelliousness and anarchy, they were a complete contrast to the endless repetition of the filming itself, which I found almost unbearably tiresome.

"One evening I lost faith in both my father and Chaplin when my father came home to tell us that he had seen Chaplin shoot a single fifteen-second scene 132 times.  He was trying to perfect the little choppy run he used when he was being chased around a corner.  To simulate running on ice, he put down an oilcloth and oiled it, but his feet kept going out from under him–131 times!  Either my father was lying (a possibility I could not ignore) or Chaplin didn't know what he was doing (another possibility, which observation had taught me I could not ignore either.)

"Why," I asked myself, "not do it right in the first place?  Can't he learn how to do it by watching his own movies?"  Everything was always right the first time in the movies!"  — Chuck Jones writing in Chuck Reducks, Drawing from the Fun Side of Life