Another classic silent film (except for the music and sound effects, of course) from Chuck Jones and his amazing team of animators and artists, including Maurice Noble, Lloyd Vaughan, Ken Harris, Ben Washam and writer Michael Maltese. Rolling into theaters nationwide on May 23, 1953, "Much Ado About Nutting" pits a little red squirrel against the nut of all nuts.
Pre-production model sheet (gouache, watercolor and ink on 12 field animation paper) by Chuck Jones.
This cartoon pre-dates Jones's "One Froggy Evening" by two years, but thematically they share much in common: the desire we all have to succeed, the roadblocks we encounter on that path and how hopeful we reman in the face of the increasing difficulties placed in our way.
Pre-production layout drawing (graphite on 12 field animation paper) by Chuck Jones.
You'll note with what care Jones takes to achieve the verisimilitude of a real squirrel in the above drawing, detailing not only how he chews, but also how he should blink and the timing involved in making this cartoon world come real.
Maurice Noble's contributions to the films directed by Jones cannot be overstated. Noble's unique ability to at once create an environment in which the actions of the characters may shine are delightfully balanced by their beauty, color and sense of humor. They never overshadow or dominate, they always are moving the plot forward and yet they maintain their own integrity as works of art. Watch and learn and laugh!