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Oscar Goes Hawaiian!

Craig Kausen, grandson of Chuck Jones and president of the Chuck Jones Companies, traveled this week to the beautiful island of Maui as the special guest of Dolphin Galleries who are currently hosting an exhibition and sale of the art of four-time Academy Award recipient, Chuck Jones.

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Craig Kausen, second from left, with Nick Schlag (far left), Sylvester the cat and Dolphin Gallery founder, Stephen Schlag.

Oscar in Case
Chuck's Oscar for "The Dot and the Line", best short animated film of 1965 is given a place of honor in a display of photographs, drawings, and letters on loan from the Chuck Jones Center for Creativity.

Janna and Christine with Oscar
Oscar, as his wont, also got special attention from Dolphin Gallery art consultants, Janna and Christine.

Craig showing art
During the reception on Thursday evening, Craig took time with each of the collectors to discuss the subtleties and nuances of the art of the animated film.

Little Boy Watching Cartoons
Of course, some future collectors of Chuck Jones art were more interested in what was happening on the screen than off!

Children with Cat
Sylvester the cat was a big hit with visitors to the Dolphin Galleries in the Shops at Wailea. Did you know that in Chuck Jones cartoons, Sylvester never spoke?

Film Strip Display
Dolphin Galleries's very own Christian Adams designed a unique way to display the original production art that was featured in the exhibition and sale.

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A portion of the Chuck Jones exhibition and sale at Dolphin Galleries, the Shops at Wailea, Maui.

Craig and Client
Craig shared stories of growing up with Chuck Jones with collectors this past Thursday evening.

Craig with Children
Kids love Chuck Jones! (So do their parents!)

Teresa with Popcarn cart
Shhh, don't tell anyone, but Dolphin Galleries art consultant, Teresa, sneaked a bag of popcorn. 

Asa Flowers Arrangement
The flowers of Maui are nearly as spectacular as the Chuck Jones art on display.

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Oscar sends "Aloha" from Maui! (Oscar's companion courtesy Kimberley and Craig Kausen.)


Today is the Day!

Writing from the 15th floor of Circus Circus:  It's 6:00 AM, Thursday, January 19th, and the Chuck Jones Experience is set to open officially (in a non-traditional ribbon cutting ceremony that only a certain Coyote would have dreamt of…) just 5 hours from now at its location in Circus Circus, Las Vegas, Nevada!  To say we're all excited would be understatement.

Yesterday, Linda Jones Clough, daughter of Chuck Jones, her sons Craig and Todd, along with Marian Jones, Chuck's wife, led a group of devotees on a sneak peek through the Experience.  

Earlier in the day, artisans sweated the details; here's Danny putting the finishing touches on the columns just outside the main entrance.  When you visit, make sure to check out his handiwork…you'll be surprised and delighted at what you'll find!

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Simon (right) and Jumbo promised me they would watch over "Oscar", Chuck's Academy Award from "The Dot and the Line" 1966.

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Just before she led the group into yesterday's sneak peek, Linda Jones Clough stopped to dedicate and sign a copy of her father's autobiography, "Chuck Amuck" for an adoring fan.

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There was more, but who wants to look at it online when you can jump on a plane, get in your car, take a train, swim, crawl, walk, run to the Chuck Jones Experience and see it for yourself?  You won't be sorry that you did…in fact, our prediction is that you'll come back over and over again and that you'll find inspiration and creativity bubbling up inside of you.

Okay, one final image:  one of the several zoetropes at the Experience…

“It Held Me Smellbound.”

When Chuck Jones's 1949 short animated film starring Pepé le Pew, "For Scent-i-mental Reasons" won the Oscar for best short animated film at the Oscars held in March of 1950, he received many congratulatory telegrams (of course, he did not get the actual Oscar statuette, that honor was bestowed upon the producer, the irascible Eddie Selzer), but of all of the congratulations, the telegram below, from the inimitable Tex Avery is perhaps the most delightful.  This artfact will be on display at the soon-to-open Chuck Jones Experience at Circus Circus in Las Vegas.




FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                                                                MEDIA CONTACT:  Kim Sudhalter, Urban Legend PR, 213-369-6062 or kim@urbanlegendpr.com

 HOLLYWOOD, CA, August 22, 2011 – The legacy and creativity of Chuck Jones, one of animation’s pioneering director-producers, will be brought to life with the opening of The Chuck Jones Experience, an interactive exhibit at Circus Circus Las Vegas designed to “Educate, Inspire & Entertain” people of all ages. The attraction will celebrate its grand opening in mid-October with a press conference featuring some of animation’s brightest stars.

A four-time Academy Award-recipient, Jones created some of today’s most beloved and enduring animated characters including Wile E. Coyote, Road Runner and Pepé le Pew among many others.  In 1999, with the establishment of the Chuck Jones Center for Creativity, Chuck Jones envisioned a time when people of all ages could explore their creativity…when all ideas would be welcome, when inspiration would be nurtured without prejudice, and creativity would blossom and grow. The Chuck Jones Experience, utilizing the art, writings and films of Jones, will nurture that spirit of creativity in an environment that is playful, lively, inspirational and educational. The project is being developed by Jones’ grandson, Craig Kausen, Jones’ daughter, Linda Jones Clough, and a group of Chuck Jones fans who have believed in and supported its creation for years.

“My grandfather said that if you provide the right materials and an environment of love, creative magic will come out of young people,” said Kausen. “The Chuck Jones Experience will provide kids, and animation fans of all ages, with an extraordinary place to not only learn about the art of animation, but to discover the creativity and magic that’s inside us all. We are thrilled to kick off Chuck’s Centennial year with the opening of this exciting new venture.”

The Chuck Jones Experience is a nearly 10,000 square-foot destination. At its entrance is the 1,000 square-foot glass-enclosed Chuck Jones Center for Creativity class room where creative art projects will be encouraged and guided by teachers from the field of animation and the arts. Heading inside, your first stop is the Chuck Jones Theatre, designed to simulate a 1930s-style movie theater. There, you’ll meet Chuck Jones via a short film, introduced by one of his characters, the Connecticut Cat.

Moving on, you’ll walk down a virtual street surrounded by many of Jones’ most memorable characters and a timeline of his extraordinary life. Next, you’ll arrive at a re-creation of Jones’ studio, where you’ll see how he worked, and discover what inspired him to create his beloved characters. From there, you‘ll enter the “How Do You Measure Up?” room where 3-D characters are on display.  You’ll learn more about how characters are developed and experience some of the original key drawings Jones drew during the creation of these characters.

Continuing along, you can view some of Jones’ fine art work from various periods in his life and see classic photos of him, his fellow animators and his family. This leads into “Animation Alley,” a multimedia wall where animation pieces are on display from the permanent collection of the Chuck Jones Center for Creativity and from other animation studios and collections.

Finally, you’ll arrive at the Acme Workshop, where you can create your own sound effects and voiceovers for a Chuck Jones cartoon at the Chuck Jones Experience Foley Stage. You can commemorate your experience forever at the Chuck Jones Experience Gift Shop with a variety of creative gifts and souvenirs.

“My father knew that creativity was the key to any innovation and breakthrough and therefore it must be encouraged and supported in order for society to succeed,” added Jones Clough. “It has been our family’s dream to develop locations where creativity could flourish. We established the Chuck Jones Center for Creativity in Orange County, CA, as a first step in bringing this vision to life. The opening of The Chuck Jones Experience represents a delightful next step in making creativity accessible to everyone, whether they’re visiting Las Vegas, or living nearby.”

“We are pleased to be joining forces with such a great partner as Circus Circus to make this project a reality,” continued Kausen. “Creative inspiration can be achieved in a very short time and being on vacation is a perfect time to tap into it.  Circus Circus is well known for the fun and wonderment it inspires in guests, and it’s a crossroads for travelers from around the world. These qualities make it a great location for The Chuck Jones Experience.”

The Chuck Jones Experience is an exciting addition to our assortment of family-friendly entertainment offerings at Circus Circus and we are honored to become home to such a fascinating interactive attraction,” said Don Thrasher, president and chief operating officer of Circus Circus. “This experience is unlike anything else in Las Vegas and it is certain to create hours of fun and enlightenment for guests of all ages.”

"Speaking on behalf of the Chuck Jones Center for Creativity, I am very excited that the programs which have been so successful here will be accessible by a much broader group of people at The Chuck Jones Experience,” said Tracy Tanner, president of the Chuck Jones Council for Creativity.

About Chuck Jones:

Chuck Jones created the legendary Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies shorts for Warner Bros. Tom & Jerry cartoons and the TV version of Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas for MGM, along with many other well-known classics such as The Phantom Tollbooth, George Selden’s The Cricket in Times Square, Rudyard Kipling’s Rikki-Tikki-Tavi and The White Seal.

About Circus Circus Las Vegas

The hallmark of the 3,767-room Circus Circus Las Vegas lies under the legendary Big Top, where celebrated circus acts perform on the Midway Stage as part of the world's largest permanent circus.  The Adventuredome, America’s largest indoor theme park, offers five acres of climate-controlled fun for all ages.  Guests of Circus Circus may dine in a variety of restaurants including THE Steak House, rated the best steakhouse by Zagat and recognized a record 20 times in Las Vegas Review-Journal’s “Best of Las Vegas” awards, and Rock & Rita’s, where flair bartenders and live music enliven the scene.  Circus Circus also offers a casino, wedding chapel, meeting and convention space and a 30-acre RV park.  Circus Circus is a wholly owned subsidiary of MGM Resorts International™ (NYSE: MGM).  For more information and reservations, visit www.circuscircus.com or call toll free at (800) 634-3450 or find us on Facebook and Twitter.


And the Winner Is…

At the Chuck Jones Experience (coming to Circus Circus–Las Vegas in October) there's going to be an entire display case devoted to all things Oscar® and Chuck Jones.  There'll be all sorts of memorabilia, including congratulatory telegrams, letters and official Academay Award nominations.  One letter that caught our eye (and interest) was this one from Walt Disney.  He's responding to a letter from Chuck Jones (which we hope to find) and he has some interesting things to say:  

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Oscar Was Tickled!

Oscar after dinner
Oscar landed at O'Hare last Friday and was treated to dinner hosted by Val and Mark Maron of Art Partners Gallery in Schaumburg (from left, Rosa Rottar (Art Partners Consultant), Mark Maron, Robert Patrick (Linda Jones Enterprises), Val Maron and Craig Kausen, CEO of Linda Jones Enterprises and Chairman of the Board of Chuck Jones Center for Creativity.  

Oscar traveled courtesy of the Center and Mrs. Chuck Jones.  It is the Oscar Chuck Jones won for best animated short subject in 1966 for his "The Dot and The Line."  He appeared the following evening at the gallery and was met with enthusiastic applause when he was first unveiled.  Oscar travels in a plain styrofoam container with a lot of red tape (as you can see below just before Mark Maron opened the box) and at first blush an observer might imagine that there was a heart or other important human organ waiting to be delivered to its recipient.  The reaction when the box is opened is much the same though, cries of delight and many oohs and aahs.    

After all of the evening's guests had gone home, many with their first work of Chuck Jones art, Oscar asked that a more formal photo be taken with the evening's special guest, Craig (grandson of Chuck Jones) who had produced a mini Chuck Jones film festival just for the occasion.  Here's Oscar held by Craig and behind, our hosts, from left, Val and Mark Maron and on the right, Rosa Rottar, all of Art Partners Gallery.  

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This was Oscar's first foray out into the world since his time at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences in Beverly Hills last summer during the exhibit, Chuck Jones: An Animator's Life, From A to Z-z-z-z.  Where will you find him next?

Where in the World is Oscar?

Stephanie Val and Oscar
Chuck Jones's Oscar for his 1965 short animated film, "The Dot and the Line" is seen in the lovely hands of Stephanie (left) and Val, his flight attendants yesterday.  Stephanie, when first seeing Oscar is quoted as saying, "Shut the front door!"  

Oscar is  scheduled to make an appearance this evening…stay tuned for more.  

Oscar Takes a Holiday!

Chuck Jones's Oscar for his 1966 short animated film, "The Dot and the Line" is seen outside the Chuck Jones Gallery in Tustin (3065 Edinger Avenue) warming up for a short trip to the frozen, blizzard-y wilds of Schaumburg, Illinois (just outside of Chicago) where he'll be making an appearance at "Chuck Jones: Frame by Frame, An Animator's Story" at Art Partners Gallery (14 S. Roselle Rd.) on Saturday, February 5th. For more information about the exhibit and to RSVP to meet Oscar, call 847-517-5757.  Don't let a little snow keep you away from this unique, fun event (there'll be cartoons!)  



Image of the Day: Now Hear This!

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This 1963 Academy Award-nominated cartoon, “Now
Hear This” was the second in a series of mostly abstract cartoons directed by
Chuck Jones while he was at Warner Bros. 
Coming, as it did, at the end of the “Golden Age of Animation” it drew
(pun!) on modernist tendencies in the visual arts, all the while still telling
a traditional story.  This character,
although unnamed, instigates several silly sleight-of-sight/hearing/hand gags
played upon the main character, Colonel Blip.  

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Blip mistakenly (as he later finds out) has thrown out his hearing device and
has replaced it with one of the Devil’s horns (who is shown one-hornless during
the title sequence at the beginning of the film.)  This new horn amplifies sound tremendously
and causes the Colonel much mayhem and consternation.  Extremely rare production art from this
pre-cursor to the even more abstract “The Dot and the Line” of 1966.  

Image of the Day: High Note

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Chuck Jones’ 1962 Academy Award-nominated short
animated film, “High Note” is an excellent example of his seamless melding of
abstract graphic designs and animation with story and personality.  The attempt by the notes to play “The Blue
Danube” is disrupted by one quarter note that has been partying in “The Little
Brown Jug” a little too frequently. 

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Note” set the stage for Jones Academy Award-winning 1966 short film “The Dot
and the Line” as it married abstract thought with his innate sense of timing,
story & character.   It’s interesting
to note that “High Note” and “Now Hear This” are both Oscar-nominated (one year
after the other.)  The Academy obviously
saw something growing here that finally blossomed (and won) with “The Dot and
the Line.”