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Bob Elias — March 22, 1949 — August 5, 2018

We connected with Bob only a decade ago when I learned about his passion for Creativity and the Arts and also for the art and films of Chuck Jones.


I think for some people, it is not only the achievements and the work that they produce while they are on this earth, I think sometimes it is about the quality and sincerity they bring to what they do.

Bob definitely was an incredible artist who brought a perfection to his craft throughout his life and was renowned in so many circles over decades. But what struck me most of all about him was his genuine love and caring for those he came in contact with. He had such a gentle glow that permeated all those around him. His humanity was only matched by his humility.

Whether it was the twinkle in his eye as he mentored a youngster as he painted or the joy in his smile as he sang the theme song from the Grinch to amazed onlookers, he brought out a stillness and calm that brought pause to us all.

No words can come close to fully describing a person like Bob because there was an infinite goodness about him. Every time I saw him with someone there was a truly sincere attentiveness by him and it was obvious he felt the other person was more important to him in that moment than he was.

I miss him now and I will miss him for a long time to come.

Peace be with you Bob, and all of us who love him.

Craig

Craig Kausen is Chuck Jones’s grandson and the president of the Chuck Jones Companies

15 Years

It’s hard to believe it has been 15 years and, at the same time, only 15 years since my Grandfather, Chuck Jones, passed away on February, 22, 2002.

Chuck Jones working on layout drawings for his 1975 television special, "The White Seal".

Chuck Jones working on layout drawings for his 1975 television special, “The White Seal”.

On the one hand, I still have instantaneous thoughts of calling him to ask about this or that during my day to day activities. It feels like he is still actively involved in the world, at least in my world, because so many people continue to talk about him, continue to study his vast creations, and continue to use his guidance and principles to shape their creative careers.  And I personally continue to unearth answers from him to new questions that arise from his writings, scribbled notes, an obscure interview, or a story that someone relays to me about him in a happenstance conversation.

On the other hand, the world seems to have so dramatically changed since he died in 2002, certainly my world has, that it feels like an eternity since then.

I suppose that these instantaneously contradicting perspectives of time illustrate one of his most often quoted philosophies.  Although it is apparent that the mechanics of animation is an illusion created one moment at a time, he profoundly observed that “Animation isn’t the illusion of Life; it is Life.”  Perhaps this contradiction of illusion and not illusion points to a piece of why he and his films, philosophies, and teachings are so timeless.

I miss him but fortunately he is timelessly with me always. –Craig Kausen

Craig Kausen, Chuck Jones's grandson, at the Huntsville Museum of Art's Smithsonian exhibition, "What's Up, Doc? The Animated Art of Chuck Jones", 2016.

Craig Kausen, Chuck Jones’s grandson, at the Huntsville Museum of Art’s Smithsonian exhibition, “What’s Up, Doc? The Animated Art of Chuck Jones”, 2016.

Ray Bradbury and Chuck Jones

With the passing of Ray Bradbury this week, it brought to mind a wonderful quote from him when he was at a birthday party celebrating Jones's 55th.  Someone asked Bradbury what he would like to be when he grew up and he replied, "I want to be 14 years old, just like Chuck Jones."

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Chuck Jones (r) and Ray Bradbury enjoying each other's company.