Original mixed media on board by Phyllis Graham. Chuck Jones, in preparation for filming his only feature film, 1970's "The Phantom Tollbooth," had several artists prepare original interpretations of scenes from the Norton Juster book of the same title. Phyllis Graham, wife of famed Chouinard Institute life-drawing instructor, Don Graham, contributed several dozen images, all mixed media on 5" x 9" artist board. Each one is a miniature work of art, one that can stand independently from the film and the book as its own entity, but seen together form a compelling story-line.
"It's an Alphabeautiful Mathemagical New Musical Movie!" That is the tag line used in advertising "The Phantom Tollbooth" a 1970 feature length film directed and produced by Chuck Jones. (It was his only feature length film.) A combination of live action (Chuck makes a cameo appearance in the beginning live action sequence) and animation, "The Phantom Tollbooth" is about a young boy, Milo, who is bored with his life when suddenly a magic tollbooth appears in his room & propels him into a marvelous quest to save the Princesses Rhyme and Reason. This is the second adaptation of a book by Norton Juster that Chuck Jones made into a film, the first being his Academy Award-winning "The Dot and The Line" of 1966.
The artwork (mixed media on board, approx. 4" x 8") pictured is a pre-production concept work by Phyllis Graham, the wife of the revered teacher and artist, Don Graham, from whom Chuck Jones took many a life-drawing class in the 1940s and 1950s. It has been selected by the curator of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences gallery to be a part of an upcoming exhibition of the art of Chuck Jones opening May 14, 2010 in their Beverly Hills facility.