One of the hallmarks of a Chuck Jones cartoon is the articulate use of gesture and facial expression as evidenced in the above drawing of a monkey trying to point out the obvious danger facing the implacable hero, Ralph Phillips, in the 1957 short animated film, "Boyhood Daze." Directed by Chuck Jones, this is one of his original layout drawings used to guide the character development, animation and story of the film by his amazing crew of animators (Abe Levitow, Richard Thompson, and Ken Harris.) The brilliant designer, Maurice Noble, provided the graphic layouts for the cartoon.
Danger lurks in deepest, darkest Africa as our intrepid hero, Ralph Phillips, wends his way through the jungle oblivious to the signs of distress being communicated by the little monkey in front of him. An original layout drawing by Chuck Jones for his 1957 short animated film, "Boyhood Daze." It is graphite on 12 field animation paper.
The day before Chuck Jones' 45th birthday his latest short animated film was released in theaters nationwide on September 20, 1957. The film, "Boyhood Daze" was a follow-up to his popular "From A to Z-Z-Z-Z" that had been released in 1954 and starred the starry-eyed daydreamer, Ralph Phillips.
Sent to his room for breaking a window, Ralph quickly slips into his reverie. This layout drawing was one of hundreds created by Chuck Jones for the film. It is graphite and red pencil on 12 field animation paper with dialogue indicated in Chuck's hand at the top of the sheet.
Original lobby card for the 1954 Chuck Jones directed short animated film, "From A to Z-Z-Z-Z" starring the day-dreaming young boy, Ralph Phillips. In the Great Performances documentary "Extremes & In-Betweens" both Jones and his brother, Richard, discuss Chuck's difficulty with formal education (having learned to read at 3 and consumed more books by the age of 8 than many adults read in a lifetime,) Chuck was bored. Thankfully, his father pulled him out of school as a teenager and enrolled him in the Chouinard Institute. (And, as they say, the rest is history.)
"Chuck Jones: An Animator's Life From A to Z-Z-Z-Z", an exhibition of over 200 works of animation art and ephemera from the six decade career of the Oscar-winning director and creator, will open to the public on Friday, May 14, 2010 in the Grand Lobby Gallery of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences, 8949 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills, Califonia. To read more about the exhibit, click here.