Monthly Archives: March 2009

Chuck Jones’ letters to his daughter, Linda

 # 4 Post:

Sept. 22, 1952…Monday morning

Dear Linda;

At work, by Joe, at 8:15 and awake, too.  An amazing thing.  My co-workers look a little shocked, why?

We spent Saturday night and Sunday day with [friends], so we had little chance to get lonely for you.  Good thing, too.  You must be a pretty big girl because you leave a very large hole in our household.

I got a fifth of I.W. Harper bourbon, a very, very fine and old whiskey for my birthday.  A nice gesture from [the guy who sent it], but there is no way I could tell him that I’m not used to good liquor and that it would probably just give me the pip.

The weather continues very hot and muggy.  As Henry Morgan used to say, “Muggy, followed by Tueggy, Weggy, Thurgy and Frygey.”  At ten o’clock last night we went for a ride through the Hollywood hills in the convertible, with top down, and the air was precisely the same as our bodies.  Sort of like floating in a lukewarm lake.

I am going to start a carving.  I found that one of those pieces of driftwood was very nice inside.  I don’t know what it will be, but it will be fun.  Nothing else in the world quite resembles the effect one gets from handling wood.  Try it some time.

Received your telegram at 9:30 Sunday morning.  Thanks very much.

Keep us informed when inclined and when convenient.  I know you have other correspondents.

TCM and Oscar®-Winning Filmmakers Peggy Stern and John Canemaker Premiere their Documentary, CHUCK JONES: MEMORIES OF CHILDHOOD

Half-Hour Film Combines Interview with Legendary Animator
with Newly Created Animated Sequences based on his Childhood

Premiere Night to Feature Presentations of Classic Jones Short Films,
Plus Feature Film The Phantom Tollbooth

CHUCK JONES: MEMORIES OF CHILDHOOD Premieres Tuesday, March 24, at 8 P.M.

Turner Classic Movies (TCM) and filmmakers Peggy Stern and John Canemaker, who earned Example4 copy B

Oscars for the animated short "The Moon and the Son: An Imagined
Conversation," have collected the memories of one of Hollywood's
greatest animators in a unique, half-hour film entitled CHUCK JONES: MEMORIES OF CHILDHOOD.  This film, which combines an interview with the legendary animator with newly created animated segments, premieres on TCM Tuesday, March 24, at 8 P.M., followed by a selection of his films (complete schedule to be posted at a later date.)

"Chuck
Jones used a lot of his childhood memories in creating his extensive
collection of outstanding cartoons," said Tom Brown, senior vice
president of original programming for TCM.  "Peggy and John's
film lovingly recreated those memories through in-depth interviews and
animated segments.  We are extremely proud to be involved with them on
this one-of-a-kind film that reveals so much about what made Chuck
Jones such a master of the art form."

YoungChuck_conducts 72 copy
 CHUCK JONES: MEMORIES OF CHILDHOOD
is a film by Peggy Stern, with Canemaker also serving as producer and
animation director.  The project grew out of director Stern's interest
in exploring the childhood experiences of artists.  In 1997, Canemaker,
a longtime mutual friend of Jones and Stern, brought them together for
the interviews that became the basis of the film.  During the
interviews, Jones spontaneously began sketching his boyhood self as he
related his memories.  These sketches later inspired the documentary's
animated sequences, which Canemaker directed.

Shortly before his
death, Jones had an opportunity to see a test cut of the film, with new
animation and archival imagery blended into the interview footage, and
pronounced it "delightful."  The Jones family subsequently provided
additional material from the family archive, resulting in an intimate
film full of revealing anecdotes about the events and personalities
that influenced his early creative life and long career in cartoons. 

TCM and Oscar®-Winning Filmmakers Peggy Stern and John Canemaker Premiere their Documentary, CHUCK JONES: MEMORIES OF CHILDHOOD

Half-Hour Film Combines Interview with Legendary Animator
with Newly Created Animated Sequences based on his Childhood

Premiere Night to Feature Presentations of Classic Jones Short Films,
Plus Feature Film The Phantom Tollbooth

CHUCK JONES: MEMORIES OF CHILDHOOD Premieres Tuesday, March 24, at 8 P.M.

Turner Classic Movies (TCM) and filmmakers Peggy Stern and John Canemaker, who earned Example4 copy B

Oscars for the animated short "The Moon and the Son: An Imagined Conversation," have collected the memories of one of Hollywood's greatest animators in a unique, half-hour film entitled CHUCK JONES: MEMORIES OF CHILDHOOD.  This film, which combines an interview with the legendary animator with newly created animated segments, premieres on TCM Tuesday, March 24, at 8 P.M., followed by a selection of his films (complete schedule to be posted at a later date.)

"Chuck Jones used a lot of his childhood memories in creating his extensive collection of outstanding cartoons," said Tom Brown, senior vice president of original programming for TCM.  "Peggy and John's film lovingly recreated those memories through in-depth interviews and animated segments.  We are extremely proud to be involved with them on this one-of-a-kind film that reveals so much about what made Chuck Jones such a master of the art form."

YoungChuck_conducts 72 copy
 CHUCK JONES: MEMORIES OF CHILDHOOD is a film by Peggy Stern, with Canemaker also serving as producer and animation director.  The project grew out of director Stern's interest in exploring the childhood experiences of artists.  In 1997, Canemaker, a longtime mutual friend of Jones and Stern, brought them together for the interviews that became the basis of the film.  During the interviews, Jones spontaneously began sketching his boyhood self as he related his memories.  These sketches later inspired the documentary's animated sequences, which Canemaker directed.

Shortly before his death, Jones had an opportunity to see a test cut of the film, with new animation and archival imagery blended into the interview footage, and pronounced it "delightful."  The Jones family subsequently provided additional material from the family archive, resulting in an intimate film full of revealing anecdotes about the events and personalities that influenced his early creative life and long career in cartoons. 

A New Friend of Chuck Redux

I just had the pleasure of meeting (digitally, of course) "Widgett" at NeedCoffee who, as it turns out, is a great admirer of Chuck's work.  I have enjoyed getting to know his site.  He enjoys providing his visitors with a smile; an aim I echo whole-heartedly.

Please take a look at his numerous references to Chuck over the months.  He's selected some of my favorite cartoons to accentuate his posts.  I will continue to check back to for his take in the future.

Craig