Monthly Archives: September 2010

Image of the Day: Stop, Look, and Hasten

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 Original layout drawing (graphite on 2 hole-punch 12 field animation paper, 10.5″ x 12.5″) by Chuck Jones for his 1954 “Stop, Look, and Hasten”.  

In the hands of a lesser mortal, the Wile E.
Coyote drawing would just be a plate of spaghetti, but here we have the master,
Chuck Jones, exhibiting a dexterity and breadth of understanding that provokes
the lines into doing his bidding—out of a cloud of graphite emerges the
super-charged, ready-to-run Coyote.  


Image of the Day: Soup or Sonic

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The only time that Wile E. Coyote caught the
Road Runner was in the Chuck Jones directed 1980’s “Soup or Sonic.”  Unfortunately for the Coyote, the Road Runner
through animated legerdemain has become a giant only because the Coyote has
become tiny, very tiny—it’s complicated and funny!  Looking at this terrific set of production drawings and their matching production
cel with hand-painted background you can almost feel sorry for poor ol’ Wile E. Coyote.  


Image of the Day: Porky the Giant Killer

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Original 12 field production cel with dedication
and stamped signature by Leon Schlesinger (film supervision by Ben Hardaway and Cal Dalton).

Many of the early Schlesinger produced cartoons
pushed Warner Bros. popular music and Porky
the Giant Killer
is no different.  We
hear Porky belt out “You Must Have Been a Beautiful Baby” along with “The
Alphabet Song” (over and over and over again.) 
BTW, the Giant’s toddler is 5’ 7” tall, dwarfing Porky and ‘patty
caking’ him across the nursery! 


Image of the Day: Daffy Duck, The Character Portfolio

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Original charcoal on paper, 15” x 11” by Chuck
Jones—hand-signed, created for the LJE 20th anniversary “Character
Chuck Jones’ rigorous training, classically
composed of drawing and painting—from tableau vivant and tableau mort—gave
Chuck the basic tools from which he was able to draw upon throughout his over
60 year career in the animated film arts community.  “You birds have 100,000 bad drawings in you,”
intoned one of his professors at Chouinard. 
“Start getting rid of them now.”  Obviously
well past his 100,000, Chuck Jones’ twenty delightful charcoal studies of his
most memorable characters produced one of the quickest selling limited edition
portfolios published by Linda Jones Enterprises.  


Image of the Day: Baseball Bugs

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Bunny, Bugs Bunny, rah, rah, rah!”  So
goes the game as Bugs coaches the Gas House Gorillas in a cheer for himself
(well, he is playing against them.)
Long on gags, short on plot; the Statue of Liberty makes a cameo appearance at
the end.  Story credit for the 1946 Friz Freleng directed “Baseball Bugs” goes to Michael
Maltese who soon found his stride in the Jones crew.  


Image of the Day: Compressed Hare

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“Are you in, genius? Are you in, capable?  Are you in, describable?” The unmatched
genius of Chuck Jones and writer, Dave Detiege, made the pairing of Wile E.
Coyote and Bugs Bunny some of the funniest animation ever produced.  Here we have a scene from the 1961 Jones directed
Compressed Hare rendered in Jones’s
incomparable hand as an elegant and hilarious watercolor.  

Chuck Jones painted wherever and whenever he
traveled, making visual diaries of European vacations as well as closer to
home—the coast and cities of California.  And of particular joy to him was
his rendering of the cartoon characters he so lovingly brought to life on the
silver screen.  A master of the difficult
and exacting medium of watercolor, Jones has brought to bear his formidable
talents to this classic moment.


Image of the Day: Mouse Wreckers


Original hand-painted background, 10.5" x 12.5" from the 1949 Chuck Jones-directed & Academy Award-nominated short cartoon, "Mouse Wreckers."  The background is presented with a recreated hand-inked, hand-painted ovelay cel matched to the scene.  

“Yeah, yeah. Sure, sure.”  So it goes with Hubie & Bertie, two hobo
mice that want to set up house-keeping in a new home patrolled the champion
mouser, Claude Cat (pun alert: get it?) 
Suffice it to say that Claude ends up shivering in the upper branches of
a tree as our two intrepid rodents roast marshmallows over a roaring flame in
the fireplace.  


Girl Scouts Get Creative at the Chuck Jones Center for Creativity

Vicki Woods wrote the following article for the Los Angeles Examiner's online newspaper.  A volunteer member of the Chuck Jones Council for Creativity, she has been a tireless advocate for the Center and its programs.  

 Walking through Old Town Orange a few years ago, I saw a sign in a window that caught my eye. Art classes it said. Chuck Jones it said. I jotted down the info and took it home. Then I called a few friends. Hey, there are some cool, really inexpensive classes for art down in Old Town Orange. I'll pick up my daughter and yours after, if you will drop off. Well anyway a few of us ended up at the Chuck Jones Center for Creativityand loved it. More than that our children loved it; and that's all it took to get me hooked. I grew up watching Loony Toons. Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Roadrunner, Coyote, etc, etc, etc.. Sharing the joy that was brought to me by those cartoons was wonderful, but when I saw the philosophy Chuck himself had about people and their potential I fell in love with the whole concept.

To read the full article, click here 

Image of the Day: Grimsby Harbour

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"Grimsby Harbour + Black House" watercolor sketch, 10" x 13", by Chuck Jones.  This undated watercolor 'sketch' by Jones is a fine example of a travel diary entry (as we've discussed before.)  Grimsby, founded in 1790, is located in Canada on Lake Ontario and butts up against the Niagara Escarpment.  

Jones' facility with watercolor is evident in even something as simple as this sketch of a harbor (and, of course, there is the black house, which for anyone, at any time, would be a sight to behold.) The fresh line of water lapping at the prows of the boats on the lake, the people standing in silhouette, not in black as one might expect from figures so small, but in playful red and blue, which confirms Chuck Jones' excellent eye for detail.  All of this making the image fresh, fun and of the moment.