Yearly Archives: 2012

Walk That Red Carpet! Photos from Creativity Season

Creativity Season, the Chuck Jones Center for Creativity's fall fundraiser was a smashing success! All of our donors and supporters walked the red carpet and posed for our very own paparazzo. Click here to view the photos. 

Author, film critic, and historian Leonard Maltin was our special host and we wish to thank he and his wife, Alice, for their generous support of the Center. Thank you!

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Click the photo to see the rest of the photos from the Center's red carpet at Creativity Season.


Photo by Stephen Russo


Nominate the Chuck Jones Gallery–San Diego for Best Gallery in the Gaslamp District Lamplighter Awards!

Live in San Diego or the surrounding area? Or maybe visit often? Click through on the image below (it will open in a new window) to nominate the Chuck Jones Gallery–San Diego as the best gallery in the Gaslamp District's Lamplighter Awards. We've won for best new business and best gallery in years past and would love to keep the title and with your help we can do it!

Thank you for taking the time to complete the survey!

Five Crowns Restaurant in Chuck’s Hometown to Celebrate His Centennial


Celebrated Artist and Cartoonist Will Be Memorialized with a Unique Champagne
and Carrot Cake Creation!

(Newport Beach/Corona del Mar, CA)
September 20, 2012
– In honor of the Chuck Jones Centennial,
Five Crowns, a member of the Lawry’s family of restaurants,
and Executive Chef Greg Harrison will offer restaurant guests a special dessert
featuring champagne and carrot cake. Jones is the legendary artist who
brought to life such famous cartoon characters as Daffy Duck, Bugs Bunny,
Marvin the Martian, Wile E. Coyote, Road Runner, Pepé le Pew, Marc Anthony, Dr.
Suess’s “How the Grinch Stole Christmas”, and many others. Jones was a long
time patron of Five Crowns and even befriended the restaurant’s guest
Ambassador, Tommy Martin. 100% of all proceeds from the dessert, which will be
offered until October 21, will be donated to the Chuck Jones Center for
Creativity and its mission to reignite the creative spirit through art classes,
exhibition, lectures, film festivals and more. 

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Chuck Jones, Marian Jones, and Tommy Martin at the Five Crowns circa 2000.

whose credits include four Academy Award-winning short films, directed over 300
films in his lifetime, including “Rabbit Seasoning?”, “Robin Hood Daffy”, and
“Feed the Kitty”. In 1992, his “What’s Opera, Doc?” was the first short
animated film to be inducted into the Library of Congress' National Film
Registry. The centennial of the artist’s birth will feature the Chuck Jones
Centennial Celebration Film Festival at the Alex Theatre in
Glendale, CA on Friday, September 21st. 

are thrilled to commemorate Chuck Jones with this wonderful and unique dessert,
which was inspired by Bugs Bunny, of course,” says Chef Harrison.
“Jones gave us a lifetime of memories through his beloved cartoons. By creating
this dish for him, we celebrate his legacy and his infectiously fun approach to

Crowns, an historic landmark with English flair recently renovated in Corona
del Mar, is Orange County’s premiere dining alternative. The distinguished
restaurant features the best organic ingredients carefully selected from local
farmers markets for a thoughtfully prepared menu. SideDoor is the charming English-style
gastro-pub adjacent to Five Crowns. 

more information, reservations, and information, please call (949) 760-0331 or
visit for Five Crowns, or (949) 717-4322 or
for SideDoor. 

Five Crowns

Five Crowns and SideDoor are members of
the Lawry’s family of restaurants, which includes Lawry’s The Prime Rib, with
locations in Beverly Hills, Chicago, Dallas, Las Vegas, Osaka, Tokyo,
Singapore, Taipei, and Hong Kong, as well as the Tam O’Shanter in Los Angeles. The
company’s quick-service concept, Lawry’s Carvery, opened at South Coast Plaza
in Costa Mesa in 2003, and was followed by additional locations at Westfield
Century City and L.A. LIVE. Five Crowns and SideDoor are located at 3801 East
Coast Highway, Corona del Mar. For Five Crowns reservations and information, please
call (949) 760-0331 or visit For SideDoor information, please
call (949) 717-4322 or visit

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Minnesota Public Radio Celebrates the Chuck Jones Centennial!

Hats off to Minnesota Public Radio for their short, but sweet, tribute to Chuck Jones's Centennial!

St. Paul, Minn. — Chuck Jones — the animator, cartoon artist, writer, producer and director of countless classic televisions cartoons, from episodes of Looney Tunes and Tom & Jerry to How the Grinch Stole Christmas — would have turned 100 today. Born on September 21, 1912 in Spokane, Wash., Jones took low-level animation jobs after graduating from art school and slowly worked his way up into the entertainment industry. He went on to create hundreds of memorable shorts during a career that spanned eight decades. Jones passed away on February 22, 2002.

To read the entire article and to watch Chuck Jones's classic short cartoon, "What's Opera, Doc?" click on Minnesota Publi Radio!

How to Celebrate 100 Years of Joy! Chuck Jones Film Festival at the Alex Theatre

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Order your tickets today by clicking the image above or visiting the Alex Theatre website,   

The Chuck Jones Centennial Celebration Film Festival will be an evening devoted to honoring the artist who brought to life such famous cartoon characters as Wile E. Coyote, Road Runner, Pepé le Pew, Marvin Martian, and Marc Anthony. Hosted by the family of Chuck Jones, the evening will include reminiscences from noted artists* whose careers and lives have been impacted by Chuck Jones and the work he created.

Of course, there will be cartoons, many of them from Jones' personal 35mm collection. Chuck Jones, whose credits include four Academy Award-winning short films, directed over 300 films in his lifetime, with such memorable titles as "Rabbit Seasoning?", "Robin Hood Daffy", and "Feed the Kitty".  In 1992 his "What's Opera, Doc?" was the first short animated film to be inducted into the Library of Congress' National Film Registry, subsequently two others have been added, "One Froggy Evening" and "Duck Amuck".  Jones, an honorary lifetime member of the Director's Guild, is considered to be one of the pioneers of the animated film, feted and honored at dozens of International Film Festivals from Annecy to Zagreb.  In 1985 Jones was the subject of a film retrospective at the Museum of Modern Art, New York.  In 1999, Jones founded the Chuck Jones Center for Creativity, a non-profit public charity whose vision is to inspire the innate creative genius within each person that leads to a more joyous, passionate, and harmonious life and world.

Join the Jones family (Marian, Linda, Craig, Todd, and Valerie) as they welcome our special guests, including:

*Carl Bell, animator and clean-up artist, will be one of the presenters. A Governor of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, Bell worked with Jones in the late 1960s and early 1970s at MGM. His career includes work with Clampett Productions early in his career and most recently with Disney Studios.

*Eric Goldberg:  Eric Goldberg joined Disney Studios in 1990 as the supervising animator responsible for the movements, personality and soul of the Genie in Aladdin.  Goldberg's strong background in animation next earned him his directorial debut on Pocahontas, which he followed up as the supervising animator on Phil, the salty satyr and trainer of heroes in Hercules.  Goldberg also directed the "Carnival of the Animals" and "Rhapsody in Blue" segments ofFantasia 2000, the continuation of Walt Disney's 1940 masterpiece.Goldberg not only served as the director of animation for Warner Bros.' 2003 live-action and animation hybrid feature "Looney Tunes: Back in Action," but he also provided the voices of the cartoon characters Marvin Martian, Tweety and Speedy Gonzalez.  Working with Bob Kurtz of Kurtz + Friends, he animated the title sequence of MGM's 2006 remake of "The Pink Panther".  His relationship with Chuck Jones began in the early 1990s and continued until Jones' passing in 2002.

*Jerry Beck is an animation historian, author, blogger, animation producer and industry consultant to Warner Bros. Studios and has been an executive with Nickelodeon and Disney. 

More names of presenters as they become available.

The Alex Theatre is located at 216 North Brand Boulevard, Glendale, CA 91203. The phone number is 818-243-ALEX (2539).

Chuck Jones’s Mercedes Convertible Highlight of Mercedes-Benz Club of Orange County’s Summer Fun Run

Over 30 members of the Mercedes-Benz of America Club–Orange County paid a visit to the Chuck Jones Center for Creativity yesterday where they were able to view Chuck Jones's 1970 280 SE Mercedes-Benz convertible. 

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They were particularly impressed by the fact that the top has never been folded down and as a result is in "like new" condition!

Jones, when asked how he'd like to be paid for some consulting work he'd done for friends, demurred, but they insisted so he pointed at a toy Mercedes-Benz convertible on their desk and said one of those would be fine (meaning the toy replica.) A week later, the 280 SE showed up in his parking space. 

The convertible is still on display at the Chuck Jones Center for Creativity. Come on by and see it for yourself! The Center is open Wednesday through Monday from 10 AM to 6 PM and closed on Tuesday. 

Jones Family Gathering, the Past

The Jones Family Gathering is scheduled for September 21 through September 23 at the Chuck Jones Center for Creativity. This “by invitation only” event is now in its 17th year and we’re looking forward to seeing some of the original collectors who attended the very first one at our gallery in Chuck’s home town of Corona del Mar in 1995 along with the more recent additions to the Family. This year’s event is going to be a spectacular spectacular! 

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At our first Jones Family Gathering, Chuck took the opportunity to embellish a tablecloth with a drawing that grew out of a spilled coffee stain and signed it L. da Vinci! He also created another drawing on one of the stable doors of Wile E. Coyote and Road Runner. It was amazing! He’d drawn a line, maybe two or three inches long and then turn to the assembled and comment about drawing or coyotes or road runners, or making cartoons, and then he turned back to the door and add another little line here and one there until the image was completed.


Here’s a photo with the back of collector Carol Erickson’s head. She’s stuck around so long she now works for us here in Costa Mesa! You’ll want to get the inside scoop from her when you’re here for JFG. 

The next year we held the Jones Family Gathering in Santa Fe, New Mexico. We hosted a Chuck Jones Film Festival at the Lensic Theater, and the Family got together for lunches, dinners, and lots & lots of laughs. Noted American sculptor, Paul Moore, even created a special award for Chuck, called the “Chucky” (see below) which delighted Chuck no end and all of us too. (Thank heavens for the discreetly placed sword!)


And on the last day of the weekend, we all got together for another group photo.

If you look close enough you’ll see some faces that, albeit a little older and a little grayer, are still here to welcome you to this year’s Jones Family Gathering. 

Remember, if you get in on Thursday the 19th, please stop by the gallery from 7 to 9 PM for a glass of wine (or a beer) and say hello. Otherwise we’ll see your smiling faces Friday morning at 10 AM sharp!

Saturday Morning Cartoons & Quick Draw!

Join the Chuck Jones Center for Creativity and the Center for Living Peace for Saturday morning cartoons & quick draw the first Saturday of the month beginning September 1st! Chapman University professor of animation, Doug Lothers, will lead aspiring artists on a journey of creativity. Suggested donation $1.00 to $5.00. 

This program will be held at the Center for Living Peace, 4139 Campus Drive, Irvine 92612.

Enjoy the escapades of Bugs Bunny, Pepé Le Pew, Daffy Duck, and more of the characters generations have loved for decades! We'll watch Chuck Jones’ animated world unfold before our eyes and periodically stop to capture that "best moment" without having time to think.  We'll watch some more and do it again and again to create unforgettable memories of that day.  

The Chuck Jones Center for Creativity inspires joy and innovation in people of all ages, energizing them to transform their lives, their communities, and society as a whole.  The best way to tap into pure creativity, the energy that dwells inside all of us, we need to trust our minds and hands and NOT think.  Whether it's watching a cartoon or watching your child play, we hold onto the best moments of our day in pictures and store them away as brilliant memories.  Chuck Jones would do the same thing, only he would draw on those memories and turn them into beautiful art.  For Cartoon Quick Draw, we get the chance to be Chuck Jones for an hour. 


Super-artist John Ramirez to Lead 2 Animation Workshops

Are you in the Dayton, Ohio area? The awesome and amazing John Ramirez will be leading two incredible animation workshops for the Chuck Jones Center for Creativity at the Dayton Art Institute this weekend. You should go and sign up for them! Click here for more details! It's all part of the Super Hero Summer at the Dayton Art Institute.

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John Ramirez with Linda Jones Clough, daughter of Chuck Jones and Trustee of the Chuck Jones Center for Creativity.





Photo by Stephen Russo