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Here’s a wonderful, short interview with Linda Jones Clough talking about George Daugherty’s “Bugs Bunny at the Symphony” that he recently brought to the Anderson Symphony Orchestra in Anderson, Indiana.

Chuck Jones Filmography

A complete listing of Chuck Jones’ films appears below: 

1938- The Night Watchman

1/14/39 – Dog Gone Modern – WB

 2/11/39 – Robin Hood Makes Good – WB

 3/25/39 – Prest-O Change-O – WB

 4/22/39 – Daffy Duck and the Dinosaur – WB

 5/30/39 – Naughty But Mice – WB

 7/1/39 – Old Glory – WB

 7/29/39 – Snow Man’s Land – WB

 9/2/39 – Little Brother Rat – WB

 10/7/39 – Little Lion Hunter – WB

 10/21/39 – The Good Egg – WB

 12/2/39 – Sniffles and the Bookworm – WB

 12/30/39 – Curious Puppy – WB

 1/27/40 – The Mighty Hunters – WB

 3/2/40 – Elmer’s Candid Camera – WB

 5/22/40 – Sniffles Takes a Trip – WB

 6/8/40 – Tom Thumb in Trouble – WB

 7/20/40 – The Egg Collector – WB

 8/10/40 – Ghost Wanted – WB

 9/28/40 – Stage Fright – WB

 10/26/40 – Good Night Elmer – WB

 11/23/40 – Bedtime for Sniffles – WB

 1/4/41 – Elmer’s Pet Rabbit – WB

 2/1/41 – Sniffles Bells the Cat – WB

 3/8/41 – Joe Glow, the Firefly – WB

 4/12/41 – Toy Trouble – WB

 5/10/41 – Porky’s Ant – WB

 6/21/41 – Porky’s Prize Pony – WB

 7/19/41 – Inki and the Lion – WB

 8/30/41 – Snow Time for Comedy – WB

 9/27/41 – Brave Little Bat – WB

 11/8/41 – Saddle Silly – WB

 11/22/41 – Porky’s Midnight Matinee – WB

 1/17/42 – The Bird Came C.O.D. – WB

1942 – Porky’s Cafe

 2/21/42 – Conrad the Sailor – WB

 4/25/42 – Dog Tired – WB

 5/9/42 – The Draft Horse – WB

 6/13/42 – Hold the Lion, Please! – WB

 8/8/42 – The Squawkin’ Hawk – WB

 9/5/42 – Fox Pop – WB

 9/10/42 – The Dover Boys – WB

 12/5/42 – My Favorite Duck – WB

 12/12/42 – Case of the Missing Hare – WB

 3/6/43 – To Duck or Not to Duck – WB

 3/20/43 – Flop Goes the Weasel – WB

 4/3/43 – Super -Rabbit – WB

 4/17/43 – The Unbearable Bear – WB

 06/43 – Coming Snafu – U.S. Army

 6/9/43 – The Aristo Cat – WB

 7/3/43 – Wackiki Wabbit – WB

 08/43 – Spies – U.S. Army

 09/43 – The Infantry Blues – U.S. Army

 10/23/43 – Fin N’ Catty – WB

 11/13/43 – Inki and the Mynah Bird – WB

 ’44 – Hell Bent for Election – UPA

 2/12/44 – Tom Turk and Daffy – WB

 2/26/44 – Bugs Bunny and the Three Bears – WB

 3/25/44 – The Weakly Report – WB

 03/44 – Private Snafu VS. Malaria Mike – U.S. Army

 04/44 – Lecture on Camouflage – U.S. Army

 05/44 – Gas – U.S. Army

 05/44 – Going Home – U.S. Army

 6/3/44 – Angel Puss – WB

 8/5/44 – From Hand to Mouse – WB

 08/44 – Outpost – U.S. Army

 9/30/44 – Lost and Foundling – WB

 1/6/45 – In the Aleutians – U.S. Army

 1/6/45 – The Odor-Able Kitty – WB

 2/24/45 – Trap Happy Porky – WB

 05/45 – It’s Murder She Says – WB

 8/11/45 – Hare Conditioned – WB

 8/28/45 – Fresh Airedale – WB

 10/45 – No Buddy Atoll – U.S. Army

 11/10/45 – Hare Tonic – WB

 ’45 – Secrets of the Caribbean – U.S. Army

 3/2/46 – Quentil Quail – WB

 5/4/46 – Hush My Mouse – WB

 5/25/46 – Hair-Raising Hare – WB

 7/13/46 – The Eager Beaver – WB

 9/28/46 – Fair and Worm-er – WB

 11/23/46 – Roughly Squeaking – WB

 5/8/47 – Scent-Imental Over You – WB

 6/21/47 – Inki at the Circus – WB

 8/3/47 – A Pest in the House – WB

 10/4/47 – Little Orphan Airedale – WB

 2/7/48 – A Feather in His Hare – WB

 2/28/48 – What’s Brewin’ Bruin? – WB

 4/10/48 – Rabbit Punch – WB

 7/24/48 – Haredevil Hare – WB

 8/7/48 – You Were Never Duckier – WB

 10/7/48 – House-Hunting Mice – WB

 10/21/48 – Daffy Dilly – WB

 12/14/48 – My Bunny Lies Over the Sea – WB

 12/18/48 – Scaredy Cat – WB

 ’49 – So Much For So Little (Public Health) – WB (Academy Award Winner)

 1/29/49 – Awful Orphan – WB

 2/26/49 – Mississippi Hare – WB

 4/23/49 – Mouse Wreckers – WB (Academy Award Nominee)

 5/14/49 – The Bee-Deviled Bruin – WB

 6/25/49 – Long-Haired Hare – WB

 8/13/49 – Often an Orphan – WB

 9/16/49 – Fast and Furry-ous – WB

 10/7/49 – Frigid Hare – WB

 11/12/49 – For Scent-imental Reasons – WB (Academy Award Winner)

 12/10/49 – Bear Feat – WB

 12/24/49 – Rabbit Hood – WB

 2/18/50 – The Scarlet Pumpernickel – WB

 3/11/50 – Homeless Hare – WB

 4/15/50 – The Hypo-condri-Cat – WB

 7/8/50 – Eight Ball Bunny – WB

 8/26/50 – Dog Gone South – WB

 9/2/50 – The Ducksters – WB

 11/25/50 – Caveman Inki – WB

 12/16/50 – The Rabbit of Seville – WB

 12/30/50 – Two’s a Crowd – WB

 3/10/51 – Bunny Hugged – WB

 3/24/51 – Scent-imental Romeo – WB

 4/28/51 – A Hound For Trouble – WB

 5/19/51 – Rabbit Fire – WB

 6/16/51 – Chow Hound – WB

 7/14/51 – The Wearing of the Grin – WB

 8/28/51 – Cheese Chasers – WB

 10/20/51 – A Bear for Punishment – WB

 11/17/51 – Dripalong Daffy – WB

 1/19/52 – Operation: Rabbit – WB

 2/2/52 – Feed the Kitty – WB

 3/29/52 – Little Beau Pepe – WB

 4/19/52 – Water, Water Every Hare – WB

 5/24/52 – Beep, Beep – WB

 6/7/52 – The Hasty Hare – WB

 8/23/52 – Going! Going! Gosh! – WB

 9/8/52 – Mouse Warning – WB

 9/20/52 – Rabbit Seasoning – WB

 11/29/52 – Terrier Stricken – WB

 1/3/53 – Don’t Give Up the Sheep – WB

 2/4/53 – Forward March Hare – WB

 2/21/53 – Kiss Me Cat – WB

 2/28/53 – Duck Amuck – WB

 5/3/53 – Much Ado About Nutting – WB

 7/11/53 – Wild Over You – WB

 7/25/53 – Duck Dodgers in the 24 1/2 Century – WB

 8/8/53 – Bully for Bugs – WB

 9/14/53 – Zipping Along – WB

 10/3/53 – Duck! Rabbit! Duck! – WB

 12/19/53 – Punch Trunk – WB

 2/13/54 – Feline Frame-Up – WB

 2/27/54 – Cat’s Bah – WB

1954 – No Barking

 5/22/54 – Claws for Alarm – WB

 7/24/54 – Bewitched Bunny – WB

 8/14/54 – Stop, Look and Hasten – WB

 10/16/54 – From A to Z-Z-Z-Z – WB (Academy Award Nominee)

 11/13/54 – Lumberjack Rabbit – WB

 11/27/54 – My Little Duckaroo – WB

 12/11/54 – Sheep Ahoy – WB

 12/18/54 – Baby Buggy Bunny – WB

 ’55 – A Hitch in Time (US Air Force) – WB

 2/12/55 – Beanstalk Bunny – WB

 4/30/55 – Ready, Set, Zoom! – WB

 5/21/55 – Past Perfumance – WB

 6/11/55 – Rabbit Rampage – WB

 7/13/55 – Double or Mutton – WB

 8/6/55 – Jumpin’ Jupiter – WB

 10/1/55 – Knight-Mare Hare – WB

 10/15/55 – Two Scent’s Worth – WB

 12/10/55 – Guided Muscle – WB

 12/31/55 – One Froggy Evening – WB

 ’56 – 90 Days Wondering – U.S. Army

 1/14/56 – Bugs Bonnets – WB

 2/25/56 – Broom-Stick Bunny – WB

 3/10/56 – Rocket Squad – WB

 3/31/56 – Heaven Scent – WB

 5/5/56 – Gee Whiz-z-z – WB

 7/21/56 – Barbary Coast Bunny – WB

 8/4/56 – Rocket-Bye Baby – WB

 9/29/56 – Deduce, You Say – WB

 11/10/56 – There They Go-Go-Go – WB

 12/15/56 – To Hare is Human – WB

 ’57 – Drafty Isn’t It? – U.S. Army

 1/26/57 – Scrambled Ashes – WB

 2/9/57 – Ali Baba Bunny – WB

 2/23/57 – Go Fly a Kit – WB

 6/8/57 – Steal Wool – WB

 7/6/57 – What’s Opera, Doc? – WB (Nat’l Film Registry)

 9/14/57 – Zoom and Bored – WB

 9/20/57 – Boyhood Daze – WB

 10/21/57 – Touche and Go – WB

 3/8/58 – Robin Hood Daffy – WB

 3/29/58 – Hare Way to the Stars – WB

 4/12/58 – Whoa Be Gone! – WB

 6/28/58 – To Itch His Own – WB

 10/11/58 – Hook, Line and Stinker – WB

 12/6/58 – Hip Hip-Hurry – WB

 12/20/58 – Cat Feud – WB

 1/10/59 – Baton Bunny – WB

 5/9/59 – Hot Rod and Reel – WB

 10/10/59 – Wild About Hurry – WB

 1/19/60 – Fastest with the Mostest – WB

 4/23/60 – Who Scent You? – WB

 6/4/60 – Rabbit’s Feat – WB

 7/30/60 – Ready Woolen and Able – WB

 10/8/60 – Hopalong Casualty – WB

 12/3/60 – High Note – WB (Academy Award Nominee)

 1/21/61 – Zip ‘N’ Snort – WB

 2/25/61 – The Mouse on 57th Street – WB

 5/20/61 – The Abominable Snow Rabbit – WB

 6/3/61 – Lickety Splat – WB

 6/24/61 – A Scent of the Matterhorn – WB

 7/29/61 – Compressed Hare – WB

 11/11/61 – Beep Prepared – WB (Academy Award Nominee)

 12/30/61 – Nelly’s Folly – WB (Academy Award Nominee)

 2/10/62 – A Sheep in the Deep – WB

 6/2/62 – The Adventures of the Road Runner – WB

 6/30/62 – Zoom at the Top – WB

 8/18/62 – Louvre Come Back to Me – WB

 12/29/62 – Martian Through Georgia – WB

 1/19/63 – I Was a Teenage Thumb – WB

 4/27/63 – Now Hear This – WB (Academy Award Nominee)

1963 – Woolen Under Where

 6/8/63 – Hare-Breadth Hurry – WB

 10/19/63 – Mad as a Mars Hare – WB

 11/30/63 – Transylania 6-5000 – WB

 12/28/63 – To Beep or Not To Beep – WB

 6/6/64 – War and Pieces – WB

 ’63 – Penthouse Mouse – MGM

 ’64 – The Cat Above, The Mouse Below – MGM

 ’64 – Is There a Doctor in the Mouse? – MGM

 ’64 – Much Ado About Mousing – MGM

 ’64 – Snowbody Loves Me – MGM

 ’64 – Unshrinkable Jerry Mouse – MGM

 ’65 – The Dot and the Line – MGM (Academy Award Winner)

 ’65 – Tom-ic Energy – MGM

 ’65 – Ah-Sweet Mouse Story of Life – MGM

 ’65 – Bad Day At Cat Rock – MGM

 ’65 – Haunted Mouse – MGM

 ’65 – I’m Just Wild About Jerry – MGM

 ’65 – Of Feline Bondage – MGM

 ’65 – Tom Thump – MGM

 ’65 – The Year of the Mouse – MGM

 ’65 – The Cat’s Me-Ouch – MGM

 ’66 – Duel Personality – MGM

 ’66 – Jerry Jerry Quite Contrary – MGM

1966 – Love Me, Love My Mouse

 ’66 – The Bear That Wasn’t – MGM

 12/18/66 – How the Grinch Stole Christmas (TV) – MGM

 ’67 – Cat and Duplicat – MGM

 ’67 – Cannery Rodent – MGM

1967 –  How the Grinch Stole Christmas (TV Special)

1967 – Gillette commercial

 ’67 – The Mouse from H.U.N.G.E.R. – MGM

 5/18/69 – The Pogo Special Birthday Special (TV) – MGM

 3/19/70 – Horton Hears a Who (TV) – MGM

 ’71 – The Phantom Tollbooth (Feature) – MGM

’71 – Horton Hears a Who (TV Special)

’71 – The Pogo Family Birthday Special

72’ – Curiosity Shop (TV Series)

73’ –  A Christmas Carol

 4/24/73 – The Cricket in Times Square (TV) – CJE

 12/14/73 – A Very Merry Cricket (TV) – CJE

1/16/74 – Yankee Doodle Cricket (TV) – CJE

3/24/74 – The White Seal (TV) – CJE

 1/9/75 – Rikki-Tikki-Tavi (TV) – CJE

 2/11/76 – Mowgli’s Brothers (TV) – CJE

 11/27/76 – Carnival of the Animals (TV) – CJE

 2/23/78 – A Connecticut Rabbit in King Arthur’s Court (TV) – CJE

 11/30/78 – Raggedy Ann & Andy in the Great Santa Claus Caper (TV) – CJE

 78’ – Bugs Bunny in King Arthur’s Court

 9/30/79 – Bugs Bunny/Road Runner Movie – WB

 10/31/79 – Raggedy Ann & Andy in the Pumpkin Who Couldn’t Smile (TV) – CJE

 11/27/79 – Bugs Bunny’s Looney Christmas Tales – WB

 79’ – Daffy Duck’s Thanks-for-Giving Special

 ’80 – Duck Dodgers & the Return of the 24 1/2 Century (TV) – WB

 5/21/80 – Bugs Bunny’s Bustin’ Out All Over (TV) – WB

 11/24/81 – Daffy Duck’s Thanks-for-Giving Special (TV) – WB

 83’ – Heineken commercial

 1/14/86 – Bugs Bunny/Looney Tunes All-Star 50th Anniv. Special (TV) – WB

 86’ – Warner Bros. Golden Jubilee

 ’92 – Stay Tuned (animation sequence from movie) – CJFP

 ’93 – Mrs. Doubtfire (animation sequence from movie) – CJFP

 12/94 – Chariots of Fur – CJFP

 1/95 – Another Froggy Evening – CJFP

 12/95 – Superior Duck – CJFP

 ’96 – From Hare to Eternity – CJFP

 10/24/01 – Timber Wolf – CJE & WB

 

ONLY 1 (ONE!) DAY UNTIL…

DATELINE LAS VEGAS: In a little more than 24 hours, at 11 AM sharp on Thursday, January 19, 2012, all of Las Vegas will be gathered (okay, "all of" may be a bit of hyperbole, but there will be lots of people gathered) at Circus Circus to witness the grand opening of the most remarkable, the most sensational, the most entertaining, the most inspirational, the most creative, the new, the exciting, the one, the only, the Chuck Jones Experience!  (Cue the trumpets! Ta da!)

More than 17 years ago, an idea was born at a dinner with three of the world's great animators and one dedicated fan.  In 2009, the trustees of the Chuck Jones Center for Creativity were approached by that fan, Neil Cantor, and asked what they would envision if there were a Chuck Jones museum.  That simple question prompted an immediate bout of brain-storming creativity and tomorrow, their ideas will be made real.  

Words fail to adequately describe what the Chuck Jones Experience will offer you, but the closest and possibly the most reasonable (and obviously the most exciting) explanation is that it's like walking into the head of Chuck Jones.  It's at turns inspiring, delightful, creative, playful, entertaining, enlightening, invigorating, and beautiful.  So, take this reporter's advice: book your flights to Vegas, baby, and experience The Chuck Jones Experience.

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Some of the staff of the Chuck Jones Galleries (from left: Jocelyne Brown (Santa Fe), Kate Bowerman, Joel Shapiro (both of San Diego), Carol Erickson (Costa Mesa at SOCO–coming soon), Erin Liddell (San Diego), Michael Bundy (Santa Fe), Christopher Scardino (Tustin and the Center's teaching artist), along with Kyle Armstrong (Santa Fe) have a "ta-da" moment as the gate rolls up on the Chuck Jones Experience on Tuesday the 17th.

Get Creative! Invent the Future

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Chuck Jones Center for Creativity is inspiring people to see, act and think creatively. Through programs, virtual communities, outreach and large interactive educational fun events, Chuck Jones Center for Creativity is changing the world for the better.

And you can be a big part of that change.

Sign up for $20 for 12 months and

Be entered to win one of 6 raffles in the coming year.

Raffle #1:
* Two 2012 Rose Bowl tickets (Jan. 2)

* Two Rose Parade tickets (Jan. 2)

* Towncar service for on Jan. 2nd (for the parade and the game) provided by Concierge Limousine Service

* Behind the scenes access of Rose Parade floats (Jan.1)
* Chuck Jones artwork

(all valued at more than $1500)

You will automatically be entered into 5 additional raffles throughout 2012 featuring fabulous gifts, events and experiences to be announced in the coming months. Get connected to the Jones family and to the growing number of people that know…creativity is saving the world!

Invite your friends to become a part of this great and growing community of creative and generous people inventing the future.

 

Chuck Jones Gallery Features The Art of Randy Martinez « Randy Martinez’s Blog

My Art Work will be Featured at the Chuck Jones Gallery in San Diego CA during SD Comic Con 2011.

via randymartinez.wordpress.com

Randy Martinez is an amazing artist and the Chuck Jones Galleries are thrilled to be hosting a reception for the artist on Saturday, July 23rd from 6 to 9 PM during Comic Con. With him will be artist and author Denise Vasquez. Meet them both!

Explore Your Creativity from the Chuck Jones Side of Your Brain!

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Explore the spirit of legendary animation director Chuck Jones this summer with three very special programs at the world-famous Bowers Museum in Santa Ana, California!  Each seminar will meet on a Wednesday in August (3rd, 10th, 17th) from 1:30 PM to 3:00 PM at the museum, 2002 N. Main Street (just south of the 5) in Santa Ana.  Tickets for all three seminars are $50.00 for members and $80.00 for non-members.  Individual sessions are $20.00 members and $30.00 non-members.  

The first seminar, "Embracing the Line, Facing the Lion", will be led by Marian Jones, a gifted photographer, artist, and writer.   As the late Chuck Jones' beloved wife and creative co-conspirator, Marian will share insights into Chuck's imagination–and help you explore and learn to trust your own unique creativity!

According to Chuck Jones, "failure as success" is just one of several great contradictions of creative endeavors. In this seminar, learn the "grammar" of drawing – learn to control the line, not the other way around! Session includes viewing of short cartoons and clips from Chuck Jones interviews, as well as a lively discussion of what "success" really means.

This session will include a presentation of several of Chuck Jones's cartoons plus a hands-on art project for participants.  

The second seminar, "Bringing Life to the Characters: Its the Oddities that Count!", presented by Linda Jones Clough, Chuck's daughter and sole focus of Chuck's fatherly affection.  She is an innovative and skilled entrepreneur and producer who has found success both on her own and working with her late father (look her up on IMDB and be dazzled.) 

Whether you draw, write, or tell stories, what allows you to bring what you imagine to life?  What makes cartoon characters so believable?  This seminar uses Chuck Jones films and sketches to demonstrate the astonishing things that can be done with seemingly lifeless, inanimate objects. Each participant in this seminar will draw, describe, or create an original character–and find genuine inspiration along the way.

For the third and final session, "The Pencil, the Computer, Children and Creativity" you'll join Craig Kausen, grandson of Chuck Jones, Chairman of the Board of Trustees (and a founding member) of the Chuck Jones Center for Creativity, as he shares his own personal perspective on the life of the imagination.

Whether we work with the oldest or the newest tools, the human touch is an absolutely essential component of creativity. This seminar highlights the Chuck Jones brand of character study:  how to harness the most subtle details of human and animal movement to bring your creations to life. Everyone participating in this highly interactive seminar will discuss which tools to use, and why, and will leave with tips on fostering children's (and adults') natural enthusiasm for creating art.   It will also include an art project for participants.  

But wait! To wrap up this series of imaginative and fun programs (in a bright shiny bow) will be a Chuck Jones Film Festival hosted by Craig Kausen on Sunday, July 28th, from 1:30 PM to 3:30 PM.  Starring all of your favorite cartoon characters, Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Wile E. Coyote and Road Runner, it will be a not-to-be-missed event at the Bowers!  

For more information, please email education@bowers.org , call 714.567.3677, or visit the Bowers website. 

 

 

The Bugs Bunny/Road Runner Movie, 1979 – The 25 All-TIME Best Animated Films – TIME

All right, this is cheating: including in this countdown a collection of shorts that (unlike Fantasia) were not made as part of an animated feature. Yet this feature-length medley of Chuck Jones cartoons from his postwar peak period at Warner Bros. has too much wit, melodrama and sheer delight not to be placed high on any list of animation achievements. Taken together, the 10 shorts compiled here — Hare-Way to the Stars, Duck Dodgers in the 24½th Century, Robin Hood Daffy, Duck Amuck, Bully for Bugs, Ali Baba Bunny, Rabbit Fire, For Scent-imental Reasons, Long-Haired Hare, What's Opera, Doc? and Operation Rabbit — could serve as a child's finest introduction to the raucous rapture of the animated film.

via www.time.com

Author and critic Richard Corliss waxes poetic about the 1979 Chuck Jones film "The Bugs Bunny/Road Runner Movie." A must read for our fans!

What’s up, cartoon conductor? | CharlotteObserver.com

"Bugs Bunny at the Symphony" opens this week in Charlotte, North Carolina.  Creator, conductor and all-around great guy, George Daugherty, shares some of his thoughts on conducting the original music for some of the most memorable cartoons in history in this interview published in the Charlotte Observer today.

What's up, cartoon conductor? | CharlotteObserver.com & The Charlotte Observer Newspaper.

Remembering Chuck Jones Behind the Projector

One of the earliest memories I have, and certainly one of the most vivid, is watching my grandfather's cartoons in his living room.  Though this, in and of itself, is not a unique experience amongst the world's population, in fact, I dare say a great many have similar memories of watching Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, the Road Runner and Wile E. Coyote in their grandparents' living room laughing and smiling as a family.

What might be unique about my experience was perhaps the sounds that I remember so distinctly.  In addition to the music, the banter, the sproooing, or the splat, I distinctly remember the clackety-clackety-clack or Chuck's old, blue Bell & Howell 16mm projector adding a constant pillow of support to the frivolity that played out on the five foot floor-standing pull-up screen that adorned the corner of the room.

On regular occasion we would descend upon their home, if lucky with a friend in tow, to find a seat cross-legged on the floor front and center to witness the productions being shown on our own little silver stage.

The only question would be who would have the honor of playing projectionist for the evening.  If I were lucky (and I am regularly lucky), I would be the one to decide the order of the films taken out one at a time from their rectangular shaped film case placed below the side table which made for the makeshift projector stand.

I learned how to conduct a Bell & Howell before I could ride a bike.

First, turn the play knob only one notch so the bulb won't shine during the feed. Depress the top feed button until it clicks. Then gently feed the leading edge of the film into the tiny slit until the sprockets catch and rapidly draw the acetate into its belly.  Watching carefully as it makes its way through the gearing, down and around toward the back and eventually through, it's imperative to watch its escape to only allow a foot or two to dangle out its aft before switching the play knob back to off. Then there's a gentle tug on the film to release the feed button followed by a gingerly fed loop over the spring-loaded final gearing before inserting the film's edge into the take up reel's opening slit with a few turns to remove the slack. 

Only at that point would the lights be dimmed and the projector placed into its active play position igniting the brightest, and hottest, bulb in the house to flicker the 12 frames per second across the room.

I, as a responsible projectionist, would remain seated next to the projector to minimize the duration of the rhythmic slapping of the film's final tail as it exited its captor and continued to spin and hit the back casing.

The lights then would come up and the film was rewound, at surprisingly dramatic speed, only to find more staccato slapping as it slowed to a stop upon its completion.

I loved those film nights and any ensuing discussion about a character, a scene, or an inspiration during each mini-intermission.  But my most vivid memories from those evenings were the sounds of Chuck, the director, the creator of these films, laughing and enjoying them as if they were being seen for the very first time.

I know most of us have these wonderful memories of enjoying the cartoons again and again (for the very first time), but for me, these few sounds permeate mine more than anything else.

Craig Kausen

(A lucky guy…)