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The Dover Boys Decamp to Culver City

On the evening of Thursday, April 7th, at 6 PM, The Dover Boys will be guests-of-honor at the home of animation art collector and patron of the Chuck Jones Center for Creativity, Dave Lowenstein.  

Because you may know who we speak of when we say "The Dover Boys" and you'd like to meet them and at the same time support the important work that the Chuck Jones Center for Creativity is doing, all you have to do is donate here.  Call Pamela Marsden for event address, 949-660-7793 and to confirm your reservation.  SPACE IS LIMITED.


On the other hand, you might ask who are The Dover Boys?  Well, they're not these Dover Boys:

These Dover Boys (Tom, Dick and Larry) are the young men who appeared in the Chuck Jones 1942 ground-breaking short cartoon of the same name.  No, we're talking about a group of young men (yes, still) who made Jones's acquaintance when they were students at CalArts (in Valencia, CA) in the early 1980s.  As students of animation they had the opportunity to meet Chuck when he gave a lecture at the school and afterward, Jones stunned them by inviting them down to his home in Orange County "to talk."  (Now, they're all better at telling this story and quite a story it is, so you'll want to make sure you take the opportunity to put this very special fund-raising event on your calendar.)

These Dover Boys (a named coined for them by Chuck's daughter, Linda, BTW,) are Kelly Asbury, Rob Minkoff, Chris Bailey and Jeff DeGrandis.  

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Kelly Asbury (from left,) Chris Bailey, Jeff DeGrandis and Rob Minkoff at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences in August of 2010 participating in a panel discussion at the Samuel Goldwyn Theater after a showing of all nine of Chuck Jones' Oscar-nominated short cartoons.

Kelly Asbury:  Kelly Asbury is the Director and co-writer of the 3D computer-animated feature filmGnomeo & Juliet (2011).

Asbury's past directorial efforts include the Oscar-nominated films "Shrek 2" (2004) and "Spirit – Stallion of the Cimarron" (2002). During his twenty-seven year career as an animation artist, Kelly Asbury has served many creative capacities on some of Hollywood's most popular animated films, including "Shrek" (2001), "Toy Story" (1995), "Tim Burton's The Nightmare Before Christmas" (1993), "Beauty and the Beast" (1992) and "The Little Mermaid" (1989). Asbury also provided a variety of character voices on "Gnomeo and Juliet" and "Shrek 2". In addition to films, Asbury is a noted author and illustrator of several published children's books, as well as having written and compiled the offbeat, non-fiction book, "Dummy Days – America's Favorite Ventriloquists from Radio and Early TV" (Angel City Press – 2003) Read more at his IMDB page. (Biography courtesy Internet Movie Database)

Rob Minkoff:  Known for directing the Academy Award-winning animated film, "The Lion King", Minkoff is also the director of "Stuart Little" and "Stuart Little 2."  While at Disney, Rob wrote the song "Good Company" for "Oliver & Company" and directed two Roger Rabbit shorts, "Tummy Trouble" and "Roller Coaster Rabbit," along with the feature films, "The Haunted Mansion" and "The Forbidden Kingdom."  He has a new film due for release this year, "Flypaper."  Visit his IMDB page for a complete listing of his credits.  

Chris Bailey: Writer, director, special effects wizard, animator, all words that describe Chris Bailey's career.  Born in Portland, Oregon, Bailey has worked in TV and film throughout his career including Disney's "Oliver & Company" (writer,) "The Little Mermaid" and "The Rescuers Down Under" (character animation) and the producer and director of the hit TV series "Kim Possible."  You can read the details of Chris Bailey's career at this IMDB page.  

Jeff DeGrandis:  DeGrandis has made his name in the world of TV animation as the producer and director of the hit TV series, "Dora the Explorer," "Go, Diego, Go!" and "Ni Hao Kai Lan."  Jeff got his first big break working with Chuck Jones on the animation for the 1992 movie, "Stay Tuned" and sharpened his skills at "The Ren and Stimpy Show."  If it involves drag racing, Jeff DeGrandis will be there.  He cites the custom car stylings of the iconic Ed "Big Daddy" Roth as one of his major influences. If you absolutely must know more about Jeff DeGrandis, click on his name to view his IMDB profile and credits.  

And as if that were not enough!   

This will be the setting for the evening's entertainment!  Dave Lowenstein has collected animation art for many years and his home is a museum of contemporary animation art collecting.  He's graciously opened his doors (and his heart and his wallet) to the Chuck Jones Center for Creativity  for the evening.  

Oh, and one more thing!

To top off the evening we will be paying special tribute to animation pioneer, Martha Sigall as she and her husband, Sol, celebrate their 65th wedding anniversary!  

Please join us for this special evening, meet the Dover Boys, wish glad tidings to Martha and Sol, chat with Linda Jones (Chuck's daughter) and her children, Craig and Todd Kausen.  Tickets are just $50.00, use the PayPal button to make your reservation today!

Marian Jones Photography Exhibit to Open at the Newport Beach Library

Marian Jones, wife of Chuck Jones, will be honored by a one-woman exhibit of her recent photography at the Newport Beach Public Library.  The exhibit will open Wednesday, September 1st and close on Sunday, October 31st.  The Newport Beach Public Library is located at 1000 Avocado Avenue, Newport Beach, California.  Its hours are Mon–Thurs. from 9 AM to 9 PM, Fri. & Sat. 9 AM to 6 PM, and Sundays from 9 to 5 PM. 

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"Shoreline Cliff" photograph by Marian Jones.

"A camera, like paint brushes or the computer, is simply a tool used to communicate a person's passion or opinion or vision.

"The photograph's in Shoreline Visions reflect my own endless intrigue with the ocean and its surroundings.  I think it began with growing up on the beach in Santa Barbara.  These particular photos were all taken along Crystal Cove beach and my interest in the detail and beauty of things close-up.

"I have been a photographer for some eighteen years, after retiring as a journalist/writer in Los Angeles.  It was there I met my late husband, animation director Chuck Jones, when assigned to interview him.  I later worked with him as a writer/researcher."

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"Mussel Shells" photograph by Marian Jones

Marian Jones photographs have been shown and sold in galleries nationwide, including such cities as New York City, Denver, Chicago, Santa Fe and Laguna Beach.  Her work was featured in a solo exhibition at the Bowers Museum of Cultural Art in Santa Ana, California. 

Several years ago, one of her photos "Nude Barbie Descending a Staircase" was featured in a New York exhibit and has appeared in numerous publications and books. 

All photographs for sale are archival prints in limited edition (numbered and signed by Marian Jones.)  A portion of all proceeds from this exhibit will go to the Chuck Jones Center for Creativity, a non-profit organization that fosters creative expression through the arts, especially among young people. 

For more information or to purchase a photograph, please leave a comment to this post and someone will contact you.

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"Low Tide" photography by Marian Jones

Chuck Jones at the Get Animated! Pavilion

This year, the amazing folks at Stage Nine Entertainment in Sacramento have created the most awesome pavilion at the California State Fair: Get Animated!  Working with studios and non-profits to bring together an incredible display that chronicles animation from its earliest days in the 20th century up to work being created today. 

The Chuck Jones Center for Creativity is pleased to have partnered with Stage Nine and have loaned artwork and ephemera from the archives to them for this very special exhibit.  The California State Fair in Sacramento opened Wednesday and runs through August 1st.  Add it to your travel plans and make sure to visit the Get Animated! pavilion. 

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Chuck Jones Get Animated
Photos by Keith Slagerman. 

O What a Night! Chuck Jones Center for Creativity Grand Opening!

Hundreds of people welcomed the Chuck Jones Center for Creativity to its new home at 131 W. Chapman Avenue, Orange, California last night!  The open house festivities began at 6 PM and a steady stream of well-wishers kept flowing through the door until well after 10 PM.  There were give-a-ways, speechifying, & much hilarity + Litter-Alley was a huge hit with so many of our younger (and older guests!)  More about the evening to follow…


A young artist works on her creative spirit in "Litter-Alley" last night at the grand opening of the Chuck Jones Center for Creativity.


Craig Kausen, Chairman of the Board of Trustees, makes an important announcement at last night's festivities.  That's Chuck Jones' daughter, Linda, to the left.


Marvin Martian stood guard over the hors d'oeuvres!

To learn more about the Center & it's programs, please visit it's new & improved website, www.ChuckJonesCenter.org

Chuck Jones Center in Orange Sports New Signage!


Coming or going, you won't be able to miss the re-vitalized headquarters of Chuck Jones Center for Creativity at 131 W. Chapman in Orange, California.  The front windows are sporting new signage that jumps out at passers-by proclaiming "We Are Here! We Are Here!" (With a nod to Chuck's 1970 television special, "Horton Hears a Who!")  Our temporary hours are Thursday & Friday, 10 AM to 6 PM and Saturday's 9 AM to 5 PM.  Visit Orange & make a point of stopping by to say hello and find out what's happening. 

Chuck Jones Center to Unveil New Website

Craig Kausen, President of the Board of Directors of Chuck Jones Center for Creativity, announced today that a newly designed interactive website for the Center will launch May 6, 2010.   This new website came about through the Center's affiliation with Festival of Children Foundation who offered their members the opportunity to work (for free!) with students at the Art Institute of Southern California to either create a website for an organization from the ground-up or revamp an existing one.

Students at AISC get course credit for the project and have the opportunity for real-life experience working with a client.  Did we mention that they're also brilliant?  Well they are, and the Center could not be more grateful for their creativity (yes!) and thoughtful, professional attitude toward the project.  Circle the date for the big reveal: Thursday, May 6, 2010! 


Project manager, Raffi Keklikian (in white t-shirt, 3rd from right) with student designers and web developers, Anna Funk, Jon Ardis, Ryan Sapp, Chris Abouabdo, Fillip Peyton, Ryan Hontz, Michael Cerrito, Krystal Lagpacan, Joel Steele, Kris Schultz along with faculty consultant, Amy Norton, discuss some of the projects more salient points at the Center's headquarters in Tustin. 

Craig Kausen, Chuck Jones' grandson (right,) describes how Chuck Jones approached creativity and new projects at an initial meeting with the students from AISC.

Students working on the new Chuck Jones Center for Creativity website, have an opportunity to look at original Chuck Jones artwork from the Center's archives before embarking on their new job. 

Take the Lead Teen Summit

Take the Lead 2010

Hundreds of high school students participated in TAKE THE LEAD at the 14th Annual Teem Summit on Friday, March 12, 2010 at California State University, Fullerton.  It was the larges youth conference of its kind in Southern California.  TAKE THE LEAD is designed to promote volunteerism, develop leadership skills and increase awareness of social trends at the local, state and national levels.  Students participated in over 20 interactive workshops focusing on service, leadership and civic engagement. 

One such workshop, "Litter-ally, It's Art! Creating Socially Conscience Art," was hosted by Chuck Jones Center for Creativity.  Led by Craig Kausen, grandson of Chuck Jones and Chairman of the Board of Trustees of CJCC, Kausen led a spirited group of high-schoolers in an art class that utilized found objects (we call it 'obtainium'), assisting him was Program Director for CJCC, Pamela Marsden.  To learn more about TAKE THE LEAD, please click here.  

Some comments from participants in the CJCC workshop:

"[It was the] perfect place to be you, even if you aren't into art.  The speaker was funny and really great!"  

"This was a fantastic class!  I doubt any [other] class was more fun than this one."

"It was fun!  We got to use our creativity!"