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Chuck Jones Image of the Day: Ducklaration

You might very well look at this image and ask yourself, "What do these characters have to do with our nation's founding?"  Well wonder no more, here's the story as told to us by a very wise person…

In the middle 1970s Chuck Jones was producing and directing several half hour TV specials based on the George Selden "Cricket in Times Square" books and characters.  The last of a trio of films starring Harry Cat, Chester Cricket and Tucker Mouse was "Yankee Doodle Cricket" and as was often the case with Chuck, he made a thorough investigation of the period (revolutionary, my good fellow!) and while working on model drawings, the look and feel of the film, he took that left turn at Albuquerque and created the drawing that was used as the line for this hand-painted limited edition cel that stars Pepe le Pew, Bugs Bunny, Elmer Fudd and Yosemite Sam as they witness Daffy Duck applying his "Daffy Duck" (did you think I was going to say his "John Hancock"?) to the Ducklaration of Independence.  

Each "Ducklaration" in the edition has been hand-painted by expert cel painters, one color at a time (from darkest to lightest) on the reverse side of the acetate (cel) sheet, Chuck approved each by hand-signing each example.  To add this special work of art to your collection, please contact your Chuck Jones Gallery art consultant and you will receive two free tickets to "Bugs Bunny at the Symphony" on Saturday, August 6, 2011 at the Verizon Wireless Amphitheater, Irvine, California and two free tickets to the Chuck Jones Big Draw on Sunday, August 7, 2011 at SOCO (South Coast Collection) in Costa Mesa, California, a $150.00 value!  San Diego: 888-294-9880; Santa Fe: 800-290-5999; Tustin: 800-959-7175.

Here's a little taste of "Yankee Doodle Cricket":

Notes on Wile E. Coyote & Road Runner

“I see nothing in the Coyote that I can’t find in almost any human being.  Most of us share his desire for something small and special, be it diamonds, doughnuts, or Road Runner.  Wile E. Coyote devotes enormous ingenuity and energy to chasing the Road Runner.  People wonder what good it would do him to catch the Road Runner, as there’s obviously very little food on that scrawny frame.  A rabbit would seem to be more nutritious prey, but Wile E. considers roadrunner to be a luxury item on the coyote’s food chain.  There are delicacies as yet unknown to the human palate, and one of them is this apparently succulent avian.   

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“A Road Runner cartoon is basically a series of separate blackout gags with an underlying structure, as the Coyote returns obsessively to the fray.  Mike Maltese and I found that we needed about eleven gags to make a film, and the trick was to proceed in a more or less orderly fashion up to a strong climax.  Gags varied considerably in length and could be as short as four seconds, as long as four minutes, or almost as long as the film itself. 

“Humor is often a series of sensible statements ending in an unexpected oddity that completely changes the meaning of the scene.

“The Road Runner did not change a lot visually over the years; he has very little personality, as he is a force.  I tell students that the secret of drawing the Road Runner is learning how to draw dust:  just draw a cloud of dust and hook a Road Runner onto it…My Road Runner is a rare case in which the animated animal is almost exactly like its living model. 

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“The Road Runner’s immortal “beep-beep” was an accidental find, inspired by the sound Paul Julian made as he blindly tried to clear a route for himself along a Termite Terrace corridor.  It seemed unimaginable to ask anybody but Paul to record this sound, so we invited him into the studio and it is his voice that is heard in every Road Runner cartoon, although Mel Blanc is given credit for it.

“Eddie Selzer [producer after Leon Schlesinger] hated the first Road Runner cartoon, Fast and Furry-ous, because it had no dialogue.  “Goddamit,” he fumed, “we pay Mel Blanc and you should use his voice.”  He sulked about it.  I told him that the film wouldn’t work with dialogue, but he persisted: I don’t give a damn if it would work or not—WE PAY MEL BLANC!”

Image of the Day: Herr Loves Me, Hare Loves Me Not!

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"Herr Loves Me, Hare Loves Me Not!" hand-painted cel art created from original art for the 1957 Chuck Jones masterpiece, "What's Opera, Doc?"  Edition of 50, estate-signed.  

Chuck Jones on Bugs Bunny: "…We had a happy life together, but, as the six-year-old boy protested when I was introduced to him as the man who draws Bugs Bunny, 'He does not!  He draws pictures of Bugs Bunny.'  He was absolutely right, and I can think of no happier career than as a man who drew pictures of such a fabulous character."

Drop In & Draw: Saturdays at the Chuck Jones Center for Creativity

On Saturdays you will find Christopher Scardino, our teaching artist (an alum of Laguna College of Art and Design) leading, encouraging and nurturing a group of children, young adults and adults at the Center's popular "Drop In & Draw" Saturdays.  

Hosted by the Center from 9 AM to 12 PM (most Saturdays, please call 949-660-7793 or 714-516-9540 to confirm) this opportunity to develop your or a child's creativity is open to participants from 3 years old to 103 (at the least, older most welcome, and those under 6 should be accompanied by an adult.)  The Center is located at 131 West Chapman Avenue (north side of the street, just 1/2 block west of the Plaza.  

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The goal of the morning drawing class is to give young Rembrandts and Frankenthalers the space that will allow them to expand their creativity by having free reign to draw, sculpt, paint or construct anything that they wish with guidance from Chris as needed (or requested.)  All supplies and materials are provided by the Center; the nominal fee is $10.00 per child up to age 10 and $15.00 for everyone older. 

Let's get together and draw!  See you there!

Chuck Jones Quote of the Day: Learning a Little Bit

"I concentrated on learning a little bit about everything that
interested me and a lot about drawing until my hand would respond to
what my mind dictated and my brain became a treasure house of pertinent

Chuck Jones, page 10, Stroke of Genius, A Collection of Paintings and Musings on Life, Love and Art

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Chuck Jones: Master Series –Interview Conducted by Jeff DeGrandis

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Chuck Jones, The Master Series — a lost interview — with host Jeff DeGrandis

To be released February 1, 2010

Tustin, CA–Chuck Jones Center for Creativity, the non-profit organization founded by Chuck Jones before his death in 2002, announced today the upcoming release of Chuck Jones–The Master Series the first of two DVDs culled from several hours of interviews conducted in 1990 by Emmy-nominated director Jeff DeGrandis. 

In this never-before-seen interview, animation pioneer and four-time Academy Award-winning director and creator, Chuck Jones, discusses the physics and properties of drawing with the irrepressible Jeff DeGrandis.  Selected from several hours of taped interviews with Chuck Jones, the vignettes in the DVD cover everything from the very essence of drawing to the more esotereic aspects of character development, all of which is liberally seasoned with the wit and wisdom of this artistic genius.

Chuck Jones–The Master Series is scheduled for delivery beginning February 1, 2010.  Animators, artists, and creatives as well as people interested in the arts (and art of animation) will find this interview a must-have for their reference library.  Pre-orders for a minimum donation of $19.95 are being accepted now by the Center.  For more details, contact DVD@ChuckJonesCenter.org or online at the Center's blog, Now Hare This!

You can now donate today!  If you live in the United States, click the 'Buy Now' button below.  The total charge including shipping via Priority Mail is $24.95.  Thank you for your donation!

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Chuck Jones Center for Creativity is dedicated to fostering and encouraging creativity, especially in young people, using the drawings, films, and writings of legendary animation director, Chuck Jones, as inspiration.  It encourages the expression of artistic creativity and promotes an environment where that spirit can flourish.  Jones' art and ideas continue to influence contemporary artists, filmmakers, and writers through the vast resource of his work accessible through the Center for Creativity's online archive.   www.ChuckJonesCenter.org

Chuck Jones Quote of the Day: Since Childhood

"As a child I loved to draw, as do most children, and I have made at least twenty drawings every day of my life since childhood, and I intend to draw and paint for the rest of my life-if I live that long."

–Chuck Jones, page 100, Stroke of Genius, A Collection of Paintings and Musings on Life, Love and Art

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