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Image of the Day: Mad as a Mars Hare

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Original layout drawing of Bugs Bunny (graphite on three-hole punch animation paper) by Chuck Jones for his 1963 short cartoon, “Mad as a Mars Hare”.  This film was the last film directed by Chuck Jones to star Marvin Martian during Jones’ first tenure at Warner Bros.  Co-directed by Maurice Noble with animation by Ken Harris, Richard Thompson, Bob Bransford and Tom Ray. 

Image of the Day: Boyhood Daze (Part 2)

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Danger lurks in deepest, darkest Africa as our intrepid hero, Ralph Phillips, wends his way through the jungle oblivious to the signs of distress being communicated by the little monkey in front of him.  An original layout drawing by Chuck Jones for his 1957 short animated film, "Boyhood Daze."  It is graphite on 12 field animation paper. 

Image of the Day: Cat Feud

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Original layout drawing by Chuck Jones (graphite on 12 field animation paper) created for his 1958 “Cat Feud” (love those pun-y titles!)  Although it’s not Claude Cat (this one’s all orange) he looks remarkably similar and his attempt to ‘cat-nap’ the sweet, little Pussyfoot’s sausage results in a beating not unlike those received by the hapless Claude in many another title. 

One of the defining characteristics of a Chuck Jones cartoon are the hundreds of layout drawings he created to guide his team of animator’s through the story.  Since there was no budget for editing at Warner Bros. after the film was completed, every single frame had to be carefully planned, staged, and filmed so that the finished film was exactly that, finished.  Jones was a master-planner making him one of the great animation directors of all time. 

Image of the Day: Rabbit Seasoning

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Original background layout drawing by Maurice Noble for the 1952 Chuck Jones directed “Rabbit Seasoning.”  Graphite and colored pencil on 12 field (10.5″ x 12.5″) two-hole punch animation paper.  Selected for inclusion in the upcoming Chuck Jones exhibit at AMPAS (Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences) opening May 14, 2010 in Los Angeles. 

Image of the Day: Rikki Tikki Tavi

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Original layout drawing by Chuck Jones for his 1975 television special “Rikki Tikki Tavi” based on one of The Jungle Book stories by Rudyard Kipling.  This drawing is part of the exhibition Chuck Amuck: A Legacy of Laughter opening tonight at the Tempe Center for the Arts in Tempe, Arizona.

Image of the Day: Super Rabbit

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Original layout drawing on two-hole punch 12 field animation paper by Chuck Jones for his 1943 short animated film, "Super Rabbit."  This is one of the original works of animation art that will be on display at the Tempe Center for the Arts' exhibit "Chuck Amuck, A Legacy of Laughter" opening Friday, February 26, 2010.  Read more about the exhibit here.

Image of the Day: Hip Hip Hurry


Original layout drawing of Wile E. Coyote by Chuck Jones for his 1958 short film, “Hip Hip Hurry.”  Jones’ layout drawings were not always about the characters, but sometimes about the action propelling the characters as we see in the drawing below, also by Chuck Jones.  (Both drawings are graphite on 12 field animation paper.)


Image of the Day: Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas

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Original production cel from “Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas” directed by Chuck Jones.

This is what it took to complete the 24-minute film of Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas:  Gestation period eleven to fourteen months, finding the voices (Boris Karloff, June Foray and Thurl Ravenscroft,) recording them, writing the music (Albert Hague, music; Theodore Geisel, lyrics), drawing hundreds of key character layouts (Chuck Jones), designing a couple of hundred backgrounds (Maurice Noble), painting all of those backgrounds (Phil DeGuard), animating more than 15,000 usable drawings (Ken Harris, Abe Levitow, Ben Washam, Dick Thompson), and having them all painted, shot, and dubbed (putting sound effects, music, dialogue and film together.)  Of the 15,000 usable drawings, approximately 40,000 to 50,000 were discarded.  250 backgrounds, 250 background layout drawings, 1,200 character layout drawings, 4,500 unusable and dispensable character layout drawings, sixty musicians for eight hours, a composer for six months, a sound editor for four weeks.