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When in Doubt, Ask…You Never Know Who Might Answer

Chuck Redux recently came across a flurry of questions about the value of visiting the Chuck Jones Experience at Circus Circus in Las Vegas on a Vegas Message Board


They were good questions, and it seemed like an opportunity for someone close to Chuck Jones to answer them. 

So, Craig Kausen, Chuck's grandson had this to say in reply to their questions:

"Well, I must start out by revealing that I'm terribly biased in my review of the Chuck Jones Experience. I am Chuck Jones' grandson, Craig.

"However, although I must say that I personally think it is well worth the admission price, each person or group that sends me notes, text messages, pictures, or even actual letters (forbid!), has said that they were enthralled by the journey they were taken on inside the Experience. Just yesterday a friend said her accountant was out there with 10 young soccer players (10 or 12 years old), along with parents, and although she thought it was big ticket amount for the group when they arrived, she said they spent a couple of hours and could hardly get the kids and many of the parents to leave when they had to go to their next game.

"It is like walking inside of a Chuck Jones cartoon that is super life-sized, as well as walking into his studio (with his actual desk setting right before you), that includes hundreds of books from his own personal library, so you can glimpse a bit inside of his genius. 

"There is a room where you can see how you measure up next to Life-sized characters and then walk into a filming of a Road Runner and Wile E. Coyote cartoon being filmed by Bugs Bunny and directed by Daffy W. Griffith, all in larger than life-sized three dimensional creations.

"There are over 250 original works of art ranging from historical production materials to oil paintings, to traditional fine art, all by Chuck himself.

"There is also an interactive area where you can record sound effects at the Rikki Tikki Tavi Foley station and create your own Zoetrope animation strip.

"There are great photo opportunities throughout.

"If I'm there, I'll take you on a personal tour too!

"And, yes, there are plenty of t-shirts to be had as well as other great things to take home if you like.

"I'll even make a bold statement that if you don't like it, ask for Neil and I'm sure he'll give you your money back. (Neil???)

"Plus, there are $5 coupons all over Las Vegas to make it even more affordable.

"I hope you at least go by to take a look if you're in town.


"PS Gregrio, you are so right about THE Steak House at Circus Circus. Best steaks I've ever had…"

To read the entire thread, click on Chuck's photo below.

And when in Vegas, do as the Vegans do. Or is that do as the Vegasians do? Or is it Vegasites? Hmmm, something to think about…

The White Seal

In 1974, Chuck Jones brought to life the story of Kotick, the white seal, while a vice-president in charge of children’s programming at ABC.  This television special was based on the story of survival and perseverance of a group of seals living in the Bering Straits.  The original tale is by Rudyard Kipling and can be found in his collection* of stories, “The Jungle Book”.   Chuck Jones also recreated for television two other Kipling tales, “Rikki Tikki Tavi” 1975 and “Mowgli’s Brothers” 1976.  This image below is a recreation by lithography of an original production cel and background used in the film and later featured on the cover of the book based on the television special “The White Seal”. 

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*From “Chuck Amuck” by Chuck Jones:  “We always had books in the house we lived in.  We not only had books, we had books (old or new) that were fresh to us.  The way it worked was this: a house in those days of the early twenties had books.  Incredible as it seems, that’s what people did: they read.  We didn’t have a phonograph until I was twelve, a radio until I was seventeen, or television until I was forty-six.

“So that left books.  When you rented a furnished house, it was equipped with furniture and books.  …Father would scout around for a furnished house.  “Furnished” in his lexicon meant furnished with books, hundreds being mandatory, thousands being preferable.  Colonel Terhune’s big house on the Speedway in Ocean Park had thousands of books, as did Times editor Harry Carr’s place on Mount Washington Drive, so the six or seven or eight of our family stayed in each house for over five years, until we had exhausted the supply,  a sort of omnivorous plague of indiscriminate readers.” 


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. 

Shorline cliff
"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."

Mussel shells
"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.

Low tide
"Low Tide" photography by Marian Jones