Tag Archives: Maurice Noble

Boyhood Daze (Part 3)

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One of the hallmarks of a Chuck Jones cartoon is the articulate use of gesture and facial expression as evidenced in the above drawing of a monkey trying to point out the obvious danger facing the implacable hero, Ralph Phillips, in the 1957 short animated film, "Boyhood Daze."  Directed by Chuck Jones, this is one of his original layout drawings used to guide the character development, animation and story of the film by his amazing crew of animators (Abe Levitow, Richard Thompson, and Ken Harris.)  The brilliant designer, Maurice Noble, provided the graphic layouts for the cartoon. 

Image of the Day: Chariots of Fur

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"Spring Training" a limited edition fine art 26 screen hand-pulled serigraph, created from original art for the 1994 Chuck Jones directed "Chariots of Fur" short animated film.  Signed and remarqué by animator Claude Raynes.  "Chariots of Fur" was first Road Runner and Wile E. Coyote short cartoon directed by Chuck Jones in over 30 years.  It was produced by Jones and his daughter, Linda Jones Clough, at the newly formed Chuck Jones Film Productions and brought together for the final time the legendary Jones and the incomparable Maurice Noble who provided layouts and color consultation.  

We've embedded the French version of the cartoon for your viewing pleasure:

Image of the Day: Louvre Come Back to Me

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"Louvre Come Back to Me" was the last of 17 cartoons that starred Chuck Jones' inimitable skunk of a lover, Pepé le Pew, bowing in theaters on August 18, 1962 (shortly before Warner Bros. Animation was shuttered.)  This is a background layout, from co-director, Maurice Noble, drawn with graphite and colored pencil on 12 field (10.5" x 12.5") animation paper.  It will be featured in the exhibit, "Chuck Jones: An Animator's Life From A to Z-Z-Z-Z" which opens May 14th at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in Beverly Hills (closing August 22, 2010.) 

One of Pepé's greatest lines (at least in my opinion) comes from this cartoon:  "Where are you, my little objet d'art?  I am going to collect you!" 

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: Creature From Another Planet


"Creature From Another Planet" hand-painted cel art edition of 60, 10.5" x 25"

Chuck Jones' iconic 1953 film, "Duck Dodgers in the 24 1/2 Century" pits the intrepid Daffy Duck and his sidekick Porky Pig (Space Cadet) against a Martian named Marvin in a spoof of the very popular space opera films and radio/television serials of the period.  Maurice Noble designed the amazing background layouts for the short film (Planet X!)  

Image of the Day: What’s Opera, Doc?

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"What's Opera, Doc?" Chuck Jones' masterpiece of animated film-making is arguably the most famous and oft-cited cartoon in history.  As Jones tells it, his crew 'stole' time from other concurrent productions in order to produce this film.  With its magnificent scene design by the incomparable Maurice Noble and layout drawings, such as this one, by Chuck Jones, "What's Opera, Doc?" rode into theaters (and the hearts and souls of millions) on July 6, 1957. 

This layout drawing is part of Chuck Amuck, A Legacy of Laughter, opening Friday, February 26th at the Tempe Center for the Arts. 

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.

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

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Original model drawing of Max by Chuck Jones, mixed media on 12 field (12.5" x 10.5") animation paper.

Character, not plot, evokes our film and book
memories.  In designing and building the
characters that inhabit an animated film, Chuck Jones, along with his
tremendously talented crew (Maurice Noble, Ben Washam et al.), have always
relied on the character to provide the motivation that propels the action of
the film.  

"Max the dog has a skimpy, scraggly, horizontal,
pear-shaped body, a sad snout, and forlorn eyes.  [Dr. Seuss described him as “Everydog—all
love and limpness and loyalty.]"–Chuck Jones, Chuck Reducks

Image of the Day: The Bugs Bunny Show

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The Bugs Bunny Show aired on ABC TV from October 1960 through September 1962 and was written and produced by Chuck Jones and Friz Freleng.   Both of them contributed layout drawings for the bridge animation (new animation that connected three Warner Bros. cartoons in each episode.)  This Chuck Jones layout drawing (graphite and colored pencil on 12 field animation paper) is from Episode #1575, 11/8/60; it was co-directed by Maurice Noble.