Happy Birthday, Paul Klee, born 139 years ago today. Chuck Jones was inspired by the artwork of Paul Klee and created “Portrait du Cochon” (Portrait of a Pig) as an homage in 1989. Klee’s original, “Senecio” from 1922 is below Jones’s.
Klee was and is revered by artists and one of his most often quoted statements is: “A line is a dot that went for a walk.”
This morning as I was drinking my morning coffee and doing Saturday's Los Angeles Times crossword puzzle this clue caught my eye: 50 across, "1890s warning song for sailor's." All I could think of was "Red sky in the morning, sailor's warning, red sky at night, sailor's delight," but that didn't fit, so I worked around it, until…
I figured it out, "asleep in the deep," which, of course, made me realize that Chuck Jones' 1962 cartoon "A Sheep in the Deep" title was a pun on the song (it had to come from somewhere, right?) Then I did a search for it online and found a recording of the song by Thurl Ravenscroft (the voice of Tony the Tiger) and the man who sang "You're a mean one, Mr. Grinch," for the Chuck Jones directed 1966 television special, "Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas!" It couldn't get any better! So, for your listening and viewing pleasure, I bring you Mr. Ravenscroft singing "Asleep in the Deep" along with Jones' "A Sheep in the Deep."
And here's yesterday's puzzle (which you can see I'm short two answers, 35 down and 55 across, let me know if you have the answers!)
“What if…?” That is a question that Chuck Jones often asked himself. “What if Bugs Bunny were wearing a tartan plaid?” (The result: a painting titled “Bunny Prince Charlie.”) “What if Mozart (Bugs Bunny in the above image) had a hard time coming up with a title for his latest opera?” A child-like wonder at the possibilities of language and of art sustained his creativity throughout his long and productive life. “Cosi Fan Tutti” was created as part of a commission by Opera Pacific in 1997; it is a 12 field (12.5″ x 10.5″) hand-painted cel art edition.