The Art of Chuck JonesI always have said I raise #1 and #2 on Bugs, Bond, Indiana, and Star Wars. So as the cultural guide in my family, I found the exhibit “What’s Up, Doc? The Animation Art of Chuck Jones” and determined we had to go. I was enthralled!
Chuck Jones was the genius behind Looney Tune cartoons which featured characters we love: Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Elmer Fudd, Wile E. Coyote and the Road Runner. After he left Warner Brothers, he did a feature film, The Phantom Tollbooth, the Academy Award winning short The Dot and the Line, and the uber loved holiday special How the Grinch Stole Christmas.
Mr. Jones directed more than 300 films, three of which won Academy Awards. From the late 1930s to 1962, he worked on and directed cartoons for the Warner Bros. animation divisions Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies.
The exhibit, What’s Up, Doc?, includes artwork and development work from the classic What’s Opera, Doc?, One Froggy Evening (the cartoon with the darn frog that drove me crazy), and Rabbit Seasoning (it’s the pronoun). One board showed how to draw Bugs by inches and angles. A board from What’s Opera, Doc? Featured Bugs as his regular self next to Bugs as Brunehilde.
There were snippets of recordings by Mel Blanc to listen to (and laugh over). Technical information about how long Wile E. Coyote fell. And Mr. Jones nine disciples for the Coyote: always in the Southwest dessert, no speaking, harm is self-inflicted, devices used are by Acme, etc. My favorite was a piece of the script from Rabbit Seasoning and next to it was the final video with Daffy and the whole “Shoot me now! Shoot me now!” and Bugs nonchalantly standing by.
Are you a cartoon fan? And if so, what are your favorites?