A selection of men from the Chuck Jones archive. It’s difficult to ignore the importance Chuck placed on an animator’s ability to draw the human form. He and his animators were constantly taking life drawing classes, particularly from the brilliant educator, Don Graham. Chuck’s facility with capturing the essence of character in a few lines of graphite on a slip of paper is remarkable and clearly informs the animated films he produced and directed during his lifetime. These drawings, graphite on paper, are circa 1947—1967.
Music to put sheep dogs to sleep by…
Original layout drawings (key poses) by Chuck Jones for his 1962 short cartoon, “A Sheep in the Deep,” graphite and colored pencil on 12 field animation paper.
Happy Birthday, Bugs Bunny! “A Wild Hare” directed by Tex Avery and released in theaters on July 27, 1940. Image courtesy GoldenAgeCartoons.com.
In the photo from left: Linda Jones Clough, Chuck’s daughter, Craig Kausen, Chuck’s grandson and Chairman of the Chuck Jones Center for Creativity with Dr. Barbara Miller, curator of “What’s Up, Doc? The Animation Art of Chuck Jones.” Dr. Miller and David Schwartz, chief curator of the Museum of the Moving Image, were interviewed in IndieWire, read it here.
Center: Model sheet (collage on board) for the 1966 Chuck Jones-directed television special “Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas.”
Top: One of the text panels in the exhibit at MoMI
Daffy Duck acting.
Original key pose drawing by Chuck Jones for his 1953 “Duck Amuck”, graphite on 12 field animation paper. Seen at “What’s Up, Doc? The Animation Art of Chuck Jones” at the Museum of the Moving Image. For dates and times, visit ChuckJonesNow.com.
"An animator is an actor with a pencil." —Chuck Jones
Can you imagine anything worse than looking at photos of people you don’t know at an event you didn’t go to? So, I’ll spare you the details of the above photos, suffice it to say…If you’re a fan of animation, a fan of Chuck Jones, a fan of cartoons, a fan of cartoon-making, someone who likes to laugh, or even someone who likes to learn new things (!), then you’ll
like love, “What’s Up, Doc? The Animation Art of Chuck Jones” at the Museum of the Moving Image. Details and links at ChuckJonesNow.com.
What you’ll see at the entrance to “What’s Up, Doc? The Animation Art of Chuck Jones” opening tomorrow at the Museum of the Moving Image in Astoria, Queens, New York.