Title cards (top and center) with a key master production set-up (bottom), gouache on art board and acetate from Chuck Jones’s 1975 half-hour television animated special, “Rikki Tikki Tavi.” Based on a story from Rudyard Kipling’s “The Jungle Book.”
Tex Avery died August 26, 1980. This tribute by Chuck Jones was published in the Sunday, August 31, 1980 Los Angeles Tribune Calendar section. (Bottom: photographic negative of an original Tex Avery Bugs Bunny model sheet.)
"What Tex taught me was this:
"1. You must love what you caricature. You must not mock it—unless it is ridiculously self-important.
"2. You must learn to respect that golden atom, that single-frame of action, that 1/24th of a second, because the difference between lightning and the lightning bug may hinge on that single frame.
"3. You must respect the impulsive thought and try to implement it. You cannot perform as a director by what you already know, you must depend on the flash of inspiration that you do not expect and do not know.
"4. You must remember always that only man, of all creatures, can blush, or needs to; that only a man can laugh, or needs to, and that if you are in that trade of helping others to laugh and to survive by laughter, then you are privileged indeed.
"5. Remember always that character is all that matters in the making of great comedians in animation and in live-action.
"6. Keep always in your mind, your heart and your hand that timing is the essence, the spine, and the electrical magic of humor—and of animation."
After graduating from Chouinard Art Institute in Los Angeles, Chuck Jones sold $.05 portraits on Olvera St. in downtown L.A. By 1937, he’d gotten married to Dorothy, had a baby girl, Linda, and was promoted to director at Leon Schlesinger Studios.
Caricature by Chuck Jones, graphite on 12 field animation paper, circa 1937.
"The weaker sex is actually the stronger sex because of the stronger sex’s weakness for the weaker sex." —Chuck Jones
Sketches of men and women, graphite and ink on paper, by Chuck Jones, circa late 1960s.
Model sheets, key pose drawing, character model drawing for a special commission short cartoon for the U.S. Air Force, “A Hitch in Time”, 1955, by Chuck Jones. Airman John McRogers along with Grogan, Technical Gremlin First Class, decide that being in the Air Force is better than civilian life.
Brick-a-Brack-a, Firecracker, Sis-Boom-Bah, Bugs Bunny, Bugs Bunny, Rah! Rah! Rah!
"Super Rabbit," directed by Chuck Jones and released in 1943. Top and bottom, original lobby cards; center, original layout drawing by Chuck Jones, graphite on 12 field animation paper.