Chuck Jones

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Chuck Jones

Born

9/21/1912, Spokane, Washington, USA

Died

2/22/2002

Birth Name

Charles Martin Jones

Gender

Male

Also Known As

Charles M. (Chuck) Jones, Charles M. Jones
9.4
out of 10
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Biography

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Chuck Jones began his career as an animator working on Looney Tunes. He is responsible for the way the characters are today. Several popular characters include Bugs and Daffy and Elmer; Road Runner; Duck Dodgers; Dr. Seuss cartoons; and Tom & Jerry. When he began work his own…more

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  • Trivia

    • He joined Leon Schlesinger Productions, the independent studio that produced Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies for Warner Bros.

    • Chuck Jones directed the animated movie The Bear That Wasn't in 1967.

    • He was also creating cartoons for the internet based on his new character, Thomas Timberwolf.

    • He was painting cartoon and parody art, sold through animation galleries by his daughter's company, Linda Jones Enterprises.

    • Like modern cartoon legends, he never retired; he was an active artist and cartoonist up until his last weeks. Through the 1980s and 1990s (and until his death in 2002).

    • Many of his principles, therefore, found their way back into the mainstream animation consciousness, and can be seen in films such as Cats Don't Dance, The Emperor's New Groove and Lilo & Stitch.

    • In 1944, He made a political film Hell-Bent for Election for the campaign film for Franklin D. Roosevelt that he directed for UPA.

    • He remained at Warners throughout the 1950s, except for a brief period in 1953 when Warners closed the animation studio.

    • The staff of the Jones unit was as important to the success of these cartoons as Chuck Jones himself.

    • Chuck Jones hit his stride in the late 1940s, and continued to make his best-regarded works through the 1950s.

    • During the World War II years, Jones worked closely with Theodore Geisel (also known as Dr. Seuss) to create Private Snafu series of Army educational cartoons.

    • His early cartoons were attempt to follow in the footsteps of Walt Disney's shorts (especially with such cartoons as Tom Thumb in Trouble and the Sniffes cartoons).

    • Many of Jones's cartoons of the 1930s and early 1940s were lavishly animated, but audiences and fellow Termite Terrence staff members found them lacking in genuine humor.

    • Many of Jones's cartoons of the 1930s and early 1940s were lavishly animated, but audiences and fellow Termite Terrence staff members found them lacking in genuine humor.

    • His famous Hunter's Trilogy of Rabbit Fire, Rabbit Seasoning and Duck! Rabbit! Duck! (1951-1953), establishing himself as an important innovator and storyteller.

    • His death brought down the final curtain on the Looney Tunes/Merrie Melodies family of creators.

    • His intellectualism, writing ability, and capacity for self-analysis made him a historical authority as well as a major contributor to the development of animation throughout the 20th century.

    • For his contribution to the motion picture industry, he has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 7011 Hollywood Blvd.

    • His seven decades of artwork is living on into the 21st century though major cartoons networks all around the world, as well as via the internet.

    • Chuck Jones was nominated for an Academy Award eight times and he won twice.

    • In the early 1990s, he created short animated sequences for the movies "Mrs. Doubtfire" and "Stay Tuned."

    • Chuck Jones can be seen making cameo appearances in the 1980s movies, Gremlins (as Mr. Jones) and Inner Space (in a checkout line). He created the opening animation sequence for Gremlins 2.

    • Chuck Jones' original Looney Tunes character, Michigan J. Frog, became the trademark character for Channel 11 since the 90s.

    • Chuck Jones was interviewed in Peter Bogdanovich's "Who the Devil Made It: Conversations With Robert Aldrich, George Cukor, Allan Dwan, Howard Hawks, Alfred Hitchcock, Chuck Jones, Fritz Lang, Joseph H. Lewis, Sidney Lumet, Leo McCarey, Otto Preminger, Don Siegel, Josef von Sternberg, Frank Tashlin, Edgar G. Ulmer, Raoul Walsh". NY: Alfred A. Knopf, 1997.

    • He has three grandchildren; three step-grandchildren, six great-grandchildren, a step-son and step-daughter.

    • Chuck Jones' cartoons, What's Opera, Doc? (1957), Duck Amuck (1953), and more recently One Froggy Evening (1955), have been accepted into the U.S. National Film Registry.

    • At 85, Chuck Jones signed a long term contract with Warner Bros. to supervise the animation department. His thoughts on the contract were "At 85 you can only think ahead for the next 50 years or so."

    • Chuck Jones was a close friend of Theodor "Dr. Seuss" Geisel.

    • Chuck Jones used to work with Dr. Seuss into producing many of the cartoons based on Dr. Seuss' books, such as How the Grinch Stole Christmas, Lorax, Green Eggs and Ham, etc.

    • Chuck Jones produced and directed 32 Tom and Jerry cartoons for the third season.

    • Chuck Jones' first Looney Tunes characters he created were Pepe Le Pew, Hubie & Bertie, the Road Runner, Wile E. Coyote, Claude Cat, and others.

    • Chuck Jones was married to Marian J. Dern-Jones since 1981 after her first wife passed away.

    • Chuck Jones was married to Dorothy Jones since 1935 until she died on February 28, 1978.

    • Chuck Jones' nickname is "The Father of Contemporary Animation."

    • He founded his own studio, Chuck Jones Enterprises, and works his last creations until his death in 2002.

    • Chuck Jones' daughter's name is Linda Jones Clough.

  • Quotes

    • Chuck Jones: I am still astonished that somebody would offer me a job and pay me to do what I wanted to do.

    • Chuck Jones: The coyote is victimized by his own ineptitude. I never understood how to use tools and that's really the coyote's problem.

    • Chuck Jones: Animation isn't the illusion of life; it is life!

SUBMIT REVIEW
  • telanted

    10
    He is a very good cartoon creator that created many great cartoons for TV and producen many cartoon like Buggs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Willie E. Coyote, and even his internet cartoon for Warner Bros. Online, Thomas the TimberWolf and many many many more of cartoon through TV history. Also he has made many movies and cartoons, and has helped as a productor and story board writer in many cartoons. He has created many cartoon characters and also he has won many awards and prizes like Oscars awards, and many more of those. He is one of the all-time greats and recieves good rating for this review.moreless
  • Very good person.

    9.2
    He is a very good cartoon creator that created many great cartoons for TV and producen many cartoon like Buggs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Willie E. Coyote, and even his internet cartoon for Warner Bros. Online, Thomas the TimberWolf and many many many more of cartoon through TV history. Also he has made many movies and cartoons, and has helped as a productor and story board writer in many cartoons. He has created many cartoon characters and also he has won many awards and prizes like Oscars awards, and many more of those. He is one of the all-time greats and recieves good rating for this review.moreless
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