This week, Remembering Animator/ Director Chuck Jones on his Birthday, (September 21, 1912 – February 22, 2002)
“As the most celebrated director in the history of animation, Chuck Jones' masterpieces starring Bugs Bunny, Wile E. Coyote and the Road Runner, Pepe Lé Pew, Daffy Duck (and many others) have taken their rightful place among America's most cherished cinematic treasures.
In a career that spanned almost seventy years,
Jones made over 250 films, won four Academy Awards, and was
nominated for six others. Jones' razor-sharp eye for character
movement, his legendary sense of timing, and his beguilingly
irreverent wit have combined to create some of the classic
perhaps his most abstract work, the acclaimed animated short The Dot and The Line which won an Academy Award that year.
Mr. Jones also created and directed some of the most
popular and critically-acclaimed animated television specials in
the history of the medium, including Dr. Seuss' How The Grinch
Stole Christmas. On March 25, 1996, Chuck Jones'
work was celebrated with a special Lifetime Achievement Oscar,
presented to him at the Academy Awards by Robin Williams.
In addition, Chuck Jones has been honored with a Museum of Modern Art retrospective, two honorary degrees and
a exhibition at Washington D.C.'s Capital Children's
Museum/National Center for Animation.
I had the chance to visit with Chuck and make this studio portrait for my Artist Within project. Having the chance to visit and listen to stories was shear joy, he was funny and delightful!
Have a look around...
art © Chuck Jones
Photo © Greg Preston