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A Short Biography Of Chuck Jones
by Adam Shore
“Chuck” Jones (Charles Martin Jones) was an American cartoon artist and animator. He was also a screenwriter, producer and director of animated films.
Chuck Jones is best known for his Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies shorts for Warner Brothers. The cartoons he directed contained some of the best known cartoon characters such as Daffy Duck, Bugs Bunny, Road Runner and Wile E. Coyote as well as many more. Among his works of prominence was the ‘Hunting Trilogy'. This incredibly famous triptych comprised of Rabbit Fire, Rabbit Seasoning and Duck! Rabbit, Duck
In 1933 Jones joined the independent studio Leon Scheslinger that produced Merrie Melodies and Looney Tunes for Warner Brothers. Initially joining as an assistant animator he was promoted to animator in 1935. During World War II Jones worked closely with Dr Seuss and they created the Private Snafu series. Jones also collaborated with Dr Seuss to adapt several of his books in to animated form, most notably How The Grinch Stole Christmas! He also directed a campaign film for Franklin D. Roosevelt called Hell-Bent For Election.
It was during the 1950s that Jones created his most memorable works. It was in the 50's he created Pepe Le Pew, Wile E Coyote and Roadrunner. The Roadrunner cartoons are widely considered to be masterpieces with generation of children raised on them.
Upon finishing at Warner Brothers in 1962, Jones started his own company called Sib Tower 12 Productions which produced cartoons for Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer. Further down the line he opened his own studio called Chuck Jones Productions which produced several one shot specials while also working on some Looney Tunes related products.
It was in his later life throughout the 1980's and 1990's that Jones painted cartoon and parody art which was sold by his daughter through her company Linda Jones Enterprises. Despite this change of focus Jones was also still active with onscreen work as he was the character designer and creative consultant for a couple of Raggedy Ann animated specials and the very first Alvin and the Chipmunks Christmas special. Throughout this time he continued to direct, most notably a long sequence in the Stay Tuned film that was released in 1992; he also directed the animation at the start of the Robin Williams film Mrs Doubtfire.
Sadly Jones passed away in February 2002 leaving a legacy of work that will live on forever. Chuck Jones art is still incredibly popular today and is much sought after by an army of avid fans.
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Article submitted Tuesday, August 16, 2011 & read 86 times.
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