2018 is almost here, and that means our annual Cartoon Fest is right around the corner! This year we’re celebrating the beloved Warner Bros. animator Chuck Jones, who gathered 8 nominations and 3 awards from the Academy Awards, as well as an Honorary Academy Award in 1996 for his decades-long work in the animation field.
1 | He’s the man behind several of Looney Tunes’ fan-favorites!
Jones didn’t just expand on a large part of the Looney Tunes cast, but he also created several characters of his own! We have Jones to thank for classic characters like Pepe Le Pew and Penelope Pussycat, Wile E. Coyote and the Road Runner, Marvin the Martian and K-9, and – maybe the most notable – Elmer Fudd. He was also responsible for minor characters like Hugo the Abominable Snowman, Henery Hawk, Bookworm, Sam Sheepdog, Hubie and Bertie, Sniffles, and so many more!
2 | Jones was honored with his own NYC museum exhibit.
In 2014, the Museum of the Moving Image in New York City opened up a new exhibit exclusively for Jones’ artwork over the course of his career. The exhibit was called “What’s Up, Doc? The Animation Art of Chuck Jones.”
3 | His work didn’t end with Warner Bros.
After Warner Bros. Cartoons’ studio closed 1963, Jones started an independent animation studio, Sib Tower 12 Productions, where he and his team would go on to create new Tom and Jerry cartoons and adapt original Tom and Jerry features for television. He also went on to direct and produce the classic Christmas TV special “How The Grinch Stole Christmas” in 1966.
4 | He went back to his roots for his final Looney Tunes piece in 1997.
“From Hare to Eternity” was the last Looney Tunes cartoon from Jones. It followed Yosemite Sam as he tries to steal buried treasure from Bugs Bunny. Jones dedicated the cartoon to Bugs’ creator, Friz Freleng, who died two years before.
5 | There’s lots more to be learned about Jones!
Whether you’re looking to learn more about Jones’ life, buy original pieces of art, or even find an original ACME Anvil (who doesn’t want one?), Chuck Jones’ website has something for every fan of his.
See you at the theater!