Film festival in Glendale has a Jones for Chuck

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Chuck Jones

Chuck Jones

On Fri­day, Sep­tem­ber 21 at the Alex The­atre in Glen­dale, Cal­i­for­nia, the Chuck Jones Cen­ten­nial Cel­e­bra­tion Film Fes­ti­val will be an evening devoted to hon­or­ing the artist who brought to life such famous car­toon char­ac­ters as Wile E. Coy­ote, Road Run­ner, Pepé le Pew, Mar­vin Mar­t­ian and Marc Anthony.

Hosted by the fam­ily of Chuck Jones, the evening — which gets under­way at 8 p.m. — will include rem­i­nis­cences from noted artists whose careers and lives have been impacted by Chuck Jones and the work he cre­ated. The Alex The­atre is located at 216 Brand Boule­vard. The phone num­ber is (818) 243-ALEX (2539).

Tick­ets range in price from $10 to $50, ben­e­fit­ing the pro­grams of the Chuck Jones Cen­ter for Cre­ativ­ity. They’re avail­able at the Alex The­atre box office or online at

Of course, there will be car­toons, many of them from Jones’ per­sonal 35mm collection.

Jones, whose cred­its include four Acad­emy Award-winning short films, directed over 300 films in his life­time, with such mem­o­rable titles as Rab­bit Sea­son­ing, Robin Hood Daffy and Feed the Kitty. In 1992, his What’s Opera, Doc? was the first short ani­mated film to be inducted into the Smithsonian’s National Film Reg­istry. Sub­se­quently, two oth­ers have been added: One Froggy Evening and Duck Amuck.

An hon­orary life­time mem­ber of the Direc­tors Guild of Amer­ica, Jones is con­sid­ered to be one of the pio­neers of the ani­mated film, feted and hon­ored at dozens of Inter­na­tional Film Fes­ti­vals from Annecy to Zagreb. In 1985, he was the sub­ject of a film ret­ro­spec­tive at the Museum of Mod­ern Art, New York.

In 1999, Jones founded the Chuck Jones Cen­ter for Cre­ativ­ity, a non-profit pub­lic char­ity whose vision is to inspire the innate cre­ative genius within each per­son that leads to a more joy­ous, pas­sion­ate, and har­mo­nious life and world.

Among the pre­sen­ters on Sep­tem­ber 21:

* Carl Bell, ani­ma­tor and clean-up artist, will be one of the pre­sen­ters. A Gov­er­nor of the Acad­emy of Motion Pic­ture Arts and Sci­ences, Bell worked with Jones in the late 1960s and early 1970s at MGM. His career includes work with Clam­pett Pro­duc­tions early in his career and most recently with Dis­ney Studios.

* Eric Gold­berg: Gold­berg joined Dis­ney Stu­dios in 1990 as the super­vis­ing ani­ma­tor respon­si­ble for the move­ments, per­son­al­ity and soul of the Genie in Aladdin. Goldberg’s strong back­ground in ani­ma­tion next earned him his direc­to­r­ial debut on Poc­a­hon­tas, which he fol­lowed up as the super­vis­ing ani­ma­tor on Phil, the salty satyr and trainer of heroes in Her­cules. Gold­berg also directed the “Car­ni­val of the Ani­mals” and “Rhap­sody in Blue” seg­ments of Fan­ta­sia 2000, the con­tin­u­a­tion of Walt Disney’s 1940 masterpiece.

Gold­berg not only served as the direc­tor of ani­ma­tion for Warner Bros.’ 2003 live-action and ani­ma­tion hybrid fea­ture Looney Tunes: Back in Action, but he also pro­vided the voices of the car­toon char­ac­ters Mar­vin Mar­t­ian, Tweety and Speedy Gon­za­lez. Work­ing with Bob Kurtz of Kurtz + Friends, he ani­mated the title sequence of MGM’s 2006 remake of The Pink Pan­ther. His rela­tion­ship with Chuck Jones began in the early 1990s and con­tin­ued until Jones’ pass­ing in 2002.

*Jerry Beck is an ani­ma­tion his­to­rian, author, blog­ger, ani­ma­tion pro­ducer and indus­try con­sul­tant to Warner Bros. Stu­dios, and has been an exec­u­tive with Nick­elodeon and Disney.

Reserved seat­ing is avail­able in Orches­tra 1, 2, 3 and 4. Gen­eral admis­sion seat­ing is in the bal­cony. Photo or video record­ing by patrons is not allowed.

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