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Film festival in Glendale has a Jones for Chuck

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 www.AlexTheatre.org.

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.

“The Chuck Jones Experience” opens in Las Vegas

Chuck Jones

Chuck Jones

For generations of animation fans, there is no greater legend than Chuck Jones.

The creator of the famed Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies shorts for Warner Bros., Tom and Jerry cartoons, the TV version of Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas and many other well-known classics, Jones was a pioneer in the art of animation and a fine artist in his own right.

His life and legacy were celebrated Thursday morning with the official grand opening of The Chuck Jones Experience at Circus Circus Las Vegas. Many of Jones’ family welcomed celebrities, animation aficionados and visitors to the new attraction when they opened the attraction in an appropriate and unconventional way. Among those in attendance were Jones’ widow, Marian Jones; daughter Linda Clough; and grandchildren Craig, Todd and Valerie Kausen.

The Chuck Jones Experience is a nearly 10,000-square-foot destination that provides kids and animation fans of all ages with an extraordinary place to not only learn about the art of animation, but to discover the creativity and magic that’s inside us all. Designed to “Educate, Inspire & Entertain,” The Chuck Jones Experience takes visitors on a unique journey through Jones’ life, engaging guests with interactive exhibits, displays and learning experiences along the way. The Chuck Jones Experience is also home to the largest collection of original Chuck Jones animation and fine art anywhere in the world, with more than 250 pieces on permanent display.

“This attraction will give fans an unprecedented window into my grandfather’s amazing life,” said Kausen. “We are proud to make Chuck’s original artwork, a lot of which has never before been seen, available to the public.

“Visitors will have a great time learning all about the inspiration behind the creation of some of Chuck’s most beloved and enduring animated characters, such as Wile E. Coyote, Road Runner, Pepé le Pew and many others. It’s an animation lover’s paradise.”

“The grand opening of The Chuck Jones Experience represents the culmination of a dream,” added Jones Clough. “We are so thankful to the developer, Neil Cantor, and the group of fans behind the project for bringing this concept to life. I know my father would have been thrilled to see The Chuck Jones Experience open, especially on what would have been his centennial year.”

The attraction includes a variety of exciting elements including:

* Chuck Jones Center for Creativity Learning Center — A 1,000-square-foot learning center where teachers from the field of animation and the arts lead creative projects.

* Chuck Jones Movie Theatre — A 1930s-style movie theatre where you’ll meet Jones via a short film introduced by one of his characters, the Connecticut Cat.

* Chuck Jones’ Studio — A recreation of Jones’ office, where you’ll see how he worked and discover what inspired him to create his beloved characters.

* How Do You Measure Up? Room — Learn how characters are developed and view original key drawings that Jones drew during their creation.

* Animation Alley — A multimedia wall where animation pieces are on display from the permanent collection of the Chuck Jones Center for Creativity and other animation studios.

* Acme Workshop — Create sound effects and voiceovers for a Chuck Jones cartoon at the Chuck Jones Experience Foley Stage.

“We are excited to welcome The Chuck Jones Experience to our collection of family-friendly entertainment offerings at Circus Circus,” said Don Thrasher, president and chief operating officer of Circus Circus. “This one-of-a-kind, interactive exhibit is sure to be a hit with guests of all ages, and we’re thrilled to introduce visitors worldwide to the wonderful world of Chuck Jones.”

For more information about the Chuck Jones Experience, visit www.chuckjonesexperience.com or on Facebook at chuckjonesexperience.

How The Grinch Stole Christmas! (1966) – Chuck Jones Animated TV Special

How The Grinch Stole Christmas! (1966) - Chuck Jones Animated TV Special

How The Grinch Stole Christmas! (1966) - Chuck Jones Animated TV Special

CotD: The grand-daddy of all Christmas specials, “How The Grinch Stole Christmas!” showed us that some things are best as cartoons, big budgets and Jim Carrey or not!

How The Grinch Stole Christmas! (1966) – Chuck Jones Animated TV Special

Bitter and hateful, the crotchety Grinch, with “termites in his smile” and “garlic in his soul,” is irritated at the thought of the nearby village of Whoville having a happy time celebrating Christmas.

Disguised as Santa Claus, with his dog made to look like a reindeer, he raids the village to steal all the Christmas things. The village is sure to have a sad Christmas this year. But although the Grinch tries to wipe out Christmas for the cheerful Whovillians, he discovers that the true spirit of the holiday season lies beyond his covetous grasp.

Watch “How The Grinch Stole Christmas!” on video at Big Cartoon DataBase