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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