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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.

Bosko The TalkInk Kid (1929) – Theatrical Short

Bosko The TalkInk Kid

Bosko The TalkInk Kid

#CotD: The short that introduced Bosko and kicked off the WB cartoon dynasty, “Bosko The TalkInk Kid” was never officially released.

Bosko The TalkInk Kid (1929) – Theatrical Short

This inventive mixture of live-action and animation served to introduce the character of Bosko, a lovable and ever-jovial character. Animator Rudolf Ising sits at his drawing board and before our eyes creates Bosko, who comes to life and shows us “what he can do” in a series of snappy musical and comedy routines.

You can watch “Bosko The TalkInk Kid” on video at Big Cartoon DataBase

The Isle Of Pingo Pongo (1938) – Merrie Melodies Cartoon Series

The Isle Of Pingo Pongo

The Isle Of Pingo Pongo

#CotD: One of WB’s infamous Cenored Eleven, “The Isle Of Pingo Pongo” was the first of many Tex Avery Warner Bros. spot-gag-filled parodies of travelogues.

The Isle Of Pingo Pongo (1938) – Merrie Melodies Cartoon Series

A travelogue which gets in all the usual sight gags (“Sandwich Islands,” “Canary Islands”), it turns downright mean-spirited when dealing with the natives. Ubangi-style lips are served as dinner plates, lips serve as trumpets. Fierce drummers do a riff on “She’ll Be Coming ‘Round the Mountain When She Comes,” and a Fats Waller type contributes to a scat-style rendition of “Sweet Georgia Brown.”

You can watch “The Isle Of Pingo Pongo” on video at Big Cartoon DataBase

Hair-Raising Hare (1946) – Merrie Melodies Cartoon Series

Hair-Raising Hare

Hair-Raising Hare

#CotD: The orange, sneaker-wearing monster first appeared in “Hair-Raising Hare” but he was not yet called Gossamer.

Hair-Raising Hare (1946) – Merrie Melodies Cartoon Series

A mad scientist needs specimens for his experiments. Lured to the scientist’s lair in a castle by a sexy mechanical rabbit, Bugs is hunted down through the dungeon by the big orange monster (so scary that it frightens its own mirror image away) who wants the bunny for dinner.

You can watch “Hair-Raising Hare” on video at Big Cartoon DataBase

Rabbit Fire (1951) – Looney Tunes Cartoon Series

Rabbit Fire

Rabbit Fire

#CotD: The first of three cartoons in which Bugs Bunny and Daffy Duck debate whether it is rabbit season or duck season was “Rabbit Fire” by Chuck Jones.

Rabbit Fire (1951) – Looney Tunes Cartoon Series

Daffy leaves rabbit tracks to Bugs’ hole for Elmer to follow, and the debate over who is in season begins.

Come see “Rabbit Fire” on video at Big Cartoon DataBase

Hyde And Go Tweet (1960) – Merrie Melodies Cartoon Series

Hyde And Go Tweet

Hyde And Go Tweet

#CotD: A looney take on the classic Robert Louis Stevenson tale, “Hyde And Go Tweet” features Tweety and Sylvester in the title roles.

Hyde And Go Tweet (1960) – Merrie Melodies Cartoon Series

Sylvester is sleeping on the ledge outside the office of Dr. Jekyll (whom we see in his office drinking the potion which turns him into a monster). Sylvester wakes up and chases the birds off the ledge. Tweety flies by, and Sylvester chases him into Jekyll’s lab. Tweety hides in the Hyde formula, and he becomes a giant Tweety monster terrorizing Sylvester. When Tweety returns to normal, Sylvester resumes the chase, always being caught with Tweety in a tight situation when the little bird reverts to “Mr. Hyde” size.

Come see “Hyde And Go Tweet ” on video at Big Cartoon DataBase

Early To Bet (1951) – Merrie Melodies Cartoon Series

Early To Bet

Early To Bet

#CotD: The very popular short “Early To Bet” is the only appearance of the Gambling Bug in a Merrie Melodies short.

Early To Bet (1951) – Merrie Melodies Cartoon Series

The Gambling Bug bites a tall black cat, giving the tormented feline gambling fever. The cat keeps betting with a bulldog and loses, and the punishment is whatever is written on a spinning wheel.

Come see “Early To Bet ” on video at Big Cartoon DataBase

Avatar (1994) – Batman: The Animated Series

Avatar

Avatar

#CotD: From the second season of Batman, “Avatar” had Ra’s Al Ghul face off against Batman and Talia.

Avatar (1994) – Batman: The Animated Series

A mystic Egyptian scroll donated to the Gotham museum by Bruce Wayne is stolen by Ra’s Al Ghul, and Batman and Talia must join forces to prevent the power-mad Ra’s from unlocking the scroll’s secrets of life and death. Their quest takes them to a hidden temple deep beneath the Egyptian desert. There the Dark Knight is forced into a terrifying battle with an ancient Egyptian sorceress who seeks to destroy them all.

Come see “Avatar ” on video at Big Cartoon DataBase

Buccaneer Bunny (1948) – Looney Tunes Cartoon Series

Buccaneer Bunny

Buccaneer Bunny

#CotD: The first cartoon to pit Bugs Bunny against Yosemite Sam as a pirate was “Buccaneer Bunny“.

Buccaneer Bunny (1948) – Looney Tunes Cartoon Series

Yosemite Sam as a pirate makes the mistake of trying to bury his treasure chest in Bugs’ hole, and pays with the loss of his ship.

Come see “Buccaneer Bunny ” on video at Big Cartoon DataBase

Warner Bros. Announces Cartoon Universe

Cartoon Universe

Cartoon Universe

Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment announces Cartoon Universe, a free-to-play, online world that will provide a safe, social environment for young kids to go on adventures, solve puzzles and play games with their favorite Looney Tunes and Scooby-Doo! characters. Cartoon Universe is being developed by WB Games Montréal, a Warner Bros.-wholly owned studio devoted to developing games based on Warner Bros.’ key brands.

“With Cartoon Universe being our first endeavor as a studio, we are benefiting from close collaboration with the different divisions of Warner Bros. Studios, which we will apply to all of our other games in development.”

Players can create and customize their characters, collect achievements and experience unexpected adventures in Cartoon Universe’s distinct worlds. The Looney Tunes island, based on the new, top-rated animated television series, The Looney Tunes Show, features all of the hilarious Looney characters and insanity that kids enjoy. Cartoon Universe also includes a separate Scooby-Doo! island built around the perennial fan favorite with a successful history in video games. Players can join the Mystery, Inc. gang to explore spooky environments and solve mysteries.

“Cartoon Universe is an online game filled with safe, social worlds designed just for kids,” said Samantha Ryan, Senior Vice President, Production and Development, Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment. “They’ll love discovering a constantly changing place full of fun activities, cool rewards and memorable humorous moments with their favorite characters!”

“It’s a privilege to bring some of the most popular Warner Bros. characters to Cartoon Universe, a brand new interactive environment available online,” said Martin Carrier, Vice President and Studio Head, WB Games Montréal. “With Cartoon Universe being our first endeavor as a studio, we are benefiting from close collaboration with the different divisions of Warner Bros. Studios, which we will apply to all of our other games in development.”

Launching in North America in fall 2012 and in select international markets in 2013, Cartoon Universe will be a continually updated world with regular content rollouts and seasonal events for players. Cartoon Universe is currently in beta, where players can sign up to explore the world and play games while the game is being tested and new features are being added. Players in North America can sign up now on the game’s website – www.CartoonUniverse.com.