The Chuck Jones Experience” opens in Las Vegas

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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.

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