37 Facts About Chuck Jones

1.

Charles Martin Chuck Jones was an American animator, director, and painter, best known for his work with Warner Bros.

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Chuck Jones started his career in 1933 alongside Tex Avery, Friz Freleng, Bob Clampett, and Robert McKimson at the Leon Schlesinger Production's Termite Terrace studio, where they created and developed the Looney Tunes characters.

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3.

Chuck Jones later started his own studio, Chuck Jones Enterprises, where he directed and produced the film adaptation of Norton Juster's The Phantom Tollbooth.

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4.

Chuck Jones was born on September 21, 1912, in Spokane, Washington, to Mabel McQuiddy and Charles Adams Jones.

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5.

Chuck Jones later moved with his parents and three siblings to the Los Angeles, California area.

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6.

Chuck Jones recounted that his father would start every new business venture by purchasing new stationery and new pencils with the company name on them.

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Chuck Jones recounted years later that this pronouncement came as a great relief to him, as he was well past the 200, 000 mark, having used up all that stationery.

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Chuck Jones worked his way up in the animation industry, starting as a cel washer; "then I moved up to become a painter in black and white, some color.

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9.

Chuck Jones joined Leon Schlesinger Productions, the independent studio that produced Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies for Warner Bros.

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10.

When Clampett was promoted to director in 1937, Chuck Jones was assigned to his unit; the Clampett unit was briefly assigned to work with Chuck Jones's old employer, Ub Iwerks, when Iwerks subcontracted four cartoons to Schlesinger in 1937.

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11.

Chuck Jones became a director himself in 1938 when Frank Tashlin left the studio.

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12.

The following year Chuck Jones created his first major character, Sniffles, a cute Disney-style mouse, who went on to star in twelve Warner Bros.

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13.

Unlike the other directors in the studio, Chuck Jones wanted to make cartoons that would rival the quality and design to that of ones made by Walt Disney Production.

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14.

Chuck Jones responded by creating the 1942 short The Draft Horse.

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15.

Chuck Jones was actively involved in efforts to unionize the staff of Leon Schlesinger Studios.

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Chuck Jones was responsible for recruiting animators, layout men, and background people.

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17.

Chuck Jones's insulting manner had a unifying effect on the staff.

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18.

Chuck Jones created many of his lesser-known characters during this period, including Charlie Dog, Hubie and Bertie, and The Three Bears.

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19.

Chuck Jones directed such shorts as The Weakly Reporter, a 1944 short that related to shortages and rationing on the home front.

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20.

Chuck Jones moonlighted to work on the film since he had an exclusive contract with Warner Bros.

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21.

Chuck Jones directed the classic animated short The Bear That Wasn't.

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22.

Chuck Jones co-directed 1969's The Pogo Special Birthday Special, based on the Walt Kelly comic strip, and voiced the characters of Porky Pine and Bun Rab.

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23.

Chuck Jones produced a Saturday morning children's TV series for the American Broadcasting Company called The Curiosity Shop in 1971.

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24.

From 1977 to 1978, Chuck Jones wrote and drew the newspaper comic strip Crawford for the Chicago Tribune-NY News Syndicate.

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25.

Chuck Jones married Marian Dern, the writer of the comic strip Rick O'Shay in 1981.

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26.

On December 11, 1975, shortly after the release of Bugs Bunny: Superstar, which prominently featured Bob Clampett, Chuck Jones wrote a letter to Tex Avery, accusing Clampett of taking credit for ideas that were not his, and for characters created by other directors.

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27.

Chuck Jones was the creative consultant and character designer for two Raggedy Ann animated specials and the first Alvin and the Chipmunks Christmas special A Chipmunk Christmas.

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28.

Chuck Jones directed animated sequences for various features such as a lengthy sequence in the film Stay Tuned and a shorter one seen at the start of the Robin Williams vehicle Mrs Doubtfire (1993).

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29.

Also during the 1980s and 1990s, Chuck Jones served on the advisory board of the National Student Film Institute.

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30.

Chuck Jones's final animation project was a series of 13 shorts starring a timber wolf character he had designed in the 1960s named Thomas Timber Wolf.

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31.

Chuck Jones died of congestive heart failure on February 22, 2002, at the age of 89.

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32.

Also, the Looney Tunes cartoon Daffy Duck for President, based on the book that Chuck Jones had written and using Chuck Jones's style for the characters, scheduled to be released in 2000, was released in 2004 as part of disc three of the Looney Tunes Golden Collection: Volume 2 DVD set.

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33.

Chuck Jones received an Honorary Academy Award in 1996 by the board of governors of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, for "the creation of classic cartoons and cartoon characters whose animated lives have brought joy to our real ones for more than half a century.

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34.

Chuck Jones was a historical authority as well as a major contributor to the development of animation throughout the 20th century.

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35.

In 1990, Chuck Jones received the Golden Plate Award of the American Academy of Achievement.

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36.

Chuck Jones received an honorary degree from Oglethorpe University in 1993.

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37.

Many of Chuck Jones's family welcomed celebrities, animation aficionados and visitors to the new attraction when they opened the attraction in an appropriate and unconventional way.

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