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Stuart G

(38,688 posts)
Wed Jul 9, 2014, 10:22 AM Jul 2014

Meet the Creative Genius Behind Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck and Willy E. Coyote

Last edited Wed Jul 9, 2014, 12:08 PM - Edit history (8)

The Huffington Post | By Katherine Brooks
posted on 7/8/14

You might not know it, but you owe some of your most glorious memories to an artist by the name of Charles "Chuck" Jones. Born in 1912, the late animation master helped bring to life Bugs, Daffy, Porky Pig and Elmer Fudd as one of several developers, and himself created lovable characters like Pepe, Wile E. Coyote, Marvin the Martian, Michigan J. Frog and Road Runner. Without him, we'd never have the simplistic genius of "The Dot and the Line: A Romance in Lower Mathematics" or "What's Opera, Doc?" which the die hard fans could hardly forget. Not to mention, "Dr. Seuss’s How the Grinch Stole Christmas" and the original "Phantom Tollbooth" animation. Good ol' Chuck directed those paragons of nostalgia too.

New York's Museum of Moving Image is putting Mr. Jones, who passed away in 2002, on a pedestal with their latest exhibition "What's Up, Doc? The Animation e.

From Spokane, Washington to Hollywood, the Leon Schlesinger Studio (the foundation of future Warner Bros. animations) to Disney and MGM and finally his own production company, Jones' biography is the stuff of entertainment history. "What's Opera, Doc?" alone -- the Wagnerian masterpiece that transformed "Kill the Wabbit" into a formidable earworm -- is considered to be “among the most culturally, historically, and aesthetically significant films of our time.”

hit this link, and you can see an early Road Runner toon...after getting to the site, you need to scroll down, and then hit the yellow link that says, " please click here to see ................" That link is two boxes down from the heading of the cartoon with all the info.. Yes, if you watch you will laugh....(this is a toon that Chuck Jones directed and demonstrates why he and his writer, Micheal Maltese, were so funny. enjoy)

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Meet the Creative Genius Behind Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck and Willy E. Coyote (Original Post) Stuart G Jul 2014 OP
Don't forget "The Rabbit of Seville" longship Jul 2014 #1
Because of copyright regs, this is about the best of that toon I can find...Yep that is this one.. Stuart G Jul 2014 #2
Ozzy Fudd? Archae Jul 2014 #3
Chuck Jones is massively overrated. infidel dog Jul 2014 #4
Perhaps you think so, but I respectfully disagree. Stuart G Jul 2014 #5
Definitely agree Cartoonist Jul 2014 #6
I had lunch with him once. It was a fun interview. villager Jul 2014 #7


(40,416 posts)
1. Don't forget "The Rabbit of Seville"
Wed Jul 9, 2014, 11:11 AM
Jul 2014

Bugs Bunny's other venture into opera.


(I knew I shoulda toined left at Albecoykee.)

Stuart G

(38,688 posts)
2. Because of copyright regs, this is about the best of that toon I can find...Yep that is this one..
Wed Jul 9, 2014, 11:24 AM
Jul 2014

Give it a chance you will get a clear picture in a short time.......

infidel dog

(273 posts)
4. Chuck Jones is massively overrated.
Wed Jul 9, 2014, 12:45 PM
Jul 2014

Some of his earlier animation was exceptional, but once he broke from the naturalistic style of his contemporaries and went "minimalist" and abstract, forget about it. Changing Daffy Duck from a raging lunatic to a greedy foil for Bugs was a crime, and turning Bugs from all-American Brooklyn/Bronx wiseguy into an emaciated, cutesy stick-figure was unspeakable. Frankly, I loathe Chuck Jones later work. Viva Bob Clampett and Tex Avery!

Stuart G

(38,688 posts)
5. Perhaps you think so, but I respectfully disagree.
Wed Jul 9, 2014, 05:14 PM
Jul 2014

I think some of the later toons for Warners were exceptional. Many of the road runners still make me laugh, although I have seen them over and over. Also, I think "What's Opra Doc" is outstanding. Daffy having it out with Bugs, in the Duck Hunting toons speaks to me of laughter, rather than anything else. The "Dot and the Line" is terrific in my opinion. And "One Froggy Evening" is quite special. And lastly, I love a wonderful short that he directed. ...Duck Dodgers in the 24½th Century..


(7,357 posts)
6. Definitely agree
Wed Jul 9, 2014, 09:31 PM
Jul 2014

Warner Brothers cartoons are second only to the Fleischers. But when I see Chuck's name on the credits, I stop watching. The one's listed as his great achievements are lousy. What's Opera is bad and the Grinch stinks. The two people who made the WB cartoons magic are Mel Blanc and Carl Stalling. Without those two, these cartoons wouldn't be half as good.



(26,001 posts)
7. I had lunch with him once. It was a fun interview.
Wed Jul 9, 2014, 11:55 PM
Jul 2014

We met at Warner Bros., and some executives sat in, to try and minimize his disparaging, at the time, of "Space Jam"

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