Friday, February 23, 2018

Chuck Jones (1912-2002): The Evolution of an Artist (Short, Brilliant Video about Bugs Bunny Director)

Re-posted by Nicholas Stix

Eight-minute video about one of the great figures of animation.

The narrator sounds just like the NPR guy (This American Life?). Same guy, or just similar voices?



Every Frame a Painting
Published on Jul 16, 2015

If you grew up watching Looney Tunes, then you know Chuck Jones, one of all-time masters of visual comedy. Normally I would talk about his ingenious framing and timing, but not today. Instead, I’d like to explore the evolution of his sensibilities as an artist. To see the names of the films, press the CC button and select “Movie Titles.” This video also had a wonderful animation consultant: Taylor Ramos (

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Music: Raymond Scott - “Powerhouse," "Minuet in Jazz,” “Twilight in Turkey,” “The Toy Trumpet"

Carl Stalling - "Scentimental Romeo," "Guided Muscle,” "Feline Frame-Up,” “Rabbit Seasoning," “Duck! Rabbit, Duck!” Milt Franklyn - “One Froggy Evening,” "Robin Hood Daffy,” “What’s Opera, Doc?"

Interview Clips (from Looney Tunes Platinum Collection Vol 1): Chuck Jones Interview: (

Chuck Jones: Extremes & In-Betweens (

A Chuck Jones Tutorial: Tricks of the Cartoon Trade (

It Hopped One Night: A Look at “One Froggy Evening” (

Recommended Reading: 9 Rules of the Coyote and the Road Runner (

Chuck Amuck: The Life and Times of an Animated Cartoonist (

The Noble Approach: Maurice Noble and the Zen of Animation Design (

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1 comment:

Anonymous said...

My favorite animator/director was Robert McKimson."Gorilla my Dreams",was a classic piece of animation.Many other great shorts before Chuck Jones took over.The "McKimson look" was more advanced drawing and exaggerated movements--a chaotic slapstick of movement--very fast.
Jones had a totally different look and not as sumptuous a style.The backgrounds were also less important(whether studios decided to cut back on money for these details,i don't know).
Jones had a slower pace as well, compared to McKimson.But who wouldn't?
---GR Anonymous