History Creator / ChuckJones

12th Jun '17 6:56:51 AM Prinzenick
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* BlackComedy: Jones's shorts are often quite cynical and jaded in their humor; he was quite fond of portraying characters as hapless [[TheChewToy Chew Toys]] (such as Wile E. Coyote) and/or more nasty and flawed than the other directors (such as his iconic StrawLoser take on WesternAnimation/DaffyDuck, turning Bugs into a more vengeful, passive aggressive trickster with somewhat less playfulness, creating Marvin, an alien villain who wants to destroy the earth for blocking his view of Venus, etc.). Even some of his one-shots like "Fresh Airedale" and "Chow Hound" run on this.
** Some of this was undoubtedly due to the input of Mike Maltese, who was the primary writer for Jones's unit from the mid-'40s through the late '50s. Following Maltese's departure, Jones's cartoons became considerably lighter and sometimes even sentimental in tone.

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* BlackComedy: Jones's shorts are often quite cynical and jaded in their humor; he was quite fond of portraying characters as hapless [[TheChewToy Chew Toys]] (such as Wile E. Coyote) and/or more nasty and flawed than the other directors (such as his iconic StrawLoser take on WesternAnimation/DaffyDuck, turning Bugs into a more vengeful, passive aggressive trickster with somewhat less playfulness, creating Marvin, an alien villain who wants to destroy the earth for blocking his view of Venus, etc.). Even some Some of his one-shots one-shots, like "Fresh Airedale" and "Chow Hound" run on this.
are some of the darkest cartoons in the Looney Tunes series.
** Some of this was undoubtedly due to the input of Mike Maltese, who was the primary writer for Jones's unit from the mid-'40s through the late '50s. Following Maltese's departure, Jones's cartoons became considerably lighter and sometimes even sentimental in tone. However, Jones himself was quite a pessimist--in his biography, he quipped the following;
-->"Human beings will line up for miles to buy a bucket of catastrophes, but don't try selling sunshine and light you'll go broke."
16th May '17 6:44:08 PM nombretomado
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During UsefulNotes/TheGoldenAgeOfAnimation, Chuck began working as a cel washer for UbIwerks before working his way up the corporate ladder so to speak, being mentored by the likes of Creator/TexAvery and Creator/FrizFreleng and animating for Creator/BobClampett. In 1938, he finally received a shot at directing a cartoon, inheriting the crew of the recently departed Creator/FrankTashlin. His early work mirrored Creator/WaltDisney's ''Silly Symphonies'' in content and tone, heavy on childlike fantasy and completely lacking in comedy; many featured the ever-so-cute Sniffles the Mouse as the main character. After a few years at Warner Bros. he would eventually GrowTheBeard and adopt the more humorous and zany style of his contemporaries at Warner. Sniffles would become a bit of a cute ScrewySquirrel with an uncontrollable MotorMouth before Chuck ended his series and began writing for other characters, eventually inheriting Bugs, Daffy and the rest of the more famous ''WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes'' and ''Merrie Melodies'' characters.

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During UsefulNotes/TheGoldenAgeOfAnimation, Chuck began working as a cel washer for UbIwerks Creator/UbIwerks before working his way up the corporate ladder so to speak, being mentored by the likes of Creator/TexAvery and Creator/FrizFreleng and animating for Creator/BobClampett. In 1938, he finally received a shot at directing a cartoon, inheriting the crew of the recently departed Creator/FrankTashlin. His early work mirrored Creator/WaltDisney's ''Silly Symphonies'' in content and tone, heavy on childlike fantasy and completely lacking in comedy; many featured the ever-so-cute Sniffles the Mouse as the main character. After a few years at Warner Bros. he would eventually GrowTheBeard and adopt the more humorous and zany style of his contemporaries at Warner. Sniffles would become a bit of a cute ScrewySquirrel with an uncontrollable MotorMouth before Chuck ended his series and began writing for other characters, eventually inheriting Bugs, Daffy and the rest of the more famous ''WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes'' and ''Merrie Melodies'' characters.



* Porky & Gabby: Co-directed with Creator/BobClampett, although UbIwerks was credited for direction.

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* Porky & Gabby: Co-directed with Creator/BobClampett, although UbIwerks Creator/UbIwerks was credited for direction.
9th Mar '17 6:27:19 PM RAraya
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Post-Warner, Jones still had a few tricks up his sleeve. He went to Creator/{{MGM}} and took over the ''WesternAnimation/TomAndJerry'' franchise for a time (although, due to a lower budget and Chuck's admitted lack of understanding of the characters, his ''T&J'' shorts are often criticized for not being up to either his own standards or those of [[Creator/HannaBarbera Bill Hanna and Joe Barbera]], who'd originated the series never mind that the Gene Deitch cartoons that came in between were ''deranged'' and far worse on a technical level than what Jones put out), while also creating a few memorable one-shot cartoons based on children's books, most notably the Oscar-winning "The Dot and the Line". Jones also found himself teaming up with Ted Geisel, a.k.a Creator/DrSeuss, and with the help of the voice of Creator/BorisKarloff, created the much-beloved television adaptation of ''WesternAnimation/HowTheGrinchStoleChristmas'', which is still rebroadcast every holiday season on Time Warner-owned networks. He is also famous for his well-animated version of ''Literature/ThePhantomTollbooth'', making him and Frank Tashlin the only ''WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes'' directors to direct a feature film that wasn't a compilation of old shorts.

Jones's later projects came less frequently. He produced several TV specials in the '70s such as three hailed adaptations of stories from Creator/RudyardKipling's ''Literature/TheJungleBook'', tried his hand at NewspaperComics with the short-lived strip ''Crawford'', storyboarded a bit for ''Film/WhoFramedRogerRabbit'' (something else he came to hate), and helmed several ''Looney Tunes'' revival shorts such as "Chariots of Fur" and "Superior Duck". He started inking and painting cels as collectibles and sold at various venues. His absolute last project would be the UsefulNotes/AdobeFlash web series ''WebAnimation/TimberWolf'', hosted on the Warner Bros. official site.

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Post-Warner, Jones still had a few tricks up his sleeve. He went to Creator/{{MGM}} and took over the ''WesternAnimation/TomAndJerry'' franchise for a time (although, due to a lower budget and Chuck's admitted lack of understanding of the characters, his ''T&J'' shorts are often criticized for not being up to either his own standards or those of [[Creator/HannaBarbera Bill Hanna and Joe Barbera]], who'd originated the series never mind that the Gene Deitch cartoons that came in between were ''deranged'' ''{{deranged|Animation}}'' and far worse on a technical level than what Jones put out), while also creating a few memorable one-shot cartoons based on children's books, most notably the Oscar-winning "The Dot and the Line". Jones also found himself teaming up with Ted Geisel, a.k.a Creator/DrSeuss, and with the help of the voice of Creator/BorisKarloff, created the much-beloved television adaptation of ''WesternAnimation/HowTheGrinchStoleChristmas'', which is still rebroadcast every holiday season on Time Warner-owned networks. He is also famous for his well-animated version of ''Literature/ThePhantomTollbooth'', making him and Frank Tashlin the only ''WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes'' directors to direct a feature film that wasn't a compilation of old shorts.

Jones's later projects came less frequently. He produced several TV specials in the '70s such as three hailed adaptations of stories from Creator/RudyardKipling's ''Literature/TheJungleBook'', tried his hand at NewspaperComics with the short-lived strip ''Crawford'', storyboarded a bit for ''Film/WhoFramedRogerRabbit'' (something else (though he came to hate), ended up hating the final product), and helmed several ''Looney Tunes'' revival shorts such as "Chariots ''Chariots of Fur" and "Superior Duck".Duck''. He started inking and painting cels as collectibles and sold at various venues. His absolute last project would be the UsefulNotes/AdobeFlash web series ''WebAnimation/TimberWolf'', hosted on the Warner Bros. official site.




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* ''WesternAnimation/HowTheGrinchStoleChristmas''



* ''WesternAnimation/HowTheGrinchStoleChristmas''



* ArtEvolution: While always having a strong visual style, Jones' cartoons looked strikingly different depending on the era: His early cartoons (1938-1942) had a strong Disney influence, especially prominent in ''Old Glory'' and ''Kiddie Hunters'', the latter having backgrounds painted by cartoonist/illustrator Jimmy Swinnerton. Between 1942 and 1948 he took a more modernistic approach, predating the UPA style by a few years. After 1948 he began to develop what would become his signature style, once again drawing inspiration from Disney, which in turn had changed its style to resemble that of the Looney Tunes.



* ExcusePlot: In his biography Chuck Amuck, he says he believed in using this, saying characters were more important than a story for its own sake.

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* ExcusePlot: In his biography Chuck Amuck, ''Chuck Amuck'', he says he believed in using this, saying characters were more important than a story for its own sake.



** Jones clearly regarded Creator/WaltDisney highly, being influenced by the man and working at [[DisneyAnimatedCanon Disney Animation]] and ''Disney/SleepingBeauty'' for four months before he was convinced to return to Warner; he would work with Disney a second time on the famous "Dueling Pianos" sequence in ''Film/WhoFramedRogerRabbit'', though he was far from fond of this result.

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** Jones clearly regarded Creator/WaltDisney highly, being influenced by the man and working at [[DisneyAnimatedCanon Disney Animation]] and ''Disney/SleepingBeauty'' for four months before he was convinced to return to Warner; he would work with Disney a second time on the famous "Dueling Pianos" sequence in ''Film/WhoFramedRogerRabbit'', though he was far from fond of this result. Disney also appointed him as one of the 12 founding heads of the Alumni Association at [=CalArts=] in 1965.



* ScrewySquirrel: Jones had a very vocal hatred for such characters, but nevertheless used them a lot during the forties, and even created recurring examples such as Hubie and Bertie. As his work refined during the early fifties they were phased out, in particular Jones was a large pivot in evolving Bugs and Daffy out of such roles.

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* ScrewySquirrel: Jones had a very vocal hatred for such characters, but nevertheless used them a lot during the forties, 40s, and even created recurring examples such as Hubie and Bertie. As his work refined during the early fifties 50s they were phased out, in particular Jones was a large pivot in evolving Bugs and Daffy out of such roles.
16th Feb '17 2:02:28 PM NWolfman
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* AsideGlance: As a subset of breaking the fourth wall (see below).

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* AsideGlance: As a A subset of breaking his frequent fourth-wall-breaking, Jones was the fourth wall (see below).absolute master of the animated slow burn.
10th Feb '17 6:33:55 PM Prinzenick
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* Chow Hound: One of Literature/The100GreatestLooneyTunes.

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* Chow Hound: WesternAnimation/ChowHound: One of Literature/The100GreatestLooneyTunes.
14th Dec '16 7:13:02 AM Prinzenick
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* Mowgli's orthers

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* Mowgli's orthers
Brorthers



** ''The Dot and the Line'' is based on the 1963 Norton Juster book ''The Dot and the Line: A Romance in Lower Mathematics''.
** ''The Bear That Wasn't'' is based on the 1946 childrens book by Creator/FrankTashlin.

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** ''The Dot and the Line'' is based on the 1963 Norton Juster book ''The ''[[Literature/TheDotAndTheLine The Dot and the Line: A Romance in Lower Mathematics''.
Mathematics]]''.
** ''The Bear That Wasn't'' ''WesternAnimation/TheBearThatWasnt'' is based on the 1946 childrens book by Creator/FrankTashlin.



** ''Horton Hears A Who!'': Another made-for-TV adaptation of a Dr Seuss story.

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** ''Horton Hears A Who!'': ''Literature/HortonHearsAWho'': Another made-for-TV adaptation of a Dr Seuss story.


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** ''A Cricket in Times Square'' is a made-for-TV adaptation of the 1960 George Selden book ''The Cricket in Times Square''.
14th Dec '16 7:08:09 AM Prinzenick
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** ''Tom Thumb in Trouble'', another 1940 short, is based on the English Folklore of Tom Thumb from ''The History of Tom Thumb'' (1621).



** His studio also did three made-for-TV adaptations of stories from Creator/RudyardKipling's Literature/TheJungleBook; ''Rikki-Tikki-Tavi'' (1975)
, ''The White Seal'' (1975) and ''Mowgli's Brothers'' (1976)

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** His studio also did three made-for-TV adaptations of stories from Creator/RudyardKipling's Literature/TheJungleBook; ''Rikki-Tikki-Tavi'' (1975)
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(1975), ''The White Seal'' (1975) and ''Mowgli's Brothers'' (1976)
14th Dec '16 7:06:08 AM Prinzenick
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** ''The Phantom Tollbooth'', a feature length adaptation of the 1961 book by Norton Juster.

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** ''The Phantom Tollbooth'', a feature length adaptation of the [[Literature/ThePhantomTollbooth 1961 book by Norton Juster.]]
** He was also the Executive Producer of the 1971 Creator/RichardWilliams adaptation of ''WesternAnimation/AChristmasCarol''.


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** His studio did two made-for-TV specials inspired by Johnny Gruelle's ''Literature/RaggedyAnn'' books: ''The Great Santa Claus Caper'' (1978) and ''The Pumpkin Who Couldn't Smile'' (1979).
14th Dec '16 7:02:11 AM Prinzenick
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** ''The Dot and the Line'' is based on the 1963 Norton Juster book ''The Dot and the Line: A Romance in Lower Mathematics''.
** ''The Bear That Wasn't'' is based on the 1946 childrens book by Creator/FrankTashlin.


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** ''The Pogo Special Birthday Special'', a made-for-TV special based on Walt Kelly's ''ComicStrip/{{Pogo}}'' comic strip.
** ''Horton Hears A Who!'': Another made-for-TV adaptation of a Dr Seuss story.
** ''The Phantom Tollbooth'', a feature length adaptation of the 1961 book by Norton Juster.
** His studio also did three made-for-TV adaptations of stories from Creator/RudyardKipling's Literature/TheJungleBook; ''Rikki-Tikki-Tavi'' (1975)
, ''The White Seal'' (1975) and ''Mowgli's Brothers'' (1976)
** He also did a cartoon adaptation of ''Music/PeterAndTheWolf'' in 1995.
14th Dec '16 6:55:50 AM Prinzenick
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* AnimatedAdaptation: Some of his cartoons are based on pre-existing stories, mainly in his later works:
** ''The Mighty Hunters'', a 1940 Merrie Melodies short he directed, is based on James Swinnerton's ''Canyon Kiddies'' picture stories for Heart's ''Good Housekeeping'' magazine.
** ''WesternAnimation/HowTheGrinchStoleChristmas'', a made-for-TV adaptation of the classic Creator/DrSeuss story.
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