->''"If Creator/WaltDisney was the first animator who taught me how to fly in my dreams, Chuck Jones was the first animator who made me laugh at them."''
-->-- '''Creator/StevenSpielberg''' on Chuck Jones, in ''Chuck Amuck: The Life and Times of an Animated Cartoonist''

Charles Martin "Chuck" Jones™[[note]] Yes, his name is trademarked.[[/note]] (September 21, 1912 – February 22, 2002) is one of the most revered animators, directors, and writers in the HistoryOfAnimation. If Creator/TexAvery, hypothetically speaking as the original cartoon gag man, was the {{Trope Maker|s}}, then Chuck Jones could well have been the TropeCodifier of much of what we consider cartoon comedy on the WesternAnimation side of the fence. During his tenure with Creator/WarnerBros, he directed an impressive 207 ''WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes'' and ''[[WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes Merrie Melodies]]'' shorts (220 if you count his WesternAnimation/PrivateSnafu work), four ''Looney Tunes'' TV specials, the feature-length compilation ''The Bugs Bunny[=/=]Road Runner Movie'', and seven modern ''Looney Tunes'' shorts.

During UsefulNotes/TheGoldenAgeOfAnimation, Chuck began working as a cel washer for 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.

Chuck's work as an animation director for WB in the 1950s took the elements Tex laid out and stretched them to their most logical (illogical?) extremes. On one hand, his most prolific original characters, the [[WesternAnimation/WileECoyoteAndTheRoadRunner Road Runner and Wile E. Coyote]], used next to no dialogue, instead relying on expertly timed facial expressions and {{slapstick}} that even Film/TheThreeStooges might have envied. On the other end of the spectrum, Jones' work with WesternAnimation/BugsBunny and WesternAnimation/DaffyDuck, while not discarding the slapstick, brought comedic wordplay to a level not seen in animation up to that point. In addition, he deepened their personalities such as making Bugs generally bedevil people ''only'' after they've threatened or mistreated him: a classic KarmicTrickster. Daffy is made an insecure pretender to Bugs' trickster throne.

--> "In my dreams I am Bugs Bunny; when I wake up I find that I am Daffy Duck."

On top of all that, with shorts ranging from "WesternAnimation/OneFroggyEvening" to "WesternAnimation/DuckAmuck," as well as recurring characters like Charlie Dog, Wile E. Coyote and the Roadrunner, and WesternAnimation/PepeLePew, Jones created some of the best loved shorts in the ''WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes'' series.

Jones' time at Warner Bros. ended rather abruptly when it was discovered he had violated his exclusive contract – a violation that was discovered by him leaving his name on an offending independent project that was ultimately shopped to the studio, that being the [[Creator/ColumbiaCartoons UPA]] feature ''WesternAnimation/GayPurree''. Earlier, during Warner's temporary shutdown of its cartoon studio in 1953 as it hopped on the UsefulNotes/ThreeDMovie fad, Jones had spent four months at Creator/{{Disney}}, where he chafed under the studio's rigidly hierarchical structure and made no real contributions save for some minor uncredited work on ''Disney/SleepingBeauty''.

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|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'' (though he ended up hating the final product), 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.

In addition, it can be claimed that the animated segments he did for ''Film/StayTuned'' and ''Film/MrsDoubtfire'' make him a OneSceneWonder for a couple of films he didn't technically appear in. Oh, and he has cameos in ''Film/{{Gremlins}}'' and ''Film/{{Innerspace}}''.



* The Miller's Daughter: First animation credit.
* Those Beautiful Dames


* Buddy of the Legion
* My Green Fedora
* Buddy Steps Out
* Hollywood Capers


* Gold-Diggers of '49: Animated for Creator/TexAvery on the short.
* The Blow Out
* WesternAnimation/ILoveToSinga
* Milk and Money


* Porky the Wrestler
* Picador Porky
* Ain't We Got Fun
* Porky & Gabby: Co-directed with Creator/BobClampett, although Creator/UbIwerks was credited for direction.
* Porky's Super Service: Same as above.
* Porky's Badtime Story
* Get Rich Quick Porky
* Rover's Rival
* Porky's Party


* Porky & Daffy: Animated the Pelican in the film, with rumor being that he based the pelican's flappy chin off of Clampett's own testicles.
* The Night Watchman: Directorial debut.


* Dog Gone Modern: Debut of the Curious Puppies characters.
* Robin Hood Makes Good
* Prest-o Change-o: Second appearance of the WesternAnimation/BugsBunny prototype. Second appearance of the Curious Puppies.
* Daffy Duck and the Dinosaur: Chuck's first experience with WesternAnimation/DaffyDuck. This short is interesting, as it shows Daffy as more calculating than he was at the time, possibly a foreshadowing of his later characterization, whereas during his time he was usually a ScrewySquirrel-type character.
* Naughty But Mice: Debut of Sniffles the Mouse.
* WesternAnimation/OldGlory: Probably the most ''un''-Warner Bros.-like cartoon ever made. One of Literature/The100GreatestLooneyTunes.
* Snow Man's Land
* Little Brother Rat: Second Sniffles short.
* Little Lion Hunter: Debut of Inki.
* The Good Egg: Third Sniffles short.
* Sniffles and the Bookworm: Fourth Sniffles short. First appearance of The Bookworm.
* Curious Puppy: Third appearance of Jones' "Curious Puppies" characters.


* The Mighty Hunters
* WesternAnimation/ElmersCandidCamera: Fourth appearance of the WesternAnimation/BugsBunny prototype. Jones personally loathed this cartoon and trashed it in his autobiography.
* Sniffles Takes A Trip: Fifth Sniffles short.
* Tom Thumb In Trouble
* The Egg Collector: Sixth Sniffles short.
* Ghost Wanted
* Stage Fright
* Good Night Elmer: A rare case of an Elmer Fudd solo cartoon.
* Bedtime for Sniffles: Seventh Sniffles short.


* Elmer's Pet Rabbit: Jones' first use of the officially named WesternAnimation/BugsBunny character – however, he still hadn't nailed Bugs's character, as he is portrayed as an extremely foul-tempered heckler here.
* Sniffles Bells the Cat: Eigth Sniffles short.
* Joe Glow, The Firefly
* Toy Trouble: Ninth Sniffles short.
* Porky's Ant
* Porky's Prize Pony
* Inki and the Lion: Second Inki cartoon.
* Snow Time For Comedy: Another appearance of Jones' Curious Puppies.
* Brave Little Bat: Tenth Sniffles short.
* Saddle Silly
* Porky's Midnight Matinee


* The Bird Came C.O.D.: Debut of Jones' short lived pantomime character Conrad Cat.
* Porky's Cafe
* Conrad the Sailor: A WesternAnimation/DaffyDuck short. Notable for Jones experimenting with MatchCuts.
* Dog Tired: Final appearance of Jones' Curious Puppies.
* The Draft Horse: A short that Jones considered a turning point in his career, when he started beginning to make funny cartoons.
* Hold the Lion, Please!: Second use of WesternAnimation/BugsBunny.
* The Squawkin' Hawk
* Fox Pop
* WesternAnimation/TheDoverBoys: #49 of The50GreatestCartoons, and one of Literature/The100GreatestLooneyTunes. Jones considered this the point where he found his voice, so to speak.
* My Favorite Duck
* Case of the Missing Hare: Third use of Bugs Bunny.


* To Duck or Not to Duck
* Flop Goes The Weasel
* Super-Rabbit
* The Unbearable Bear: 11th Sniffles short.
* The Aristo Cat: Debut of Hubie and Bertie and Claude Cat. One of Literature/The100GreatestLooneyTunes.
* Wackiki Wabbit
* Fin N' Catty
* Inki and the Mynah Bird: Third appearance of Inki. Animator Creator/ShamusCulhane contributed much animation to this short.
* Coming Snafu: A promo for the Private Snafu shorts.
* Spies: A Private Snafu short.
* Infantry Blues: A Private Snafu short.


* Tom Turk and Daffy
* Bugs Bunny and the Three Bears: Runner-up on The50GreatestCartoons list.
* The Weakly Reporter
* Angel Puss: One of the WesternAnimation/CensoredEleven.
* From Hand to Mouse
* Lost and Foundling: 12th Sniffles short.
* Hell Bent For Election: A [[Creator/ColumbiaCartoons UPA]] short that Jones moonlighted on.
* Private Snafu Vs. Malaria Mike
* A Lecture on Camouflage: A Private Snafu short.
* Gas: A Private Snafu short.
* Outpost: A Private Snafu short.


* Odor-able Kitty: Debut of WesternAnimation/PepeLePew.
* Trap Happy Porky
* Hare Conditioned
* Fresh Airedale
* Hare Tonic
* In the Aleutians-Isles of Enchantment
* It's Murder She Says
* Going Home: unreleased
* No Buddy Atoll: unreleased
* Seaman Tarfu in the Navy: unreleased


* Mop Up (How to get a Fat Jap out of a cave): A Private Snafu short that was planned, but never finished.
* Quentin Quail
* Hush My Mouse: 13th and last Sniffles the Mouse short.
* WesternAnimation/HairRaisingHare: One of Literature/The100GreatestLooneyTunes, runner-up on The50GreatestCartoons list.
* The Eager Beaver
* Fair and Worm-er
* Roughly Squeaking


* Scent-imental Over You
* Inki and the Circus: Fourth Inki cartoon.
* WesternAnimation/APestInTheHouse: One of Literature/The100GreatestLooneyTunes.
* Little Orphan Airedale


* A Feather in His Hare
* What's Brewin' Bruin?
* Rabbit Punch
* Haredevil Hare: Debut of Marvin the Martian.
* You Were Never Duckier
* House-Hunting Mice
* Daffy Dilly
* My Bunny Lies Over the Sea
* Scaredy Cat: One of Literature/The100GreatestLooneyTunes, runner-up on The50GreatestCartoons.


* The Awful Orphan
* Mississippi Hare
* WesternAnimation/MouseWreckers
* The Bee-Deviled Bruin
* WesternAnimation/LongHairedHare: One of Literature/The100GreatestLooneyTunes.
* Often an Orphan
* WesternAnimation/FastAndFurryOus: Debut of WesternAnimation/WileECoyoteAndTheRoadRunner. One of Literature/The100GreatestLooneyTunes, runner-up on The50GreatestCartoons.
* Frigid Hare
* WesternAnimation/ForScentimentalReasons: UsefulNotes/AcademyAwardForBestAnimatedShortFilm.
* Bear Feat
* WesternAnimation/RabbitHood: Runner-up on The50GreatestCartoons.


* WesternAnimation/TheScarletPumpernickel: #31 of The50GreatestCartoons, one of Literature/The100GreatestLooneyTunes.
* Homeless Hare
* The Hypo-chondri-cat: One of Literature/The100GreatestLooneyTunes.
* Eight Ball Bunny: one of Literature/The100GreatestLooneyTunes.
* Dog Gone South: One of Literature/The100GreatestLooneyTunes.
* The Ducksters
* Caveman Inki: Final Inki cartoon.
* WesternAnimation/RabbitOfSeville: #12 of The50GreatestCartoons, one of Literature/The100GreatestLooneyTunes.
* Two's A Crowd


* WesternAnimation/BunnyHugged: One of Literature/The100GreatestLooneyTunes.
* Scent-imental Romeo
* A Hound for Trouble
* WesternAnimation/RabbitFire: One of the most iconic WesternAnimation/BugsBunny shorts. One of Literature/The100GreatestLooneyTunes.
* WesternAnimation/ChowHound: One of Literature/The100GreatestLooneyTunes.
* The Wearing of the Grin
* Cheese Chasers
* WesternAnimation/ABearForPunishment: one of Literature/The100GreatestLooneyTunes.
* WesternAnimation/DripAlongDaffy: One of Literature/The100GreatestLooneyTunes.


* WesternAnimation/OperationRabbit: One of Literature/The100GreatestLooneyTunes.
* WesternAnimation/FeedTheKitty: No. 36 on The50GreatestCartoons list, one of Literature/The100GreatestLooneyTunes.
* Little Beau Pepe
* Water, Water Every Hare
* Beep, Beep
* The Hasty Hare
* Going! Going! Gosh!
* Mouse Warming
* WesternAnimation/RabbitSeasoning: Second of the Duck Season, Rabbit Season trilogy. #30 of The50GreatestCartoons, one of Literature/The100GreatestLooneyTunes.
* Terrier Stricken


* Don't Give Up The Sheep
* Forward March Hare
* Kiss Me Cat
* WesternAnimation/DuckAmuck: #2 of The50GreatestCartoons, one of Literature/The100GreatestLooneyTunes.
* WesternAnimation/MuchAdoAboutNutting: Ranked #59 in Literature/The100GreatestLooneyTunes.
* Wild Over You
* WesternAnimation/DuckDodgersInTheTwentyFourthAndAHalfCentury: One of The50GreatestCartoons, and one of Literature/The100GreatestLooneyTunes.
* WesternAnimation/BullyForBugs: One of Literature/The100GreatestLooneyTunes.
* Zipping Along
* WesternAnimation/DuckRabbitDuck!: Third of the Duck Season, Rabbit Season trilogy. One of Literature/The100GreatestLooneyTunes.
* French Trunk


* Feline Frame-Up
* No Barking
* Cat's Bah
* Claws For Alarm
* Bewitched Bunny: Debut of Witch Hazel.
* Stop, Look and Hasten
* WesternAnimation/FromAToZZZZ: One of Literature/The100GreatestLooneyTunes.
* Lumber Jack-Rabbit: The only 3-D Warner Bros. cartoon.
* My Little Duckaroo: Remake of "Dripalong Daffy".
* Sheep Ahoy
* Baby Buggy Bunny


* Beanstalk Bunny
* Ready, Set, Zoom!
* Past Perfumance
* WesternAnimation/RabbitRampage: A sequel to WesternAnimation/DuckAmuck, but with Bugs Bunny being the victim.
* Double or Mutton
* Jumpin' Jupiter
* Knight-Mare Hare
* Two Scents Worth
* WesternAnimation/GuidedMuscle: One of Literature/The100GreatestLooneyTunes.
* WesternAnimation/OneFroggyEvening: #5 of The50GreatestCartoons, one of Literature/The100GreatestLooneyTunes.


* Bugs Bonnets
* Broom-Stick Bunny
* Rocket Squad
* Heaven Scent
* Gee Whiz-z-z-z
* WesternAnimation/BarbaryCoastBunny: Only Bugs Bunny short where he appears with Nasty Canasta.
* WesternAnimation/RocketByeBaby: One of Literature/The100GreatestLooneyTunes.
* WesternAnimation/DeduceYouSay: One of Literature/The100GreatestLooneyTunes.
* There They Go-Go-Go
* To Hare is Human


* Scrambled Aches
* WesternAnimation/AliBabaBunny: One of The50GreatestCartoons, and one of Literature/The100GreatestLooneyTunes.
* Go Fly A Kit
* Boyhood Daze
* [[WesternAnimation/RalphWolfAndSamSheepdog Steal Wool]]: One of Literature/The100GreatestLooneyTunes.
* WesternAnimation/WhatsOperaDoc: #1 on The50GreatestCartoons list, and one of Literature/The100GreatestLooneyTunes.
* Zoom and Bored
* Touche and Go


* WesternAnimation/RobinHoodDaffy: One of Literature/The100GreatestLooneyTunes.
* Hare Way to the Stars
* Whoa, Be Gone!
* To Itch His Own
* Hook, Line and Stinker
* Hip Hip--Hurry
* Cat Feud


* Baton Bunny: Co-directed by Abe Levitow.
* Hot Rod and Reel
* WesternAnimation/ReallyScent
* Wild About Hurry


* The Fastest with the Mostest
* Who Scent You?
* Rabbit's Feat
* Ready Woolen and Able
* Hopalong Casualty
* WesternAnimation/HighNote: One of Literature/The100GreatestLooneyTunes.


* Zip 'N' Snort
* The Mouse on 57th Street
* The Abominable Snow Rabbit: From here on out, Maurice Noble would frequently get co-director status.
* Lickety Splat
* A Scent of the Matterhorn
* Compressed Hare
* WesternAnimation/BeepPrepared
* WesternAnimation/NellysFolly


* A Sheep in the Deep
* Zoom at the Top
* Louvre Come Back to Me
* Martian Through Georgia: Co-directed by Abe Levitow.


* I Was A Teenage Thumb
* WesternAnimation/NowHearThis
* Hare-Breadth Hurry
* Mad as a Mars Hare
* Transylvania 6-5000
* WesternAnimation/ToBeepOrNotToBeep
* Pent-House Mouse: First short produced in the newly-formed Sib Tower 12 studio. Also his first Tom & Jerry short.


* War and Pieces: Last short for the original Warner Bros. animation studio.
* The Cat Above, the Mouse Below
* Is There a Doctor in the Mouse?
* Much Ado About Mousing
* Snowbody Loves Me
* Unshrinkable Jerry Mouse


* Literature/TheDotAndTheLine
* Ah-Sweet Mouse Story of Life
* Tom-ic Energy
* Bad Day at Cat Rock
* The Brothers Carry-Mouse-Off
* Haunted Mouse
* I'm Just Wild About Jerry
* Of Feline Bondage
* Tom Thump
* The Year of the Mouse
* The Cat's Me-Ouch
* Jerry Go-Round


* Duel Personality
* Jerry Jerry Quite Contrary
* Love Me, Love My Mouse
* ''WesternAnimation/HowTheGrinchStoleChristmas''


* ''WesternAnimation/TheBearThatWasnt'': The final MGM short of the golden age of animation.
* Cat and Duplicat
* Cannery Rodent
* Gillette Commercial


* WesternAnimation/{{A Christmas Carol|1971}}: Executive producer of this special.
* [[Literature/ThePhantomTollbooth The Phantom Tollbooth]]: The Live Action/Animation Film
* Horton Hears A Who
* The ComicStrip/{{Pogo}} Family Birthday Special


* Curiosity Shop


* The Cricket in Times Square
* A Very Merry Cricket


* Yankee Doodle Cricket
* The White Seal


* Rikki-Tikki-Tavi


* Carnival of the Animals
* Mowgli's Brorthers


* Bugs Bunny in King Arthur's Court
* Raggedy Ann and Andy in: The Great Santa Claus Caper


* The Bugs Bunny/Road Runner Movie
* Daffy Duck's Thanks-For-Giving Special
* Bugs Bunny's Looney Christmas Tales
* Raggedy Ann and Andy In: The Pumpkin Who Couldn't Smile


* Soup or Sonic
* Bugs Bunny's Bustin' Out all Over
* Duck Dodgers and the Return of the 24 1/2 Century


* Heineken commercial


* Warner Bros. Golden Jubilee: Animation producer on it.


* Film/WhoFramedRogerRabbit: Storyboarded the original idea for the "Dueling Pianos" sequence with Creator/RichardWilliams.


* Chariots of Fur


* Another Froggy Evening


* Superior Duck


* From Hare to Eternity


!!Tropes Associated With Chuck Jones:
* AbusiveParents: Pa Bear in the Three Bears shorts.
* AcmeProducts: Jones was the originator of this RunningGag.
* AmusingInjuries: His characters are often injured, but always for one temporary gag.
* 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.
** ''Tom Thumb in Trouble'', another 1940 short, is based on the English Folklore of Tom Thumb from ''The History of Tom Thumb'' (1621).
** ''The Dot and the Line'' is based on the 1963 Norton Juster book ''[[Literature/TheDotAndTheLine The Dot and the Line: A Romance in Lower Mathematics]]''.
** ''WesternAnimation/TheBearThatWasnt'' is based on the 1946 childrens book by Creator/FrankTashlin.
** ''WesternAnimation/HowTheGrinchStoleChristmas'', a made-for-TV adaptation of the classic Creator/DrSeuss story.
** ''The Pogo Special Birthday Special'', a made-for-TV special based on Walt Kelly's ''ComicStrip/{{Pogo}}'' comic strip.
** ''Literature/HortonHearsAWho'': Another made-for-TV adaptation of a Dr Seuss story.
** ''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/AChristmasCarol1971''.
** ''A Cricket in Times Square'' is a made-for-TV adaptation of the 1960 George Selden book ''Literature/TheCricketInTimesSquare''.
** 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)
** 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).
** He also did a cartoon adaptation of ''Music/PeterAndTheWolf'' in 1995.
* AsideGlance: A subset of his frequent fourth-wall-breaking, Jones was the absolute master of the animated slow burn.
* AuthorAppeal: He was a big fan of classic literature, particularly the stories of Creator/MarkTwain, and it frequently shows in his works, especially in his later cartoons.
* 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.
* 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.). Some of his one-shots, like "Fresh Airedale" and "Chow Hound" 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."
* BookEnds: His first cartoon, "The Night Watchman" (1938) has the opening titles set to the overture to Tannhäuser. Almost two decades later, "What's Opera, Doc?" (1957), which he and many consider to be his greatest film, ends with the exact same music cue from the Tannhauser overture.
* BreakingTheFourthWall: Happens regularly in his work, most notably in "WesternAnimation/DuckAmuck".
* DisneyOwnsThisTrope: Chuck trademarked his own name, so that he could use it as a brand in his later years when he formed his own studio, Sib Tower 12.
* EarlyInstallmentWeirdness: Everyone knows and loves Jones late 40's and 50's shorts which got him his reputation, but take a gander at his pre-'42 shorts and you'll be shocked to find those were directed by the same guy who made gems like "WesternAnimation/WhatsOperaDoc". To elaborate, Jones was going in a very different direction from Creator/TexAvery and Creator/BobClampett by doing Disney-esque cartoons. While well drawn and animated, they also suffered from sluggish pacing and from being overbearingly cute. Jones even said himself that, if he could, [[OldShame he'd get rid of everything he made before 1948]], as everything prior to that was not considered his best work.
* 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.
-->''"An idea has no worth at all without believable characters to implement it; a plot without characters is like a tennis court without players. WesternAnimation/DaffyDuck is to a ComicStrip/BuckRogers [[WesternAnimation/DuckDodgersInTheTwentyFourthAndAHalfCentury story]] what John [=McEnroe=] was to tennis. Personality. That is the key, the drum, the fife. Forget the plot. Can you remember, or care to remember, the plot of any great comedy? [[Creator/CharlieChaplin Chaplin?]] [[Creator/WoodyAllen Woody Allen?]] [[Creator/MarxBrothers The Marx Brothers?]]"''
* FacialDialogue: Compared with many classic animators Jones' cartoon characters have very subtle facial expressions that sometimes tell you more than actual dialogue.
* FriendlyRivalry: With his fellow WB animation directors, most notably Creator/BobClampett.
** FandomRivalry: Fans of Clampett find Jones's work too controlled, while fans of Jones find Clampett's to be too anarchistic.
** The rivalry with Clampett became decidedly less friendly when the two had a personal falling-out in the late '70s, after Clampett gave an interview claiming to be the sole creator of Bugs Bunny.
** Jones clearly regarded Creator/WaltDisney highly, being influenced by the man and working at [[Franchise/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.
* HiddenDepths: You'd be forgiven for thinking he was wacky and eccentric based on his cartoons, but Jones in real life was a very intelligent man who took education and the art of animation ''very'' seriously. On top of that, he was a dedicated fine artist outside of his animation work.
* LetsSeeYouDoBetter: Jones apparently created the Road Runner series as an AffectionateParody of chase cartoons such as ''WesternAnimation/TomAndJerry'', mocking the simplistic formula and slapstick. A couple decades later, MGM actually hired Jones to work on the ''T&J'' series itself, which he admitted was more complex to get down pat than he had expected.
* LighterAndSofter: His pre-Dover Boys shorts compared to the cartoons Tex Avery and Bob Clampett were making around the same time. His later cartoons downplayed the BlackComedy present in his 40s and 50s cartoons, and tended to be much more sentimental in tone.
* LimitedAnimation: Chuck was ''not'' a fan of this, at least not the way it was used as a blatant monetary shortcut in TV cartoons like Hanna-Barbera that played up dialogue over strong visual storytelling and performance. When Chuck himself was forced to rely on it, he always made a point of making sure the drawings could carry the story as well as the dialogue.
* PunBasedTitle: Several cartoons have puns in their titles.
* RidiculouslyCuteCritter: Quite a few, including [[WesternAnimation/FeedTheKitty Pussyfoot the kitten]], Playboy Penguin, Kotick the white seal pup, [[WesternAnimation/HowTheGrinchStoleChristmas Cindy-Lou Who]], and more.
* ScrewySquirrel: Jones had a very vocal hatred for such characters, but nevertheless used them a lot during the 40s, and even created recurring examples such as Hubie and Bertie. As his work refined during the early 50s they were phased out, in particular Jones was a large pivot in evolving Bugs and Daffy out of such roles.
* ShowDontTell: Strongly believed in the power of visual storytelling in animation, and ripped into shows that had poor animation and relied on voice acting as a crutch as "illustrated radio". His belief was that if you could turn off the sound and still follow what was going on, you were watching a cartoon with good storytelling.
* SlidingScaleOfIdealismVsCynicism: Can go in either direction. However, when he isn't directing a short about a UnsympatheticComedyProtagonist, his films are surprisingly quite cute, sweet, and optimistic.
* StrictlyFormula: Was notable for making iconic formulas for many recurring characters who had previously interchanged into endless random scenarios and personas throughout their evolution. He was largely responsible for reinventing Bugs as a KarmicTrickster who brought fantastic retribution to a foe bullying him at the start of each short, while reinventing Daffy as a hero wannabe who walked into endless beatings against an obviously outmatching foe. His Road Runner shorts perhaps exist as the most formulaic cartoon series ever made, to the point you could interchange gags and scenes between shorts with little effect on the story whatsoever (with ArtEvolution and AnimationBump as the only way you can tell the cartoons apart, if you're an especially eagle-eyed cartoon viewer).
* TalkingWithSigns: A frequent way of communication in the Road Runner cartoons.
* UnsympatheticComedyProtagonist: Many of his characters are greedy, egotistical, rude, often bring forth their own downfall, and are drop-dead hilarious. Wile E. Coyote, Pa Bear, and Claude Cat are fine examples, but his reinvention of Daffy Duck (partially based upon himself) is one of the greatest instances of this trope in fiction.
* UnPerson: Due to his deep seated hatred of Creator/BobClampett, he went out of his way to avoid mentioning him in his biographies (to the point where he refused to even acknowledge that he briefly animated for Bob in his filmography), interviewers were explicitly barred from bringing him up, and he refused to talk to any media that associated with him.
* WildTake: His cartoons very rarely use them. Chuck admitted in his biography that he only allowed himself to draw one wild take per year, on his birthday.
* The50GreatestCartoons: He ''dominates'' the list, having directed ten of them overall, four of the top five, five of the runners-up, and numero uno itself, ''WesternAnimation/WhatsOperaDoc''.