Chuck Jones: Conversations

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Univ. Press of Mississippi, 2005 - Art - 223 pages
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Chuck Jones: Conversations brings to life the legendary Warner Bros. artist who helped shape the history of American animation, defining our impressions of such characters as Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Road Runner, Wile E. Coyote, and Pepé le Pew. These interviews span more than thirty years, beginning with a 1968 conversation in which Jones (1912-2002) shares the spotlight with science fiction giant Ray Bradbury.

Throughout, the interviews illustrate the development of Jones's career, including shifts that came after the Warner Bros. animation unit closed in the early 1960s-from the uncertain years of American animation during that decade and the 1970s through the "rediscovery" of Jones and Hollywood studio animation during the 1980s and 1990s. Jones candidly discusses his aesthetic sensibilities, providing tips for aspiring animators and describing Warner Bros. animation in its heyday.

Jones was an art college graduate who struggled through the Depression, trying to establish himself within the Hollywood industry. In these conversations he emerges as a witty raconteur and a well-read, inspiring advocate for animation art, intent on nurturing future generations of animators. Jones recalls vividly the Golden Age of studio animation from the 1930s to the 1950s, including his connections with the Walt Disney studio and United Productions of America. With pleasure, insight, and depth, he describes his family and early life as well as his post-Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies days. These interviews reveal Jones's struggles as an artist, the many influences upon him, and the creative process that made him famous. This volume contains previously unpublished material along with classic interviews.

Maureen Furniss, Savannah, Georgia, professor of animation and film at Savannah College of Art and Design, is the founding editor and publisher of Animation Journal. She is the author of Art in Motion: Animation Aesthetics, and her work has appeared in many periodicals.

 

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Interesting reading. Well written.
However,the late great cartoon director Chuck Jones comes across as quite
an asshole.
There were many other great pioneer cartoon directors for Warner Brothers
cartoons:
aside from Chuck Jones,Friz Freleng,Bob Clampet.Tex Avery,Frank Tashlin,among others.
Not only does Chuck Jones come across as an asshole,but a man with a chip on his shoulder.
He should have given credit to Mel Blanc as well.
 

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Contents

A Conversation with Ray Bradbury
3
An Interview with Chuck Jones
20
Chuck Jones
89
Live from Trumps
130
Interview with Chuck Jones
146
Interview with Chuck Jones
168
Chuck Jones and the Creative Process
184
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Maureen Furniss, Savannah, Georgia, professor of animation and film at Savannah College of Art and Design, is the founding editor and publisher of Animation Journal. She is the author of Art in Motion: Animation Aesthetics, and her work has appeared in many periodicals.

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