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Goodbye to Chuck Jones
February 22

By Sarah Lane
Jan 20, 2008, 03:22 PST

Chuck Jones 1913-February 22, 2002


Chuck Jones

1912-February 22, 2002


After a career of more than 60 years, artist and animator Chuck Jones has passed away at the age of 89.  Jones was born in Spokane, Washington but grew up in Hollywood, California.  He created more than 300 animated films and received three Oscars as a director.  In 1996 he was awarded an honorary Oscar for lifetime achievement and an honorary life membership from the Directors Guild of America.


Chances are, Chuck Jones has impacted your life in one way or another.  Do you know who the Road Runner is?  How about Wile E. Coyote, Marvin Martian, Pepe le Pew, or Michigan J. Frog?  The frog can now be seen in the Warner Brothes logo/brand I.D.  The others you have probably seen in cartoons spanning decades.  Chuck Jones drew these characters and, in turn, gave them life.  When he joined MGM Studios he wrote, produced and directed the screenplay forDr. Seus How the Grinch Stole Christmas  He also helped animate the new Tom & Jerry series.


Jone autobiography is calledChuck Amuc and is now in its 5th printing since 1989.  A couple years back he established the Chuck Jones Foundation to recognize, support and inspire excellence in art and the art of classic character animation.  He hoped to accomplish this through the use of scholarships, library resources, touring exhibits, a lecture series, access to film, notes, and drawings.  Chuck Jones died of congestive heart failure in Corona del Mar, California.  His life breathed magic into those cartoon characters we will watch for many years to come.

Source:                       Linda Jones Enterprises


Additional Learning Links


The Official Chuck Jones site

Read tribute articles, dedicate your own letters, or read about the Art and Life of Chuck Jones.  Find out about new releases, characters, spotlight art, or the Chuck Jones Foundation.

Source:                       Linda Jones Enterprises

Reading Level:            Moderate


Academy of Achievement

TheHall of Art pays tribute to animation pioneer Chuck Jones.  You will find a profile on the man, biography, and interview.

Source:              American Academy of Achievement

Reading Level:   Hard


Warner Brothers

You will find special links here including interview recordings, press releases and biographies.  There is also a complete list of Mr. Jone Warner Brothers cartoons from 1938 to 1994.


Reading Level:   Easy

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