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Saturday, March 6, 2010

Cartoon King Chuck Jones Exhibit: Pics and Info

A week ago today a friend and I went to the Tempe Center For The Arts (TCA) in Arizona for their Chuck Jones Exhibit appropriately called Chuck Amuck: A Legacy of Laughter.

Probably everyone knows Chuck's work if not is name. He was an animator and director for Warner Brothers and created or collaborated on the creation many of their famous characters (and/or directed their animated movies and shorts): Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Elmer Fudd, Porky Pig, Road Runner, Wile E. Coyote, Marvin Martian, Pepe Le Pew and Michigan J. Frog to name a few.

There's no admission price (IOW it's FREE!). The gallery/exhibit isn't large and I saw some people come and go in minutes...but if you're like me you'll want to set aside and hour or two to drink it all in! (See dates and times below)

They allow photos (with no flash) so I snapped a few. Click on them if you'd like to see a larger view.

Chuck's paintings of some of his characters.

The gallery has a display of a wide variety of his work as an artist from his more serious fine art to sketches of his characters.

Chuck's desk and books. The LCD TV (perhaps not originally on his desk in the 1940's : ) played a very interesting DVD about his life and it included some of his very funny animated clips.

Some of his original sketches and notes etc in a display case:

A composite I made (it was horizontally mounted) from one of the framed prints (The store has some prints like this available for sale).

And a few more of Chuck's paintings. The girl on the horse is his granddaughter and he used the photo for the character study below it:

Chuck Jones was an American Master (September 21, 1912 – February 22, 2002). His ability entertain with his iconic characters, to animate them with exaggerated but believable movements and expressions, and his amazing body of work is seriously impressive.

If you're in the Phoenix area, this exhibit is well worth checking out.

Chuck Amuck: A Legacy of Laughter Now though June 18, 2010. It's FREE!! : )

Gallery hours are 10 am to 6 pm Tuesday through Friday and 11 am to 6 pm Saturday.

There are other activities and events associated with this exhibit visit the Chuck Amuck link to learn more.

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