1912 - 2002
At age 15, Chuck Jones dropped out of high school, at his father's suggestion, to attend Chouinard Art Institute (now known as California Institute of the Arts).
Emerging from school in the depths of the Depression, the young artist found work in the fledgling animation industry, working in succession with Ub Iwerks (Walt Disney's original partner), Charles Mintz and Walter Lantz (creator of Woody Woodpecker).
He advanced from washing cels to in-betweening, finally landing a job at Leon Schlesinger Productions, the supplier of cartoons to Warner Bothers. Chuck Jones was to continue this association for the next 30 years. In this company he worked for the great animation directors Friz Freleng, Frank Tashlin and Tex Avery, men he credits with teaching him the comic timing, vivid characterization and jubilant anarchy for which Warner Bothers cartoons were famous.
He advanced to animator, working on Bugs Bunny and some of the earliest Daffy Duck cartoons. At last, he was promoted to animation director. His trademarks include highly stylized backgrounds and a slew of hilarious characters. His own creations include Pep LePew and, most famously, Road Runner and Wile E. Coyote.
The first Road Runner cartoon was conceived as a parody of the mindless chase cartoons popular at the time, but audiences around the world embraced the series. In the 1940s and '50s he directed some of the most durable and hilarious animated shorts, including What's Opera, Doc? and Duck Dodgers in the 24 1/2 Century. In 1950, two cartoons produced by Chuck Jones's unit won Academy Awards, 'For Scent-imental Reasons' (with Pep LePew) and an animated short ('So Much for So Little'), which won in the documentary category, the only cartoon film ever to do so.
In the 1960s, Chuck Jones produced Tom 'n' Jerry cartoons for MGM, and The Pogo Family Birthday Special for television. In 1962, in the waning days of the theatrical cartoon business, Jones loosened his ties to Warner Brothers and wrote an original screenplay for a UPA animated feature Gay Purr-ee, which featured the voices of Judy Garland, Robert Goulet and other stars of the day. Jones collaborated with Theodore Geisel (a.k.a. 'Dr. Seuss') on a pair of cartoon specials for television, Horton Hears a Who and The Grinch Stole Christmas. The latter has become a holiday classic. Both won Peabody Awards for Television Programming Excellence. Chuck Jones won another Academy Award in 1965 for the animated short, The Dot and the Line, based on a book by Norton Juster. He also produced, co-wrote and co-directed a feature film based on Juster's children's classic The Phantom Tollbooth.
Under the banner of his own production company, Chuck Jones Enterprises, he produced, wrote and directed nine half-hour prime time television specials: The Cricket in Times Square, A Very Merry Cricket, Yankee Doodle Cricket, Rikki-Tikki-Tavi, Mowgli's Brothers, The White Seal, Carnival of the Animals, A Connecticut Rabbit in King Arthur's Court, The Great Santa Claus Caper and The Pumpkin Who Couldn't Smile.
#WB15 Warner Bros. - THE INCREDIBLE MR. LIMPET (3/28/64) - (partial live action). All three of the animateds charactures are together featuring Mr. Limpet, Crusty and Ladyfish on one single cel.
This full sheet cel measures 11.50' X 9.50' double matted and framed. MR. LIMPET image measures 5.50' X 3.25', Crusty's image measures 1.50' X 1.50' and Ladyfish measures 5.50' X 3.25', bearing the original signatures of Don Knotts (Voice of Henry Limpet) and Elizabeth MacRae (Voice of Ladyfish).
Navy brass Harlock (Andrew Duggan) and George Stickel (Jack Weston) go back into the WW2 secret files to prepare to present a special medal to the Navy's most secret weapon of the war: Henry Limpet. Flashback to 1941: A 4-F bookkeeper who annoys his wife by living almost entirely in the world of his aquarium, Henry Limpet (Don Knotts) makes a wish and unaccountably changes into a large fish with a pair of reading glasses. But instead of disappearing, he makes friends in the deep, and resurfaces as a sub-finding helper of Allied shipping, a 'secret weapon' that the Navy eagerly exploits.
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CHUCK JONES CELS AND DRAWINGS
All artwork comes with a certificate of authenticity
#WB11 - Mr Limpet And Crusty, The Incredible Mr Limpet (3/28/64). (Matted).Price: $3585
#WB11 - Warner Bros. - THE INCREDIBLE MR. LIMPET (3/28/64) - (partial live action). MR. LIMPET image measures 9.00' X 4.00', featuring TWO desirable characters on one single cel. Mr. Limpet and Crusty together!! It is rare to find a cel with more than one character on a cel, and this one features two wonderful characters. This cel was purchased via auction through vintage roadshow who provided COA.. Live Action Director: Arthur Lubin. Animation Director: Bill Tytla. During World War II, meek 4-F Henry Limpet (Don Knotts) falls in ocean and is transformed into a fish. He aids the Allies war effort as a secret weapon below the waves. (MATTED)
#WB13 - The Incredible Mr Limpet, Signed Alex Ignatiev (1962). (Triple Matted/Framed)Price: $2950
#WB13 - Warner Bros. THE INCREDIBLE MR. LIMPET, 1962 - (partial live action). The Original pencil model sheet of Mr. Limpet measures 9.00' X 14.00'. This original drawing is signed by the artist, Alex Ignatiev. It is rare to find a pre-drawing featuring two wonderful characters. Also included on a seperate card. Original owner had it signed, he had the option of having it personalized. He opted not to, but Alex Ignatiev included a self-caricature, which is dedicated to the original owner and says 'Best Wishes David' and is dated August 1992. The pencil model sheet is wonderfully framed and triple matted. (MATTED AND FRAMED)
#WB10 - Horton - 'Horton Hears a Who', (1970). Signed by Chuck Jones. (Matted/Framed).Price: $1200
#WB10 - Warner Bros, Chuck Jones - Horton Hears a Who, 1970. The production drawing of Horton measures 11'x13' on a untrimmed 12 field sheet. The adorable original animation production drawing of Horton holding a flower, signed by Chuck Jones. (MATTED AND FRAMED)
#WB14 Limpet And Ladyfish - 'The Incredible Mr Limpet', (3/28/64). (Signed By Don Knotts) (Matted/Framed)Price: $1500
#WB14 - Warner Bros. THE INCREDIBLE MR. LIMPET (3/28/64) - (partial live action). Mr. Limpet and his gal pal Ladyfish are composed of two overlayed cels (the first cel supports the two images - the second overlay cel posts the signature of Don Knotts) each are approximately 9.00' x 11.75'. The Ladyfish image area measure 2.75' X 3.50'. The Mr. Limpet image area measures 4.00' X 5.00', featuring original signature of Don Knotts. (MATTED AND FRAMED)
#WB9 - 'Bugs Bunny Rides Again, (1947). (Signed By Tom Ray) (Matted)Price: $900
#WB9 - Warner Bros. - 'Bugs Bunny Rides Again drawing, 1947. The drawing measures 11.50' X 9.00', rendered in graphite, red, yellow and brown pencil. The drawing is hand signed by Tom Ray, 1919-2010 . Hare Trigger (1945) Bugs Bunny Rides Again (1948) Directed by Friz Freleng Bugs draws a bag of tobacco shut with his teeth while rolling a cigarette. This production drawing was used in two seperate cartoon shorts. Emmy Award winner Tom Ray began his career in 1937 with Leon Schlesinger and has worked for every major animation studio! (MATTED)
#WB3 - Daffy Duck, (c.1960). Colorized WB/Seven Arts Cartoon. (Matted)Price: $355
#WB3 - Warner Bros. - Daffy Duck, c.1960. The Daffy color re-make image size measures 7.00' X 9.00'. Daffy Duck is definitely a bona fide 'star,' despite general claims to the contrary. He has appeared in more than 120 cartoons since his introduction in the 1937 short 'Porky's Duck Hunt.' This cel is from one of the colorized WB/Seven Arts cartoons, produced in Korea in the 1960's. Daffy is brown in this cel. (The cartoon is called 'Porky Pig's Feat' and the original was directed by Frank Tashlin. (MATTED)
#WB13 - Yosemite Sam, 'Bugs Bunny's 1001 Rabbit Tales', (1982). (Original Master background)Price: $795
#WB13 - Warner Bros. Friz Freleng - Bugs Bunny's 1001 Rabbit Tales, 1982. This 'Yosemite Sam' is a full figured Original Production Cel. The original background is from the Warner Brothers Theatrical release Bugs Bunnys 3rd Movie: 1001 Rabbit Tales produced by Fritz Freleng. The cel of 'Yosemite Sam' from Bugs Bunny's 1001 Rabbit Tales is a full 12.50' x 10.00' (12 field) with Sams image area measuring 3.50' X 4.00', bearing production #P15 - 89. The cel has been placed on an original hand painted production background 10.50' X 14.50' from Looney Looney Looney Bugs Bunny Movie (1981). The background bears production #ACT 2 BG36.
#WB17 - Mr Limpet, 'The Incredible Mr Limpet', (3/28/64)Price: $240
#WB17 - Warner Bros. THE INCREDIBLE MR. LIMPET (3/28/64) - (partial live action). This original production drawing is on a Full 10.50' X 12.50' Sheet, rendered in graphite and blue pencil. The Mr. Limpet image area measures 3.50' X 5.25', bearing production number 28/2 - L-8.
#WB18 - Johnny, 'Mice Will Play', (1938).Price: $510
#WB18 - Warner Bros. Studio, MICE WILL PLAY, Originally Released on December 31, 1938. This is a lively original animation drawing of a mouse holding a stethoscope from the Merrie Melodies cartoon directed by Fred 'Tex' Avery. It is a final animation drawing created by a Warner Bros. animator in production of the animated cartoon, and a cel was made directly from it. Drawn in red, blue and black pencil on an untrimmed animation sheet, the art measures 4 3/8' x 8 3/8'. The animator wrote the number '8' at the bottom to indicate this drawing's place in the scene. In excellent condition showing only slight handling from the animation process itself: VERY FINE. COA provided by Howard Lowery Gallery.
#U30 - Meowrice - 'Gay Purr-ee', (1962).Price: $695
#U30 - UPA Studio - 'Gay Purr-ee', 1962. This 'Meowrice' original full sheet production cel character ~ Starring Judy Garland as the voice of Mewsette measures 4.50' X 4.00', bearing production number H13 (19-18). Mouser Jaone Tom and housecat Mewsette are living in the French country side, but Mewsette wants to experience the refinement and excitement of the Paris living. But upon arrival she falls into the clutches of Meowrice. Jaune Tom and his friend Robespierre set off to Paris to find her.
#WB5 - Warner Bros. - 'Granny'. (13) full sheet drawing is rendered in graphite and red pencil, came in a set of 13. The drawing image area measures 3.00' X 5.00', bearing production number A10.
October 7, 1950. Granny makes her debut as Tweety's doting owner in Canary Row (Merrie Melodies), directed by Friz Freleng, story by Tedd Pierce, animated by Art Davis, Ken Champin, Virgil Ross, Emery Hawkings, and Gerry Chiniquy.
#WB7 - Warner Bros. - 'Butler'. The full sheet drawing is rendered in graphite and red pencil, came in a set of 7 (included official work sheet). The drawing image area measures 2.50' X 5.25', bearing production number B1.
#WB5 - Warner Bros. - 'Granny'. (13) full sheet drawing is rendered in graphite and red pencil, came in a set of 13.
#WB6 - Warner Bros. - 'Granny', (7) full sheet drawings are rendered in graphite, blue and red pencil, in a set of 7 (included official WBros.work sheet). The drawing image area measures 2.50' X 5.00', bearing blue animaters notes.
Granny became a popular character-a lovable, well-off old spinster who loved her little birdy, heaven help the creature who would even think of doing him harm.
Granny also ratcheted up the dynamics between Bugs Bunny and Yosemite Sam in a cartoon in which the two of them battled for her attention (Sam for her money). When she wasn't protecting Tweety from Sylvester's plundering claws in shorts like Room And Bird, Gift Wrapped and Tweet And Sour, Granny -- armed with her trusty umbrella, wire-rimmed spectacles and a very tight white bun of hair - was also a Sylvester and Tweety Mysteries regular.
#WB6 - Warner Bros. - 'Granny', (7) full sheet drawings
WB15 - Limpet And Ladyfish - The Incredible Mr Limpet (3/28/64)
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