Chuck Jones: Conversations

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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 ...

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Overview

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 This volume contains previously unpublished material along with classic interviews.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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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781578067299
  • Publisher: University Press of Mississippi
  • Publication date: 3/7/2005
  • Series: Conversations with Comic Artists Series
  • Pages: 223
  • Sales rank: 1,474,280
  • Product dimensions: 5.98 (w) x 8.92 (h) x 0.65 (d)

Table of Contents

The fantasy makers : a conversation with Ray Bradbury and Chuck Jones 3
An interview with Chuck Jones 20
Witty birds and well-drawn cats : an interview with Chuck Jones 49
Chuck Jones 89
Live from Trumps 130
Interview with Chuck Jones 146
Chuck Jones and the Daffy world of cartoons : the Warners legend : remembering the glory days in an animated autobiography 150
Chuck Jones : animation pioneer 156
Interview with Chuck Jones 168
The inner Daffy : Chuck Jones and the creative process 184
Chuck Jones 193
Chuck Jones, in his own words 200
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