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2017 Oct 20

 

What’s Up, Doc? The Animation Art of Chuck Jones

On view through August 14, 2016

Explore the creative genius behind Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck and the hapless but optimistic Elmer Fudd. How did Chuck Jones and his collaborators create cinematic magic? Original sketches, storyboards, cels, photographs, wall-projected animated films and more tell the story of this amazing animation.


 

Animation director and artist Charles Martin “Chuck” Jones (1912–2002) brought to life some of the most iconic cartoon characters in animation history. He perfected the wisecracking Bugs Bunny and the exasperated Daffy Duck and created a host of other characters, including Pepé Le Pew, Wile E. Coyote and the Road Runner. He brought an unparalleled talent for comic invention and a flair for creating distinctive, memorable characters to the art of film animation.

The exhibit features more than 136 original sketches and drawings, storyboards, production backgrounds, animation cels and photographs, demonstrating how Jones and his collaborators worked together to create cinematic magic.

What’s Up, Doc? includes the Looney Tunes/Merrie Melodies classic films What’s Opera, Doc? and One Froggy Evening as well as masterpieces like The Dot and the Line, which expanded the boundaries of the medium with its experimental animation techniques. Wall-projected animated films provide the visual and contextual centerpiece of the exhibit.

Highlights

  • Seven sections that explore key aspects of Jones’ career.
  • A station where visitors can take on the role of animation director in an interactive experience that allows them to manipulate character movement and timing.
  • A listening station that features behind-the-scenes audio of Jones directing Mel Blanc (the voice of Bugs Bunny) and Arthur Q. Bryan (the voice of Elmer Fudd), and includes excerpts from interviews with Jones.

“Duck Amuck” (1953).  In the cartoon masterpiece “Duck Amuck,” a rogue animator tortures Daffy Duck by constantly changing the background around him. The ending reveals Bugs Bunny as the animator. Courtesy of the Chuck Jones Center for Creativity Looney Tunes Characters © and ™ Warner Bros.Film still, “Beep Beep” (1952).  Chuck Jones directed or co-directed more than 25 cartoons featuring Wile E. Coyote and the Road Runner.  Film still courtesy Warner Bros. Looney Tunes Characters © and ™ Warner Bros.“Duck Amuck” (1953).  In the cartoon masterpiece “Duck Amuck,” a rogue animator tortures Daffy Duck by constantly changing the background around him. The ending reveals Bugs Bunny as the animator.  Courtesy of the Chuck Jones Center for Creativity Looney Tunes Characters © and ™ Warner Bros.

Chuck Jones, portrait (c. 1990s).  In a career spanning seven decades, Chuck Jones made more than 300 animated films–three of which won an Academy Award.  Courtesy of the Chuck Jones Center for Creativity

Photograph and drawings courtesy Chuck Jones Center for Creativity. Film stills courtesy Warner Bros.™ Looney Tunes Characters © & TM Warner Bros.