Chuck Jones: Extremes and In-Betweens - A Life in Animation
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The most famous animated characters and the stars who love them unite to celebrate Chuck Jones, the living legend of animation. Showcases all of your favorite characters: Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Road Runner and Wile E. Coyote and more. Celebrity appearances by WHOOPI GOLDBERG, MATT GROENIG, RON HOWARD, JOHN LASSETER, LEONARD MALTIN, STEVEN SPIELBERG, ROBIN WILLIAMS and more! Year: 2000
- "A Chuck Jones Tutorial: Tricks of the Cartoon Trade"
- Cartoons: "Duck Dodgers in the 24 1/2 Century" & "Feed the Kitty"
- Pencil tests for "The Grinch" and "Mississippi Hare"
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Certain works receive special attention: "The Dover Boys," "Duck Amuck," "High Note," "The Dot and the Line," "The Rabbit of Seville" and "One Froggy Evening," which a certain unnamed "critic" with the initials "LM" thinks is the Citizen Kane of animation.
Pardon me, but I'd take just about any 1940s WB toon over "Froggy" (not that it's NG-- some of us prefer the older shorts, when Daffy used to hoot and hop around, Bugs had a harder edge and Elmer was voiced by the great Arthur Q. Bryan).
Here's a complete list of cartoons excerpted during this 90-minute documentary:
FROM A TO Z-Z-Z-Z (1953) - Ralph Phillips
LITTLE ORPHAN AIREDALE (1947) - Porky Pig/Charlie Dog/Rags McMutt
FLIP THE FROG - (unidentified early '30s b&w short)
SNIFFLES TAKES A TRIP (1940)
DRAFT HORSE (1942) - (Chuck's first comic animation)
THE DOVER BOYS AT PIMENTO UNIVERSITY OR THE RIVALS OF ROQUEFORT HALL (1942) - ("Limited animation" here angered WB)
THE UNBEARABLE BEAR (1943) - Sniffles/Mama Bear/Officer Bar/Burglar
THE ARISTO-CAT (1943) - Hubie & Bertie (one mouse has a Leo Gorcey-ish voice)/Madam/Meadows
PRESTO CHANGE-O (1939) - (Second appearance of silent rabbit that would become Bugs)
A WILD HARE (1940) - (Tex Avery toon with Elmer and a newly-created Bugs has first use of "What's up, Doc?")
HARE CONDITIONED (1945) - BB/Gildersleeve
CASE OF THE MISSING HARE (1942) - BB/Ala Bahma
LONG-HAIRED HARE (1949) - BB/Giovanni Jones
SUPER-RABBIT (1943) - BB/Cottontail Smith/Prof. Canafrazz/Texas Rabbit
BULLY FOR BUGS (1953)
MISSISSIPPI HARE (1949)
RABBIT FIRE (1951) - BB/Daffy/Elmer
DRIP-ALONG DAFFY (1951) - DD/ Porky/Nasty Canasta
RABBIT SEASONING (1952) - BB/DD/EF
ROBIN HOOD DAFFY (1958) - DD/PP
DUCK AMUCK (1953) - DD/BB
DUCK DODGERS IN THE 24th½ CENTURY (1953) - DD/PP/Marvin the Martian
ROCKET SQUAD (1956) - DD/PP/George 'Mother' Machree/Chief
THE SCARLET PUMPERNICKEL (1950) - DD/PP/EF/Sylvester/Highwayman/J.L.
CAT'S BAH (1954) - Pepé le Pew
SCENT-IMENTAL ROMEO (1951) - Pepé
LITTLE BEAU PEPE (1952)
MOUSE WRECKERS (1948) - Hubie & Bertie/Claude the Cat
BEAR FEAT (1949) - Pa (Billy Bletcher), Ma (Bea Benederet) and Junyer (19-year-old Stan Freberg) Bear
A BEAR FOR PUNISHMENT (1951) - Ma, Pa and Junyer
ZIPPING ALONG (1953) - Road Runner/Wile E. Coyote
SCRAMBLED ACHES (1957) - RR/WEC
GEE WHIZ-Z-Z-Z-Z-Z (1956) - RR/WEC
ZOOM AND BORED (1957) - RR/WEC
STOP! LOOK! AND HASTEN! (1954) - RR/WEC
HIP HIP-HURRY (1958) - RR/WEC
FASTEST WITH THE MOSTEST (1960) - RR/WEC
WHOA, BE-GONE! (1958) - RR/WEC
READY..SET.. ZOOM! (1955) - RR/WEC
HOPALONG CASUALTY (1960) - RR/WEC
BROOM-STICK BUNNY (1956) - BB/Witch Hazel/Genie
FEED THE KITTY (1952) - Marc Anthony (bulldog)/Kitten/Mistress (Bea Benederet)
THE DUCKSTERS (1950) - DD/PP
HIGH NOTE (1960)
RABBIT OF SEVILLE (1950) - BB/EF
WHAT'S OPERA, DOC? (1957) - BB/EF
THE DOT AND THE LINE: A ROMANCE IN LOWER MATHEMATICS (1965) - (Oscar-winning MGM animation)
HOW THE GRINCH STOLE CHRISTMAS! (1966) - (Boris Karloff as narrator and Grinch)
ONE FROGGY EVENING (1955) - Michigan J. Frog
(Note: Jones reprised this character in 1995 when he was age 73 in "Another Froggy Evening.")
-- Michael Igafo-Te'o
P.S., I'm an American Samoan-Caucasian Animator with Autism that lives in Jackson, Michigan but already turned 20 Years Old on My 20th Birthday on September 9th, 2014 that means I'll be 21 Years Old on my next birthday, this time, by revisiting Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida for one entire week instead of adding rival theme parks (Including "Universal Studios Florida" -- YUCK!!!) but only at Walt Disney World for One Entire Week IF It's up to my mother, Jackie Igafo-Te'o
Jones, the director of the greatest "Looney Tunes" cartoons, several Tom and Jerry shorts and lots more, including the animated version of "How the Grinch Stole Christmas," was the greatest animator America ever produced. This documentary, produced a few years before his death, is a wonderful look at his life, how he shaped the cartoons and how he shaped the work of others such as Ron Howard (whose live-action "Grinch" borrowed liberally from the Jones version). The film includes conversations with Jones himself. Best of all, it is sprinkled with snippets from all of Jones' greatest cartoons, from "What's Opera Doc?" to "Rabbit Seasoning."
If you love the Looney Tunes and you want to learn about the man who made them greater than anyone else, you've got to check out this film.
Chuck Jones is a genius, his comic timing and wacky ideas made some of the best cartoons ever made. Watch this to see how he did it.
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