Chuck Jones at the Museum of the Moving Image NYC
We visited the exhibition “What’s Up, Doc? The Animation Art of Chuck Jones” at the Museum of the Moving Image in NYC.
Chuck Jones believed the key to good animation is mastering the art of drawing a simple line.
Jones was behind a lot of our childhood favourite cartoons like Bugs Bunny, Duffy Duck, Elmer, Wile E. Coyote and the Road Runner.
He spent most of his career making cartoons for Warner Bros., starting there as an assistant animator in 1933, directing his first film in 1938, and remaining until 1962. Warner Bros. cartoons were nominated for a total of 41 Academy Awards for best animated short film, winning 15. Jones directed three of these Oscar-winners.
It was funny to see a girl get embarrassed about his boyfriend´s uncontainable laughter and kids looking at the drawings and production sheets as if they were medieval scrolls. We on the other hand became super exited about everything that this guy was capable of doing in the pre-digital era.
The backgrounds in Jones’s films were often quite abstract – as demonstrated by this example from Broomstick Bunny.
At the end, after laughing a lot at the short films, amazed with the music, the expressive dialogues, the characteristic personality of each character, the atmosphere of every background, we were impressed how you can recognize in Jones a real Director, concerned about every area of the production and giving importance to each part of it.