We proudly include Chuck Jones
as part of the Sci-Fi Station - Sci-Fi
-Arnold Leibovit, Director Sci-Fi Station
That's a very profound observation because it means that he thinks the characters are alive, which, as far as I am concerned, is true," recalls animation director Chuck Jones. Mr. Jones helped bring to life many characters during the Golden Age of animation including some of Warner Bros.' most famous Looney Tunes characters--
Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Elmer Fudd and Porky Pig. The list of characters that Chuck Jones created himself goes on-- Road Runner, Wile E. Coyote, Marvin Martian, Pepe Le Pew, Gossamer and many others.
In 1966, while heading up the animation division at MGM Studios, Mr. Jones directed one of the most memorable holiday television specials ever produced -- "Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas." First aired on Sunday, December 18, 1966, Chuck Jones' production of the half-hour special was met with glowing reviews from newspapers across the country and has since become one of the most beloved holiday programs on television.
Mr. Jones has become a true icon of creativity by directing such mini-epics as "What's Opera, Doc?" (1957) which featured a Wagnerian Elmer Fudd invoking the great elements against a cunning Bugs Bunny. On Dec. 4, 1992, "What's Opera, Doc?" became the first-ever animated film to be inducted into the National Film Registry-- an honor bestowed on only 100 films to date -- for being "among the most culturally, historically or aesthetically significant films of our time." Chuck Jones has also been honored at the Academy Awards for his lifetime achievement in animation.
At the age of 83, Mr. Jones has enjoyed more than 60 years in animation and is still hard at work, having recently signed a new contract with Warner Bros.to create animated short subjects for theatrical release using many of the classic Warner Bros. characters under the title of his production company, Chuck Jones Film Productions.