Born in 1912, Chuck brought joy to the hearts of
generations of children bringing to life such well-known characters as Bugs
Bunny, Tom and Jerry and Daffy Duck. He will be best remembered for his
contributions to Warner Brothers,
namely a series of short films featuring the Road Runner and Coyote (created
1949) and Pepé le Pew (1945).
The Warner Bros. Animation Studio closed its doors in the
1960s (it later re-opened) and Jones went to
Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) where he began work on the "Tom and Jerry" series
and other films, including a made-for-television series based on a Dr. Seuss
tale, "How the Grinch Stole Christmas".
Jones wasn't just a cartoonist though. He was also a
political liberal and an intellectual. In the early `40s he helped organise a
strike at the Walt Disney Studio, and in
the mid-1940s he began writing analytical papers on animation.
Three of Jones's animated shorts received Academy Awards:
For Scent-imental Reasons (1949), So Much for So Little (1949), and The Dot and
the Line (1965).
In 1996 Jones received a life membership into the
Directors' Guild of America and an honorary
Oscar for "the creation of classic cartoons and cartoon characters whose
animated lives have brought joy to our real ones for more than half a century."
Chuck Jones leaves behind a wife, daughter Linda, three
grandchildren, and six great-grandchildren.
Chuck's work was aimed at adults as much as children. I can
remember my parents sitting down to watch cartoons with me. He's died but he's
not dead. His name and his work have ensured immortality, and hopefully
his creations will be enjoyed for many years to come.