Chuck Jones, American animation director of critically acclaimed cartoon shorts, primarily the Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies film series at Warner Bros.
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Chuck Jones, American animation director of critically acclaimed cartoon shorts, primarily the Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies film series at Warner Bros. studios.
To the general public, Chuck Jones’s name is as synonymous with animation as that of Walt Disney. In a career spanning more than 60 years, Jones extended the perimeters of the indigenous American art form known as “character,” or “personality,” animation. He won numerous international awards, including four Academy Awards, one of which was for lifetime achievement, a Smithsonian 150th Anniversary Medal of Achievement, and the Edward MacDowell Medal, a national award given annually for outstanding contributions to the arts.
His profusely illustrated autobiography, Chuck Amuck, appeared in 1990 and was a critically praised best-seller. In his late 80s he remained an active guest speaker at colleges and film festivals and a supervisor of television productions. More important, Jones still occasionally directed cartoons featuring the Looney Tunes gang, such as the Road Runner and Wile E. Coyote in Chariots of Fur (1994), Bugs Bunny in From Hare to Eternity (1996), and Daffy Duck in Superior Duck (1996). He also directed a sequel to his classic One Froggy Evening, the well-received Another Froggy Evening (1995).