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Chuck Jones at the Museum of the Moving Image

Bugs Bunny Model Sheet by Chuck Jones, Photo credit to Annmarie Gatti at Classic Movie Hub

Bugs Bunny Model Sheet by Chuck Jones, Photo credit to Annmarie Gatti at Classic Movie Hub

Last week I visited the Museum of the Moving Image to see the Chuck Jones show for the second time.  My wife and I stumbled upon the show months ago, and I had forgotten to write about it.  On both visits I was blown away by the drawings by Jones included in the show. Also, there are plenty of cartoons to watch, making it a nice place to bring family who were visiting.

As quoted from Wikipedia Jones "was an American animator, cartoon artist, screenwriter, producer, and director of animated films, most memorably of Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies shorts for the Warner Bros. Cartoons studio. He directed many classic animated cartoon shorts starring Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, the Road Runner and Wile E. Coyote, Pepé Le Pew, Porky Pig and a slew of other Warner characters."

I have not looked closely at cartoons since I was a kid, and I did not expect to see such clear ideas of structure and anatomy in his drawings.  I was thrilled to see him construct his characters from volumes representing a pelvis and rib cage the same way I would start a sculpture or drawing.  Seeing those conceptual ideas that define my aesthetic and working style applied to a medium so drastically different was eye opening to me.  

I highly recommend stopping by to see the show if you can. It closes in just a few weeks on Jan. 19th.  Don't be afraid to contact me if you do stop by and want to grab a beer, I live just a few blocks away. Information can be found on the Museum of the Moving Image website.

Brett F Harvey