Category: Bugs Bunny

Watercolor by Chuck Jones, 14″ x 11″ on Arches paper, circa late 1990s.

“Fortunately for me I had a father who devoured an enormous quantity of books. so I read everything that fell into my hands: Aesop, Balzac, La Fontaine, Peter Rabbit, Mark Twain, Dickens, the dictionary, O. Henry, anything. But even authors like Jean-Paul Sartre inspire me in a sort of reverse action with lots of ideas. “No Exit” (that will surprise you) is for me a mine of gags, since it symbolizes the frustration of the human condition. And as for James Joyce, whom I cannot read without a Gaelic dictionary-and a Greek dictionary, a Bible, a book of liturgical vestments and an almanac–well, anyone who has a Gaelic dictionary knows it is one of the humorous masterpieces of the world. so the peripheral advantages of research are manifest.”

–Chuck Jones, in “Stroke of Genius–A Collection of Paintings and Musings on Life, Love and Art by Chuck Jones”

“See Maurice on garland colors”

Original production layout by Chuck Jones, graphite and colored pencil on animation paper, 10.5″ x 16″, for his 1957 masterpiece, “What’s Opera, Doc?”

“Western Group”, color model cel and color model layout drawing, from an original line drawing by Chuck Jones, 1980.

Layout drawing, graphite on 12 field animation paper, top, and below, model sheet, by Chuck Jones for his short animated film, Mississippi Hare.

Released February 26, 1949. Looney Tunes, Directed by Charles M. Jones; Story by Michael Maltese; Animation by Ben Washam, Lloyd Vaughan, Ken Harris and Phil Monroe; Layouts by Robert Gribbroek and Peter Alvarado; Effects animation by A.C. Garner; Voice characterizations by Mel Blanc; Musical direction by Carl W. Stalling

Tex Avery, February 26, 1908 – August 26, 1980.

Top: Chuck Jones’s “Appreciation” for the Los Angeles Times on the passing of Tex Avery. Jones was an animator in Avery’s unit at Leon Schlesinger’s before his directorial debut in 1939 with “The Night Watchman.”

Bottom: “Tex’s Rabbit” model sheet for Avery’s 1940 “A Wild Hare”, considered by many to be the first appearance of the Bugs Bunny we all know and love.

Are you ready for Space Jam II?

Original drawing, graphite and India ink on 12 field animation paper, by Chuck Jones, circa late 1980s.

American Gothic, the original by Grant Wood (l) and the Bugs Bunny version by Chuck Jones ®.

Acrobats, original oil on canvas, 20″ x 16″, by Chuck Jones, circa 1995.

“The author, O. Henry, taught me about the value of the unexpected. He once wrote about the noise of flowers and the smell of birds–the birds were chickens and the flowers, dried sunflowers rattling against a wall.” –Chuck Jones

“Super Rabbit”, hand-painted cel art edition created from an original drawing by Eric Goldberg, 13.5″ x 16.5″, gouache on acetate with printed background.

“Super Rabbit”, released April 3, 1943, directed by Chuck Jones, story by Tedd Pierce, animation by Ken Harris and musical direction by Carl W. Stalling. 

Bugs Bunny and his adversaries, original drawing, graphite on 12 field animation paper, by Chuck Jones, circa 1988-89.