Category: chuck jones

“Coyote Coffee” and “Don’t Be Latte!”, fine art prints on paper by Mike Peraza.

“He Beeps” and “He Leaps”, original ink on paper by Eric Goldberg.

Pre-production thumbnail background layouts by Maurice Noble for “Duck Dodgers and the Return of the 24 ½ Century,” 1980.

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”

“Connecticut, here we come!” exclaims Tucker the Mouse. Original layout drawing for the 1973 Christmas animated television special, “A Very Merry Cricket”, directed by Chuck Jones with teleplay by George Selden and Jones.

Bottom: Connecticut cat, character model drawing by Chuck Jones for “A Very Merry Cricket.” Please note mouse tail dangling from cat’s lips.

“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?”

Model sheet for the Chuck Jones-directed, “Kiss Me Cat”, 1953.

Character model drawing by Chuck Jones, graphite and colored pencil on 12 field animation paper from his 1956 short animated film, “Rocket Squad.”

To: Chuck, a 20 year baby – a grand guy + swell co-worker, my fondest regards, Edward Selzer, Oct 20, 1954

Photo: from top left, Treg Brown, Bob McKimson, Chuck Jones; from bottom left, Johnny Burton, Edward Selzer, and Friz Freleng

Memo from Selzer to his directors, July 26,1944

Illustrations of Johnson the Cat by Chuck Jones from his autobiography, Chuck Amuck, 1989. Graphite and India ink on notepaper, 11″ x 9.5″.