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March 24, 2009

That's not alll, folks!

Arts journalists, don't despair. It's all Looney Tunes out there, anyway, right?

So make a point of catching Turner Classic Movies' new "Chuck Jones: Memories" -- it's amazing, a delightful, oddball combination of pocket documentary and back-porch ruminating by the eternally boyish Jones, who died in 2002.

Yes, I'm preparing for a class on classic animation ... but this conversation with the late, great, irreverent creator of Bugs, Daffy and the Road Runner made me feel things are looking up ... and maybe even a little ka-raa-zzy.

March 24, 2009 6:37 PM | | Comments (2)


You might want to also check out "Chuck Amuck: The Movie", which we watched back-to-back with this one. It's a little less intimate and certainly less artful, but it contains many of the same anecdotes and goes into more detail, including wonderful bits from Mel Blanc, Mike Maltese, etc.

Unfortunately, I'm in Canada, where TCM is always advertising one thing and showing another due to territorial rights issues - so we got "Little Women" instead of the promised overview of his best shorts. We skipped a night out at the movies for it, so we were pretty ticked off. Jones is a saint.

As great as Chuck Jones was, he is more specifically thought of as a definer of Bugs and Daffy. He did not create them, but the images we have of them now are the images from Chuck Jones' classics.

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