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The Animation Art of Chuck Jones

Character layout drawing, "What's Opera, Doc?" (1957, dir. Chuck Jones), showing Bugs Bunny. Drawing by Chuck Jones. (Image courtesy of Chuck Jones Center for Creativity)

What's Up, Doc? The Animation Art of Chuck Jones

Yahoo News

The Smithsonian traveling exhibition "What's Up, Doc? The Animation Art of Chuck Jones," explores the legendary animation director's creative and collaborative process. The exhibition is now on view at New York's Museum of the Moving Image, through January 2015, before it travels to venues around the country.

Trained as a fine artist, Jones graduated from the Chouinard Art Institute (now California Institute of the Arts) in Los Angeles in 1931. By 1933, he was an assistant animator making cartoons distributed by Warner Bros. In a career that spanned seven decades, he created more than 300 animated films and received an Academy Award for Lifetime Achievement.

What's Up, Doc? The Animation Art of Chuck Jones features 23 of Chuck Jones's animated films, a short documentary and an interactive experience - both of which give insight into the animation process - and 136 original sketches and drawings, storyboards, production backgrounds, animation cels, and photographs that reveal how Jones and his collaborators worked together to create some of the greatest cartoons ever made. In addition to the cartoons Jones made for the Warner Bros.'s Merrie Melodies and Looney Tunes series, the exhibition explores his collaborations with author Theodor Geisel (Dr. Seuss).

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