The life and legacy of Chuck Jones will be celebrated on January 19 with the official grand opening of The Chuck Jones Experience at Circus Circus Las Vegas.
From the Chuck Jones Experience press release:
Las Vegas, NV – For generations of animation fans there is no greater legend than Chuck Jones. The creator of the famed Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies shorts for Warner Bros., Tom & Jerry cartoons, the TV version of Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas and many other well‐known classics, Jones was a pioneer in the art of animation and a fine artist in his own right. His life and legacy will be celebrated on January 19 with the official grand opening of The Chuck Jones Experience at Circus Circus Las Vegas. Many of Jones' family will welcome celebrities, animation aficionados and visitors to the new attraction when they open the attraction in an appropriate and unconventional way at 11 a.m. Among those in attendance will be Jones' widow, Marian Jones, daughter, Linda Clough, and grandchildren Craig, Todd, and Valerie Kausen.
The Chuck Jones Experience is a nearly 10,000‐square‐foot destination that provides kids and animation fans of all ages with an extraordinary place to not only learn about the art of animation, but to discover the creativity and magic that’s inside us all. Designed to “Educate, Inspire & Entertain,” The Chuck Jones Experience takes visitors on a unique journey through Jones’ life, engaging guests with interactive exhibits, displays and learning experiences along the way. The Chuck Jones Experience is also home to the largest collection of original Chuck Jones animation and fine art anywhere in the world with more than 250 pieces on permanent display.
“This attraction will give fans an unprecedented window into my grandfather’s amazing life,” said Kausen. “We are proud to make Chuck’s original artwork, a lot of which has never before been seen, available to the public. Visitors will have a great time learning all about the inspiration behind the creation of some of Chuck’s most beloved and enduring animated characters such as Wile E. Coyote, Road Runner, Pepé le Pew and many others. It’s an animation lover’s paradise.”
“The Grand Opening of The Chuck Jones Experience represents the culmination of a dream,” added Jones Clough. “We are so thankful to the developer, Neil Cantor, and the group of fans behind the project for bringing this concept to life. I know my father would have been thrilled to see The Chuck Jones Experience open, especially on what would have been his centennial year.”
The attraction includes a variety of exciting elements including:
-- Chuck Jones Center for Creativity Learning Center – A1,000‐square‐foot learning center where teachers from the field ofanimation and the arts lead creative projects.
-- Chuck Jones Movie Theatre – A 1930s‐style movie theatre whereyou’ll meet Jones via a short film introduced by one of his characters,the Connecticut Cat.
-- Chuck Jones’ Studio – A recreation of Jones’ office where you’llsee how he worked and discover what inspired him to create his belovedcharacters.
-- How Do You Measure Up? Room – Learn how characters are developedand view original key drawings Jones drew during their creation.
Jennifer Wolfe is Director of News & Content at Animation World Network.