Animation legend Chuck Jones celebrated his birthday on Tuesday, September 21. Two years ago, to honor his 85th birthday, Warner Bros. Studio Stores held a large party where they confirmed and signed an unprecedented long term agreement with Jones, contracting him exclusively to create and develop projects and serve as a creative consultant to the studio. He had already been acting in a similar capacity through Chuck Jones Film Productions, which has produced several contemporary animated shorts using classic Warner Bros. characters. During his prolific career, Chuck Jones received numerous prizes, plus Lifetime Achievement Awards.
Chuck Jones is one of our few remaining links to animations Golden Era -- a time when theatrical shorts were the fertile breeding ground to a number of larger than life legends who today are practically household names. Names like Tex Avery, Hanna and Barbera and others created inspired characters that have become well loved worldwide. Chuck remains at the forefront with his zany cast of Looney Tunes.
AWN attended Chuck's 85th birthday party and published an interview with Chuck Jones, in Quicktime movie format, in the October 97 issue of Animation World Magazine.
Read more about animation legends in Animation World Magazine:
In our July 1998 issue, Charles Solomon speaks with Disney's Frank Thomas and Ollie Johnston about Pierre Lamberts book "Pinocchio," the film and, of course, Walt and his dreams.
In May '99, on the eve of a prestigious tribute to Bill Littlejohn by the UCLA AnimationWorkshop, legendary voice actress June Foray writes about her own fond memories of a close friend and colleague.
In our current issue, Animation World Magazine portrays Bob Clampett, who received 3 Emmies for one of television's first daily live puppet shows, Time for Beany.
To learn more about the history of world animation, read Giannalberto Bendazzi's "Cartoons, One Hundred Years of Cinema Animation," a wonderful encyclopedic history of animation. This book is available for sale in the AWN Store: