Chuck Jones: The Man behind “Looney Tunes”March 25th, 2009 - 11:09 pm ICT by GD
Almost every one of us remembers laughing at the antics of the Bugs Bunny. Our hearts took wild turns every time as the Road Runner and the Wile E. Coyote chased one another endlessly. The “Looney Tunes” filled and it still fills our living rooms with their exuberant energy and life.
However, the Looney Tunes would not have been the Looney Tunes that we remember and still do enjoy, without the direction of the late Charles Martin Jones more adorably known as Chuck Jones. It was Jones that whispered life into the looney characters and made them do all the tricks and fun for which we enjoyed and loved watching the looney tunes and more specifically Bugs Bunny for instance outwitting his captors every time they tried to catch him.
Jones as a child and a youth as well was heavily influenced by Mark Twain, and this may be the reason for the humor that made his characters more special. In his lifetime, Jones saw his cartoon characters surpass greatly the realms of expectations that the people had for animated films. The “thing” that has made Jones’ Looney Tunes and his other cartoon characters what they are today, is the thought and idea of Jones that “an animation can emphasize any form of emotional content through whimsical means”
Peggy Stern, who won an Academy Award for the short animation, “The Moon and the Son: An Imagined Conversation”, remembers her conversation with Chuck Jones, where he said, “If we can make ourselves laugh, we can make other people laugh.”
Chuck Jones died on 2002, at the ripe age of 89.
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