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His autobiography, Chuck Amuck, is an essential read, IMO.
posted by entropicamericana at 11:08 AM on March 20, 2012 [2 favorites]


I don't really know what Friz Freleng, Tex Avery and Robert McKimson looked like or if this is also true in their case, but I always find it fascinating how Chuck Jones' versions of the Warner characters all look vaguely like self-portraits. There's a certain touch of mischief that you see in his face and in the face of every character he draws. Incidentally I happen to prefer Chuck Jones' versions of Bugs, Daffy and company over every other artist that ever drew them. I have a feeling that's not an unusual opinion.
posted by wabbittwax at 11:59 AM on March 20, 2012


One of the best answers ever on AskMe concerned Chuck Jones and Road Runner
posted by TedW at 12:00 PM on March 20, 2012 [1 favorite]


One of the best answers ever on AskMe concerned Chuck Jones and Road Runner


...which, according to Jones himself, appears to be quite mistaken with regard to who passed the gravy. Mel Blanc was not the voice of the Roadunner; it was Paul Julian.
posted by Sys Rq at 12:07 PM on March 20, 2012 [1 favorite]


Incidentally I happen to prefer Chuck Jones' versions of Bugs, Daffy and company over every other artist that ever drew them. I have a feeling that's not an unusual opinion.

See I can't stand the way his designs all turned into big-eyed Keane children by the 1960s. I really, REALLY like some of his earlier shorts (The Dover Boys and A Pest in the House being two absolute favorites). But the eyelashes...why always with the eyelashes?!
posted by overeducated_alligator at 1:40 PM on March 20, 2012 [1 favorite]


But the eyelashes...why always with the eyelashes?!

But she's soooooooooo cute though.
posted by wabbittwax at 2:12 PM on March 20, 2012


Seriously though, The Dover Boys is a fount of awesomeness that never runs dry.
posted by wabbittwax at 2:27 PM on March 20, 2012 [5 favorites]


Daffy Duck was the first person I ever wanted to be when I grew up.
posted by bukvich at 2:29 PM on March 20, 2012 [2 favorites]


Bugs Bunny: my hero.
posted by cool breeze at 2:43 PM on March 20, 2012


One of my favorite quotes of all time is "Bugs Bunny is who we want to be, but Daffy Duck is who we are.". Can't remember the source, or I would give full credit.
posted by hawkeye at 6:22 PM on March 20, 2012


One of my favorite quotes of all time is "Bugs Bunny is who we want to be, but Daffy Duck is who we are.". Can't remember the source, or I would give full credit.

Appropriately enough, that appears to have been Chuck Jones.
posted by Sys Rq at 6:32 PM on March 20, 2012


He says as much in the Daffy video linked in the FPP.
posted by grog at 7:46 PM on March 20, 2012


wabbittwax: that is great. thanks

Dan Backslide's voice/delivery reminds me a bit of Plankton from Spongebob.
posted by Pruitt-Igoe at 10:41 PM on March 20, 2012


Chuck Jones and Michael Maltese and Mel Blanc made me laugh out-loud harder for longer (gut-hurting long) than anyone else ever has. From the look of that picture at Wikipedia, he got his just deserts.
posted by Twang at 1:28 PM on March 21, 2012


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