Diving deeper into Chuck Jones’ work

I’ve already previously blogged a lot about Chuck Jones and by no means should I stop blogging about a man who has created such beautiful pieces of animation as well as help develop such a personal and expressive art form. Over the last few years I’ve really focused upon understanding and developing my own practice from the work of the masters of hand drawn animation and everyone knows how much I speak and obsess about hand drawn animation, but it just feels as though it was the best choice I’ve made my whole art career and it’s effected not just my animation skills but my general art skills and drawing skills.

More specifically I went back to the master himself and searched for more of his animations in order to develop a greater perception of the direction he took his animations into and see if I can spot more of the key points and movements within his animations that made them so interesting, fun and exciting. As well as just looking at the animation technique however, this time I also wanted to take a deeper look into the pacing of his shorts and the composition of the animations. As I’ve mentioned before and something that is very key with Chuck Jones, is that he is the master of timing and although I don’t specifically want to make an animation just for the laughs, I want to understand how he used timing to do this and how I can merge his techniques and practice with the more steady and anticipated animation styles of more Eastern animators such as Hayao Myazaki.

Luckily for me, some crazy and awesome people have put together a huge list of all of Chuck Jones’ animations that he worked on as Director. I have been going through these like a mad man and trying to work through them as I stated earlier, in order to truly get my head around his approach, looking at why he did what he did and try to apply the theoretical things I have learnt.

The Night Watchman (1938, his first)
Dog Gone Modern (1939)
Robin Hood Makes Good (1939)
Prest-o Change-o (1939)
Daffy Duck and the Dinosaur (1939)
Naughty But Mice (1939, debuts Sniffles, first Jones-created series character)
Old Glory (1939)
Snowman’s Land (1939)
Little Brother Rat (1939)
Little Lion Hunter (1939)
The Good Egg (1939)
Sniffles and the Bookworm (1939)
The Curious Puppy (1939)
Elmer’s Candid Camera (1940)
Joe Glow, the Firefly (1941)
The Draft Horse (1942)
The Dover Boys At Pimento University, or The Rivals Of Roquefort Hall (1942)
Fin N’ Catty (1943)
The Aristo-cat (1943)
The Weakly Reporter (1944)
Angel Puss (1944)
Hell-Bent for Election (Franklin D. Roosevelt campaign film, 1944)
Fresh Airedale (1945)
Fair and Worm-er (1946)
A Pest in the House (1947)
Scaredy Cat (1948)
Long-Haired Hare (1949)
The Scarlet Pumpernickel (1949)
For Scent-imental Reasons (1949)
Fast and Furry-ous (1949)
So Much for So Little (1949, made for Federal Security Agency’s Public Health Service)
Rabbit Hood (1949)
Rabbit of Seville (1950)
The “Hunting Trilogy”: Rabbit Fire (1951), Rabbit Seasoning (1952), and Duck! Rabbit, Duck! (1953)
Drip-Along Daffy (1951)
Beep, Beep (1951)
Feed the Kitty (1952)
Duck Amuck (1953)
Duck Dodgers in the 24½th Century (1953)
Bully for Bugs (1953)
Punch Trunk (1953)
Feline Frame-Up (1954)
Sheep Ahoy (1954)
One Froggy Evening (1955)
Double or Mutton (1955)
Heaven Scent (1956)
Deduce, You Say (1956)
Rocket-bye Baby (1956)
What’s Opera, Doc? (1957)
Scrambled Aches (1957)
Robin Hood Daffy (1958)
Hook, Line and Stinker (1958)
Hip Hip-Hurry! (1958)
Hot-Rod and Reel! (1959)
Wild About Hurry (1959)
Fastest with the Mostest (1960)
Hopalong Casualty (1960)
High Note (1960)
Ready, Woolen and Able (1960)
Compressed Hare (1961)
Zip ‘N Snort (1961)
Lickety-Splat (1961)
Beep Prepared (1961)
Now Hear This (1962)
Zoom at the Top (1962)
A Sheep in the Deep (1962)
Hare-Breadth Hurry (1963)
Mad as a Mars Hare (1963)
To Beep or Not to Beep (1963)
Tom and Jerry (cartoon shorts, 1963–1967)
War and Pieces (1964)
The Dot and the Line (1965)
The Bear That Wasn’t (1967)
How The Grinch Stole Christmas! (TV special, 1966)
Sesame Street (various cartoon segments, 1969)
The Electric Company (1971)
Horton Hears a Who! (TV special, 1970)
The Phantom Tollbooth (feature film, 1970)
Rikki-Tikki-Tavi (TV special, 1975)
Raggedy Ann and Andy in The Great Santa Claus Caper (TV special, 1978)
Raggedy Ann and Andy in The Pumpkin Who Couldn’t Smile (TV special, 1979)
Soup or Sonic (1980)
Chariots of Fur (1994)
Another Froggy Evening (1995)
Superior Duck (1996)
From Hare to Eternity (1996)

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chuck_Jones

I’ve slowly started setting up a big playlist of videos that Chuck Jones has been involved which are listed above, but only of the ones I could find on YouTube.

For more on Chuck Jones be sure to check out these websites,
http://chuckjones.com/
http://chuckjonescenter.org/

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