Great Performances: Season 29, Episode 2

Chuck Jones: Extremes and In-Betweens - A Life in Animation (21 Nov. 2000)

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The life and works of a legendary animator.

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This biography, shown on American television as part of the PBS "Great Performances" series, examines the life works of one of Hollywood's most celebrated animators, Chuck (Charles M.) Jones. He is best known for Warner Brothers cartoons featuring Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Elmer Fudd, Porky Pig, Road Runner, Wile E. Coyote, and Pepe LePew. Included are plenty of behind-the-scenes descriptions of how an animated film is made, and (best of all) many clips from Chuck's cartoons. Written by yortsnave

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Better Than Anything Made By Acme
29 April 2002 | by (Yurp) – See all my reviews

I didn't know about Chuck Jones before I saw this documentary, but it made me realize how much I owe to him. In much of my humor I am a devout Jonesian, that guy really tickled me like no-one else. But back to the documentary: lots of cartoon clips that leave you hungry for more, all - round well made (even though I didn't quite understand why they interviewed Whoopie Goldberg -- she has nothing to do with cartoons and the funniest thing about her is her name), and yet not at all sycophantic, it names Joneses blunders, and the man himself admits to have stolen front, left and right -- or as he puts it "I thought if I steal, I'll steal from the best". (I'll try to remember that line when I'm in front of a judge for pirating software and MP3s). Now that the man went down that same path he so often paved for Wile E. Coyote, all that is left for me to say is: Chuck Jones is dead -- long live Chuck Jones!


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