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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portrait of a great artist
8 April 2009 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Chuck Jones remains one of the great names of American animation, credited with presenting and directing snappy ideas for Bugs Bunny and Daffy Duck, creating the Road Runner and Coyote, and spoofing Charles Boyer with the skunk Pepe Le Pew.

This documentary follows the threads of Jones' career from his days as a cel washer through to the highs of Termite Terrace and later work for MGM and as an independent animator. There are clips galore of the top cartoons, especially from Looney Tunes days, as well as contributions from family, collaborators, and Jones himself, at that time still an active and sprightly 80-something.

Engrossing, interesting, and almost a fan letter to the cartoon, 'Chuck Jones: Extremes and In-Betweens' is definitely worth your time if you like the antics of the W-B gang, or want to see how a master of his craft works.


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