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Chuck Amuck: The Movie (1991)

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Animation and comedy fans are treated to a look back at the long career of Chuck Jones, one of America's most noted animators and creator of Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Elmer Fudd and the rest of the Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies characters. In addition to classic clips of Jones' work, this film also includes interviews with those who have worked alongside Chuck, as well as others who discuss the impact his work has had on American entertainment. Written by Jean-Marc Rocher <rocher@fiberbit.net>

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Chuck Jones: George Santayana in his description - he must have seen one of our pictures - because he said, "A fanatic is someone who redoubles his effort when he's forgotten his aim." And that certainly is an apt description of the coyote. So when you think about it old George Santayana was watching our cartoons. It's rather - kinda touching.
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CHUCK AMUCK: THE MOVIE (TV) (John Needham, 1989) **1/2
18 December 2006 | by (Naxxar, Malta) – See all my reviews

Ostensibly a documentary about legendary animator Chuck Jones (made for British TV at the time of the opening of the Museum Of The Moving Image

  • which I visited in 1999, when it was about to be closed down!), the


film is something of a mixed bag as, despite the title, it isn't really an exhaustive biography of the man but a generic documentary about the art of animation. Having said that, his explanations into the design of the various classic cartoon characters was undeniably illuminating but it deals only intermittently with his career and his numerous collaborators - spending too much time on childhood recollections and an over-extended introductory sequence, which serves as an advert to the Museum more than anything else! - though we do get to see some shining samples from his celebrated work for the Warner Bros. studio during their 1940s and 1950s heyday (mainly from DUCK AMUCK [1953], appropriately enough). Therefore there is, perhaps unsurprisingly, no mention of Jones' rather disastrous move to MGM in the next decade - where he was involved with the substandard latter-day Tom & Jerry cartoons (though he also contrived to make THE PHANTOM TOLLBOOTH [1970], a quite good intellectual animated feature in the vein of "Alice In Wonderland" and "The Wizard Of Oz").


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