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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 <>

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Chuck Jones: I think you must learn - if you're in any filmmaking - you must respect the single frame. And there are twenty-four of those per second. If you don't respect that single frame you're in the same boat with a musician who does not respect an eighth note or a sixteenth note or a thirty-second note or whatever. You have to find the smallest unit and you have to love it and believe that one will make a difference. One frame to me will make the difference between whether the thing's funny or not.
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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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