In an interview at age 84, Chuck Jones (1912-2000) talks about his life, particularly his childhood: he describes an adventurous uncle; his mother, who never said no; his father, a critical...
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In an interview at age 84, Chuck Jones (1912-2000) talks about his life, particularly his childhood: he describes an adventurous uncle; his mother, who never said no; his father, a critical and abusive man who had his uses; Chuck's going to art school and studying the human body; success as an animator; and, old age. As he talks, we also see clips from his work, we watch him draw, and simple animation illustrates parts of his story. He talks about growing up on Sunset Boulevard, going to the beach, his enjoyment of Mark Twain, his mother's loving creativity, the connection of his personality to some of his cartoon characters, and the joy of being alive. Written by
Chuck Jones was one of the legendary animator-directors from the golden age of Looney Tunes cartoons - and this programme presents him, at 84, making some drawings of classic and new characters, and reminiscing about his childhood and those people and moments which had an impact and influence on his later life.
Jones is an engaging subject, obviously physically ailing but still mentally sharp, still a young man in an old man's body - as he puts it himself 'I don't know how old I am but I feel like a young man who has something wrong with him'. The snippets from the Road Runner, Bugs and Daffy cartoons give a hint of the greatness which came from the group of young animators on Termite Terrace.
At half an hour, this portrait doesn't outstay its welcome, and stands as a fine tribute to Jones - well worth watching if you are a fan of the work of the Warners cartoon departments, or if you have a love of the cinema of the period.
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