Chuck Jones: Memories of Childhood (2009)

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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... See full summary »

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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 <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Entertaining way of telling the Chuck Jones story...
3 September 2012 | by (U.S.A.) – See all my reviews

With newsreel clips that support some of his commentary (showing flashes of the early era he grew up in), and with lots of sketches by Jones himself as he talks about his roots, his childhood, his parents, relatives and schoolteachers, we see what shaped him to become the great cartoonist who delighted the world with his "Looney Tunes." He mentions also the influence of writers like Mark Twain and Charles Dickens on his life, the early part of which included lots of book reading by gifted writers who stirred his imagination.

Although brief in running time, it's a comprehensive look at his life and career that fans of Chuck Jones will surely enjoy. An added bonus are the clips from some of his wonderful cartoon characters, including Bugs Bunny, and brief scenes from a few of his favorites.


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