Great Performances (1971– )
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Chuck Jones: Extremes and In-Betweens - A Life in Animation 

The life and works of a legendary animator.


Margaret Selby

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Episode credited cast:
Ken Burns ... Himself
Linda Jones Clough Linda Jones Clough ... Herself
Joe Dante ... Himself
Marian Dern Marian Dern ... Herself (as Marian Jones)
Roger Ebert ... Himself
June Foray ... Herself
Stan Freberg ... Himself
Robert Givens ... Himself (as Bob Givens)
Eric Goldberg ... Himself
Whoopi Goldberg ... Herself
Matt Groening ... Himself
Ron Howard ... Himself
Chuck Jones ... Himself
Norton Juster Norton Juster ... Himself
Glen Keane ... Himself


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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22 November 2000 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Better Than Anything Made By Acme
29 April 2002 | by Karl SelfSee all my reviews

I didn't know about Chuck Jones before I saw this documentary, but it made me realize how much I owe to him. In much of my humor I am a devout Jonesian, that guy really tickled me like no-one else. But back to the documentary: lots of cartoon clips that leave you hungry for more, all - round well made (even though I didn't quite understand why they interviewed Whoopie Goldberg -- she has nothing to do with cartoons and the funniest thing about her is her name), and yet not at all sycophantic, it names Joneses blunders, and the man himself admits to have stolen front, left and right -- or as he puts it "I thought if I steal, I'll steal from the best". (I'll try to remember that line when I'm in front of a judge for pirating software and MP3s). Now that the man went down that same path he so often paved for Wile E. Coyote, all that is left for me to say is: Chuck Jones is dead -- long live Chuck Jones!

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