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About the Chuck Jones Center for Creativity


Chuck Jones

Animation Director, Producer, Writer, Author 1912-2002


Early Years 1912 1938

Born September 21, 1912, Spokane, Washington

Grew up in Hollywood, observing the talents of Charlie Chaplin and Buster

Keaton; worked as a child-extra in Mack Sennett comedies

Graduated from Chouinard Art Institute (now California Institute of the Arts)

Drew pencil portraits for a dollar a piece on Olvera Street, then got first job in

the animation industry as a cel washer for former Disney animator, Ubbe

Iwerks, 1932

In 1936 became an animator for the Leon Schlesinger Studio (later sold to

Warner Bros.) and was assigned to Tex Avery’s animation unit


Director, Warner Bros. Animation 1938 1962

Warner Bros. animation unit closed 1962

Directed first animated film, The Night Watchman, in 1938 at the age of 25

Directed over 250 animated cartoons at Warner Bros.

Looney Tunes characters co-created:

Bugs Bunny

Daffy Duck

Elmer Fudd

Pork Pig

and many others

Characters solely created:

Road Runner & Wile E. Coyote

Marvin Martian

Pepe Le Pew

Michigan J. Frog

Gossamer

Marc Anthony & KittySniffles

Sniffles

Private SNAFU

Hubie & Bertie

and many others

Worked briefly for Disney Studios while on hiatus at Warner Bros. in 1955


Head of MGM Animation Department 1963 1971

Director

The Dot and the Line (Academy Award winner), 1965

Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas (Peabody Award winner), 1966

Dr. Seuss’ Horton Hears a Who (Peabody Award winner), 1971

The Pogo Birthday Special, 1971

34 Tom & Jerry theatrical short films

Producer, Co-Director, Co-Writer

The Phantom Tollbooth (feature), 1971


Vice-President of Children’s Programming ABC-TV 1972 1973

Co-Producer, Writer, Director, Bugs Bunny Show

Producer, children’s weekly variety show, Curiosity Shop