September 21, 1912
Died: February 22, 2002 (age 89)
Charles Martin "Chuck" Jones was an American animator,
cartoon artist, screenwriter, producer, and director of animated films,
most memorably of Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies shorts
for the Warner Bros. Cartoons studio.
What do you know about Chuck
Jones? Try this Cartoon Quick Quiz. "Check Your Answers"
at the end of the page.
After graduating from Chouinard Art Institute, Jones held a number of
low-ranking jobs in the animation industry, including washing cels at
the UbIwerks studio and assistant animator at the Walter Lantz studio.
2. What year did Chuck Jones join Leon Schlesinger Productions, the
independent studio that produced Looney Tunes and Merrie
Melodies for Warner Bros., as an assistant animator?
3. He was promoted to animator, and assigned to work with new
Schlesinger director. Who was this new director
- Tex Avery
- Hank Paulson
- Ben Teller
4. There was no room for the new unit in Schlesinger's small studio, so
they were moved into a small adjacent building. What did they dubbed the
- Termite Terrace
- Mickey's Menace
- Cartoon Heaven
5. Jones became a director himself in 1938 when Frank Tashlin left the
studio. What was Jones' first cartoon?
- The Night Watchman
- Bugs Comes Home
- Daffy's Delight
6. Jones credits this cartoon as the film where he "learned how to
be funny." What is the cartoon?
- The Dover Boys
- Charlie Dog
- Hubie and Bertie
7. During the World War II years, Jones worked closely with Theodor
Geisel to create the Private Snafu series of Army educational
cartoons. What is Theodor Geisel pen name?
- Captain Kangaroo
- Dr. Seuss
- Clarabelle the Clown
8. What was the cartoon that introduces the Road Runner, and Wile E.
- Fast and Furry-ous
- Arizona Skyline
- The Grand Canyon Overflows
9. In 1950, Chuck Jones and Michael Maltese began working on Rabbit
Fire, a short that changed Daffy Duck's personality forever. They
decided to make him a totally different character; instead of the wacky,
comic relief character he had been, they turned Daffy into a vain,
egomaniacal prima donna wanting to steal the spotlight from Bugs Bunny. Of
his versions of Bugs and Daffy, Chuck Jones has said, �Bugs is who we
want to be. Daffy is who we are.�
10. In 1978, Jones' wife Dorothy died; three years later, he married
the writer of the comic strip Rick O'Shay. What was her name?
- Marian Dern
- Alice Tatum
- Meg McRyan
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