Friday, September 21, 2012

Eh, What's Up Doc?

Looney Tunes characters Wikimedia Commons
Looney Tunes characters (Wikimedia Commons)
Today is Chuck Jones's 100th Birth Anniversary - that's what's up! What a talent he was and how much laughter he gave the world. Almost everyone has some memory of growing up with the zany cast of cartoon characters Jones either animated or directed: Bugs Bunny,  Daffy Duck, Elmer Fudd, the Road Runner and Wile E. Coyote, Sylvester and PepĂ© Le Pew. Not to mention Marvin the Martian, the Grinch, and Sniffles the Mouse. Various websites and publications are paying homage to Jones' 100th, notably Wired, Animation Magazine, Comics Alliance, Legacy.  And they all express a common theme of childhood memories growing up with these looney characters that influenced and affected each of us. Who hasn't memorized the various scenarios and quotes the cartoons gave us, having embedded these into our subconscious? Jones' grandson, Craig Kausen, gave an interview last year in anticipation of his grandfather's 100th birthday, in which he reminisces about his work and life.  And now, don't forget to watch one of my favorites, Sniffles the Mouse trying to stay awake for Christmas:

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