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Chuck Jones: Memories of Childhood

Chuck Jones (1912-2002) sketches himself as a boy “conducting the ocean” in a new documentary short directed by Peggy Stern, Chuck Jones: Memories of Childhood. This and other Jones drawings come to life in animated segments directed by John Canemaker. Stern and Canemaker captured one of Jones’ last filmed interviews a few years before his death and created a unique film around it. According to the press release:

In never-before-seen footage, the great cartoon director speaks candidly about his family’s experiences in 1920s Los Angeles, recalling events and personalities from his early life that shaped his creative spirit. The 26-minute documentary blends new animation – based on Jones’s spontaneous drawings made during the interview – with vintage Jones family photographs and clips from his classic Warner Bros. cartoons, to reveal Chuck Jones in a new light.

Chuck Jones: Memories of Childhood will screen theatrically for Oscar qualification in Los Angeles Friday through Thursday, August 22-28. at 12:00 pm (noon) at the Laemmle Sunset 5, 8000 Sunset Blvd. in West Hollywood. The film is also scheduled be shown on TCM in October. Update: John Canemaker informs me that TCM will not air the film this year. This L.A. screening will be the only public performance for the time being.

  • Pleasant dreams.

  • What a beautiful idea for a short film, and the drawing reproduced here is lovely. In his later years Chuck was at his best doing sketches like this.
    Can’t wait to see what John Canemaker has done. I hope I can get to the theater during the run.

  • Martin Juneau

    This sketch looks simple but lovely. And the film sound really interesting.

  • Man it woulda been nice if it screened on TCM. I guess us non-LA people will have to wait patiently.

  • Having seen the rough-cut, I can say that it will be worth the wait. For a short film, it has a lot of surprises and is very moving.

  • Sometimes I wish I lived in LA…

  • He’s gotta show it in NYC! Please, John!

  • Well, if the forthcoming LOONEY TUNES DVD sets in 2009 and beyond are of the same formatting as the GOLDEN COLLECTION sets, perhaps this film could be added to an all-Chuck Jones disk? Perhaps this could even be the first of an interesting series, somehow illustrating the lives of notable animation directors, utilizing their own work.

  • I REALLY want to see this!!!

  • MGH

    This film will be shown on tcm, March 24, 2009 at 8.00 pm Eastern Time, followed by a Chuck Jones film festival, which will last until 4.30 the next morning.

  • MGH

    The film will be repeated at 1O.3O pm and 2.3O am

    Here are the other films in the marathon:

    8.3O The Night Watchman
    8.4O Prest-0 Change-0
    8.5O Sniffles and the Bookworm
    9.OO Elmer’s Candid Camera
    9.1O Scentimental 0ver You
    9.2O Haredevil Hare
    9.3O Duck Amuck
    9.4O 0ne Froggy Evening
    9.5O What’s 0pera Doc
    1O.OO The Dot and the Line
    1O.15 The Bear That Wasn’t
    11.OO The Phantom Tollbooth
    12.3O The Night Watchman
    12.4O Prest-0 Change-0
    12.5O Sniffles and the Bookworm
    1.OO Elmer’s Candid Camera
    1.1O Scentimental 0ver You
    1.2O Haredevil Hare
    1.3O Duck Amuck
    1.4O 0ne Froggy Evening
    1.5O What’s 0pera Doc
    2.OO The Dot and the Line
    2.15 The Bear That Wasn’t
    3.OO The Phantom Tollbooth

  • Patricia Butler

    Where can one purchase this film?