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The Chuck Jones Centennial Is A Perfect Time To Make $$$

What says “Chuck Jones centennial celebration” better than this kitschy painting of Bugs and Daffy riding motorcycles? According to the Chuck Jones Gallery, the artist Mike Kungl has created something of a masterpiece: “With his sleek styling, geometric patterns and luxurious color palette, he is able to evoke the sophistication of the Art Deco era and at the same time add a contemporary look to the beloved cartoon characters brought to such magical life by Chuck Jones.” The gallery is selling the limited edition piece for $600. Pay an extra $300 to have an artist “hand-embellish” the piece. For an extra $500, they’ll complete the deal and have one of their gallery employees whiz on Chuck’s grave.

  • what!?!?

  • wever

    Why is Bug’s body yellow???

    • he’s in a taco shell. come on you must remember the episode in which Bugs plays the part of a taco wearing nob eyed race bike rider? It’s the one that sees him lose his nose

      • wever

        ……………………………… why? Is there any reason why that moment is so popular that the artist thought enough people would get the reference? I’m a Looney Tunes fan and I never even knew about that moment.

      • I think maybe you missed mick’s sarcasm, wever.

    • Funkybat

      It looks like Bugs is wearing a Pop Tart.

  • Where to begin?
    Criticism of any kind would be akin to extra buttering some already very buttered toast

  • rnigma

    Reminds me of some of those entries in the “Design a Public Domain Cartoon DVD Cover” contest at the Golden Age Cartoons site.

  • It kind of reminds me of art school. Very nicely rendered, but ….you obviously could have done something, well, good.

  • Michael Sheehan

    Indeed, it is hard to not be very cynical about the CJG. I stopped by the San Diego location a couple years back just to show my young son some cool artwork, having never been there before, and was taken aback at some of the frankly cheesy stuff they were flogging to the rubes. But the worst of it was the obnoxious hard-sell I kept getting from a staff guy who kept pushing at me to buy one of their repro cels. “It’s a real investment in that young man’s future,” pointing at my then-5–year-old. That kind of thing, over and over. Vomitous.

    The whole enterprise had a kind of discomfiting, almost Kinkade Gallery-esque feel to it, as opposed to say Van Eaton, where the love for the work and the artists is almost palpable. After that last comment I just gave the guy a look, said, “I get it, you really want me to spend a lot of money here. Not going to happen,” and took my son and walked out. I know it ain’t a museum, but this was like ten minutes of high pressure, personal space-encroaching sales talk.

    Never will return, especially for this kind of work, which does not appeal to me in the least. Sadly, I don’t know that such capitalization on his name would bother Chuck much, if the sort of thing you find bearing his signature in the CJG stores is much of an indication. Don’t mean that as a slam — folks gotta eat — but if he’d put his name to those stores (assuming he did), if my visit if a typical one, I I can’t imagine he’d be too horrified to find new ways of generating coin.

    • Funkybat

      The Warner Bros. Studio Stores and their merchandise sound like heaven compared to what you described.

  • Ted

    I like the image, except for Bugs and Daffy. It’s light years ahead of all the crap LT LEs they kept hard selling at the WB Store.

    • Gerard de Souza

      “…except for Bugs and Daffy”

      Well that’s the point isn’t it? It’s not a Harley dealership selling the prints, it’s Chuck Jones Inc. (or whatever it’s called).

      Still, the price tag adds insult to the smaller injury of poorly drawn characters.
      If it were a $5.00 poster, I would care less.

  • M.V

    Given some of the awful limited editions put out when he was alive. I don’t think he’d object to this.

    WTF is Bugs supposed to be wearing?

    • Chris Sobieniak

      Seems like an unusual color for a jacket.

  • Andrew

    I think the days of being appalled by the commercialism of animated characters are well past at this point. What I’m bothered by is that neither Bugs nor Daffy look like Chuck Jones’s model sheets for the characters. Bugs is particularly wrong.

    • Funkybat

      There are ways to make money off of these characters and still have artistic integrity and genuine creative spark present. I have to say I’ve seen more appealing and creative stuff in Downtown Disney than what I’ve seen so far from CJG. I’m glad there are still a few places out there that actually have strong standards, and mostly deal in original production art rather than modern-day lithos and repro stuff.

  • His venomous ego had to finally bite him in the ass some way. Maybe they can sell repro Bob Clampett Wigs in the lobby.

    • Tory

      You know, I might would buy that…

  • Matt

    Money, it’s the primary reason why every sh*t, crappy, half-arsed, insincere scheme or product on this Earth exists… it’s all about the Benjamin baby.

    It takes a conceded effort to do something of quality and purpose beyond the inescapable but essential mediocrity of earning a buck. >:-[

  • Gerard de Souza

    I thought you being harsh until you said the price. At first I thought it was a comment about ad art….but a $600.00 print?

    • John A

      Gotta agree–how is this different from some wall poster that retails for ten bucks?

  • TStevens

    I stop in to the Santa Fe store about once a year. On rare occasions, they do have some cool things. However, the few original artists that they rep are usually pretty bad and seem to create things that would be right at home with the above image. I can’t understand why they haven’t tried to find any of the cool artists who are doing limited print runs, maquettes, originals, illustrations etc. I think the main problem with the galleries and the management is that they are trying too hard to look like a gallery circa 1985 instead of showing off the best talent in the industry now. Some of that may stem from the fact that Jones seemed to be a frustrated fine artist toward the end of his life painting those awful scenes of Bugs and Daffy in recreations of famous paintings. Unfortunately the Jones family doesn’t seem to have great taste in animation art.

  • Adam

    The word salad certainly has a ring to it: CHUCK JONES MILE CENTENNIAL VICTORY TOUR A LEGACY CELEBRATION.

    • Jeff Kurtti

      “Word Salad.” Love that.

  • It’s…interesting. But personally, I think an image like the following might suit Chuck’s Centenary a little better in terms of character use and his art style:

  • Mister Twister

    To celebrate his legacy, they should definitely play some episodes of The Looney Tunes Show!


  • Looking at this my eyes turn into Bugs out-of-perspective-w-t-f eyes

  • Baron Lego

    Wow! Bugs Bunny and Daffy riding motorcycles! That is SOOOO Chuck Jones! Remember the shorts he directed where the characters did that?

    Yeah, me neither.

    • John A

      You don’t remember “Harley Hare and ChopperDuck”? And you call yourself a fan.

    • John A

      There were others too: “The Wild Hare Ones” and “Easy Ride Hare”

      • Sardonic Tuba

        And who could forget “Travels With Harley”, or “Here Comes The Vroom” ?

  • Mike

    The last time they tried to give the characters a “contemporary look,” we were assaulted by the Looney Tunes Show. NO MORE. PLEASE.

  • What we really need is somebody doing a scathing-no-holds barred parody of late-Chuck Jones art.
    It was enough to make Walt Kally wretch.

    • You mean that “Pogo Birthday Special” that Chuck Jones produced? The collection “Phi Beta Pogo” discussed that and how Walt Kelly despised it and how Jones mucked about with his story and characters; in his words, “he took all the sharpness out of it and put in that sweet, saccharine stuff that Chuck Jones always THINKS is Disney, but isn’t.” Considering Kelly was a former Disney animator, I doubt he was saying that lightly.

      • That’s the one, which also includes one of Bill Watterson’s most inspiring articles regarding the heart and future of comic strips.

  • Besides the ugly color palette, bland composition, and inane subject matter (seriously, Bugs N Daffy riding motorcycles?) they really think this is worth hundreds of bucks, let alone something that will become a collectible one day?

    At least Bugs and Daffy are drawn ok.

  • ShouldBeWorkin’

    Googled the artist. He’s done other otherwise great stylized art deco propganda styled posters for Star Wars, Warners, and Disney.
    Perhaps that the characters HAD to look like Jones’ for this comission and he couldn’t abstract them made it difficult.

    But $600 bucks? An original MIGHT be worth that IMO.

    • I think this is a better Chuck Jones-related piece by Kungl, aside from the weird perspective on Wile E. Coyote’s pinky finger:

      I find Kungl’s style hit-and-miss. He’s trying to wedge cartoon characters into an art deco style, and it clashes. It looks like he’s just doing what the gallery expects from him – art deco, motorcycles, fake advertising. Frankly, this thing almost parodies itself.

      • ShouldBeWorkin’

        This is better than the Jones gallery print (but not by much) because there’s some abstraction going on with the characters, like I said. He’s better when he can have fun with the characters than when he has to follow the style guide, I assume.

  • Ryoku75

    For the sorta price that they’re sking for this I could just go buy a bike, though it’ll be hard to hang it up on my wall.

  • Brad Constantine

    for an extra 100 bucks, can I get both eyes looking in the same direction?

  • Ryoku75

    The shading and coloring are alright, but the initial outline seems to be a bit hasty in that Bugs has mid aligned eyes, ears, cheeks, mouth, and a football players shoulders.

    Daffy himself looks like he got the same work out with the shoulders too.

  • Paul M

    I kinda like it.

  • Victor Kong

    What, no Michael Jordan?

  • They are not thinking BIG enough!

    Why don’t buy a $60,000 Cadillac, ask some of their artists to paint it with a bunch of scenes taken out of Jones’ shorts, and sell it for 600 grand? That’s how you promote ART, baybeh!!

  • Ryan Storm

    Whats the first thing to come to mind when you think Chuck Jones?
    If you guessed Bugs dressed in a yellow Jacket having a race with Daffy Duck on motorcycles neither of which are in Chuck’s style…then you should really seek help

  • Alison

    I’ve seen alot of Chuck Jones’ evolution of styles and characters during career and this is definitely not even close to any of his. Guess you could say the artist didn’t keep with the Jones’.

  • Harvey Hound

    What I want to know is, how come Daffy is winning the race? Daffy would never win. Maybe the artist is setting Bugs up for a come-from-behind victory. Yeah, that’s it. Obviously, Bugs has recently ingested some ultra-vitamin concoction that has transformed him into a cape wearing Super Hare. And Daffy is probably about to crash his bike into a tunnel painted on a brick wall. Yes, that explanes it all. Or, maybe, it just sucks.

    • xevo

      Daffy did win in a race against Bugs, in “The Million-Hare” (“You won… the Million Box!”)

  • I dropped in on the Jones gallery when I happened upon it while walking home from Comic-Con on Thursday night. I was most saddened by an impossibly bad fake Peanuts daily by Charles “Schultz.” For $15,000.

    • Joel

      Struth, that’s horrible! D:)

    • An update, in case anyone is still reading this thread: Craig Kausen of the Chuck Jones Gallery saw my comment about the fake Schulz art. I’m happy to say that he was alarmed by it, and quickly confirmed that the art was indeed a forgery and should never have been offered. He made no excuses and the art was immediately pulled.

  • Wallace Camdone

    this is a great piece! I just saw this piece and met the artist at the year’s comicon.. the gallery was having a show for jungle his art is pretty awesome. i asked about the characters and what he i/is not able to do and they told me that any artist that paints for them needs to keep within the guide of chucks style but where the artist can put his/her spin or style to it. I could really appreciate the art now.