Monday Morning Inspiration: Now Hear This (1962)

Now Hear This is without doubt one of the weirder (and more difficult to find) WB shorts that Chuck Jones ever made, but it’s a nice reminder that even after twenty-five years of directing shorts, Jones was still open to experimentation and able to have fun with his chosen medium of expression. Credits include co-direction by Maurice Noble, sound effects by Treg Brown, and a co-writing credit between Jones and John Dunn, who I’m sure you’re all familiar with from the recent Animation Blast #9.

(via Mark Mayerson)


  • Behonkiss

    Wow! I saw this once on a plane flight, loved it, but forgot all about it.

    I’m a big fan of a lot of Jones’ more abstract work, and this is a great example. Must be hard to watch if you’re deaf, though.

  • Corrado (anthony)

    Yeah this was a great cartoon. Jones had some gems in the dying days of the WB studio (his road runner toons that period are some of his best, IMO.)

    The ending is one of the more unexpected endings in WB cartoons with Satan making a cameo. Although that man who pops up as a running gag baffles me. Who is he supposed to be?

  • http://threebeautifulthings.co.uk Clare Grant

    I liked the bit where the gun turned into an umbrella. And the ‘Keep Britain Tidy’ sign on the bin — that campaign is still going.

  • Kevin Wollenweber

    I recall this cartoon being shown quite often on Nickelodeon. Yes, it is a terrific later effort by Chuck Jones and I do hope that it shows up as an extra or perhaps part of a main program on a disk in a future LOONEY TUNES GOLDEN COLLECTION. It is a must, right up there with another minor favorite of mine, “BARTHOLEMEW AND THE WHEEL”.

    I’m also one of these people who believes that Jones’ ROAD RUNNER cartoons never lost their inventiveness, even if a shade of fluidity is lost in later years’ animation due to cost-cutting techniques.

    So much to explore.

  • http://www.flyingiguannaproductions.com Zee

    Absolutely brilliant!! I never saw this before. It is amazing. I LOVE the design of the devil and the main guy. The expressions are incredible. I’m so use to seeing rigid animation, where the only thing that moves on a character to give expressions is the eyebrows and eyes, but THIS is what expression and acting is all about! You’ll never see anyone from the Family Guy or the Simpsons, or Jimmy Neutron, or most other shows have their entire head and body convey an emotion like Chuck Jones does here. And most producers, who don’t know anything about the craft to begin with, would say something stupid like “He looks off model.”

    Ren and Stimpy was great for emoting too. GOD, I LOVE CLASSIC CARTOONS!

  • GhaleonQ

    Though I love it, I’ve always thought that the concept is better than the final product. It’s still much fun, though.

  • Doctor Nick

    This cartoon is probably one of the worst Looney Toons ever produced, and certainly Chuck Jones’s work. It’s not funny, none of the animation is interesting, and it’s f-ing annoying. It baffles me how people can say that they love this.

  • J

    What the heck happened?!

    Totally blew my mind. No idea what the heck that was all about, but couldn’t help the huge grin on my face while watching it. Love it :)

  • http://extinctionblog.typepad.com John Platt

    That has to be one of the funniest things I have ever seen!

  • http://matt-thorn.com Matt Thorn

    I agree with Doctor Nick. I think people rave about it because it has Chuck Jones name on it. It comes off as extreme self-indulgence by a director whose fame and reputation has gone to his head. “Experimentation” and “fun” are not words I associate with this mess. Doctor Nick nailed it with “annoying.” I’m sorry I wasted 6 minutes of my life watching it, particularly when there are so many good Chuck Jones films to enjoy.

  • Chris Sobieniak

    Although the YouTube version came from an airing on Nickelodeon over a decade ago or so, there has been a decent print of the film that was seen as an extra on the nearly-extinct DVD-Audio release of “Crash! Bang! Boom!: The Best of WB Sound FX”. It’s probably worth trackding down if you want a clean and decent copy to watch prior to a possible release on a “Golden Collection” later down the line.

  • http://www.daganm.blogspot.com Dagan

    Wow, i had NEVER seen this!…
    What year was it produced?

    Thanks for sharin’ it! :)

  • EV

    It seems to me that this ‘toon of a pre-Viagra era mulls over the possibility, from the perspective of an old man, of getting a go at it again. However, he discovers that “the music” is more than he can handle, just a little too much for the old bod’, the old ticker. Better to be content with the present situation than to thirst for something that may be more treacherous than joyous.

  • Kevin

    Wow! I’ve been looking for this for ages. It had a huge impact on me when I was a kid… something about visuals perfectly timed to music and sound effects, but remaining totally abstract. At the same time, I think it’s really funny… I laughed out loud several times. I remember being in awe at just how steadfastly bizarre it is… it makes no sense, and yet, it makes perfect sense. Thanks for this.