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Chuck Jones 100th Birthday Events

Legendary Warner Bros. cartoon director Chuck Jones was born on September 21st, 1912. He was the creator of characters like Pepe le Pew, Marvin Martian, Road Runner and Wile E. Coyote, and the director of classic shorts like Duck Amuck, Feed the Kitty, One Froggy Evening, Duck Dodgers in the 24½th Century and What’s Opera, Doc?, to name just a few. He passed away ten years ago at age 89, but this is his 100th year and Jones family is celebrating with three (count’em 3) special events in Southern California – all of them worth your time.

First and foremost – Chuck’s daughter Linda is presenting a Chuck Jones Centennial Celebration Film Festival on Friday September 21st (Chuck’s actual birthday) at the Alex Theatre in Glendale (at 8pm). The program will include a screening of 35mm cartoons from Chuck’s personal vault – with on-stage introductions by veteran animators Eric Goldberg and Carl Bell, and some animation historian named Jerry Beck. There will also be artwork on display and other surprises. Cartoon Brew readers can get a 20% discount off the admission price by using the promo code: Cartoonbrew921

The next night, Saturday September 22nd, from 6pm to 10pm The Chuck Jones Center for Creativity in Costa Mesa will host a gala fundraising event entitled Creativity Season, which includes a three-course sit-down dinner with wine, special presentations by celebrities, and live auction. Those celebrities will include writer Leonard Maltin, musician George Daugherty (Bugs Bunny on Broadway), director Rob Minkoff (Lion King), producer Jeff DeGrandis (Dora the Explorer), director Chris Bailey (Kim Possible), Kelly Asbury (Gnomeo and Juliet), Director/animator Eric Goldberg (Pocahontas) and many others.

Last but not least, Cal Arts is presenting Jones at 100 – a birthday celebration of Chuck Jones (Chouinard ’30) featuring a special screening of his classic films with remarks by John Lasseter in person. Its 8pm on Wednesday, Sept. 26, 2012, with a reception immediately following at REDCAT/Roy and Edna Disney CalArts Theater in Downtown LA. Tickets are $50. with proceeds to benefit the Joe Ranft/CalArts Alumni Scholarship and the Chuck Jones Center for Creativity.

  • Happy Birthday Chuck! Thank you so much for preparing me for the world that I live in.

  • Happy Birthday Chuck Jones!

  • Christopher Cook

    Ah, if I could only be out there. My 56th birthday is the same day (9/21), and I would have loved to spend it out there with all the Jones events.

  • Robert Fiore

    There’s also a Jones show at the Aero Theater in Santa Monica on September 22 at 4:00.

  • Walt

    This is the reason I love living in Southern California. Going to attend them all. Happy Birthday Chuck Jones!

  • Jesse Pindus

    Happy birthday, Chuck.. I just wish they’d do something for Chuck in New York.

  • Dave

    Got to meet Chuck twice. First time was at Cal State Fullerton. He came to speak at one of my film classes and brought his Oscar. I got to hold it and discovered those suckers are heavy! The second time was when I was working at the Brentano’s bookstore in South Coast Plaza in Costa Mesa. I knew it was him when he walked in, but I waited until he came to the register. I asked him (knowing the whole time) if he was Chuck Jones. He replied that he was and we had a nice conversation about his work. He also took my address, and for the next few years, I got Christmas cards from him. What a guy.

  • 10 years later and already, Mr. Jones is missed.

    I wish he were alive so he could fix some of the damages done in some TV animated series such as the new Fox lineup with Family Guy, American Dad, or Cleveland Show. Not that I’m tryin to diss Mr. MacFarlene– I think he’s a clever voice actor; I just think he’s better at that than as an animator in general.

  • Having met…and been sued by…Chuck Jones (a long story for another time), I feel a close intimacy with this amn. As I reside in the city of Mike Maltese’s birth (New York) I do hope some decent retrospective would be held here.

  • Chris Matie

    Here’s to a true genius who gave us cartoon classics with witty artistic bent and style: the Phantom Tollbooth, The Bear That Wasn’t, High Note, Nelly’s Folly, Dr. Seuss TV specials.