Poor Tex Avery just can’t seem to win. He’s getting his own day in Texas next month, while his protégé at Warner Bros., Chuck Jones, will be the subject of a six-year nationwide museum exhibit that launches this summer.
“What’s Up, Doc? The Animation Art of Chuck Jones” will open in July at the Museum of the Moving Image in New York City. The museum has put together the exhibit in conjunction with the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service, Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, and the Chuck Jones Center for Creativity.
The exhibit includes what you would expect: sketches, storyboards, cels, model sheets, photographs backgrounds, and 22 animated shorts, including classics such as One Froggy Evening, What’s Opera, Doc?, and The Dot and the Line. In all, ten Oscar-nominated shorts are included. Also promised are wall-projected animated films to provide “the visual and contextual centerpiece of the exhibition,” and unspecified interactive experiences: Can you catch your own roadrunner? Kill da wabbit? Probably not; museums dislike messes.