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Chuck Reducks: Drawing from the Fun Side of Life [Hardcover]

Chuck Jones
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Oct. 8 1996
The well-known animation director of Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Road Runner, and other popular cartoons discusses his childhood influences, gives advice on how to draw, and tells how his characters were created. Tour.

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Now 84, Jones (Chuck Amuck) has been an animator and a director of animated features for more than 60 years and has created such cartoon figures as Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Elmer Fudd, Wile E. Coyote and Pepe le Pew. He also worked with Dr. Seuss on TV versions of How the Grinch Stole Christmas and Horton Hears a Who, in the course of a career during which he made more than 250 films and won three Oscars. Jones's advice here on how to draw and, more specifically, how to draw animals engaging in various activities will prove valuable to aspiring artists; and his portraits of people he has known?from his captivating Uncle Lynn with his surrealistic view of the world to the monsters who ran the Warner Brothers animation department in the 1930s and '40s?are memorable. The book also includes sidebars with quotes, some by Jones himself and others by writers from Thurber to Emerson. There's some filler here, notably pointless lists of unused titles for innumerable shorts and analyses of numerous minor cartoon characters, but Jones, an American original, is good company?if not quite as engaging as his wascally wabbit. Illustrations not seen by PW.
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From Library Journal

Jones is famous for having refined the characters of Bugs and Daffy, among others, and perfected the art of the six-minute animation short. Like his preceding memoir, Chuck Amuck (LJ 3/15/90), this book consists of reminiscences, informative sidebars, and occasional non sequiturs. His career-oriented anecdotes are more mesmerizing than his familial ones, and much similar territory is covered in Chuck Amuck. Aphorisms abound (e.g., never write down to anybody), and some platitudinous asides are just plain patronizing. Yet Jones ultimately communicates a philosophy about his iconoclastic art that is insightful and unpretentious. Less comprehensive than his first memoir where his early career is concerned, this volume is more of a companion piece than a sequel. Nevertheless, for the new illustrations it promises (not seen), for the chapter on Jones's collaboration with Theodor Geisel (Dr. Seuss) on How the Grinch Stole Christmas!, and for what it reveals about the creative process, this is a necessary addition to any film or art collection.?Jayne Plymale-Jackson, Univ. of Georgia Libs., Athens
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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3.0 out of 5 stars Not Bad April 26 2004
Format:Hardcover
I was a little disappointed with this tome. Maybe I was expecting the same vein as "Chuck Amuck" but at times the text rambled and wandered about. I loved the sketches, cells and other artwork, which is why I got this book in the first place. Its fascinating to watch a character develop both in the mind of the artist as well as on paper. Animated cartoons have come a LONG way from the 1920's and Jones played a TREMENDOUS part in bringing them up to quality. It's a shame we lost Chuck and it seems like there is really no one to fill in for him. But I doubt that anyone could, his work is that good. And sad to say, the current crop of cartoons being churned out now is FAR BELOW Jone's standards.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A must have for Chuck Jones fans! April 11 1999
By Phil G (phillyshave@hotmail.com) - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
This biography goes in deep into Chuck Jones' life. Chuck stresses the importance of "character" & "believability"in character animation. His life experiences from childhood to today can be seen reflected into his body of work. But best of all; the book is filled with animation tips which are very useful for anyone studying animation. A must have!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Check Out Chuck! Nov. 21 2000
By W. Langan - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
This book starts where his other book, Chuck Amuck left off.It makes mention of a more recent update to his classic cartoon OneFroggy Evening entitled Another Froggy Evening, which features a cameoof Siskel and Ebert and Chuck himself! It again pays tribute to hisco-workers, particularly Friz Freleng, tells more about he came upwith his ideas, and gives pointers on cartoon making to othersinterested in the field of animation. There's nobody better to offeradvice from!...
5.0 out of 5 stars Check Out Chuck! Nov. 21 2000
By W. Langan - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
This book starts where his other book, Chuck Amuck left off. It makes mention of a more recent update to his classic cartoon One Froggy Evening entitled Another Froggy Evening, which features a cameo of Siskel and Ebert and Chuck himself! It again pays tribute to his co-workers, particularly Friz Freleng, tells more about he came up with his ideas, and gives pointers on cartoon making to others interested in the field of animation. There's nobody better to offer advice! Also, be sure to check out the TV documentary of Mr. Chuck Jones the night before Thanksgiving (I'm sure it will be aired again!).
5.0 out of 5 stars The 2nd bio book on this animation great Feb. 13 2014
By Poh Boon San - Published on Amazon.com
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without him there would not be any bugs bunny daffy duck and all the other looney tuned characters . he is truly the shining star of aanimation and with mel blanc's voice talent their volume of output speaks loudly how much animation is indebted to these 2 talents . truly no other comes close to their contributions in the pantheon of animation. kudos to them.
5.0 out of 5 stars Drawing conclusions Aug. 10 2013
By Pugwash - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
Chuck Jones is as seminal an individual in Hollywood annals as any of the giants whose stars grace the walk of fame. His animation of characters he has brought to life are as real as John Wayne or Humphrey Bogart. Today, four generations have grown up watching characters that have become a part of an American shared experience. the character traits of Bugs Bunny, Foghorn Leghorn, Yosemite Sam, Daffy Duck and others are known throughout all strata of society.

Chuck Jones looks back, in words and illustrations in this autobiography, from an age of 84 years and tells his story with humor, openness, and illustration. One might think that he was richly compensated for the joy and laughter he brought into millions of households, but, at the end of his career, he was all but flat broke.

But he did have his story to tell, and it is worth both seeing and reading. He not only paints a picture of studio life in the early years of Hollywood, and the tremendous comaraderie and fun enjoyed by him and colleagues, but also the inspiration for each of his characters, and how they developed and were used in storylines.

Chuck Jones was an American treasure, as well as an icon. This book is worth seeking out.
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