Chuck Jones

Mostly Credited As: Chuck Jones
Sometimes Credited As: Chuck Jones Esq.
Charles M. Jones
Charles Jones

Birth Name: Charles Martin Jones
Date Of Birth: September 21, 1912 (Age 89)
Country Of Birth: USA
Birth Place: Spokane, Washington
Date Of Death: February 22, 2002
Cause Of Death: Congestive heart failure (Corona Del Mar, CA)

Chuck Jones

Chuck Jones:

Chuck Jones worked for Warner Brothers and made numerous Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies theatrical shorts. He was later promoted to director for one of the production units. In 1960, David H. Depatie took over production of Warner Brothers animated theatrical shorts. In 1962, he began to use abstract Warner Brothers opening and closing segments. These contain a simplified white background with two pink downwards-pointing triangles and two pink semi-circles. The music was replaced entirely with very loud Westminster Chimes and clock tower bells. The "oo" in "cartoon" bounced, and when it bounced bicycle horn sounds accompanied the bouncing. Chuck Jones attracted scandal when he ghostwrote for Gay Purr-ee, which was neither produced nor distributed by Warner Brothers. Friz Freleng was promoted to co-producer alongside now-credited David H. DePatie. Robert McKimson, Rudy Larriva, the remaining crew of Warner Brothers, and the entire crew from United Productions of America joined them. They used a modified Jones opening and closing segment, with simplified "Xylophone" music of "The Merrie Go Round Broke Down" for both Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies. Chuck Jones joined Abe Levitow, Ben Washam, Tom Ray, Walter Bien, Les Goldman, Lou Scheimer, Norm Prescott, Hal Sutherland, and others at a company named SIB Productions. This company utilized offices in Japan, Belgium, and U.S.A. This company financed Filmation Associates and "SIB Tower-12, Inc.". Notice that both Filmation (until 1982) and SIB Tower-12 contain downwards pointing chevrons. Chuck Jones produced theatrical animated short films which were distributed by MGM. Walter Bien was Executive Producer and Les Goldman was supervising producer (originally credited as "In Charge Of Production") The main thing they produced was Tom and Jerry. (Hanna Barbera were the creators of Tom and Jerry in 1940, directed it from 1941 to 1956, and produced & directed it from 1956 to 1958. They no longer worked on it once they began producing television programs) After a secret outsourcing of 13 Tom and Jerry animated short films in 1961, Chuck Jones, his business partners, and production staff took over. Not only did Chuck Jones used a custom opening and closing segment for Warner Brothers, he did the same thing for Tom and Jerry. These are recognized by Tom "roaring" angrily, and then being framed by the "O" in his name in a yellow background with Jerry laying on the "Y" of his name. SIB Tower-12 was acquired by MGM and renamed "MGM Animation & Visual Arts". Jones was in charge of 34 shorts. He produced 32 of them. Eugene Poddany composed the music for 20 shorts. Beginning in 1966, Dean Elliott composed music for five shorts, Carl Brandt composed music for two shorts, and Tom Ray with Lowell Norman & Dean Elliott edited stock footage of Hanna-Barbera's Tom and Jerry with new sound effects and music from Norman and Elliott, respectively. Unfortunately, MGM stopped distributing theatrical animated short films in 1968. This means that the production overhaul only lasted two years and it means that Dean Elliott arranged music for ten shorts, Carl Brandt arranged music for four shourts, and Tom Ray (with Norman and Elliott) edited two shorts. June Foray and Mel Blanc originally provided (Jones's version) of Tom and Jerry. Terence Monck and Dal McKennon provided the singing voices. During the production overhaul, there was occasional pre-recorded vocal effects from June Foray and Mel Blanc. Otherwise, Chuck Jones himself provided vocal effects during the production overhaul. (ghost-voiced, but notice the different sounding Tom.) MGM did not distribute very many theatrical animated short films during the 1960s besides Tom and Jerry. Two of the others are The Dot And The Line: A Romance In Lower Mathematics, and The Bear That Wasn't. During the 1960s, Chuck Jones ghost-produced several TV series. He was in charge of bringing theatrical animated short films to television, and censor them. (It was an unfortunate requirement during that time period and it happened with both "foreign" and "domestic" programs.) One of them was clearly a Tom and Jerry TV show, and another one was a Looney Tunes TV Show. A pilot for an additional TV Show "The Adventures Of The Road Runner" was rejected. As for the Looney Tunes show of the 1960s, it opened with a "This Is It" theme. This theme is what forced Hanna-Barbera's Flintstones to change their theme song from "Welcome To Bedrock" to "Meet The Flintstones" on season 3, episode 3 of The Flintstones. Chuck Jones produced "The Wonderful Wizard Of Oz" TV series. He produced some TV specials including "Pogo's Special Birthday Special" [sic], "How The Grinch Stole Christmas", and "Horton Hears A Who!" He co-produced and co-directed a theatrical feature film called "The Phantom Tollbooth" which was praised by critics, yet criticized by its author for its mostly-animated format instead of live action. Chuck Jones developed a television series made of Doctor Seuss stories. He should have kept SIB Tower-12, Inc. under his control but since MGM acquired his studio, they ended up closing it down entirely. Tom and Jerry would return to other television series distributed by MGM, but they were subcontracted by animation studios Hanna-Barbera and Filmation. Dr. Seuss stories would make their way onto television, although in yearly specials by DePatie-Freleng Enterprises. However, certain stories and concepts such as "The Cat In The Hat Comes Back" and "Dr. Whoovy Hears A Who" were left behind on the cutting room floor. Although Chuck Jones lost his animation studio, he got a job working at Format Films and ABC. Format Films also made animated segments for Sesame Street and The Electric Company for PBS (at the time called NET). For ABC, he was the executive producer for "Curiosity Shop". After a while, he produced more television specials independently and adapted stories written by authors Rudyard Kipling and George Selden. Other specials included those starring Raggedy Ann and Andy, and once again Looney Tunes. Apparently, when Chuck Jones departed Warner Brothers, he took Bugs Bunny with him. Chuck Jones made a few theatrical animated short films with Dean Elliott and Doug Goodwin, and also made films starring Looney Tunes characters. These films were edited by using stock footage from decades-old short films. They were completed in a manner similar to Tom Ray's Tom and Jerry. The noticeable difference is that these films neither used new sound effects nor new music. This made the bookend segments extremely noticeable. Bob Clampett was intentionally uncredited in these films, and music producer Bill Lava was accidentally uncredited in one of them. Depatie-Freleng made the rest of the bizarrely edited films. Chuck Jones also did work for Alvin and The Chipmunks. He no longer made any specials or TV shows by the 1980s. Instead, he continued to ghost-produce the censored TV shows that "adapted" theatrical animated short films for television. During the 1990s, he produced a small amount of theatrical animated short films. After that, he retired. There are still a few TV programs that that air his productions and Duck Dodgers is another program that is inspired from previous Duck Dodgers cartoons.


TV Appearances

Main cast 
The Dr. Seuss ShowAs: Various Background Characters, Chorus -- [Voice]
Episode Cast Credits 

Omnibus (1967) 
  Chuck Jones: Mr Bugs Bunny 35x17: (Nov/17/2001) As Interviewee 

The Academy Awards (1953) 
  The 68th Annual Academy Awards 44x01: (Mar/25/1996) As Winner: Academy Honorary Award 

Matlock (1986) 
  The Magician 02x22: (Mar/22/1988) As Magician #1 

Looney Tunes (2003) 
  Bugs Bunny/Looney Tunes 50th Anniversary Special 48x274: (Unknown/Unaired) As Himself 
Crew Credits

Show Crew

Curiosity Shop (1971)• Executive Producer
Duck Dodgers (2003)• Based On The Works Of
• Creator
The Bugs Bunny/Road Runner Hour (1968)• Creator (Road Runner & Wile E. Coyote)
The Bugs Bunny Show (1960)• Producer
Looney Tunes (2003)
• Animation Supervisor (1929-2002)
• Animator (1934-2002.)
• Supervising Director (1938-2002.)
• Story Editor (1949-2002.)
• Producer (1960-2002.)
Tom and Jerry (1940)• Producer (1964-1967)
The Dr. Seuss Show (0)• Supervising Director
• Producer
• Storyboard Artist
Dr. Seuss' How The Grinch Stole Christmas (1966)• Producer

Episode Crew

Baby Looney Tunes (2002) (Credited in 1 episodes from this show) 
The Dolly Vanishes / Duck Reflucks 02x12 Apr/19/2005 As: Writer
Looney Tunes (2003) (Credited in 121 episodes from this show) 
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ROAD RUNNER - Chariots of Fur 19x42 Dec/21/1994 As: Director
ROAD RUNNER - Soup or Sonic 19x41 May/21/1980 As: Director, Writer
ROAD RUNNER - Freeze Frame 19x40 Nov/27/1979 As: Director, Writer, Story, Teleplay, Screenplay
ROAD RUNNER - To Beep or Not to Beep 19x23 Dec/28/1963 As: Director, Story
BUGS BUNNY - Transylvania 6-5000 01x75 Nov/30/1963 As: Director
Tom and Jerry (1940) (Credited in 21 episodes from this show) 
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Purr-Chance To Dream 03x47 Sep/07/1967 As: Story
Cannery Rodent 03x42 Apr/16/1967 As: Director, Writer
Cat And Dupli-Cat 03x38 Jan/16/1967 As: Director, Writer
Love Me, Love My Mouse 03x32 Feb/14/1966 As: Director
Jerry, Jerry, Quite Contrary 03x30 Jan/14/1966 As: Director, Writer
Dr. Seuss' How The Grinch Stole Christmas (1966) (Credited in 1 episodes from this show) 
How The Grinch Stole Christmas   Unknown As: Director
The Bugs Bunny Show (1960) (Credited in 11 episodes from this show) 
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A Star is Bored 02x25 Jul/31/1962 As: Director, Writer
The Honeymousers 02x24 Jul/24/1962 As: Writer
Do or Diet 02x13 Jan/16/1962 As: Writer
Ball Point Puns 02x07 Nov/21/1961 As: Director, Writer
Bad-Time Story 02x01 Oct/10/1961 As: Director, Writer
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