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Biography: Chuck Jones

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Birth: 1912, Spokane, WA
Death: 2002


Animator, Director

Bio Summary

Early Life/Family

Jones moved to Hollywood with his family, finding work there as a child ?extra in Mac Sennett comedies.


Chuck graduated ?from Chouinard Art Institute in Los Angeles (now California Institute of the Arts). In ?1932, he got his first job in the animation industry as a cel washer for the former Disney ?animator Ubbe Iwerks.

Career Outline

In 1936, he was an animator for Leon Schlesinger Studio (later sold to ?Warner Bros). There, he animated with Tex Avery. He headed his own unit at WB. He ?remained at Warner Bros. Animation until it closed in 1962. The first Road Runner ?cartoon was conceived as a parody of the mindless chase cartoons popular at the time, but ?audiences around the world embraced the series. Had a brief stint at Disney in ?1955 during a hiatus at WB. Went on to MGM to create new episodes of Tom and Jerry.?While there, he produced, co-directed, and co-wrote the screenplay for the critically ?acclaimed full-length feature THE PHANTOM TOLLBOOTH, and directed the ?Academy Award-winning film THE DOT AND THE LINE. For a year in 1972, he ?worked as vice president of the American Broadcasting Company to improve children’s ?programming. There, he made many animated specials for television.

Comments On Style

Jones is considered by many to be a master of characterization and ?timing


Charlie Chaplin, Buster Keaton, Mark Twain, Tex Avery ,Friz Ferleng, His cat Johnson.



“While at the breakfast table, Chuck would eat silently while reading a ?novel, and expected everyone at the table to do the same” (Linda Jones)




Oscar: The Dot and the Line: A Romance in Lower Mathematics 1966
Cannes Film Festival: Golden Palm 1966

Oscar for lifetime achievement: 2002

Annie Award: Winsor McCay Award 1974

Motion Picture Screen Cartoonists Award: Golden Award 1984

Chicago International Film Festival: Special Jury Prize: The Magical World of Chuck Jones (1992)

Denver International Film Festival: Special Jury Prize: The Magical World of Chuck Jones (1992)

Directors Guild of America DGA Honorary Life Member Award 1996

World Fest Houston: Grand Award: Peter and the Wolf (1996)

Danta Clarita International Film Festival: Lifetime Achievement Award 1999

Honorary Doctorates

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