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Chuck Jones’ “Merrie Melodies” and More

Thursday, December 22nd, 2011

Our three-hour interview with Chuck Jones is now online! The legendary animator spoke in great detail about the animation process and the creation of many of his memorable characters, including the lovable “Bugs Bunny,” “Daffy Duck,” and “Wile E. Coyote.” He shared tales of his boyhood – of growing up across the street from Charlie Chaplin’s studio, and of how his childhood dog influenced the way in which he brought the character of “Max,” the Grinch’s dog in How the Grinch Stole Christmas, to life on the small screen. Jones also detailed the origins of the Merrie Melodies shorts, and shared how “Bugs Bunny” got his name.

Below, enjoy a few excerpts from the interview:

Chuck Jones on creating “Bugs Bunny:”

On animating World War II training films with Dr. Seuss (Theodor Geisel):

And on bringing How the Grinch Stole Christmas to television:

Watch Chuck Jones’ full interview here.

About this interview:

Chuck Jones (1912-2002) was interviewed for three hours in Orange County, CA.  Jones fondly recalled creating notable Looney Tunes characters, including “Bugs Bunny,” “Daffy Duck,” “Pepe Le Pew,” “Wile E. Coyote,” and “Road-Runner.” He spoke about attending art school, outlined the early days of Hollywood’s animation industry in the 1930s, and recounted joining the Leon Schlesinger studio in 1933. He discussed Schelsinger’s sale of the studio to Warner Brothers, commented on his brief tenure at Walt Disney’s studio, and spoke of creating training films with Dr. Seuss during World War II. Jones described the basics of the animation process, the importance of story, and the challenges of directing a cartoon, and spoke in depth about directing the successful 1967 television special, How the Grinch Stole Christmas. Tom Sito conducted the interview on June 17, 1998.

You’re Still a Mean One, Mr. Grinch: “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” Turns 45!

Sunday, December 18th, 2011

He’s a curmudgeon, he steals presents, he squelches Christmas cheer … and then his heart grows three sizes and we all hold him dear! “The Grinch” has become an integral part of the holiday season, for How the Grinch Stole Christmas is now the lead-off holiday special on network television, signaling the annual broadcasting of the animated Christmas classics. The 26-minute short, an adaptation of Dr. Seuss’ children’s book of the same title, first debuted on CBS on December 18, 1966 and tells the tale of a grouchy, green, Grinch, who with the help of some residents of Whoville, learns the true meaning of Christmas. The program was directed by veteran animator Chuck Jones, features Boris Karloff as the narrator and voice of “The Grinch,” and June Foray as the voice of the adorable “Cindy Lou Who.”

In their respective Archive interviews, Chuck Jones, June Foray, and animator Phil Roman each spoke in depth about their involvement with the holiday classic.

Chuck Jones on taking How the Grinch Stole Christmas from book to TV movie:

Phil Roman on animating the film:

And June Foray on voicing “Cindy Lou Who:”

Learn more about How the Grinch Stole Christmas at our show page.

- by Adrienne Faillace

The Archive Features “How the Grinch Stole Christmas!”

Friday, December 25th, 2009

The Archive has now posted a page for How the Grinch Stole Christmas, featuring animation producer/director Chuck Jones and the voice of Cindy Lou Who herself, June Foray. The perennial TV special first aired on CBS on December 18, 1966. Sponsored by the Foundation for Commercial Banks, Variety noted, “one can wonder at whom [the] sponsor… was making that quiet pitch.” Variety raved apropos to the times: “Christmas kiddie programming on the networks somewhat resembles a Christmas truce in the Vietnam war [with] a literate half-hour… right there in primetime on Sunday night.”

As posted on the Archive’s How the Grinch Stole Christmas page, Chuck Jones talks about the translation of the Dr. Seuss classic to the screen, including the invention of Max, the Grinch’s dog. Additionally, animator Phil Roman talks about the cartoon’s legacy, June Foray does the voice of “Cindy Lou Who,” and producer-director Ron Howard talks about his big-screen version that required the approval of Dr. Seuss’ widow.