"The difference between Daffy Duck and Bugs Bunny is very simple. Bugs is a comic hero. Daffy is a comic loser. And if you'll think about the history of all comics, you find that most of them fall into the latter category."
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.