Chuck Jones was a two-time Oscar-winning American animator, cartoon artist, screenwriter, producer, and director of animated films. Most furries know him for his work with Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies for Warner Bros. He directed many of the classic short animated cartoons starring Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, the Road Runner & Wile E. Coyote, Pepé Le Pew and the other Warner characters. Of all these characters, Jones was responsible for the creation of Road Runner & Wile E. Coyote, as well as furry sex icon Pepé Le Pew. Up until his death in 2002, he never stopped cartooning and animating, his last work being the Thomas Timberwolf web cartoon. He was also responsible for the modern definitions of many classic Looney Tune characters. For example, Daffy Duck turned from a wacky, Clampett-esque hero Daffy Duck to a greedy, sneaky antagonist with a slow-burning temper. Chuck Jones was also responsible for directing many of the animated versions of some of Dr. Seuss's books, notably How The Grinch Stole Christmas. Jones is also famous for his work on Tom & Jerry cartoons in 1963 which carried varying degrees of critical success and was co-directed with Maurice Noble.
Jones is considered by many to be a master of characterization and timing. His best works are noted for depicting a refinement of character to the point that a single eyebrow wiggle could be a major gag as opposed to the wild, frenetic style usually associated with cartoons, and those of Warner Bros. in particular. Furry artists today like Candy Dewalt and SusanDeer both credit their artistic influence to be from Jones' unique style.
- Chuck Jones web site
- The Animation of Chuck Jones at Keyframe - the Animation Resource
- Senses of Cinema: Great Directors Critical Database