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Chuck Jones on Getting Started

An evening pause: “It costs money to die poor.”

For those who don’t know, Chuck Jones directed some of the best Bugs Bunny cartoons that Warner Brothers ever produced.

Hat tip Wayne DeVette.

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From the press release: In this ground-breaking new history of early America, historian Robert Zimmerman not only exposes the lie behind The New York Times 1619 Project that falsely claims slavery is central to the history of the United States, he also provides profound lessons about the nature of human societies, lessons important for Americans today as well as for all future settlers on Mars and elsewhere in space.

Conscious Choice: The origins of slavery in America and why it matters today and for our future in outer space, is a riveting page-turning story that documents how slavery slowly became pervasive in the southern British colonies of North America, colonies founded by a people and culture that not only did not allow slavery but in every way were hostile to the practice.  
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  • Mark

    You might also be interested in his interview on the Archive of American Television. Three hours of the life and times of Chuck Jones. (Note: I haven’t watched this particular interview yet, but I have no doubt it will be excellent. Everything else I’ve watched on there has been just that.)

    And here is a link to the last comic that Chuck Jones created, “Thomas Timberwolf”. This was a Warner Brothers Online creation that had the unfortunate luck of being released right after the first Dot Com bubble popped. That led to the series’ cancellation. Sad, since these are excellent cartoons. Highly recommended you give them a view.

  • LocalFluff

    Non-electric automatons as rovers on Venus’ surface, since electronics can’t stand the heat. NASA sponsors a NIAC investigation of the concept. I think readers here will find it entertaining this recent lecture at KISSCaltech by the two young mechatronics and mechanics researchers Dr. Sauder and Hilgemann. They make a little review of the history of the automaton concept. Like calculators and clocks still during most of the last century and the beginning of the space age.

    NIAC is normally futuristic, but this is retro! An intelligent civilization in a sea planet might have difficulties making use of fire and electricity. But there are mechanic possibilities. And if one works on it for millions of years one might achieve many things with it.

  • wayne

    Good stuff!
    [A modest man, Jones neglects to say he was advanced 3 grades in junior high school.]
    Have not seen the TVlegends interview, but they generally do a good job.

    One of the nicer, longer-form, informal-esque interviews, of Chuck Jones. Lots of drawing, talking, and animation clips. (From a Dayton PBS station)

    World Of Cartooning 1985
    Mike Peters & Chuck Jones (Part 1 of 2)

    One of the Warner brothers, is noted by Jones to have remarked to him, “The only thing I know about our animation division is, we draw the Mouse.”

  • wayne

    not a yuge Disney fan myself, but Iwerks was as well, an “Acme super-genius,” in the realm of sequential visual story telling.

    “The Hand Behind The Mouse:
    The Ub Iwerks Story” (Trailer)

  • wayne

    interesting video, I will watch the whole thing.

    Q: you guys have any beloved, indigenous, National cartoon character’s, in your homeland?

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