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What’s Up, Doc? The Animation Art of Chuck Jones is a Smithsonian traveling exhibition that explores the mind and talents of the man who helped develop and create characters like Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Wile E. Coyote, Pepé Le Pew, Porky Pig, and many others.

The exhibition examines Chuck Jones’ development as a filmmaker and visual artist and showcases many of his most significant films, which come to life on screens throughout the exhibition. Chuck Jones brought to animation an unparalleled talent for comic invention and a flair for creating animated characters with distinctive and often wildly eccentric personalities. Jones perfected the quintessentially suave and wisecracking Bugs Bunny, the perpetually exasperated Daffy Duck, the hapless but optimistic Elmer Fudd, and created  the incurably romantic Pepé Le Pew, and the eternal antagonists Wile E. Coyote and the Road Runner.

Most famous for his iconic work in the 1940s and 1950s at Warner Brothers’ legendary cartoon studio, his career continued long after his association with Warner Bros. ended in 1962. Later projects include his feature film The Phantom Tollbooth, the Academy Award winning short The Dot and the Line: A Romance in Lower Mathematics, and such popular television specials as How the Grinch Stole Christmas and Horton Hears a Who.


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What’s Up, Doc? includes the Looney Tunes/Merrie Melodies classic films What’s Opera, Doc? and One Froggy Evening as well as masterpieces like The Dot and the Line,  which expanded the boundaries of the medium with its experimental animation techniques. Wall-projected animated films provide the visual and contextual centerpiece of the exhibition. Original sketches, storyboards, animation cels, photographs, audio-visuals, and interactive experiences offer insight into how Jones and his collaborators worked together to create cinematic magic. What’s Up, Doc? explores the influences—and the legacy—of Chuck Jones, and demonstrates the indelible mark he left on the field of animation and the art of filmmaking.

The exhibition is a partnership between the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service, The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, the Chuck Jones Center for Creativity, and the Museum of the Moving Image.

 

 

 


 

Contents

  • Theater presentation with 30-minute film compilation, projector and sound system
  • Clips from more than 25 animated films, including five Oscar-winning or -nominated films, featured throughout the exhibition
  • More than 125 pieces of framed, original artwork including character layout drawings, model sheets, storyboards, backgrounds, posters, and animation cels
  • 19 audio-visual components show the artwork in context of the animated films
  • Multi-sensory interactive experiences that immerse the visitor in the process of creating animated films
  • Choose from two sets of graphic panels with reproductions of documents, photographs, storyboards, etc.
  • Digital files for the production of vinyl wall quotes
  • Installation design files
  • Three-dimensional design elements for visitor engagement
  • SITES works with each venue to customize the exhibition installation
  • Optional graphic files for additional exhibition elements
  • Resources for educational and public programs

Size: 3,500 sq. ft.
Category: Art, History and Culture, Science and Technology, Film
Security: High
Shipping: Prorated

To schedule the exhibit: Contact Ed Liskey, 202.633.3142
To learn about content and materials: Contact Kathrin Halpern, 202.633.3109



 

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Dates   Host Institution Status
07/19/2014- 01/19/2015 Museum of the Moving Image, New York, NY Booked
02/14/2015- 04/26/2015 Fort Worth Museum of Science and History, Fort Worth, TX Booked
06/13/2015- 09/21/2015 EMP Museum, Seattle, WA Booked
04/30/2016- 05/30/2016 Minnesota History Center, St. Paul, MN Booked
06/18/2016- 08/14/2016 Minnesota History Center, St. Paul, MN Booked
10/15/2016- 01/22/2017 Huntsville Museum of Art, Huntville, AL Booked
       

 

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Press release

Chuck Amuck:
The Life and Times of an Animated Cartoonist

Author: Chuck Jones
Paperback: 303 pages
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
(December 1999)

 

Chuck Reducks, Drawing on the Fun Side of Life

Author: Chuck Jones; Foreward by Robin Williams
Hardcover: 286 pages
Publisher: Time Warner International
(October 1996)


   
 
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New Smithsonian Traveling Exhibition Explores the Work of Chuck Jones

Animation director and artist Charles Martin “Chuck” Jones (1912—2002) brought to life some of the most iconic cartoon characters in animation history. He perfected the wisecracking Bugs Bunny and the exasperated Daffy Duck and created a host of other characters, including Pepé Le Pew, Wile E. Coyote and the Road Runner. He brought an unparalleled talent for comic invention and a flair for creating distinctive, memorable characters to the art of film animation.  

What’s Up, Doc? The Animation Art of Chuck Jones is a new Smithsonian traveling exhibition that explores Jones’ creative genius, influences and legacy. The exhibition is a partnership between the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service, The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, the Chuck Jones Center for Creativity, and the Museum of the Moving Image.

What’s Up, Doc? The Animation Art of Chuck Jones will open at the Museum of the Moving Image in New York City July 19. After closing Jan.19, 2015, it will continue on a 13-city tour through 2019. Notable stops along the tour include the EMP Museum in Seattle, The Academy Museum of Motion Pictures in Los Angeles and the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History in Fort Worth, Texas.

“Chuck Jones is one of the enduring geniuses of American comedy, as accomplished in the art of animation as his hero Mark Twain was in literature,” said David Schwartz, chief curator of the Museum of the Moving Image, who curated the exhibition with Barbara Miller, the museum’s curator of the collection and exhibitions. “His work is marked by its ability to convey the distinctive personality of his characters, his endless comic invention and his mastery of timing and visual and verbal humor.”

The exhibition features 23 of Chuck Jones’ animated films and more than 125 original sketches and drawings, storyboards, production backgrounds, animation cels and photographs, demonstrating how Jones and his collaborators worked together to create cinematic magic. The films, shown as large wall projections and on monitors throughout the exhibition, include such classic Warner Bros. cartoons as What’s Opera, Doc? and One Froggy Evening, and the Academy Award®-winning short film The Dot and the Line: A Romance in Lower Mathematics, which expanded the boundaries of the medium with its experimental techniques.

Trained as a fine artist, Jones graduated from the Chouinard Art Institute in Los Angeles in 1931. By 1933, he was making cartoons distributed by Warner Bros. Studio. In a career that spanned seven decades, he created more than 300 animated films and received an Academy Award for Lifetime Achievement. After leaving Warner Bros. in 1962, Jones continued to create award-winning films, including collaborations with author Theodore Geisel on the classic television specials Horton Hears a Who! and Dr. Seuss’s How the Grinch Stole Christmas.

About the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service
SITES has been sharing the wealth of Smithsonian collections and research programs with millions of people outside Washington, D.C., for more than 60 years. SITES connects Americans to their shared cultural heritage through a wide range of exhibitions about art, science and history, which are shown wherever people live, work and play. Exhibition descriptions and tour schedules are available at

About the Museum of the Moving Image
The Museum of the Moving Image advances the public understanding, enjoyment and appreciation of film, television and digital media. In its expanded and renovated facility in New York City—acclaimed for accessibility and bold design—the museum presents innovative interactive exhibitions; screenings of significant works; discussion programs featuring actors, directors, craftspeople and business leaders; and dynamic education programs.

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is the world’s preeminent movie-related organization, with a membership of more than 6,000 of the most accomplished men and women working in cinema. In addition to the annual Academy Awards—in which the members vote to select the nominees and winners—the Academy presents a diverse year-round slate of public programs, exhibitions and events; acts as a neutral advocate in the advancement of motion picture technology; and, through its Margaret Herrick Library and Academy Film Archive, collects, preserves, restores and provides access to movies and items related to their history. Through these and other activities the Academy serves students, historians, the entertainment industry and people everywhere who love movies. Designed by architects Renzo Piano and Zoltan Pali, The Academy Museum of Motion Pictures will be located next to the Los Angeles County Museum of Art in the historic Wilshire May Co. building. Slated to open in 2017, the Academy Museum will contain nearly 300,000 square feet of state-of-the-art galleries, exhibition spaces, theaters, screening rooms, education centers and special event spaces.

About The Chuck Jones Center for Creativity
The Chuck Jones Center for Creativity is a not-for-profit 501(c)3 public charity located in Costa Mesa, Calif. Founded in 1999 by four-time Academy Award recipient and legendary animation creator and director, Chuck Jones, the Center’s vision is to inspire the innate creative genius within each person that leads to a more joyous, passionate and harmonious life and world.

 
 

 




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