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Actor With a Pencil by jbwarner86 Actor With a Pencil by jbwarner86
September 21 is the birthday of one of my all-time greatest heroes, the late Charles M. Jones (1912-2002). Jones' work at Warner Bros. has been a huge influence on me, particularly his abilities to form well-rounded and believable characters and to create stunningly hilarious and subtle facial expressions. And he directed some of the finest and nicest-looking Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies ever made. The man, simply put, was a cartooning genius. Of course, he surrounded himself with equally genius colleagues - writer Michael Maltese, layout artist Maurice Noble, animators Ken Harris, Benny Washam, Lloyd Vaughan, Abe Levitow, etc. - but there is no denying that Jones himself was a true visionary leader when it came to creating great cartoons.

Thus, my tribute to a legend. The "actor with a pencil" himself, surrounded by many of the animated stars that he helped propel into the stratosphere of cartoon stardom. Not everyone I've met knows his name, but his work has impacted us all in one way or another.
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BrianGriffinForever Featured By Owner May 17, 2015
Really great job! But no Ralph Wolf and Sam Sheepdog?
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samm22443 Featured By Owner Edited Apr 15, 2015
i hate to burst your bubble... you forgot tom and jerry becuase chuck made some tom and jerry shorts to 1963 - 1967
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jbwarner86 Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2015
Yeah, but I wanted to showcase his best work, and that was definitely the Looney Tunes. Even Chuck himself admitted that his Tom and Jerry cartoons weren't great.
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IrishBecky Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
Awesome! Yep, good ol Chuck Jones. :)
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HeRodeABlazingCarpet Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2014  Hobbyist Filmographer
If animators are actors with pencils, Chuck Jones is the Laurence Olivier of animation.
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BugsBunny85 Featured By Owner May 26, 2012
The Loooney Tunes of Chuck's era were hillarious and the gold time of Warner bros., when the animators create cartoons just for lulz. The modern tlts made only for taking cash from stupid people
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HotChocolate345 Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
my birthday is september 20th, and i LOOVE looney tunes!!
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BonniEvil-Soldier Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Love Looney Tunes!!!!:D
Cool PicXD
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fartoons Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2012  Hobbyist Filmographer
Awesome!!!
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Josiah-Shockency-JCS Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
You do know his 100th birthday's coming soon: September 21, 2012, don't you?
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ashbasher22 Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I want to draw a pic of that!!! May we pay tribute by doing what we love!!!! ^^
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Josiah-Shockency-JCS Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
Indeed! Yeah, we should!
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ashbasher22 Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
totally do that!!! ^^
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Josiah-Shockency-JCS Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
I will! ;D
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ashbasher22 Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Me too!!!! ^^
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Josiah-Shockency-JCS Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
X3
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ashbasher22 Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
yyaaayyy!!! ^^
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TDManiacXC626 Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2011
Chuck Jones is awesome! Love his cartoons! Wish Tom and Jerry were in this picture along with Mark Antony and Pussyfoot, the Bulldog and adorable Kitten.
Can you do a picture like this for Bob Clampett, Isadore "Friz" (or as I like to call him, Fritz) Freleng, Robert McKimson, and that Crazy Cartoon King the one who seen and did 'em all, who's one Hell of a man, can make cartoons like no one can, TEX AVERY?!
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JangoFett1138 Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2011
Chuck Jones is one of my heroes too, and one of the main reasons I'm studying to become an animator. Chuck's work, in my opinion, is the definitive Looney Tunes and "Duck Amuck" is my favorite piece of animation. Chuck's work is also the reason why Daffy's my favorite Looney Tune.
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devilkais Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2012
I'm glad to see others fans that do not whine about how "he ruined Daffy"
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ShadowMark-182 Featured By Owner May 18, 2011
Chuck Jones was the best!
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nintendolover2010 Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2011
AMAZING JOB!! :D:D:D
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AverageJoeArtwork Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2011
Sweet pic. & not to offend you or anything, but how come you didn't put other classics like Tweety, Silvester, Porky, Yosemite Sam or Foghorn in it? Not enough room?
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jbwarner86 Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2011
Since this is a tribute to Chuck Jones, I decided to feature only the characters he worked prominently with. Tweety, Sam, Foghorn and all them were the creations of other directors.
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AverageJoeArtwork Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2011
Oh. I get it. Sorry, like I said; I didn't want to offend you.
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Aso-Designer Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
i like your style!
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Shadowdog101 Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2010  Student Artist
i love chuck jones ^^ awesome :aww:
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mellis-lion Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2010
me too love the work of chuck jones it`s amzing ,nice tribute ,so cute ,todos tienen razón fue un gran hombre ý un magnifico cartoonista.
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i love the looneytunes =D =D
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punkyitz Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
:bulletred:Great work
I love Merrie Melodies, my all time fav was the Barber of Seville
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Thirteen-Souls Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
he's one of my biggest inspirations to draw! great work! ( R.I.P. Chuck Jones)
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trumpsize Featured By Owner May 21, 2009
I can think of other tributes you can do, but I need a Paypal account first.
I'd pay you if I had one, honest!
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PenelopePussycat Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2009  Student Digital Artist
:wow: it's so amazing :)))))))))))))) :D
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Marsmar Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2008
He is a cartooning god! He made Roadrunner and Marvin
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darkraven2116 Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2008
what is the big furry guy's name? I remember seeing him when I was little!!
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jbwarner86 Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2008
He was identified as Rudolph in one cartoon, but he's generally referred to as Gossamer by most people, including the Warner Bros. publicity department.
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darkraven2116 Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2008
O, ok. Thanks ^^
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RedEye89 Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2008  Student Digital Artist
All I can say is.... A must fav.

Awesome, as usual.
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MightyMorphinPower4 Featured By Owner May 18, 2008
Awsome picture and a great tribute to one of the best animators there was.
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ctws89 Featured By Owner May 12, 2008
I was always kind of partial to Robert McKimson myself (Foghorn Leghorn is perhaps my favorite Looney Tune), but, of course, there can be no substitute for Mr. Charles M. Jones. "Would you like to him now, or wait 'til you get home?" "Pronoun trouble!"
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Derinku Featured By Owner May 7, 2008
Yeah! Looney Tunes!! Chuck rally made it
Today there aren´t good cartoons like those
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Jose-Ramiro Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2008  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Long live the animators' king.
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InvisibleRainArt Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
beautiful!~ :heart: I adore it! and it's dedication to the Legend; Charles M. Jones :heart:...

Why does everyone forget the cutest and craziest of them all - Sylvester the cat!!!
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jbwarner86 Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2008
Well, Sylvester was a Friz Freleng creation, and it's the persona that Freleng created for him (hungry, desperate, and shortsighted) that people remember most about him. Although I will admit, Jones did do a series of cartoons that featured Sylvester as Porky's frightened pet cat - "Scaredy Cat" (1948), "Claws For Alarm" (1954), and "Jumpin' Jupiter" (1955). And of course, Jones also cast Sylvester in the role of the villainous Grand Duke in 1950's "The Scarlet Pumpernickel".
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Miracle-overloading Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2008
Ah, memories~
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EmperorNortonII Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
It's excellent! :clap:
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Joey1058 Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2008  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
There is a saying that goes something like "I can see for miles because I stand on the shoulders of giants." I had the wonderful good fortune to grow up with Saturday morning cartoons. When all you HAD was Saturday morning cartoons. Nickelodeon and Disney Channel and Cartoon Network were a vague future concept, along with cable television. Back then I'd plant myself in front of the large 19" tv at 7 am, and watched a full hour of Bugs and the gang. After that, it was a slew of mindless Hanna-Barbera.

It would be facinating to see what the big three would produce if Mr. Jones was alive and well and being a big influence today!
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CommanderD Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2008  Hobbyist
I LOVE this. A wonderful tribute to my favorite animator/director, with so many favorite characters! :XD: This is a definite :+favlove: for me!
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MeGaDuDeX Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2007  Student
Chuck Jones was a legend.
Nice drawings!
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obtrageous Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2007
Wow!! Did you do that? It's...IT's marvelous!!
I absolutely love the facial expression of Wile E :heart: : it reminds me his first apparitions like Fast n' Furry-ous or Beep- Beep!
That's my fav!
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JoniGodoy Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2007  Professional General Artist
Excelent tribute to CHARLES M. JONES!!
I like too much the draw, the composition, the information and the Caricature of Mr. Jones!
I'm be totally sure that many digital animators will never defies the original hand-draw animators as the classics (Robert McKimson, Friz Freeleng, Robert Clampett, Joseph Barbera, Fred Moore, Milt Kahl, Preston Blair, Don Bluth, Erick Goldberg, Glenn Keane, Andreas Deja, John Krickfalusi, Richard Williams, and of course, Chuck Jones)
I invite you to check the illustration about Jones' "Hunting Trilogy" in my gallery!
Keep up in the good work, my friend!
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