Also known as Charles M. Jones, the incredible director/lead animator of many of the best Warner Bros. cartoons, such as One Froggy Evening, The Rabbit of Seville, What's Opera, Doc? , and Duck Amuck as well as How the Grinch Stole Christmas and other non-WB cartoons.

American animator (1912-2002). Full name: Charles Martin Jones.

He was born in Spokane, but his family moved to Los Angeles when he was just six months old. He credited some of his artistic success to the fact that his father was a frequently unsuccessful businessman who, every time he started a new business, bought new stationery and pencils. When the business failed, he gave the paper and pencils to his kids and told them to use them all up as fast as they could. So he and his siblings drew all the time, and their artwork rapidly got better and better. 

After graduating from the Chouinard Art Institute, Jones was hired by the Ub Iwerks studio, where he worked at almost every job in an animation studio, from cel washing to in-betweening to cel painting.

In 1933, Jones joined Leon Schlessinger Productions, the studio that produced Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies cartoons for Warner Bros. As an animator, he worked under director Tex Avery and moved up to becoming a director himself after a few years. 

Jones took a while to get his animation legs. He initially wanted to make high-quality Disney-style cartoons, but what was expected of him was to make funny cartoons. His cartoons did get better, but Schlessinger still planned to fire him -- except that there was a labor shortage from World War II, and they couldn't find anyone to replace him. Jones was also a union organizer during this period, even though, as a director and hence supervisor, he wasn't allowed to join the union

Jones ended up working for Schlessinger and Warner's for decades, helping refine the designs and personalities for Bugs Bunny, Porky Pig, and Daffy Duck, and creating characters like Wile E. Coyote, the Road Runner, Pepe Le Pew, Marvin the Martian, Michigan J. Frog, Marc Antony and Pussyfoot, Gossamer, and more. 

After Jones was fired from Warners in the early '60s, he and his team moved on the MGM Animation, to work on Tom and Jerry cartoons. 

He won an Academy Award in 1965 for Best Animated Short Film for directing "The Dot and the Line: A Romance in Lower Mathematics" and produced and directed the classic "How the Grinch Stole Christmas!"

Among Jones' best-known cartoons are: "Elmer's Candid Camera," "Wackiki Wabbit," "Bugs Bunny and the 3 Bears," "Odor-able Kitty," "Hare Tonic," "Rabbit Punch," "Long-Haired Hare," "Fast and Furry-ous," "Rabbit Hood," "The Scarlet Pumpernickel," "Rabbit of Seville," "Rabbit Fire," "Drip-Along Daffy," "Feed the Kitty," "Going! Going! Gosh!", "Rabbit Seasoning," "Duck Amuck," "Duck Dodgers in the 24½th Century," "Bully for Bugs," "Duck! Rabbit! Duck!", "Claws for Alarm," "Bewitched Bunny," "One Froggy Evening," "Ali Baba Bunny," "What's Opera, Doc?", "Robin Hood Daffy," "To Itch His Own," and many, many more. 

If you ever get a chance to read Jones' autobiography, "Chuck Amuck: The Life and Times of an Animated Cartoonist," you really should do so. It's charmingly written and very funny, with insights into animation and storytelling and plenty of excellent tales about the people he worked with at Warner Bros.

"Animation isn't the illusion of life; it is life."

Born September 21, 1912 in Spokane, Washington. He started his career as a child actor in Mack Sennett silent comedies. He graduated from Chouinard Art Institute, the now named California Institute of the Arts and got his first job working in the Ubbe Iwerks' studio.

In 1936 he began to work for Leon Schlesinger's studio, which was later bought by Warner Brothers, he helped in the development of Daffy Duck, Bugs Bunny, Porky Pig, and Elmer Fudd, and he created Wile E. Coyote, Road Runner,Pepe le Pew and Marvin Martian.

Chuck directed The Night Watchman, a short film that was released in 1938. He continued to work at Warner Bros. until the animation studio closed in 1962. Chuck then moved to MGM, where he improved Tom and Jerry by using his wit to appeal to adults as well as children. At MGM he co-wrote and co-directed The Phantom Tollbooth and directed The Dot and the Line, which received an Academy Award.

In 1966, he directed Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas, for which he won the Peabody Award for Television Program Excellence.

Chuck created over 300 animated films, and made a business of selling images from his cartoons. He was awarded an honorary Oscar for lifetime achievement in the field of animation in 1996.

Chuck Jones died of conjestive heart failure at the age of 89 on February 23, 2002.

Sources: the BBC

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