Animator Chuck Jones celebrated in new Smithsonian exhibit

Animation artist Chuck Jones' career will be celebrated in a travelling exhibition from the Smithonian, with its first stop the Museum of the Moving Image in New York.

Chuck Jones exhibition
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The man behind popular characters such as Bugs Bunny, Wile E Coyote and Daffy Duck, Chuck Jones is one of the most important figures in the history of animation.

The exhibit, entitled What's Up, Doc? The Animation Art of Chuck Jones, features some of the finest examples of Jones' work, with interviews with the likes of John Lasseter, director of the Toy Story films.

"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.

"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 humour."

A production sheet from Jones' debut film as a director, The Night Watchman (1938), is one of the highlights, alongside a range of artwork for the crowning achievement of Jones' career, What's Opera, Doc (1957) - a legendary Bugs Bunny cartoon.

Paul Fraser Collectibles has a fantastic drawing of Bugs Bunny signed by co-creator Friz Freleng - one of Jones' best friends and long-time collaborator. See our animation art for sale, including the Flintstones and Captain Pugwash.

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