Chuck Amuck: The Life and Time of an Animated Cartoonist

Chuck Amuck The Life and Time of an Animated Cartoonist The illustrated classic complete with a new preface by Matt Groening Winner of three Academy Awards and numerous other prizes for his animated films Chuck Jones is the director of scores of famous W

  • Title: Chuck Amuck: The Life and Time of an Animated Cartoonist
  • Author: Chuck Jones Steven Spielberg Matt Groening
  • ISBN: 9780374526207
  • Page: 399
  • Format: Paperback
  • The illustrated classic, complete with a new preface by Matt Groening Winner of three Academy Awards and numerous other prizes for his animated films, Chuck Jones is the director of scores of famous Warner Bros cartoons and the creator of such memorable characters as the Road Runner, Wile E Coyote, Pepe Le Pew, and Marvin Martian In this beguiling memoir, Chuck Jones eThe illustrated classic, complete with a new preface by Matt Groening Winner of three Academy Awards and numerous other prizes for his animated films, Chuck Jones is the director of scores of famous Warner Bros cartoons and the creator of such memorable characters as the Road Runner, Wile E Coyote, Pepe Le Pew, and Marvin Martian In this beguiling memoir, Chuck Jones evokes the golden years of life at Termite Terrace, the Warner Bros studio in which he and his now famous fellow animators conceived the cartoons that delighted millions of moviegoers throughout the world and entertain new generations of fans on television Not a mere history, Chuck Amuck captures the antic spirit that created classic cartoons such as Duck Dodgers in the 241 2 Century, One Froggy Evening, Duck Amuck, and What s Opera, Doc with some of the wittiest insights into the art of comedy since Mark Twain.

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    1. Warner Brothers cartoons were a very important part of my childhood. I wasn't allowed to watch much TV as a kid, but on the weekend, Warner Brothers was a big exception. I would watch with my dad, who had also watched them when he was a kid. Unlike other television from his childhood era (like Honeymooners or Andy Griffith Show or cowboy serials), these cartoons rarely felt outdated (with the exception of some troubling racial and gender stereotypes and tropes). What I liked about these cartoons [...]

    2. Part autobiography, part history, part lessons in animation and characterization, part tribute to the people he worked with and created, this is a delightful excursion into the life of someone who has made me laugh as long as I can remember. Chuck created Wile E. Coyote and the Roadrunner and contributed significantly to Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Elmer Fudd and Marvin the Martian, among others. Some people may quite passages from Shakespeare or Kipling: I think i can do a word-for-word reproductio [...]

    3. The late Chuck Jones was many peoples' favorite among the animation directors made famous by Warner Brothers cartoon shorts (home of Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, and so many more). Maybe that's because he was always one of the most talkative among them. This biography is based on several of his lectures about his life and work, and it is truly a kick. He writes about how influences as diverse as his dad's endless string of business failures to his truly weird pet cat lead to his creativity and artist [...]

    4. By far the most entertaining, thought-provoking, and even educational autobiography I've ever read. If you like Looney Tunes and/or Chuck Jones, and you haven't read this book yet, then you are wasting your time with something else.His writing style is straight to the point and always honest, and as he describes his childhood, his love for Mark Twain, and the atmosphere at "Termite Terrace," it's clear to see where his inspiration came from.Not only does it provide great autobiographical stories [...]

    5. Sadly out of print, my search for this book was worth it. It gives a brief look into Chuck Jones' formative years, from which he manages to draw quite a few humorous anecdotes. Things then move on to the various animation units he worked for and then supervised, providing still more funny stories about his coworkers and very enlightening stories on the creation of Daffy Duck, the rules for a Wile E. Coyote & Roadrunner cartoon, and a host of other behind the scenes items that every Looney Tu [...]

    6. I read rather a lot of auto-biographies (I find them very easy to read for some reason, I can normally finish them in one sitting), and this is probably my favourite ever. It helps that Chuck Jones is a hero of mine, and I think this book justifies my idolisation of him. Witty, thoughtful and written with a clear love of his colleagues and his art, Jones reveals the philosophy behind his work without ever sounding preachy. The sections where he describes the behaviour of his childhood pet cat Jo [...]

    7. Remember all those fantastic cartoons with Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Pepe Le Pew, Road Runner, Wile Coyote and all the rest? Chuck Jones was one of the minds behind all that brilliance. This book was a fascinating and often hilarious look at Chuck's life and a glimpse behind the scenes at the making of many of those animated shorts. There were times I had to quit reading because I was laughing so hard I couldn't see the page. You should read it. It's just that good.

    8. Chuck Jones tells a story with the same sense of whimsy that is in his cartoons. He goes into just enough technical detail so that the reader understands without being overwhelmed. He invites you behind the curtain with open arms and gentle smile. Once there, you find a world surprisingly similar to yours (albeit with more swordfish stranglers). Great book for any age and a fun read.

    9. Hilarious book which I've read many times. Insight into the mind of Chuck Jones as well as behind the scenes antics at Warner Bros. during they're heyday creating Bugs Bunny cartoons. Be sure to read about his amazing cat who loved grapefruit.

    10. My childhood ambition was to become an animator. I drew all the time, created a bunch of characters, and watched cartoons all the time. I noted the different styles, and watched the credits to learn who was responsible for what. Attached to many of my favorites was the title "Directed by Chuck Jones." I was mad for his style in the 50s/60s. I loved the crisp lines, brilliant colors, abstract backgrounds, and the exaggerated yet realistic motions of the animals in his work. I loved the stuff he d [...]

    11. To continue my journey of reading important works that surround the field of animation, I of course had to read the autobiography of the master Chuck Jones, possibly the greatest genius of the 6 minute theatrical cartoon. What I read completely surprised me, since Jones's personality and writing is so much stronger, wiser, and more engaging than the typical "non-writer's" autobiography typically is. The incredible humor of his cartoons constantly shines through his writing, and it's amazing how [...]

    12. Chuck Jones's self-deprecatory tone adds to the delight of this memoir. He covers his career as an animator from 1931 through the 1960s. He adds many biographical details from his childhood, as well. Jones emphasizes the importance of character in storytelling, particularly in his own directing such cartoon standouts as "What's Opera, Doc?" For example, "“Most of our other characters are not noted for triumph. Inept contenders with the problems of life: Wile E. Coyote, Elmer Fudd, Yosemite Sam [...]

    13. Chuck Jones is without doubt one of the greatest animated cartoon directors of all time. This doesn't mean, however, that he's also a great writer. 'Chuck Amuck' is richly illustrated, especially with Chuck Jones's own sketches, but remarkably shallow in its written content. The book is loose-jointed, and certainly no autobiography. Unfortunately, Jones is a little too self-aware to be really funny in his writing, and he never reaches that great mix of humor and melancholy of Jack Kinney's 'Walt [...]

    14. There is no way I could not like this book. Chuck JonesBugs Bunnyd (as in the theme song for the first season of Gilligan's Island) the rest. Not only was he brilliantly funny as an animator, some of his life stories he relates here are hilarious. As one of the four fathers of Bugs Bunny - Bob Clampett, Robert McKimson, and Friz Freleng being the other three, I've felt he did the most to develop the character. And he created Pepe le Pew, and Coyote and the Road Runner, and so many more. He broug [...]

    15. As a lover of Looney Tunes cartoons, this was for me more of a 4-star but I wish he had put in even more detail. Chuck Jones is remarkably humble even in the wake of huge success, and gives tremendous credit to everyone who worked with him, and hilariously disparages those who were his bosses. Directors Fritz Freleng, Bob McKimson, and Tex Avery, and writers Mike Maltese (most often worked w/ Chuck), Tedd Pierce (inspiration for Pepe Le Peu) and Warren Foster are highly praised. That group held [...]

    16. Chuck Amuck (and a follow-up volume Chuck Reducks) is the lighthearted but extremely informative autobiography of legendary cartoon animator Chuck Jones. Jam-packed with copious illustrations, Chuck Amuck delves into Jones' early animation career and culminates in the many years he spent working in the animation department at Warner Brothers, helping to create dozens of characters and writing and directing hundreds of classic cartoon characters -- like Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Tweety and Sylveste [...]

    17. There's a lot of padding here for a relatively short book. Jones repeats a couple of stories and facts. And he adds the text scripts for a handful of cartoon, which really do not read well. (That's interesting, but just one would have been enough to make that point.)Still, Jones is funny, the parts of his life that he is willing to discuss are interesting, and the drawings freely portrayed in the book are great. Probably I give this book a whole extra star for the surprise flipbook. Probably I w [...]

    18. "Chuck Amuck" is more memoir than autobiography, which makes it all the more fascinating. Chuck talks about the very intense process of cartoon animation, the team that was in place at WB (along with some fairly harsh assessments of "management") and how iconic characters like Bugs Bunny, Wile E. Coyote, and Daffy Duck evolved and developed their own personalities over time. As a bonus, the book sprinkles sketches and storyboards of the Looney Tunes animations throughout. Thoroughly enjoyed!

    19. This book was hilarious. I laughed out loud at least once a chapter. The stories of Chuck Jones' childhood, his parents and his pets and all the adventures they had just set the stage for the wackiness he created later in life with the Looney Tunes. I wish I could've met the people he talks about, and I wish there were more like that in my own life. Chuck Jones was always one of my heroes, and I loved reading about him.

    20. Why did I not read this sooner? It was a fantastic look into the people and processes of the Looney Tunes. I now must sit down with the book, my DVDs and my computer to rewatch all of the shorts he mentioned to get the full effect and understanding of things such as the development of Bugs and Daffy or the strengths of his fellow directors. Great stuff!

    21. This book totally lays out the wacky, quacky, clucky sense of humor that Chuck Jones had when he created that wonderful cast of characters we all love. This is a funny and touching biography/art study.

    22. Wonderful!This is one of the most enjoyable books I have read in a long time. I would give it 10 stars if I could. I especially liked the descriptions Chuck gave of his cat, Johnson in the first chapter. What a hook! And I took it gladly.

    23. This book has great illustrations (obviously) but there are pictures of guys dancing around the Warner Bros. studios (in their suits) as preparation for how to get Bugs Bunny to dance. Very interesting.

    24. Love this book. Whenever I need to replenish my desire to be a Cartoonist I re-read passages from the book. Very inspirational.

    25. The perfect view from the bowels of Warner Bros. Animation. Brilliant for aspiring animators and anyone who wants a glimpse of the lives and minds behind your favourite characters.

    26. This is a good book for any film or animation fanatic. The development and history of the Looney Tunes are also a fascinating topic to read

    27. A wonderful tribute to animation of the 50s and a fun book for fans of old Hollywood. I didn't stop smiling until I was done.

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