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That's All Folks: Chuck Jones RIP

chrisd posted more than 12 years ago | from the tom-and-jerry-define-repetitive-genius dept.

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Whamo writes: "Legendary animator, Chuck Jones, creator of classic cartoon characters such as Bugs Bunny, Porky Pig, Road Runner, & Pepe Le Pew has died (cnn) aged 89 years. When you were a kid was there ever a better baby-sitter than several hours of Looney Tunes & Merry Melodies? Thank you, Mr. Jones for all the great memories and, respectfully, That's All Folks...." CT: I just wanted to mention that Chuck actually read Slashdot. We had a poll once where he was an option, and he was flattered that he was winning it.

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Chuck Jones ruled (1)

vmalloc_ (516438) | more than 12 years ago | (#3056460)

Chuck Jones was always my favorite. The guy was just funnier than all the other guys, that's all i've got to say.

WTF? WTF? w t f ? ? ? (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#3056466)

What is up with the on topic first posts?

Here is what I have to say to on topic first posters:

You are a dumbass.

Anyone who reads you is a dumbass.

Anyone who believes you is a dumbass.

Anyone who posts to this thread is a dumbass.

So, to all of you: FUCK OFF!! FUCK OFF!!! SUCK THE SHIT RIGHT OUT OF MY ASS!!!!!

Oh, and fuck off, thx.

Re:WTF? WTF? w t f ? ? ? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#3056469)

Calm down man, Chuck Jones deserves an on topic first post.

Re:WTF? WTF? w t f ? ? ? (-1)

Mayor McPenisman (557253) | more than 12 years ago | (#3056475)

Take off your shroud of +1 anonymous, you AC!

Glory in all that is AUTHORED TROLLING!

go legit, make an amusing username

mine is Mayor McPenisman;
I rule the penisland.

Amuse all those who would never admit that trolling is amusing.

Re:Chuck Jones ruled (2, Insightful)

chiaroscuro03 (411728) | more than 12 years ago | (#3056513)

Slashdot has its share of math-oriented readers. I will always recall the greatness of "The Dot and the Line" (1965), which earned Jones an Academy Award.

pots frits! (-1)

hettberg (552289) | more than 12 years ago | (#3056462)

first post!

So sad (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#3056463)

He made good stuff. He will be missed.

First post :)

The troll beat road runner! (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#3056464)

He was a delisous bird, but not as tasty as THIS BIRD [rotten.com]

Re:The troll beat road runner! (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#3056492)

wow i thought that would never come back in style. long live penis bird

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What makes a good cartoon (5, Insightful)

rosewood (99925) | more than 12 years ago | (#3056467)

I spent 4-5 hours the other night talking about what makes a good cartoon and Chuck Jones was the name we brought up the most. Good slapstick fun that entertains the young ones. More advanced humor for those out of gradeschool, but yet still have the slapstick appealing. Then, working your cartoon with the music directors, etc.

Genuis, no doubt

If anything, his death should prompt cartoon network to run a lot of chuck jones - the silver lining my friends

Re:What makes a good cartoon (5, Insightful)

Forge (2456) | more than 12 years ago | (#3056731)

It's good to see someone can find a silver lineing, even in the death of one of the greatest shapers of human behavior in the modern world.

Chuck Jones defined the "cartoon Cartoon" as oposed to the

kids cartoon; Which is designed to not warp a child too much [Magic SchoolBus]

or the movie cartoon; like a live action feature but alowing special efects which would be deficult in live action. [Prince of Egypt]

or even the superhero cartoon. [transformers].

Nope a cartoon cartoon is one that's not good for your VCR because you keap rewinding to see just how stupid an expresion the character has when he realises he has been walking on air for some time and must now obay gravity.

Awww, maannn.. (2)

ashitaka (27544) | more than 12 years ago | (#3056468)

One of those times when a headline pops up that just makes you groan.

All-Time Favourite: "Duck Amuck"

"Who's responsible for this????!!!"

RIP Chuck.

Re:Awww, maannn.. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#3056495)

"Duck Amuck" is quite possibly the funniest short length cartoon ever made.

Duck Amuck: I remember that! (3, Interesting)

bigdreamer (465083) | more than 12 years ago | (#3056555)

I'm just a yungin' (20), but I always preferred older cartoons to the stuff that comes out these days. My all-time favorite short cartoon is Duck Amuck. [geocities.com]

Apparently, Chuck Jones did a lot of cool stuff besides Bugs Bunny & Co. His biography [pbs.org] says he directed another of my favorite cartoons, How the Grinch Stole Christmas.

Interestingly enough, my interest in science came from one of his cartoons. You know, the one with the mad scientist and his gigantic red hairy monster. Bugs Bunny outwitted them both, of course. But I was so impressed with the gadgetry that I declared to my folks that I would be a Mad Scientist when I grew up. I would even find empty bottles, "mix" their contents, and drink the "potion." In my head I was Jekyll and Hyde. But now I'm way OT...*Reminiscing for a moment*

[rant]
How come they didn't advertise this when he was still alive? Why all this list of achievements after I can't write him a letter to thank him? I know the answers, 1) The info is already out there and 2) Dead people make more news. But still, he'll never know how much I appreciated his work. Chuck Jones taught me what humor is. 1337 skillz are nice, but laughter is priceless.
[/rant]

Re:Duck Amuck: I remember that! (5, Insightful)

ashitaka (27544) | more than 12 years ago | (#3056585)

This is what is so great about Chuck's work.

I am twice your age. I loved his cartoons.

My kids are half your age. They love his cartoons.

And you probably haven't seen a quarter of his work.

Re:Duck Amuck: I remember that! (2, Insightful)

bigdreamer (465083) | more than 12 years ago | (#3056663)

Just goes to show that it takes more than gee-whiz special effects to capture the audiences' imagination. It takes memorable characters, a captivating story, and a new way of viewing the world. Chuck Jones had the talent to give audiences both. May he never be forgotten.

Re:Duck Amuck: I remember that! (2)

The Cat (19816) | more than 12 years ago | (#3056676)

the mad scientist and his gigantic red hairy monster

Nighty niiiiiiight... the ever-famous "ether scene" in the castle with the neon sign flashing:

"Mad Scientist"

"Boo"

Sheer genius

Penisman rulz da roost (-1)

Mayor McPenisman (557253) | more than 12 years ago | (#3056470)

Maimi Vice?

I think so.

Alf?

Yup.

What dp we have now? Everyone loves Raymond? No dice, man.
Sitcoms of the 90's and 2000's suck ass. Three's Company, Who's the Boss and so on!

Just a public service announcement.

Ugh (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#3056476)

after I posted my first reaction / RIP - I read the article to find this

"In his 60-year career, Jones made more than 300 animated films and won three Oscars, according to his Web site."

What the hell kind of reporter tosses that out? There is just something not right about that. Im sure its acurate - but when I die, I want them to pull stats off my web page and present them. Rosewood, billionaire and savior to all, died today...

D*mn (5, Funny)

TheDigitalOne (105087) | more than 12 years ago | (#3056478)

Now we will never know if the Coyote ever catches the Road Runner.

Re:D*mn (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#3056485)

He did

but couldn't eat the Road Runner

Re:D*mn (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#3056497)

I ate the road runner :)

Re:D*mn (4, Informative)

ashitaka (27544) | more than 12 years ago | (#3056516)

He did. In a 1980 cartoon.

Unfortunately he had been shrunk down to insect size at the time.

He then holds up a sign saying: "OK wise guys, you always wanted me to catch him. Now what do I do?"

Admit it, you can just picture it...

And a little smile is spreading on your face.

Re:D*mn (0, Informative)

Eigenray (317237) | more than 12 years ago | (#3056542)

Or if Scratchy ever catches Itchy [snpp.com] :

Bart and Lisa, meanwhile, are watching the Krusty the Klown Show. it's time for an Itchy and Scratchy cartoon: "Burning Down the Mouse". Lisa says she's heard about it already: "This is the one where Scratchy finally gets Itchy!" Bart is suitably impressed.

Itchy is tied to a stake, and he looks glum. Scratchy rubs his hands in delight, then reaches for a crate next to him. He puts sticks of dynamite under the mouse's eyelids and in his ears. He fashions a Lincolnian hat and beard out of plastic explosive and slaps them rudely on Itchy, attaching grenades to his ears as crude parodies of earrings. Itchy stares up in horror as a shadow looms over his face: Scratchy is turning a wheel, adjusting the angle of two atomic bombs so that their sharpened tips point directly at Itchy's eyes. Crates of TNT are stacked around the atomic bombs. Lighting the fuses on all the dynamite, he hails a taxi, and leaves.

Slowly, the fuse burns down. Itchy tries in vain to escape, his legs struggling. Bart and Lisa watch, transfixed. "My purpose in life is to witness this moment," says Bart, grasping Lisa's hand. We see a close- up of Itchy's sweaty face as the inevitable draws inexorably closer. The fuse burns all the way down, and --

Suddenly the TV screen goes blank. Bart and Lisa scream, horrified. One of the nerds rises from behind the TV, holding a plug in each hand. "We need the outlet for our rock tumbler," he explains. "Plug it in, Plug it in!" the two cry frantically. "What, the rock tumbler or the TV?" "The TV, the TV!" The nerd makes it so.

But it is too late. A mushroom cloud is all that's left on the TV, with "THE END" written in red superimposed on it. The children in Krusty's audience cheer wildly. "Wow!" exclaims Krusty, "They'll never let us show that again, not in a million years!" Bart and Lisa are aghast.

Find out who's alive and who's dead [whosaliveandwhosdead.com]

"That's All Folks!" (1)

sane? (179855) | more than 12 years ago | (#3056481)

Slightly tasteless, but appropriate I guess
I wonder who has the most lasting effect on the outlook of the world, the average US president, or Chuck Jones ?
Meep, meep !

Where's the kaboom? (5, Funny)

dagnabit (89294) | more than 12 years ago | (#3056484)

There was supposed to be an Earth-shattering kaboom...

R.I.P., Mr. Jones, and thanks for sharing your talents.

And the copyrights last forever (5, Insightful)

digiZen (535342) | more than 12 years ago | (#3056486)

Sadly, after his death, a mega corporation continues to profit from his works, and with copyrights getting perpetually extended, control will never be relinquished. Would he had wanted the public to have access to his works after he passed away? Personally, I would like everything that I create to eventually find the greatest possible use after I'm gone. After all you can't take it with you. There's no better way than for the work to end up in the public domain. Yet, our laws and a few greedy individuals are going to prevent this from occurring. Something has to get done.

Re:And the copyrights last forever (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#3056519)

Sure, that may have been his point of view. But we don't actually know. So stop cashing in on his death and using it as a cheap attempt to advance your own political views, you manipulative bastard.

Re:And the copyrights last forever (2, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#3056546)

Perhaps he would want his surviving relatives to enjoy the fruits of his labors. No doubt he worked hard his whole to provide for them as well. If anything, that was his primary purpose in life: to provide well for his wife, children, and family.

And you'd deprive a man of that dream, now that he's dead? The coin has another side.

Something has to get done.
Some has gotten done. It's called representative democracy. And for all the complaints we have about how it's broken, the "something" that got done was a vote on a somewhat balanced law about intellectual property. (Don't forget, the rights are slowly making their way to the public domain; it's not perpetual.)

I'm glad some royalties are going to his kids and grandchildren.

Re:And the copyrights last forever (5, Informative)

CashCarSTAR (548853) | more than 12 years ago | (#3056586)

Actually Chuck Jones is getting next to nothing for all the work he's done over the years. Yes let me repeat that. Next to nothing. It seems that he was one of the original artists (and he was an artist) to get slammed with a "work for hire" clause in his contract. After he was forced out of WB, he recieved very little renumeration for his years of work. However, that's not to say he died a poor man, hardly the case. He spent the last few years of his life recreating some of the classic scenes from the cartoons for sale. He made quite a pile that way. Something telling in this story I think.

Re:And the copyrights last forever (1)

chartreuse (16508) | more than 12 years ago | (#3056710)

(Don't forget, the rights are slowly making their way to the public domain; it's not perpetual.)

Yes, but you and I will be dead by that time. Nothing since about 1920 is in public domain yet, and the terms just keep being extended. That's not representative democracy -- you voted on it? I sure didn't -- that's corporate fascism. (Look it up.)

Perhaps he would want his surviving relatives to enjoy the fruits of his labors. No doubt he worked hard his whole to provide for them as well. If anything, that was his primary purpose in life: to provide well for his wife, children, and family.

I love the way "perhaps" turns into "no doubt" and then "if anything", without any new information being introduced. You probably have an excellent future ahead of you as an astroturfing corporate hack ... if you aren't a paid one already.

Please close the italics tag (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#3056487)

u guys fckd up the frnt pg, plz fix thx

Re:Please close the italics tag (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#3056496)

I guess its too much for slashcode to close any open tags at the end of a story.

I guess its also too much for slashcode to be able to count. It was well over a minute since I hit reply and submit. Even then, IM A FAST FUCKING TYPER.

ass

Re:Please close the italics tag (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#3056566)

Also, it needs to run things through spellcheck or something...

Re:Please close the italics tag (1)

masonbrown (208074) | more than 12 years ago | (#3056518)

DO IT!!!! Crazy slanted letters everywhere!!!!

Re:Please close the italics tag (-1)

Ralph Malph Alpha (551824) | more than 12 years ago | (#3056524)

Werd up. Itz true, and I'm surprised that it was chrisd and not thimoty (the faggay who can't even add HREFs properly). [slashdot.org] (Check the source and search for the word intertwingle for his faulty link).

Re:Please close the italics tag (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#3056595)

(-1)*(-1) = 1. A gayfag is someone straight, so it's not an insult.

Re:Please close the italics tag (-1)

Ralph Malph Alpha (551824) | more than 12 years ago | (#3056633)


(-1)*(-1) = 1. A gayfag is someone straight, so it's not an insult.

Pure genius. (5, Funny)

meth88 (550714) | more than 12 years ago | (#3056494)

Bugs: "Do you want to shoot me now or wait till you get home?" Daffy: "SHOOT HIM NOW! SHOOT HIM NOW!" Bugs: "You keep outta this; he doesn't have to shoot you now." Daffy: "Oh, yeah? Well, I say he DOES have to shoot me now! So SHOOT ME NOW!" --BANG!-- Daffy: "Let's try that again..." Bugs (shrugging): "Okay; do you want to shoot me now or wait till you get home?" (in a flat, actor read-through voice) Daffy: "Shoot him now; shoot him now." (Ditto) Bugs: "You keep outta this; he doesn't have to shoot you now." Daffy: "AH HA! (aside to the audience)Pronoun trouble. It's not he doesn't have to shoot you now, he doesn't have to shoot me now. Well, I say he DOES have to shoot me now! SO SHOOT ME NOW!" --BANG!--

Re:Pure genius. (1)

rosewood (99925) | more than 12 years ago | (#3056499)

have that memorized?

I do :

and a lot of other chuck jones

he truely influenced my life (kinda sad, I know) and the lives of many commedy writers

Link to famous charcters and more (1)

bigdreamer (465083) | more than 12 years ago | (#3056599)

I'm very excited to let you guys know about a link [warnerbros.com] to some of the most popular Looney Tunes characters, sketches, short films, and more.

Enjoy it before it's slashdotted.

Well... (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#3056498)

Obviously it's true! The sad news was just on talk radio!

-klerck

Cartoon violence (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#3056502)

It really ruined it for me when cartoon violence was banned.
I remember the road runner you used to see lots more squashing etc... was funny, and i knew it wasnt real.

Bearocracy (i cant spell) can take the fun out of anything

Re:Cartoon violence (1)

fuzz6y (240555) | more than 12 years ago | (#3056603)

Bearocracy (i cant spell) can take the fun out of anything

Yeah, rule by large furry woodland creatures can be a real downer.

He was still alive? (2, Insightful)

boa13 (548222) | more than 12 years ago | (#3056504)

Pardon me, yes, pardon me, but this is the first thing that came to my mind when I heard of his death in the 11pm news.

I have a lot of fond memories from all the Merry Melodies in my youth. I love animation in all forms, and loved his work, but, somehow, I imagined he disappeared a long time ago.

I am afraid the crazy gags and wild imagination from people such as him and Tex Avery have not waited his death to disappear. Nowadays, in the specific field of crazy cartoons, it seems they just reuse the old tricks over and over. I want new, ten-gags per second, Tex Avery's!

Thanks, Chuck (1)

Jordan Block (192769) | more than 12 years ago | (#3056506)

Chuck was always my favorite...

That's something they could put on his tombstone (1, Insightful)

Caudipteryx (534137) | more than 12 years ago | (#3056507)

"That's all folks!" would be so apt. And then maybe they could also put in some kind of digital playback device that would be triggered when someone came near to play the Merry Melodies tune that comes on at the end of each program. And then that someone would smile and shed a tear as he remembers fondly all the laughter that Chuck Jone has given him and the whole world. Sniff! :~)

Italics (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#3056508)

Someone forgot to close an <I> tag.

First the voice for many of the characters... (2)

phoneboy (11009) | more than 12 years ago | (#3056510)

and now the creator of the characters themselves. *sigh* May your collective works live on for many more generations, even if AOLTW keeps making money on it.

enjoyed the pbs documentary (5, Interesting)

McQuaid (524757) | more than 12 years ago | (#3056515)

Chuck Jones: Extremes and In-Betweens -- A life in animation [pbs.org] was a great documentary I caught a couple of years back. Among some of the fans giving there insights were Whoopi Goldberg, THE SIMPSONS creator Matt Groening, Ron Howard, TOY STORY director John Lasseter, Steven Spielberg, and Robin Williams.

But what kept bugging me while watching these people give praise to his work and what joy it gave to them, I couldn't help but think what a shame it is that a lot of the original works are cut or not shown in their entirety or not at all. Here in Canada, the only looney toons is the road runner show shown three times a week. Most kids growing up in Canada right now probably only have seen a fraction of the great classics. I understand it's much better in the U.S. with cartoon network but here viewings of the originals are practically nil.

Re:enjoyed the pbs documentary (1)

ashitaka (27544) | more than 12 years ago | (#3056526)

Not having broadcast the only way my kids see these is through the collections at Rogers Video which are either incomplete or those horrendous compilations with new "bridging" animation which just clunks compared to the originals surrounding them.

I have YET to find "Rabbit of Seville" so the kids can understand why I sing Rossini whilst washing their hair. :-)

Re:enjoyed the pbs documentary (2, Funny)

leviramsey (248057) | more than 12 years ago | (#3056547)

I have YET to find "Rabbit of Seville" so the kids can understand why I sing Rossini whilst washing their hair.

Uhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh..... I'm scared now....

[Backs away]

Re:enjoyed the pbs documentary (1)

ashitaka (27544) | more than 12 years ago | (#3056552)

Oh c'mon. You know what I'm talking about.

Da da da dada,

Da da da dada,

Da da da dada, da dada, da da da dummm.

Re:enjoyed the pbs documentary (1)

Martin Blank (154261) | more than 12 years ago | (#3056734)

I hum it while I wash my own hair, as well as the rare cases when I find myself washing someone else's hair. It's not scary. It's just ingrained.

Re:enjoyed the pbs documentary (1, Offtopic)

Solokron (198043) | more than 12 years ago | (#3056588)

Welcome to Canadian censorship! :) There are all kinds of radio and television shows you guys miss out on because of your guvmint.

The man WAS Sat. morning- (1)

Joe 'Nova' (98613) | more than 12 years ago | (#3056517)

Oh, favorite? "I wonder if that silly duck remembers he can fly?" POOF "Guess not..." ;)
I feel the world laughs a little less now.
Wasn't it last year Charles Shultz(Peanuts) went, now this.
I think the studios holding his work will try to capitolise on their monopoly by releasing tape collections.
When Looney Tunes first came out, weren't they on the big screen anyway? Part of their alure was during the depression-pre-post war era, people needed a good laugh. We really need some now, with all the Global BS. :P
He was a genious, missed. Too bad Speilberg can't duplicate the humor without the sappiness...

Re:The man WAS Sat. morning- (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#3056558)

The man WAS Sat. morning

I completely agree. It used to come on at 9am on abc, then 10am, then 11am, finally it was killed off. I remember waking up gradually later and later and never realized it was all because of that. I always thought it was b/c I was getting old...;-)

May you rest in peace Chuck

Re:The man WAS Sat. morning- (1)

Martin Blank (154261) | more than 12 years ago | (#3056614)

I remember my Saturdays used to start at 7am to catch cartoons, and Bugs Bunny was always the centerpiece. Sundays started at 8am with Popeye. Now when I go to look at any of broadcast networks on the weekends, I see news, I see infomercials, and I see some really off-the-wall 'educational' programming, and I realize that there is an entire generation of kids growing up without the wonderful experiences I had.

The first purchase I make when I find out I'm going to be a dad is a massive collection of cartoons from Warner Brothers and the like. My kid's not growing up on Spongebob Squarepants.

My Pascal Programs are no match for your fury!! (-1)

herbert_axelrod (554087) | more than 12 years ago | (#3056520)

Program SucksDot;

Var
x:boolean;
y:string[1];
begin
y:='';
Write('Does CmdrTaco Suck Cock? ');
read(y);
if (y='y') or (y='Y') then
x:=true else
x:=false;
If x=true then writeln('you are correct!') else
writeln('you are an ass gnome!');
end.

Re:My Pascal Programs are no match for your fury!! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#3056578)

if (...) then x:=true else x:=false;
If x=true then [...]


OMG, you NEED to understand booleans, FAST.

Not just Chuck (1)

dag2001 (545994) | more than 12 years ago | (#3056523)

There's no doubt that Chuck Jones did a lot for the entertainment industry.

But this is a chance to also remember Fred Quimby - who created Tom & Jerry, which Chuck kept alive in later years..

RIP

Re:Not just Chuck (-1)

herbert_axelrod (554087) | more than 12 years ago | (#3056529)

I would also like to remember Steve Kozlowsky for his brilliant and WITTY sunday comic staple 'Marvin, Midget Masturbator'. Peace guys, you will be missed!

Re:Not just Chuck (5, Funny)

Kirruth (544020) | more than 12 years ago | (#3056564)

Fred Quimby, Mel Blanc, Charles Schultz and now Chuck Jones.

We are at the closing of an Age.

I'm hoping when they get to Heaven, someone hands them an anvil and they tumble back to Earth.

Chuck Jones, animator, dead at 89 (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#3056535)

I just heard some sad news on talk radio - cartoon character creator Chuck Jones was found dead in his California home this morning. There weren't any more details. I'm sure everyone in the Slashdot community will miss him - even if you didn't enjoy his work, there's no denying his contributions to popular culture. Truly an American icon.

Re:Chuck Jones, animator, dead at 89 (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#3056556)

he will be missed. :(

Re:Chuck Jones, animator, dead at 89 (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#3056720)

Nearly as much as Stephen King.

*sob* (1)

StorminNorman (83059) | more than 12 years ago | (#3056537)

Goodbye Chuck. My childhood would have been much less enjoyable if you hadn't made all those wonderful cartoons.

And yes, that really *is* all, folks.

*cries*

his website (2, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#3056538)

http://www.chuckjones.com/entry.html

What's Opera Doc? (1)

futuresheep (531366) | more than 12 years ago | (#3056539)

Stolen from somewhere...

(Elmer) Be very quiet I'm hunting rabbits
(E) Rabbit tracks!!!
(E) Kill the rabbit, kill the rabbit, kill the rabbit
(E) Yo ho to oh! Yo ho to oh! Yo ho...
(Bugs) O mighty warrior of great fighting stock
(B) Might I enquire to ask, eh, what's up doc??
(E) I'm going to kill the rabbit!!
(B) Oh mighty warrior t'will be quite a task
(B) How will you do it, might I enquire to ask??
(E) I will do it with my spear and magic helmet!
(B) Your spear and magic helmet?
(E) Spear & magic helmet!
(B) Magic helmet?
(E) Magic helmet!
(B) Magic helmet
(E) Yes, magic helmet and I'll give you a sample
(B) Bye
(E) That was the rabbit
(E) Oh Brunhilda, you're so lovely
(B) Yes I know it I can't help it
(E) Oh Brunhilda be my love
(E) Return my love a longing burns deep inside me
(B) Return my love I want you always beside me
(E) A love like ours must be
(B) Made for you and for me
(B&E) Return won't you return my love for my love is yours
(E) I'll kill the rabbit
(E) Arise storms
(E) North winds blow, south winds blow
(E) Typhoons, hurricanes, earthquakes, smog
(E) Flash lightning strike the rabbit
(E) What have I done?? I've killed the rabbit....
(E) Poor little bunny, poor little rabbit...
(B) Well what did you expect in an opera, a happy ending???

Dough for the Dodo (1)

hazyshadeofwinter (529262) | more than 12 years ago | (#3056687)

With all the folks plugging their fave Chuck Jones shorts, I thought somebody ought to mention the work of utter, twisted, psychedelic genius that is "Dough for the Dodo". Like a Dali painting crossed with a pie in the face.

Not like Chuck ever did a bad 'toon...

Where do I rate stories? (-1, Offtopic)

grazzy (56382) | more than 12 years ago | (#3056562)

aaaaaaar!

Offtopic.
OT.
OFF THE TOPIC!!

Lameness filter encountered. Post aborted!
Reason: Don't use so many caps. It's like YELLING.

hopes of a week long marathon on cartoon network (1)

claygate (531826) | more than 12 years ago | (#3056563)

=(

racist (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#3056569)

Lets all moran the death of a man who to this day has been able to spread racistism to children for what 40 years? Yeah im sorry this hate monger has died.

ah? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#3056584)

care¦to¦back¦that¦up¦with¦actual¦facts?

Thanks.... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#3056575)

...for all the beautiful saturday mornings.

That cup of coffee... (1)

rsklnkv (532866) | more than 12 years ago | (#3056577)

...we all at some point wish we could have with some figurehead out of history. After feeling what I did when I heard he died, that cup of coffee might just have to have to be with him :( Much sadness. I still get this weird excitement when I watch one of his pieces. Farewell, Chuck!

Bass going into space? Article disappeared (1)

lonesome phreak (142354) | more than 12 years ago | (#3056579)

Um, there was an article about some guy from NSync not going into space. I clicked it, and it said "Nothing to see here, move along." I go back and now it's gone...anyone know anything?

RIP? (1)

panZ (67763) | more than 12 years ago | (#3056581)

Am I the only one that thought "Router Information Protocol" before "Rest In Peace"? ...damn that's wrong.

I can't count the hours I spent watching the Road Runner cartoons, there's a legacy I will share with my children. Along with all the stress and the mundane things that compete unceasingly for our time and energy, we are granted an essential element. We have the gift to love humor. That gift helps to weave some threads of sense and meaning into this place that we call the universe. It is a big universe. I think that it is going to take a lot of threads and a lot of weaving to get the job done. Thanks to Chuck for his great contributions. Meep Meep...

A sad, sad day (5, Insightful)

Martin Blank (154261) | more than 12 years ago | (#3056587)

There used to be a Warner Brothers store near me, and they had hanging on one wall a large image of a number of classic characters standing in the shadows, the spotlight on a microphone with nobody there to use it. It was a memorial to Mel Blanc, and even now when I think of it, I get a little misty-eyed. In an odd way, I look forward to the tribute that will be paid to Chuck Jones.

What I find saddest, though, is a conversation I recently had with a friend's kids. They're 8 and 6, and they know who the Rugrats and Spongebob Squarepants (that one scares me) are, but they barely know who Bugs Bunny is, thought they knew Daffy and Elmer, recognized Yosemite Sam, but had no clue who the Tazmanian Devil, Marvin the Martian, Wile E. Coyote, the Road Runner, or Sylvester are. (Oddly enough, the younger of the two knew of Marvin's dog, and described him enough to convince me. Weird.) Even the youngest are being pulled so far into the "NEW NEW NEW" mentality pervading media culture that they have no clue what led to the current generation. Some of them don't even know about Mickey and Minnie, but they know everything about the Little Mermaid or the Lion King.

My children will know the classics. Oh, yes. They will know.

Re:A sad, sad day (1)

Artifex (18308) | more than 12 years ago | (#3056672)

[...]they barely know who Bugs Bunny is, thought they knew Daffy and Elmer, recognized Yosemite Sam, but had no clue who the Tazmanian Devil, Marvin the Martian, Wile E. Coyote, the Road Runner, or Sylvester are.

That's pretty strange, considering the "Kids WB" shows a lot of intros to cartoons with thse characters, and I think Animaniacs had some of them as well, though maybe in "kid" versions (kids of today wouldn't relate to the "adult" Marvin or Wiley, or some other stupid reason, so they have kids now).

If you think their knowledge of WB characters is bad, though, ask them about Felix or Popeye or Rocky and Bullwinkle... our cartoon heritage is really fading into obscurity. Sure, there's good new stuff out there, like Dexter's Laboratory and Invader Zim, but so many other popular cartoons today are just rip-offs or parodies of older ones, that it's important to show where they came from. Oh, and don't forget to show them G-Force and Starblazers, too!

Re:A sad, sad day (1)

Martin Blank (154261) | more than 12 years ago | (#3056696)

I didn't bother asking them about Felix and Popeye, because those shows had dropped off of TV (at least in Southern California) before they were born. When in elementary school, I woke up at 6:30 to watch Felix. ::sigh:: The good old days.

Felix the Cat
The wonderful, wonderful cat
Whenever he gets in a fix,
He reaches into his bag of tricks!

Felix the Cat
The wonderful, wonderful cat
You'll laugh so much your sides will ache
Your heart will go pittery-pat
Watching Felix the Wonderful Cat

I'm 99% certain that's right. I haven't seen the show in probably 18 years.

You're right about Rocky and Bullwinkle, though. I should ask them.

Best Music Video Ever: Rabbit of Seville (5, Insightful)

ewhac (5844) | more than 12 years ago | (#3056594)

Chuck Jones took the overture to Rossini's Barber of Seville and, with Carl Stalling's virtuoso arrangement, created an absolute cinematic masterwork.

Music videos today are just a jumble of images assembled nearly at random. Chuck Jones rose to the challenge and gave Rabbit of Seville an actual plot, while still remaining almost perfectly true to Rossini's original score. Not only that, but Stalling's spirited orchestration makes you want to go out and track down Rossini's other works. (The overtures to Semiramide and The Thieving Magpie are just begging for cartoons of their own.)

It's a damn shame it doesn't get broadcast much anymore.

Schwab

Re:Best Music Video Ever: Rabbit of Seville (1)

Martin Blank (154261) | more than 12 years ago | (#3056711)

Comedy Central ran a massive marathon of Warner Brothers cartoons a few months ago. I watched for Rabbit of Seville, but I never saw it. (I did learn that I sleep very well to these cartoons, though, as I fell asleep in front of the TV.) My love for the soundtracks of the various shorts I used to watch is what inspired me to get into listening to classical music. (And thanks for the references to the other two works. I'm looking for them now.)

You're too right about the current generation of music videos. A friend of mine always wants me to watch the videos on MTV-X, and I can't understand what she sees in them. They're almost painful to watch.

Hate.. (0, Troll)

tomas.bjornerback (411702) | more than 12 years ago | (#3056602)

Oh, how I hate those stupid cartoons! They defy all laws of physics and only stupid people can like that kind of crap.

It MUST be bad for kids to watch it.

Give me a good Disney-cartoon instead, such as The Beauty and the Beast, The Lion King, etc.

My 2 cents...

Re:Hate.. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#3056690)

it seems that you don't understand anything of cartoons... the guy in the cartoon is every guy, his trip to the beach is to everybeach, his lives in everytown, and yet this character does not have the same limitations we have. The characters can fly, walk on water (it seems though someone has done this for real ;) ), etc.
Personally I like both Disney and Chuck toons, and I think that the standard of most cartoons from the past is something that a lot of nowadays' producers/animators can't touch.

Oh yeah, and the thing I *really* hate about Disney movies is the part where everybody/thing starts to dance and sing, it just kills the whole rhythm in the movie....

drat. (1)

nycdewd (160297) | more than 12 years ago | (#3056610)

hmm... well... when ya gotta go, ya gotta go.

damn, his 'toons were the best. all the junk put out since then is just that, junk.

Thank you and fairwell Chuck. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#3056611)

Thanks for the laughs. I hope they set aside a special place for you where ever you may be now...

Truely one of the great ones (1)

lyberth (319170) | more than 12 years ago | (#3056620)

Growing up in the dark winters of Greenland Chuck Jones' cartoons really lighted up my days. Video tapes are being passed down from generation to generation, so that our kids can have the same experiences as me and, siblings and cousins had.
He was a good guy for making those characters.
Thanks Chuck

damn! (-1)

mackga (990) | more than 12 years ago | (#3056626)

although most of /. is crap since that male whore michael arrived, and the cmdr is rife with pustules of greed and avarice, but butt-fucked since the nasdaq hit the shits, i still have to say that this is a sad time for all of america's children.

the road runner and the others are icons in the truest sense. chuck, you will be missed and your contribution to the global cultural shitsack is assured. rock on, dude!

Here's to hoping... (1)

nvrrobx (71970) | more than 12 years ago | (#3056627)

...that children everywhere will continue to laugh and be endlessly entertained by the works of Chuck Jones for decades to come.

A great animator (0)

bonch (38532) | more than 12 years ago | (#3056634)

The guy was an incredible cartoonist. Watch the facial expressions of his characters and their physical movements. I'll never forget something he said about cartoons--you should be able to follow what's going on with the sound turned off. With that perspective, it's easy to see how his cartoons ended up being so well-animated. Most of my favorite episodes, in fact, are the ones with little to no dialogue.

Archived Works? (2, Interesting)

Combuchan (123208) | more than 12 years ago | (#3056637)

I know there are hundreds of episodes I haven't seen ... as a history buff I'm looking to see the anti-Nazi/Japanese propaganda WB cartoon made during the height of the second world war.

The Simpsons first episode is out on DVD, along with numerous other cartoons and television shows. Are the great works of Chuck Jones and company available on a format that I can watch over and over?

Babysitters (0, Flamebait)

Tim Ward (514198) | more than 12 years ago | (#3056644)

was there ever a better baby-sitter than several hours of Looney Tunes

Well, yes, actually. Pretty well any human being would qualify.

What a bizarre comment - whose cultural norms does it represent, I wonder?

Re:Babysitters (2, Insightful)

notsoanonymouscoward (102492) | more than 12 years ago | (#3056700)

actually I think it would be a rare person indeed that could capture my attention, my imagination, and even my affection, as greatly as the looney tunes did.

and I believe it represents american culture. sorry its not quite benny hill, we have our own way of doin things =)

Re:Babysitters (1)

nomadic (141991) | more than 12 years ago | (#3056705)

Well said.

Close your fucking tags chrisd! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#3056662)

This isn't the first time I've seen you do this, you dumb ass.

New cartoon about "Tech Suppork" (1)

bigdreamer (465083) | more than 12 years ago | (#3056673)

Great new cartoon [warnerbros.com] that parodies PC "Tech Suppork" for many Windows owners. Hilarious.

Chuck Jones RIP (5, Insightful)

Devlin-du-GEnie (512506) | more than 12 years ago | (#3056717)

How appropriate . . . finding out early on a Saturday morning.

My parents always hated how I would cheerfully get up at 6:45 a.m. on a Sataurday to watch Bugs & Daffy, but had to be dragged out of bed kicking and screaming on school days.

I miss the explosive (sometimes literally) creativity of those early years of studio animation. Chuck Jones was at the heart of it.

They say you're old when your childhood icons begin to die. This morning, I feel a lot older.

Have fun rescripting the afterlife, Mr. Jones. I'm sure heaven will never be =quite= the same.

Let's not forget Tom and Jerry ... (2)

pyramid termite (458232) | more than 12 years ago | (#3056719)

... He did quite a few of those cartoons, too. My kid likes them.

Sheer Genius (5, Interesting)

The Cat (19816) | more than 12 years ago | (#3056724)

Although I can't state for certain which cartoons were or were not directed or animated by Chuck Jones, I've found that most of the greats were:

Daffy Duck as Robin Hood "ho ha-ha guard turn parry" especially the part where Porky Pig makes Daffy laugh after he falls into the river

"Whoa Camel, whoaaaa camel, awww come on whoa?? When I say whoa, I mean WHOA!!"

Bugs Bunny as the Conductor with the tenor who he makes hold the high note until the auditorium collapses. (The tuba scene at the beginning is priceless)

"DUCK DODGER IN THE 24TH AND A HALF CENTURYYYYYY!!!"

Bugs Bunny vs the Gas House Gorillas and the conga line around the bases with the 93 1/2 year old pitcher

Bugs, the huge red monster and the mad scientist in the castle with the neon sign flashing "Mad Scientist, Boo"

"Wile E. Coyote.. super genius... I like the way that rolls out.. .Wile Eeee Coyoteeeeee suuuuuuper geeeenius..."

Of course, there are too many to list, but these are some that I'm reminded of immediately. Chuck Jones: An absolute genius.

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