Beverly Hills, CA — Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Elmer Fudd, Pepe Le Pew, Wile E. Coyote and many other iconic characters created or developed by Oscar®-winning animator and humorist Chuck Jones (1912 – 2002) will be showcased in the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ summer exhibition “Chuck Jones: An Animator’s Life From A to Z-Z-Z-Z,” opening to the public on Friday, May 14, in the Academy’s Grand Lobby Gallery in Beverly Hills. Admission is free.
Jones’s legendary and prolific career as animator, producer, director and screenwriter will be celebrated with more than 150 drawings, storyboards, cels and dialogue sheets.
These range from Jones’s animated short films, features and television specials, including “Elmer’s Candid Camera,” “For Scent-Imental Reasons,” “Duck Amuck,” “Duck Dodgers in the 24½th Century,” “From A to Z-Z-Z-Z,” “What’s Opera, Doc?,” “Guided Mouse-ille” and “The Dot and the Line,” for which he (along with producer Les Goldman) won an Academy Award® in the Cartoon Short Subject category in 1965.
Jones also was nominated for the cartoon shorts “Beep Prepared” and “Nelly’s Folly,” both in 1961, and received an Honorary Award (an Oscar statuette) in 1995 “for the creation of classic cartoons which have brought worldwide joy for more than half a century.”
The exhibition is presented in association with the Chuck Jones Center for Creativity, the nonprofit organization from which many items in the exhibition have been drawn. Additional loans come from the Chuck Jones Collection housed at Warner Bros.
“Chuck Jones: An Animator’s Life From A to Z-Z-Z-Z” will be on display through Sunday, August 22.
The Academy’s Grand Lobby Gallery is located at 8949 Wilshire Boulevard in Beverly Hills and is open Tuesday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and weekends, noon to 6 p.m. The gallery will be closed for the Memorial Day (May 29 and 30) and Independence Day (July 3 and 4) holiday weekends. For more information call (310) 247-3600 or visit www.oscars.org.
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