Chuck Amuck has ratings and 43 reviews. Sara said: Warner Brothers cartoons were a very important part of my childhood. I wasn’t allowed to watch muc. Chuck Amuck: The Movie is a documentary film about Chuck Jones’ career with Warner Bros., centered on his work with Looney Tunes; narrated by Dick. Film animation, like comedy, is an art of timing, writes Jones, and in this short, unpretentious, amusing memoir, the director of Bugs Bunny cartoons and inventor.
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The illustrated classic, complete with a new preface by Matt Groening. Winner of cuhck Academy Awards and numerous other prizes for his animated films, Chuck Jones is the director of scores of famous Warner Bros. In this beguiling memoir, Chuck Jones e The illustrated classic, complete with a new preface by Matt Groening. Paperbackpages.
Published December 3rd by Farrar Straus Giroux first published To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about Chuck Amuckplease sign up. Lists with This Book. Apr 19, Sara rated it really liked it Shelves: 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television from his childhood era like Honeymooners or Andy Griffith Show or cowboy serialsthese cartoons rarely felt outdated with the exception of some troubling racial and gender stereotypes and tropes. What I liked about these cartoons Warner Brothers cartoons were a very important part of my childhood. What I liked about these cartoons was of course the humor and the characterization, but also specifically the fact that a lot of the humor was so absurd, and the backgrounds so weird and avant garde.
There was a formula Elmer chases Bugs; Coyote chases Roadrunner; Sylvester chases Tweety; Pepe chases the cat but even within these repetitions, there was so much invention. I always enjoy reading about artists and their creative process, and Chuck Jones’ memoir-with-drawings is no exception.
I particularly enjoyed him talking about character development and about how everything comes from character. I also liked his comparative anatomy drawings of different animals, both realistic and animated. The only downside to reading this memoir written in is finding out what a total boys’ club the studio was, which shouldn’t have been a total surprise, given the time period and the fact that there were never any major female characters.
And, of course all these men were also white. I get it, it was just how things were. But from the perspective of now, it makes my fave feel more problematic. Sometimes seeing behind the scenes means seeing behind the veil.
Sep 08, Tim Schneider rated it really liked it.
This book is a bit hard to classify. It’s mostly a memoir. It’s certainly not an autobiography. Jones delves into his life though not in great detail or in any real order.
He talks about his work though there are large blanks. He talks about the evolution of the Warner Cartoon characters And some about his theories of art Largely it’s an almost stream of consciousness look at Chuck Jones. Because there was a lot of interesting stuff in Chuck Jones’ This book is a bit hard to classify. Because there was a lot of interesting stuff in Chuck Jones’ head. I’d read this one before but it had been a long time. This time around I read it in little bits here and there as I had a bit of time.
And it worked pretty well that way. Kind of like a Looney Tunes cartoon. Jones’ cartoons were ubiquitous in my youth I would dearly love a good biography of Jones I’d say one is far overdue with a serious look at his directorial style and his influence on popular culture. But I really did love this look into Chuck’s mind. Apr 22, Robert J. Sullivan rated it really liked it. 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.
Some people may quite passages from Shakespeare or Kipling: I think i can do a word-for-word reproductio 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. I think i can do a word-for-word reproduction of the ‘pronoun trouble’ exchange amuco Daffy and Bugs.
Jones tell marvelous stories chck his childhood and his working career. His tales of his cat, Johnson, who he credits with teaching him about characterization, are a hoot and he expands on the exploits of the crew at Schlesinger Productions which the receptionist occasionally transposed to ‘Pleasanter Seductions’later Warner Brothers, that I read in “Bugs Bunny: Fifty Years and Only One Grey Hare” With the exception of a few managers evolutionarily on the level of sphagnum moss he is generous with praise to his co-workers and those he admires, including Chaplin, both Keatons, Woody Allen, etc.
A quick read, with drawings on every page, it’s an entertaining voyage with some very funny people, real and animated. Jan 13, Rod rated it really liked it. 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 hcuck. 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 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.
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 artistry as an adult. Jones was rather famous for his personal rule that he would only talk in public about things he liked, and stay silent on people or subjects he did NOT like. Given that, don’t expect to read much here about his times working with Bob Clampett, Ted “Dr.
Seuss” Geisel, or Chhuck Kelly. On the other hand, Friz Freleng and Tex Avery each have whole chapters dedicated to them. Make of that what you will. Mar 06, John rated it it was amazing Shelves: By far the most entertaining, amudk, and even educational autobiography I’ve ever read. 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 By far the most entertaining, thought-provoking, and even educational autobiography I’ve ever read.
Chuck Amuck: The Life and Time of an Animated Cartoonist by Chuck Jones
Not only does it provide great autobiographical stories and views on life and the world, but amukc are several hints chhck illustration and animation in here that I had no idea would be in an autobiography. That mixed in with some amazingly crystal-clear color photos, this book is definitely the complete package. Honestly, what autobiography could be better than one that is also a flip book???
Feb 26, Dan rated it it was amazing.
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.
Jones gives a brief class on how cartoons were produced I assume most everything is different now since almost everything is computer animated. I thought I was quite the Chuck Jones aficionado, but I learned quite a bit and laughed all the way.
If you can find it, this book is definitely worth the read. Apr chukc, Leo Cchuck rated it it was amazing. 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 sittingand 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 chucj where he describes the behaviour of his childhood pet cat Jo I read rather a amuco of auto-biographies I find them very easy to read for some reason, I can normally finish them in one sittingand this is probably my favourite ever.
The sections where he describes the behaviour of his childhood pet cat Johnson and the hijinks of animators at the Warner Bros. Studio stand out as favourites, but really there are no low points. Beautifully wirtten and illustrated obviouslyif you can find a copy, read it. Jan 19, April rated it it was amazing Shelves: 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.