Every Frame A Painting Examines The Evolution Of Chuck Jones

We’re big fans of Tony Zhou’s excellent series Every Frame A Painting, in which he examine film and discusses what makes for great art and entertainment. In his latest video essay, he looks at the evolution of Chuck Jones and his work directing cartoons.


Zhou’s series is one that I’ve gone back and watched over and over again, and I can say that it’s genuinely changed how I watch movies and interpret what’s on the screen. In this latest episode, we’ve got a slightly different take from what Zhou usually focuses on, which tends to be editing or framing. Here, he looks right at the gags and the structure of the characters of Loony Toons, and how they’ve changed over Jones’ career, and how they slowly improved.

Check out the video above, and do yourself a favor and give the rest of his series a look.



Chuck was a stone genius. Here’s my favorite Chuck story from an interview he gave, as best as I can recall it. Chuck said:

“The studio hired a new business manager for the cartoon department, and as far as we could tell they went out into the world and found the man who hated laughter the most and put him in charge of making cartoons. One day we were in a story meeting when without warning this guy slammed open the door and out of the blue said “Don’t make any cartoons about bullfights. There nothing funny about bullfights”, and then he left. We all looked at each other and I said ‘Well, he’s never been right about anything yet... “

The result was Bully For Bugs, arguably one of the best of the their cartoons.