Why Chuck Jones, the creator of Looney Tunes, was such a great artist

Tony Zhou of Every Frame a Painting does his always wonderful deep dive thing on Chuck Jones, the creator of Looney Tunes, and examines how evolved as an artist. It goes beyond his technical skill and his jokes and his characters his discipline and tells how Jones used the real world to inspire his work in his world.


Zhou writes:

If you grew up watching Looney Tunes, then you know Chuck Jones, one of all-time masters of visual comedy. Normally I would talk about his ingenious framing and timing, but not today. Instead, I’d like to explore the evolution of his sensibilities as an artist.

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During the 1990s and 2000s I tried to watch an old Looney Tunes cartoon on the television and each episode was so cut up and watered down that it wasn’t even worth watching any longer. Most of the episodes didn’t even make sense after all the violent scenes were taken out. The producers ended up making newer, more sanitized cartoons. It was so sad.