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More Chuck Jones than you can shake a cartoonist at!

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Chuck Jones Center for CreativityOn Presidents’ Day weekend in Los Angeles, February 16 – 18, The Cinefamily and the Chuck Jones Center for Creativity will present a three-day Chuck Jones Centennial Celebration, in honor of the 100th anniversary of his birth (which was on September 21, 1912 actually, but what’s a few months among friends?), at the Silent Movie Theatre, 611 North Fairfax Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90036; (323) 655-2510. The program begins at 4:00 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, and at noon on Monday.

On February 16, the program features a panel discussion on the work of Chuck Jones (moderated by animation historian Jerry Beck), a screening of the 1973 TV special ‘A Cricket In Times Square’, and Jones’ arguably best eight Looney Tunes shorts on 35mm: ‘What’s Opera, Doc?’, ‘One Froggy Evening’, ‘Duck Amuck’, ‘From A to ZZZ’, ‘Bully for Bugs’, ‘Duck Dodgers in the 24th ½ Century’, ‘Feed the Kitty’, and ‘Rabbit Seasoning’.

On February 17, Jerry Beck will introduce a double-bill of two collaborations between Jones and author Norton Juster: the 1970 feature film ‘The Phantom Tollbooth’ and the 1965 short ‘The Dot And The Line: A Romance In Lower Mathematics’.

The February 18 program begins with a noon pot-luck lunch. Attendees are asked to bring a dish to share (something more substantial than a bag of chips, please). Socialize and get to know other L.A.-area animation buffs. The ‘Looney Tunes-a-Palooza’ will run from 1:00 to 7:00 p.m., and will present a hodgepodge of Jerry Beck’s favorite Jones shorts and ephemera: more Looney Tunes shorts, behind-the-scenes footage, Jones’ TV commercials, the best of the bridging sequences from TV’s ‘The Bugs Bunny Show’ (1960), and more. (Some ‘Private Snafu’ cartoons? We can hope!). ‘Prizes for those who spend the entire six hours with us.’

Tickets are $12 for each of the first two days and $15 for the third day. For further information, call 323-655-2510, or email Ask Jerry Beck about other animation events around Los Angeles, Burbank, Glendale. Warning: look for street parking, which may be hard to find.


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My mother was born a little over two weeks before Chuck Jones, on September 5, 1912. She is currently arguing with my sister and me, and with every nurse and doctor in her area, whether she should continue to live alone in her own house or get a live-in companion or move into assisted living. We only persuaded her to give up driving less than two years ago.

Fred Patten

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