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Quotes of the day: Chuck Jones

Published Saturday, September 20, 2014 @ 9:11 PM EDT
Sep 20 2014

Charles Martin "Chuck" Jones (September 21, 1912 – February 22, 2002) was an American animator, cartoon artist, screenwriter, producer, and director of animated films, most memorably of Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies shorts for the Warner Bros. Cartoons studio. He directed many classic animated cartoon shorts starring Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, the Road Runner and Wile E. Coyote, Pepé Le Pew, Porky Pig and a slew of other Warner characters. (Click here for full Wikipedia article)


A comedian is not a person who opens a funny door- he's the person who opens a door funny.

A lion's work hours are only when he's hungry; once he's satisfied, the predator and prey live peacefully together.

Anxiety is the handmaiden of creativity.

Anyone can negatively criticize- it is the cheapest of all comment because it requires not a modicum of the effort that suggestion requires.

Censorship, I believe, is the most dangerous enemy to all human communication, and piety of intention is probably the most dangerous, the most virulent and the most self-satisfying.

Comedy is unusual people in real situations; farce is real people in unusual situations.

Eschew the ordinary, disdain the commonplace. If you have a single-minded need for something, let it be the unusual, the esoteric, the bizarre, the unexpected.

Human beings will line up for miles to buy a bucket of catastrophes, but don't try selling sunshine and light- you'll go broke.

If you make a fool of yourself in front of a cat, he will sneer at you, if you are sober; he will leave the room if you are drunk. If you make a fool of yourself in front a dog, he will make a fool of himself, too.

Once you have heard a strange audience burst into laughter at a film you directed, you realize what the word joy is all about.

Painting does what we cannot do— it brings a three-dimensional world into a two-dimensional plane.

The name 'Chuck Jones', according to my uncle, limited my choice of profession to second baseman or cartoonist.

The older I get, the more individuality I find in animals and the less I find in humans. Early experiences convinced me that animals can and do have quite distinct personalities.

The only thing an adult can give a child is time.

The road is better than the end.

The rules are simple. Take your work, but never yourself, seriously. Pour in the love and whatever skill you have, and it will come out.

The whole essence of good drawing- and of good thinking, perhaps- is to work a subject down to the simplest form possible and still have it believable for what it is meant to be.

There is absolutely no inevitability as long as there is the willingness to think.

We must not confuse distortion with innovation; distortion is useless change, art is beneficial change.

When critics sit in judgment it is hard to tell where justice leaves off and vengeance begins.

You do not 'suffer' if you decide 'that's the way it is' rather than 'why is it this way?'


(September 21 is also the birthday of H.G. Wells)

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