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Original Chuck Jones Animation Arts On Sale

And when we grew up, a child in us never ceases to live. Chuck Jones has afforded us the pleasure with his animated characters such as Bugs Bunny, Road Runner, Daffy Duck and Wile E. Coyote.

Chuck Jones Early Wile E. Coyote Concept Sketch

Chuck Jones Early Wile E. Coyote Concept Sketch

Chuck Jones Early Wile E. Coyote Concept Sketch (Warner Brothers, 1950s). One of the very early developmental sketches that legendary animator Chuck Jones made of Wile E. Coyote, dating back to within a few years of the character’s creation, is expected to bring $10,000 and more as the lead lot of offerings from The Chuck Jones Archives, part of Heritage Auctions’ inaugural Animation Art Signature Auction, Feb. 21, at the Fletcher-Sinclair Mansion (Ukrainian Institute of America), 2 East 79th Street (at 5th Avenue).

With more than 20 pieces that come directly from the hand of Chuck Jones himself, has been consigned by Jones’ family, the first time since the 1990s that the family has released any “new” work and that the pieces in the trove have ever been offered at public auction.

Wile E. Coyote drawing is one of the most important pieces of Chuck Jones artwork to ever be offered. While we can all look at this spectacular piece and see the character we all love so well, Jones did it as he was figuring out just who Wile E. Coyote was and what he looked like.

The Chuck Jones Archives also includes samples of his work with Dr. Seuss on “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” and “Horton Hears a Who,” his work at MGM on Tom and Jerry and his Academy Award-winning short “The Dot and the Line.”

Chuck Jones Crawford Comic Strip Original Art

Chuck Jones Crawford Comic Strip Original Art

Also one of the most interesting wrinkles in Jones’ career was a short lived daily comic strip title “Crawford,” which is represented in the auction with an original “Crawford” daily from May 2, 1978. It is expected to bring $5,000.

Chuck Jones Pepe Le Pew Original Signed Watercolor Painting Original art

Chuck Jones Pepe Le Pew Original Signed Watercolor Painting Original art

A rare Jones original watercolor painting of Pepe LePew not only presents the character in a decidedly fragrant light, contrary to his foibles in the cartoon, but also showcases the artist’s deep talent, seamlessly blending color, line and subject into a charming and transcendent painting. It is estimated at $20,000.

Chuck Jones What's Opera, Doc? Elmer Fudd Production Drawing

Chuck Jones What’s Opera, Doc? Elmer Fudd Production Drawing

Of all the classic cartoons that Jones directed, it’s hard to imagine a more significant short than 1957’s “What’s Opera Doc,” voted the number one cartoon of all-time in Jerry Beck’s 1994 book “The 50 Greatest Cartoons.” The classic is represented in the auction by an exceedingly rare original production layout drawing of Elmer Fudd, in full Viking regalia, estimated at $5,000.

Chuck Jones Bugs Bunny and Daffy Duck Illustration Original Art

Chuck Jones Bugs Bunny and Daffy Duck Illustration Original Art

The legions of Bugs Bunny fans will find a tremendous amount to celebrate in the grouping, with numerous drawings and animation cels representing the famous rabbit, one of the most popular of which is sure to be an original hand-painted gag cel drawn by Jones showing Daffy Duck as a magician pulling Bugs out of his hat. The drawing, which is expected to bring $4,000, will be featured in the upcoming 2013 book “Chuck Jones: Drawing on Character 100 Classic Drawings by an American Icon.”



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  1. Michael Stephen Robinson from Bolton, England, UK :

    These are absolutely amazing pieces of art by the legendary Chuck Jones. I’d love to have these Chuck Jones pieces of art on my bedroom wall! I’m a huge Chuck Jones fan and I’ve been one since I was a little kid. Also, in my opinion, Wile E. Coyote and the Road Runner are Chuck Jones’ best characters. To add to that, it wasn’t just Chuck Jones himself who worked on his classics that were directed by him, he had his own team of talented artists, animators and writers working for him on all the classic animated work that he did, such as layout artist and co-director Maurice Noble, animator Ken Harris, animator Richard Thompson, animator Ben Washam, animator Abe Levitow, writer Michael Maltese and many more members! Chuck Jones and his team was eventually named Sib Tower 12 Productions and it was a very talented team that first worked at Warner Bros. and it later moved to MGM to work on the 1963-1967 Tom and Jerry cartoons and animated television specials such as How the Grinch Stole Christmas and The Dot and the Line. They were a great team. The last ever Wile E. Coyote and Road Runner cartoon that Chuck Jones and any of his team worked on was Chariots of Fur in 1994. It was the last true Wile E. Coyote and Road Runner cartoon in my opinion because this was the last ever Wile E. Coyote and Road Runner cartoon that Chuck Jones and any of his team worked on in Chuck Jones’ lifetime, the first one being “Fast and Furry-ous” in 1949 during the original classic Warner Bros. era. For Chariots of Fur, only one member of Jones’ team was with Jones when he worked on this and that was Maurice Noble, who was the layout artist and Jones was the director, while the rest of Jones’ team (Ken Harris, Michael Maltese and the rest) were not alive to be involved in it.

    And in case you didn’t know, I’m currently a 19 year old student doing an Animation and Illustration Course at university and I love it! I hopefully want to become a cartoonist/animator or maybe a children’s book illustrator when I’m older.

    Now, back to Chuck Jones. Chuck Jones, in my opinion, was one of the best cartoonists/animators ever. He and his team rocked! He’s my favourite cartoonist/animator. I remember watching his cartoons when I was little, such as “Long Haired Hare”, “Rabbit Of Seville”, “The Scarlet Pumpernickel, “Bully For Bugs”, “Duck Dodgers in the 241/2th Century”, “Duck Amuck”, “Stop, Look and Hasten”, “Hopalong Casualty” (Wile E Coyote and the Roadrunner were my favourite), “What’s Opera Doc?”, “Robin Hood Daffy” and many more WB ones he did. I also remember watching the 60s Tom and Jerry series he did. I really adore his work. It makes me excited about becoming a cartoonist/animator when I’m older. It’s so sad that he died in 2002 (when I was only 6 years old). I’d give anything to go back in time and meet him, have a photo taken with him and ask for his autograph.

    R.I.P Chuck Jones, you will be forever missed. Thanks for making my childhood awesome. Thanks for all the great cartoons. You’re still considered a legend up to this day and your cartoons and animation are still considered timeless classics up to this day :)

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