Chuck Jones - The Evolution of an Artist


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. To see the names of the films, press the CC button and select “Movie Titles.” This video also had a wonderful animation consultant: Taylor Ramos ( /> For educational purposes only. You can donate to support the channel at Patreon: /> And follow me here: Twitter: />Facebook: /> Music: Raymond Scott - “Powerhouse," "Minuet in Jazz,” “Twilight in Turkey,” “The Toy Trumpet" Carl Stalling - "Scentimental Romeo," "Guided Muscle,” "Feline Frame-Up,” “Rabbit Seasoning," “Duck! Rabbit, Duck!” Milt Franklyn - “One Froggy Evening,” "Robin Hood Daffy,” “What’s Opera, Doc?" Interview Clips (from Looney Tunes Platinum Collection Vol 1): Chuck Jones Interview: EmmyTVLegends.org ( />Chuck Jones: Extremes & In-Betweens ( />A Chuck Jones Tutorial: Tricks of the Cartoon Trade ( />It Hopped One Night: A Look at “One Froggy Evening” ( /> Recommended Reading: 9 Rules of the Coyote and the Road Runner ( />Chuck Amuck: The Life and Times of an Animated Cartoonist ( />The Noble Approach: Maurice Noble and the Zen of Animation Design ( /> Help us caption & translate this video!



Ivy
both chuck jones and hayao miyazaki, renowned masters of their craft, have stressed the importance of cartoonists studying real life humans. for the sake of animation's future, i hope that more artists will take this advice instead of just continuing to mimic other cartoons/anime/movies etc, saturating the market with tropes and cliches. draw from life! experience life! it's the only way to make something new.
H. W.
"To avoid this problem, Jones did something. This is one of the defining aspects of his work. It's a word that he uses and that other people use about him..." "MEEP MEEP!" I don't think it was intentional, but that timing was hilarious XD
Csiklós Miklós
"I'm a snake and you have charmed me, no?"
Definitely Catherine
Was I the only one chuckling at the clips.
Davin Bertelmann
All humor comes from two things - human behavior, and logic. This is so enlightening.
Ahmar Saeed
This just reminded me of how great Looney Tunes was!
Dan Bull
I'm on a mission to watch every Looney Tunes cartoon ever produced and this video has given me more of an insight into them as I watch them. Thank you :)
Ms.Queue
Chuck Jones is like my kryptonite! I managed to hold out the whole video, but as soon as he said, of inspiration "You can find it anyplace ... You can find it anyplace", I got this big teary-eyed smile on my face. Just found this channel through Nerdwriter1, this was the first video of yours I've watched, and I feel a channel binge coming on :)
SalsaSpartan7
Lol XD. I lost it at 6:37. The look on Bugs Bunny's face while he is doing that massage is priceless!
Jason Johnston
I'm a better human being because I grew up watching Chuck Jones-directed Looney Tunes short films. This episode was great; I laughed the entire time.
Rebuild of Eva is shit watch the original instead
I hated that singing frog so, so much when I was a kid. I'd like to meet that guy who owned it, and tell him: "it's ok buddy, I've also seen the crazy shit you saw"
Pikapetey Animations
earned my sub
Garilee McGlumphry
Chuck was a genius in his field of work, and you did a fantastic job breaking it down into its basic elements for viewers. Great video!
RatFacedJasper
Really focusing on the face of Bugs in barber scene, got the biggest laugh from me of all the clips used.
jmwild1
The many fourth-wall breaks are what I love best about these classics.
Kire-Kitsune
This man's one of my heroes. Chuck Jones, Don Bluth, Hayao Miyazaki, Terry Gilliam, Satoshi Kon and Hideo Kojima.
Dro Torres
Oh my god, I watched the entirety of the video and my eyes widen with realization. I was always inspired by Chuck Jones since I was a kid. Now as an Artist his words of Discipline and Inspiration are true. Thank You for allowing me to revisit an amazing artist and explain his craft.
Filmmaker IQ
We have always been huge proponents of the idea that you can find inspiration any place.  Watching movies IS NOT enough to become a good filmmaker. Thank you Tony for a wonderful video!
Esha Chadha
This is one of my all time favourite video essays.
jkoff76
Thanks for making this. Chuck Jones was a true artist in every sense of the word. He influenced not just modern cartooning but also motion pictures as well.
Niklas J. Rosenberg
3:37 Aaah, the good old times, when cartoon characters could still light a smoke.
Mr518888
Amazing work again, thanks for your time and effort. One thing I think we need to put up and re-examine is the "reading" idea. I think what Chuck Jones was trying to tell us, is to spend time not only putting out, through working, but also to take in, through learning. Whether it is reading in his time, or story-telling for our ancestors, and now video content in our time. I believe reading is crucial, especially the great works, but simply learning is key here, whether it is through watching, listening, or reading. Only as we learn can we work, and vice versa, then the other way around, and so on, and on and on. PeACE
sam signorelli
Chuck Jones: Suuuuuper Geeeeenius!
Harits Andhika Nugroho
it kinds of interesting that some of the most well-known animators/ figures in animation industries always suggest to didn't recycle themself too much with their animation world. Like this Chuck Jones and Hayao Miyazaki
Mike Bartlett
I heard Chuck Jones give an illustrated lecture many years ago. It was incredible to hear stories of the Warner Brothers days. One thing has always stuck in my mind, next time you see a road runner movie and Wile E Coyote goes of a cliff, he will disappear for exactly 2 seconds before the impact and cloud of dust. Always 2 seconds. Why? Because it is the funniest interval. Chuck told us they literally changed the interval one frame at a time to get the perfect timing and it can´me out as 48 frames - 2 seconds. Such amazing dedication to the joke
volikoto
Looney Tunes is a masterpiece. I also grew up watching it. :D
sayan roy
Anyone else filled up with nostalgic melancholy right now?
Eziokilla9595
Duck Amuck might be the best cartoon short ever.
lewis Nunn
i wish i could like it again
Jamie Conway
Chuck Jones is the reason I want to become an animator. One day, I hope....
Sol_Protege
6:28 that was hilarious
Mr. Running Man
Tony please do an episode on Miyazaki, the world needs to know his greatness
Arttective
The editing of this video is an absolute masterpiece. The king of video essays!
TPDManiacXC626
Think you can do an Evolution of an Artist for Bob Clampett too?
Jaxnos
No matter how many times I watch it, that barbershop scene where Bugs is massaging tonic into Elmer Fudd's head makes me fall over in tears. That single expression is amazing.
Trevor Phillips GTA V
I liked how Chuck Jones redefined the personalities of Bugs Bunny and Daffy Duck in the early 50s. In 1948, Chuck had Bugs in a situation where Bugs didn't fight anyone until someone comes and tries to take Bugs' life in Long-Haired Hare and Bully For Bugs.
simivb
Am I the only person who notices small audio issues with your videos tony? For example: at 8:25 the "and" is flickering on my left speaker, before your narrating track goes back to normal. This drove me crazy in your fincher video.
Evi1M4chine
The snobbery in this video is so thick, it oozes out of the screen.
Viking12
absolute brilliance, his animation, the characters, the stories will last forever
NatanTeam
No mention to Tom & Jerry?
Antony C
Tremendous work. Thanks for this!
Brennan Sullivan
This is an amazingly well put together video. reminds me of a piece NPR would do. Very well done#
michael Sanchez
Saturday morning was me and my little sisters cartoon fix growing up, thanks Chuck Jones
Ryan Khanna
I cannot find a single channel on youtube that consistently gets better with every new video and provokes new ideas in entertainment. Great job!
Jeffrey Margavage
Brilliant and insightful. Excellent video. Thanks for making it :) Chuck was an inspiration to me ever since I was a kid.
Graphomite
Documentary worthy.
Kyle Browning
As a visual artist, I always find your videos so profound! If you take most of your sentences, and abstract them, your commentary on human behavior, the nature of motion as expression, you encompass the whole universe. The spirit of the molecule is a whirling dance unto the galactic spiral, and the interchange of facial expressions in a human conversation. Your sentences are True in an aesthetic sense because of their immense reinterpretability, and the understanding of nature that underlies their wisely short phrases. I really can't thank you enough for your excellent works! If you put together a book on this stuff, I'd snatch it up like a starving eagle plummeting towards a helpless dove.
Angela Sia
my childhood, what a great time to be a part of the cornerstones of animation
Four Leg Films
How does someone reach over and click 'dislike' to something like this? I dunno. Another brilliant video as always. Kudos.
Anthony Zaragoza
Golly Tony, this is super smart shit, I love every episode I've waatched and I thank you for your most excellent work!
The Misunderstood Assassin
Today is the *4* year anniversary of when you uploaded this video. 🤓 EDIT- 8:23 P.M.: *finishes video 9 minutes later* The clips you played had me dying from laughter. I seriously need to watch Looney Tunes again one day. 😂
Khadeem Wilson
great informative video. you should make documentaries man. I laughed at 6:36
Evan Khan
Ok, I always wondered why Chuck jones never had the acclaim he deserved.
JORDAN FERNANDES
this is my favorite channel
Atrijit Das
love how Tony takes one point he wants to share and makes a video about it while sharing plenty more. Must take days to edit this stuff.
ArkFT
This is so nostalgic. And Chuck Jones talking, goddamn, I'm gonna cry :,,(
h d
Wish this video was more about the drafting style shifts that occurred and less about life lessons.
Roger Aristizabal
hola Tonny,saludos desde Medellín Colombia....e visto estas caricaturas durante años...y jamas...jamas le avía puesto tanta atención a esto detalles....mis hijos morirán de risa al verlos desde esta perspectiva....hasta la vista bebe Tonny hello , greetings from Medellin Colombia .... and seen these cartoons for years ... and never ... never Avia will put so much attention to this detail .... my children die of laughter when viewed from this perspective .. ..hasta la vista baby
duping delight
"Kill da rabbit?" Poor bugs :,(. .
victor noagbodji
just seeing Coyote made me laugh haha : )
Асланбек Каиров
Let's do episode about Tex Avery
Bryan Tittle
Upon seeing this I immediately started smiling! I don't smile much anymore!
Bill Devo
Pls do Hayao Miyazaki
Tripwire
These cartoons played a vital role in propaganda of the 30s and 40s. Simplicity is beautiful
DSLRguide
today is a good day :)
Larissa
I'm asking this on this video since it's the last one you posted. But do you plan on, eventually, making a video on Hayao Miyazaki or Studio Ghibli? I saw on your about that you don't take requests, so it's just something I'm hoping you do because I think it'd be great or an idea. Just subscribed, your channel is definitely one of the best on YT :)
Marcela Mahur
you should have a tv program!
thx113868
How many Saturdays I watched his work, but I was a kid. Every thing is so funny !!!
sharpaycutie2
Facial expressions is what I LOVE too. It's the faces they make that always get me.
Asdayasman
Wait so it's THIS guy we have to thank for spawning the greatest video game franchise in history - Big Chungus?
fernando figueroa
The man,the myth,the legend. The great Charles Maurice Jones.
Paul Staker
3:08 gets me every time.
Andrew Schnatter
In comparison to the new anima computer aided cartoons is night and day they took the artists out of the equation its truly sad cartoons now are lifeless and superficial they invoke little to no feeling and the farther we go the more lose something very important about art itself😞
MNN TNK
Wow...man You've done an awesome job Childhood just flashed in front of my eyes..
Jon Evans
Chuck Jones...a true artist! My favorite line from Mr. Jones was, “Bugs Bunny is an aspiration—Daffy Duck is a realization!”🙄😀
Brittany Uecker
this channel is one of my top 5 favorite youtube channels
Mc Ynno
6:35 man, this make me laugh everytime. The face and fingers, this is hilarious.  Good video as always Tony :D
Satya Panigrahi
Boy, do I wish this channel was still active!❤️
smokinjoe3000
I could watch this for an hour. Extended version in the future? Ehh? EHHH???
Nick Austin
big fan of looney tunes. bought golden collection worth every penny
PapaChillo Zapped
Can you please do a episode on Bob Clampett
Joel Murray
beautiful video. thanks for this!
BearyBry
Chuck Jones = Absolute Genius!
OLBICHL
Bugs will forever be my number 1 looney tunes toon!
BenderRodriguez10
Thanks for the sour persimmons, cousin.
ecky1965
Mels voices were totally in tune with the animation.
Thadeu Ferreira
One of the greatest names of cartoons in history, and my favorite. Love his style of drawing, comedy . a genius.
Robert Allard
I love the clip were a dog makes faces through a doorwindow to a big dog and the big dog steps on a plank on the patio launching the other dog to the ceiling. 😂 Made my day. Bless you, Chuck Jones.
Lori Wolfcat
I’m Bugs Bunny and I approve this message! 🐰
srtb3931
I grew up watching Looney Tunes and still consider it the best cartoon series ever. Chuck Jones is a genius period. Thank you for posting!
h8nter
Please do one on Stanley Kubrick! He's one of my favorite directors, aswell as one of my favorites to study.
D4Darious
Very Well done Tony.  Inspiration definitely comes from the oddest places in my experience!
burningknight7
What is the music at 6:39 ?
Asad
man this brings back memories! awesome work BTW
Garrity9290
Thank you Chuck Jones for your years of Looney Tunes creativity. We still love these cartoon and I really like the fact that you advise people to read BOOKS.
Noah Brewer
Great video! Have you ever considered doing a video on Alejandro Jodorowsky? That would be awesome to see.
Kafkatrap
5:14 That frog! Brilliant stuff.
Ricardo Murillo
Does Trump then have the Daffy Duck syndrome? He wants money he wants glory. This a job for Super Drumpf.
kenneth fulmore
Sadly, one day at the beach, she ran off with some tan gent.
ouncy
Maybe it's just me, I always loved the Fred Quimby ones the best.