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Chuck Jones The man who brought us Duck Amuck, who delivered a million different laughs and gave us Saturday Morning Cartoons that were infinitely re-watchable has died of congestive heart failure at age 89.

This is the man who not only created some of the best Warner Brother's shorts of Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Elmer Fudd and Porky Pig, but he created characters like Pepe le Pew, Hubie and Bertie, Road Runner and Wile E. Coyote, and Claude Cat as well.

Jones worked on more than 300 animated films in a career that spanned more than 60 years. Three of his films won Academy Awards and he was awarded an honorary Oscar in 1996 for lifetime achievement. He also received an honorary life membership from the Directors Guild of America.

Born September 21, 1912 in Spokane Washington began his hollywood career at a very young age. When his parents moved the family there he began work as an extra in old Mack Sennett comedies. As he grew older his talent for drawing came through so he studied at the Chouinard Art Institutre (now called the California Institute of Arts or Cal Arts). Upon graduation he began making a living drawing pencil portraits before landing his first film job. Washing animation cels for Ub Iwerks. Ub was a legendary Disney Animator and co-creator of Mickey and Oswald.

As time passed and Chuck learned the trade he soon headed over to the Leon Schlesinger Studio where he became an animator. At the time Warner Bros. were in a pinch to compete with Disney and his brilliant shorts so they bought up the studio and now Jones was heading up his own department within the studio...a job he would hold until its closure in 1962.

That same year he opened Chuck Jones Enterprises and produced nine 30 minute animated films. In the mid and late 60's he also worked for MGM churning out Tom and Jerry cartoons. But it was his 1966 work with Dr. Suess that has become one of his landmarks...the animated Grinch Who Stole Christmas. Over the next 20 years Chuck would return to Bugs and other animated creatures he had spent his life making popular making films and commercials for them to appear in.

His autobiography, Chuck Amuck: The Life and Times of an Animated Cartoonist, was published in 1989, followed two years later by a second book, Chuck Reducks.

In 1997, at the age of 85, Chuck signed a long term contract with Warner Bros. to supervise the animation department. His thoughts on the contract were "At 85 you can only think ahead for the next 50 years or so."

Three of Jones' films won Academy Awards: Frigid Hare, So Much, So Little and The Dot and the Line, for which Jones also received a directing Oscar. Another of Jones' most popular films, What's Opera, Doc? was inducted into the National Film Registry in 1992 for being "among the most culturally, historically and aesthetically significant films of our time.". Some other major notable shorts in his career:

Duck Rabbit Duck
The Scarlet Pumpernickel
Rabbit of Seville
Duck Amuck
Duck Dodgers in the 24th and a ½ Century
AND
One Froggy Evening

Like Disney, an American original, so was Chuck...and a man who left us with a million different laughs.

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Chuck Jones : A Flurry of Drawings (Portraits of American Genius, No 3)
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Chuck Reducks : Drawing from the Fun Side of Life
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Chuck Jones: Extremes and In-Betweens
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Crash! Bang! Boom! : Best of Warner Brothers Sound FX
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The Bugs Bunny / Road Runner Movie (1979)
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The White Seal (1975)
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A Cricket in Times Square (1973)
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The Phantom Tollbooth (1969)
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Dr. Seuss - How the Grinch Stole Christmas (1966)
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