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Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck Featured in New Exhibit that Explores the Animation Art of Chuck Jones
‘What’s Up, Doc? The Animation Art of Chuck Jones’ opens April 30 at the Minnesota History Center
Animation director and artist Charles Martin “Chuck” Jones (1912–2002) brought to life some of the most iconic cartoon characters in animation history. He perfected the wisecracking Bugs Bunny and the exasperated Daffy Duck and created a host of other characters, including Pepé Le Pew, Wile E. Coyote and the Road Runner. He brought an unparalleled talent for comic invention and a flair for creating distinctive, memorable characters to the art of film animation.
A Smithsonian traveling exhibit, “What’s Up, Doc? The Animation Art of Chuck Jones” will be on view at the Minnesota History Center, April 30 to Aug. 14, 2016. The exhibit is a partnership between the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service, The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, the Chuck Jones Center for Creativity, and the Museum of the Moving Image.
The exhibit features 23 of Chuck Jones’ animated films and more than 136 original sketches and drawings, storyboards, production backgrounds, animation cels and photographs, demonstrating how Jones and his collaborators worked together to create cinematic magic. The films, shown as large wall projections and on monitors throughout the exhibition, include such classic Warner Bros. cartoons as “What’s Opera, Doc?” and “One Froggy Evening,” and the Academy Award®-winning short film “The Dot and the Line: A Romance in Lower Mathematics,” which expanded the boundaries of the medium with its experimental techniques.
Trained as a fine artist, Jones graduated from the Chouinard Art Institute in Los Angeles in 1931. By 1933, he was making cartoons distributed by Warner Bros. Studio. In a career that spanned seven decades, he created more than 300 animated films and received an Academy Award for Lifetime Achievement. After leaving Warner Bros. in 1962, Jones continued to create award-winning films, including collaborations with author Theodore Geisel on the classic television specials “Horton Hears a Who!” and “Dr. Seuss’s How the Grinch Stole Christmas.”
Related Programs (all programs are held at the Minnesota History Center unless otherwise noted):
- Bugs Bunny & Beyond Bollywood Mash-Up Family Day
Saturday, May 14, Noon-4 p.m. Free with History Center admission.
Explore the two don’t-miss Smithsonian exhibits, “Beyond Bollywood: Indian Americans Shape the Nation” and “What’s Up, Doc? The Animation Art of Chuck Jones” at the Minnesota History Center. Make a flip book, do some yoga, learn to draw cartoons and enjoy Indian American music, dancing and more!
- History Flirt: Looney Tunes
Tuesday, June 7, 5-8 p.m., Free, reservations recommended.
A free Tuesday happy hour with exhibit-related hands on activities.
- Tuesday Talks: The History of Animation
Tuesday, July 12, 10:30-11:30 a.m. $2. Does not include History Center admission.
Phil Anderson, professor emeritus at the Minnesota College of Art and Design will discuss the history of animation, including the major studios and animators that brought the art form into the modern age.
- Additional programs include: summer art projects, lectures and artist demonstrations. Look for more information on our calendar of events.
Plus, follow all the “Looney” fun on social media with #Wabbitexhibit.
Exhibit and Program Support
“What’s Up, Doc? The Animation Art of Chuck Jones” is a partnership between the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service, The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, the Chuck Jones Center for Creativity, and the Museum of the Moving Image.
The Minnesota showing of “What’s Up, Doc?” is made possible in part by the Legacy Amendment through the vote of Minnesotans on Nov. 4, 2008.
Location and Hours
The Minnesota History Center is located at 345 Kellogg Blvd. W. in St. Paul. Hours are 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesdays (admission is free on Tuesdays from 5 to 8 p.m.), 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesdays through Saturdays and noon to 5 p.m. Sundays. Auxiliary aids and services are available with advance notice. For more information, call 651-259-3000 or 1-800-657-3773.
Admission to “What’s Up, Doc? The Animation Art of Chuck Jones” is included with regular History Center admission of $12 for adults, $10 for seniors and college students, $6 ages 5 to 17; free age 4 and under and MNHS members.
About the Minnesota History Center
The Minnesota History Center holds the collections of the Minnesota Historical Society. The History Center is home to an innovative museum, engaging public programs, a modern library, distinctive gift shops and an award-winning restaurant.
About the Minnesota Historical Society
The Minnesota Historical Society is a non-profit educational and cultural institution established in 1849. MNHS collects, preserves and tells the story of Minnesota’s past through museum exhibits, libraries and collections, historic sites, educational programs and book publishing. Using the power of history to transform lives, MNHS preserves our past, shares our state’s stories and connects people with history.
The Minnesota Historical Society is supported in part by its Premier Partners: Xcel Energy and Explore Minnesota Tourism.