Tribute to a 'Looney' Animation Legend
Video essayist Tony Zhou breaks down the work of Looney Tunes animator Chuck Jones.
Tony Zhou has made a name for himself through his video essay series documenting the history of the movies, Every Frame a Painting. In the past, he's deconstructed the works of great filmmakers like Akira Kurosawa and Martin Scorsese... and even less-than-greats like Michael Bay.
Zhou's latest entry is dedicated to the late, great animator Chuck Jones, responsible for a large swath of classic Looney Tunes cartoons. He breaks down the method to Jones' madness, showing how he demonstrated emotion when the characters had no faces, and the rules to follow for animating characters like Bugs Bunny and Daffy Duck in order to keep them consistent.
It's a great piece about the form of animation. And a great excuse to watch Looney Tunes in the middle of the day.