"The road is better than the end..."
That is what Chuck Jones Uncle Lynn use to tell him, especially after Jones won his Oscars. Because once you have a project finished, you have to 'get back on the road' again...
TCM showed Chuck Jones: Memories of Childhood this evening. A 30-minute program with Chuck Jones sharing his thoughts about his childhood, while growing up on Sunset Blvd. in Hollywood.
He said, as a child, he lived only two blocks from Charlie Chaplin's studio, and he use to walk over and peek through the fence, and watch Chaplin work. (He didn't say it, but he was watching at the time Edna was working with Chaplin.) What a treat! He said watching Chaplin helped his drawing over the years, even though he didn't think about it, at the time.
For those who may not know, Jones worked for Leon Schlesinger Studio, who created animated films for Warner Bros. The studio was bought by Warner Bros.
While with Warner Bros., Chuck created many famous characters, including Bugs Bunny and Daffy Duck.
I know I spent many a Saturday watching Looney Toons on television. A great favorite! Those cartoons are still amazing, and will always be a favorite of my. I do love the fact they were created by hand, and not with computers, like so many animated pieces are done today.
If you get a chance to see the documentary, do take a look.
Follow-up: One of several stories Jones shared was one about his father's failed businesses. They were not a rich family. His father was not a good person either to say the least, but each time his father failed, Chuck would get his father's company notepads and pencils. His father wanted the kids to use them, so it became Chuck's supply of paper and pencils to practice drawing with.