The Fort Worth Museum of Science and History is commemorating the creator of Looney Tunes with a special exhibit.
The exhibit entitled “What’s Up, Doc? The Animation Art of Chuck Jones” displays some of the animator’s most popular films and characters.
Widely known for creating “Looney Tunes”, Chuck Jones made a name for himself in the world of animation when he worked for the Warner Bros. cartoon studio during the 1940s and 1950s.
Jones experienced a long career of filmmaking even after his time at Warner Bros, according to the exhibit. He continued to animate and make short films, many of which are on display in the exhibit.
The exhibit highlights Jones’ early development as an artist and animator. His ability to create vibrant and dynamic characters with comedic flair also shines through the progression of the exhibit. Iconic characters such as Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck and Wile E. Coyote leave some patrons feeling nostalgic.
To accompany Jones’ works, the museum also hosts a lecture series each Saturday that will continue until the closing of the exhibit April 26.
One of the guest lecturers was Joan McGettigan, a film-television-digital media professor at TCU. Her lecture was entitled “Historical Perspectives: Cartoons in American Life.”
“I pointed out that many people tend to consider cartoons for kids only,” McGettigan said.
“[But] some of the cartoons Hollywood has produced over the years have been very grown up,” she said.
Jake Foote is The 109’s art and museums reporter. Email him at JAKE.FOOTE@tcu.edu