Sunday, July 19, 2015
(Link to YouTube) Film editor Tony Zhou presents this concise summary of what makes the cartoons of Chuck Jones so memorable. Jones developed from a good director to a great one by refining perfectly timed gags driven by memorable characters.
Animation is a medium of movement, and the characters' movements were always original and understated, based on observations of real life.
The YouTube channel Every Frame a Painting analyzes the techniques of great filmmakers. Check out the episodes on Akira Kurosawa and Jackie Chan.
The book Chuck Amuck: The Life and Times of an Animated Cartoonist, written by Jones himself, is a good source for his thinking.