"The work that he has done has literally touched hundreds of
millions," said Craig Kausen, the animator's grandson. "It certainly is a
tragic loss for everybody who knew him. But his work can be viewed for
years to come."
Jones' drawing career began when he was hired by former Disney
animator Ub Iwerks in the early 1930s.
He later worked for Leon Schlesinger Studios, which was sold to Warner
Bros. in 1936. Two years later, Jones directed his first animated film
"The Night Watchman."
Jones flourished at the Burbank studio in the 1940s. Along with Tex
Avery and Bob Clampett, he developed Bugs, Daffy, Porky Pig and other
In the 1960s, Jones created the "Tom & Jerry" cartoons for MGM. He
founded his own company in 1962.
Jones teamed with Theodor "Dr. Seuss" Geisel in 1966 to give animated
life to Whoville and The Grinch in "Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole
Christmas." Actor Boris Karloff lent his voice to the animated classic,
which has all the hallmarks of a Jones creation for those who recognize
his distinct style and humor.
Jones was living in Corona del Mar with wife, Marian, when he died. He
moved to Newport Beach in the early 1980s, when he married Marian, his
He continued to work in Los Angeles, but loved his Orange County home,
"He certainly liked the beach," Kausen said. "And he loved to have a
Jones' Corona del Mar home was known for its expansive ocean view.
Jones also opened a store in Laguna Beach, where memorabilia from his
cartoons is sold.
He is survived by three children, six grandchildren and six
A private service for the family will be held in the next week, Kausen
said. A public memorial is being planned in Newport Beach in the next