animator/director who was co-creator of Bugs Bunny and Daffy Duck and
sole creator of Marvin the Martian and Pepe Le Pew.
Kausen said there was never a dull moment around the Jones
"There was endless entertainment," Kausen, 42, said. "If I was
lucky, I could bring over a friend to watch a premiere. He (Jones)
would talk about the characters and explain details of the
Jones, a 40-year Newport Beach resident, died in February 2002 at
the age of 89.
Kausen has taken over as president of Linda Jones Enterprises, the
publisher and distributor of Jones' animated film art.
Kausen is continually searching for ways to pay homage to his
grandfather. This weekend, he is holding a two-day celebration of his
life and work at the Fashion Island gallery, which recently moved
spots inside the shopping center.
The city of Newport Beach has proclaimed Saturday as Chuck Jones
Day, and many family members will attend the exhibitions.
At least 100 of Jones' works, from original paintings of his most
famous characters to limited-edition backgrounds used during
animation, will be on display for purchase. Kausen said prices range
from $250 to more than $25,000.
A select few are pieces Jones kept from the 1930s and 1940s, Kausen said. In his later years, Jones produced a slew of oil
paintings that depicted some of his early characters.
"These are some of the core cartoon characters of our generation,"
Kausen said. "Anyone who watched television will recognize the
There's even a photograph of Jones receiving his Lifetime
Achievement Award at the 1996 Academy Awards.
Kausen said he wanted to bring new life to Jones' work. So he
invited a few of his grandfather's friends, colleagues and proteges
to the event.
Headlining the group is Bill Melendez, an 88-year-old sole
producer and director of the classic "Peanuts" animated films.
Martha Goldman Sigall, who worked with Jones at MGM and Warner
Brothers; Stephen Fosatti, executive producer of many of Jones'
projects; and Rob Minkoff, who directed the animated version of "The
Lion King," also have been invited to speak about their craft.