Chuck Jones was an American artist and animator, best known for the classic 'Looney Tunes' and 'Merrie Melodies' shorts he directed for Warner Bros. Born in Spokane, Washington and raised in Los Angeles, California, Charles Martin Jones graduated from Chouinard Art Insitute and began his career in the animation industry as an assistant in Ub Iwerks' and Walter Lantz's studios.
He joined Schlesinger Productions in 1933, the studio that produced cartoons for Warner Bros. Jones worked for Warner Bros until 1962 and directed many of the classic cartoons starring Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, the Road Runner and Wile E. Coyote and Sylvester. He also worked with Dr. Seuss on the 'Private Snafu' series during World War II. During his years with Warner Bros., Jones worked with such industry giants as Tex Avery, Friz Freleng, Frank Tashlin, Bob McKimson and Bob Clampett. Among the most remarkable Chuck Jones shorts are 'The Dover Boys' (1942), 'Long-Haired Hare' (1949), 'Rabbit Hood' (1949), 'Rabbit of Seville' (1950), 'Rabbit Fire' (1951), 'Rabbit Seasoning' (1952), 'Duck! Rabbit! Duck' (1953), 'Feed the Kitty' (1952), 'Duck Amuck' (1953), 'Duck Dodgers in the 24 1/2th Century' (1953), 'One Froggy Evening' (1955) and 'What's Opera Doc?' (1958).
After leaving Warner Brothers in 1962, Jones started Sib Tower 12 Productions with Les Goldman, and began producing cartoons for Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer in 1963, including 'Tom and Jerry' shorts and the television adaptation of 'Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas!' (1965). He later started his own studio, Chuck Jones Productions, which created several one-shot specials, and periodically worked on Looney Tunes related works.
Few people know that Chuck Jones was also the artist of a comic strip called 'Crawford' (also known as 'Crawford & Morgan'), about a group of children. It was syndicated for the short period of six months by the Chicago Tribune-NY News Syndicate in 1977-1978, and the entire run is collected in the 2011 IDW book 'Chuck Jones: The Dream That Never Was'.