Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Chuck Jones reminder

I saw this comic strip in my daily e-mail some time back, and I hung onto it to supplement this announcement that tonight at 8pm will be the premiere of TCM’s documentary Chuck Jones: Memories of Childhood. After the documentary, the channel will present eleven of the animator’s best-known shorts—including the TCM premieres of Duck Amuck (1953), One Froggy Evening (1955) and What’s Opera, Doc? (1957). (With the exception of Amuck, I think Jones has made funnier cartoons—fans ascribe a profundity to Evening that I’ve never been able to dope out, and Rabbit of Seville [1950] is miles and away superior to the overrated Opera.)

TCM will run Childhood again at 10:30pm and 2:30am, but what I’m really (if you’ll pardon the atrocious pun) Jonesing for is the showing of The Phantom Tollbooth (1969) afterward—a really fun animated feature that, like Rodney Dangerfield, gets no respect; the vocal talent alone is worth the price of admission. (Then, at the end of this Jones marathon, the Columbia-UPA feature 1001 Arabian Nights [1959] gets a rare showing—“Oh, Magoo! You’ve done it again!”)

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

I'm with you on the Rabbit of Seville, Ivan. I also like the one where Bugs bedevils the fat opera singer. I'd give you the title, but I'm drawing a Blanc. As for Phantom Tollbooth, it's one of those rare trippy movies I saw as a child, and enjoyed only the once, as it has seemingly disappeared into regions unknown. – Philip Schweier

Ivan G. Shreve, Jr. said...

It's Long-Haired Hare, Phil...and by the way, you came up with the ideal word to describe the 3 Stooges Shemp comedies--cerebral...if such a term can be used in connection with the famed knockabout slapstick trio. I just wish I had come up with it first.