Chuck Reducks

Chuck Jones just made cartoons. But they were far more than kid stuff

His cartoons, starring Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck and a dozen other barnyard thespians, were the star attractions of countless children's Saturday afternoons--and internal lives. But Chuck Jones' Warner Bros. cartoons were more than kid stuff, as we realized long before their creator's death last week, at 89, of congestive heart failure. "We weren't making them for kids or for adults," he often said. "We were making them for ourselves." And, a grateful viewer has to say, for the best part of ourselves.

In 1936 Jones joined the cheerful gang of animator-anarchists at Termite Terrace, as the Warner Bros. cartoonists called...

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