Chuck Jones passed away on February 22, 2002. It doesn't seem possible that a decade has passed since then, for his spirit truly does live on, not only in each of you, but also in the hearts and minds of his three grandchildren, Valerie, Craig, and Todd.
Something that Craig Kausen, Chairman of the Chuck Jones Center for Creativity and Chuck Jones's grandson, said at last Saturday's gala fundraiser and grand-opening party for the Center's new space is still resonating with this author.
He spoke to the mission and vision of the Center as a place where creativity is (and will be) allowed to flourish, regardless of the discipline from which it might sprout, as a place where creativity is nourished and guided, helped along, questioned, and inspired.
The Chuck Jones Center is pleased to welcome its first Guest Curator, author and historian, Jerry Beck. Our Guest Curators will, over time, comment on the art and films of Chuck Jones, selecting art from the archive and the library of films that Jones created throughout his lifetime.
This week’s Chuck Jones character of the week is Chuck’s very first creation- Sniffles. A mouse with a perpetual cold, Sniffles usually got out of tough situations by sheer luck. Sniffles’ antics are first documented in Naughty but Mice, and 11 other films from 1939 through 1946.
Something that every writer, every artist has to deal with is writer’s block, or a block of inspiration. Often, we view these temporary barriers as insurmountable mountains. But in reality, they are the moment before inspiration strikes, the calm before the storm. John Muir once said, “The power of imagination makes us infinite.” Our minds are constantly turning, we are never truly blocked. What we need to realize is that creativity is a process, and that processes take time.