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.
This week’s Chuck Jones Character of the Week is my personal favorite, Marvin the Martian. Marvin first appeared in 1948’s Haredevil Hare. Marvin’s mission in life is destroying Earth because it blocks his view of Venus. Marvin has been the villain to both Bugs (in Hare-way to the Stars) and Daffy (in Duck Dodgers in the 24 ½ Century). Marvin is unique in his soft-spoken, quiet ways, but had incredibly destructive and legitimately dangerous actions.