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This year, two of our film festivals will be celebrating 100 years since the birth of a truly legendary director who brought the world some of Bugs Bunny’s, Elmer Fudd’s, Road Runner’s and Daffy Duck’s greatest moments in the Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies cartoons.
Chuck Jones (1912 – 2002) was at the forefront of Warner Brothers’, and North America’s, golden era of animation, and we’ll be screening eighteen of his cartoons throughout the festival.
Films screening at Bradford International Film Festival in April include Road Runner’s first outing in Fast and Furry-ous (1949), as well as What’s Opera, Doc? (1957), Duck Amuck (1953), Duck Dodgers in the 24½th Century (1953) and One Froggy Evening (1955), which together take up four of the top five places in Jerry Beck’s The 50 Greatest Cartoons, as voted for by 1000 animation professionals in 1994.
The programme of family events at BIFF will include four specially selected medleys of Jones’ cartoons, and animation activities for all ages.
Part two of our tribute to Chuck Jones will take place during Bradford Animation Festival in November 2012.