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Chuck Jones came up recently in conversation with a coworker, and I remembered that years and years ago, when news broke about his passing, I wrote a blog post about sitting in on a guest lecture he did at my school. So here is some incredibly old writing (from my old LIVEJOURNAL, for serious) about a man who’s still pretty inspirational.
I shook Chuck Jones’ hand
[protected] February 23rd, 2002 (09:28 pm)
Two years ago. Around this time.
Had a three hour break one stressy Monday afternoon, with nowhere I really wanted to be, and Chuck Jones was doing a guest lecture at an animation class. So I snuck in… And it was amazing, to meet the human behind the cartoons of my childhood.
He laughed and told stories about when he was first starting out - the good times and the bad - and he said so many cool things that I wrote them all down.
He had the spirit of a ten year old, the convictions of a firey teenager, and the humor of one who’s lived life well. His body lied when it moved - it made you think he was old - even though he could still draw Daffy in under thirty seconds, could still
And I shook his hand, and it was so thin, and I thought to myself, one day, this man will be dead, and I will be sorry.
I’m just so pissed that that day is today.
Here are some quotations from Chuck Jones’ talk. I’m so, so glad I kept them:
No artist can be conservative. You’re always adding to art. Liberal, new and original ideas are generated.
A teacher should guide a student towards what they want to do. There should be no infusion of personal style.
[About his family’s habit of always reading at breakfast] Nothing intelligent has ever been said at the breakfast table.
You must be willing to take all the insults int he world in order to learn. You have to make glorious mistakes.
Whatever you do in a film, love somebody.
I dreamed I thought I was Bugs. I woke up and I was Daffy.
You cannot bestow anything on yourself. The only person who can tell you’re a good artist is somebody else.
I couldn’t imagine eating a rabbit. I threw up cheerfully.
I don’t know why you’re doing this - it’s a weakness I share. It’s why I like to talk to groups like this. Just know you’re going to suffer.
It’s good to remember these words, especially today, when I’ve been up for twelve hours after five hours of sleep and every muscle in my body aches from the rigmarole of shooting and film student life.
I just wish there was another reason. I don’t think I realized how profoundly those two stolen hours with Chuck Jones had affected me. But they did, and now I’m holding back tears in a messy apartment, weary from the burdens of Chuck’s weakness.
The robot has officially now had sex. But a story about girls building a robot boyfriend gets complicated when you try to seriously consider consent issues.
Also, I should actually probably watch “Weird Science” at some point, shouldn’t I?
That probably won’t solve the first problem, though.
Okay but what if Carmen Sandiego, on her quest to steal national monuments, kidnapped Captain America
OH MY GOD, I NEED THIS IN MY LIFE
Gumshoes, today Carmen has captured that captivating Captain on another cunning caper. Her dastardly deed has deprived us of his darling demeanor and delicious derrière. You must recover and return our very own Star Spangled Man with a Plan, CAPTAIN AMERICA.
Organized this today for the new @indiewire LA offices. Looking forward to curating it.
EDIT: Oh GOD I just realized that this is a transparent attempt to recapture my many young years as a video store clerk. Everything is sorted ALPHABETICALLY. I have given SERIOUS THOUGHT TO ESTABLISHING A CHECK-OUT SYSTEM you guys. Please stop me now.
Cannot lie: INTO IT.
|Liz (regarding upcoming CBS series "Scorpion," which stars Robert Patrick):||I enjoyed it|
|Ben:||you can’t be trusted with former "X-Files" cast members, though|
|Ben:||i mean, neither can i|
|Liz:||you're just saying that because of those 13 episodes of "Crisis" I watched|
|Ben:||JUST saying that|
So @TheCapitolPN tweeted this
which was promptly deleted. (G-Bb-A-D are the notes to Rue’s whistle.)
But if you had clicked inspect element before it was deleted
"You silence our voices, but we are still heard."
HOW COOL IS THIS MARKETING?!?! Like the rebels are hacking into the capitol’s twitter!!!!
I love it when marketing folks do the smart.