|A great reason to visit Las Vegas!|
|Like my wife, the rooms were beautiful.|
Patty and I flew out to the event arriving early Wednesday morning and checked into our spacious rooms at Circus Circus. Realizing that wabbit season was long over but the Chuck Jones Experience was about to begin, this pair of bunnies quickly burrowed downstairs. We popped up at the event in time to see the Jones family gathering in front of the as yet sealed exhibit for a sneak preview of the event that would officially open the next day to the press and public. Chuck's gracious daughter, Linda Jones Clough, received the crowd in her usual warm fashion and shared family tales as well as insight into her dad's philosophy, "Of course Chuck made it very clear to us the he definitely did not want any sort of monument or legacy to be created about him after he was gone, " and added with a twinkle, "we of course completely ignored that." gesturing to the huge exhibit behind her. The crowd erupted into laughs and applause, then Craig Kausen, her son and a major force behind this exhibit and the "Big Draw" joined in with more tales along with moving anecdotes of his legendary Grandfather.
|Linda Jones Clough at the Preview|
for the Chuck Jones Experience
|One of the Classroom wall murals|
There are works of other artists, (including yours truly ) that were created as a tribute to Chuck and are for sale in the Gallery. For me the main draw just has to be the works of Chuck's inspiring originals and limited edition works that you also have the unique opportunity to buy and own. These include original rough model suggestions of his famous creations such as Wile E. Coyote and Pepé Le Pew that are true collector's items. You can also pick up limited edition prints of his unique interpretation of the Warner tribe that were originally executed in oils. Hallways are adorned with fun and sometimes even thought provoking Chuck quotes such as, "I often dream that I am Bugs Bunny only to wake-up and discover I'm Daffy Duck."
|Craig and Linda invite you into a piece of Chuck's studio|
|Chuck Jones Experience Measures Up|
|Colonel Blip model by Chuck|
|Mike, Rob and Patty at the Steak House|
Between gastronomic gags we were able to catch up with out dinner mates such as another of the key people responsible for putting this together and a wonderful friend Robert Patrick. We also broke bread and shared stories with artist Bob Elias, photographer Steven Russo, animator /director Rob Minkoff and his lovely wife Crystal Kung Minkoff. It's always a bit unusual but lots of fun to see animation folks in formal wear on the town instead of the usual jeans and t-shirts slumped over their animation desks. Rob and Patty look great as they get ready for desert but I'm definitely more comfortable on the other side of the camera. Now then where's my Créme Brulée?