These are fantastic! I'm so jealous you got to meet him in person! His work is truly incredible and he's also inspired me to become a cartoonist (along with a Mr. Tim Burton). Anyhow, this is a wonderful sort of tribute to him! Thank you for making it.
Thank you. They say "Never meet your heroes," but they were utterly wrong in Chuck's case. I actually met him twice (the second time at his studio) and he was amazing to talk to and delightfully kind to my wife and I.
I recently got to meet Chuck's grandson, who's a driving force behind the Chuck Jones Center for Creativity [link] and was delighted when he told me that my tribute was one of his favorites. My wife had a hard time driving after that, what with my head swelled to fill up the car.
Wow, that's truly incredible! I wish I could've' met him before he passed on, but it's good to know that he was as amazing to meet in person as I've heard he was. He must've been such an interesting person to talk with, and I wish I could've had the privilege.
Haha, my head would've probably swelled up too if Chuck Jone's grandson had given me such a compliment That's just too awesome.
Tex is also great... the undisputed master of the reaction shot. Chuck just amazes me with the subtlety of his characters. One of my favorites examples is in "Rabbit Seasoning" where Daffy reacts to Elmer falling for Bugs in a dress. Daffy, leaning on the edge of the rabbit hole, looks at the audience and sucks his tongue until it pops of his pallet. It's just the kind of thing other animators would overplay if they attempted it.
Another one (sorry, but once you get me started...) is in "What's Opera, Doc?" where Elmer is stabbing Bugs' rabbit hole with the spear. Seeing Bugs walk up to him, he stops, still suspended in mid-air. Then the frill of his skirt falls down, one flap at a time. But does Jones let them all fall, delighted with his visual gag? No, he cuts to Bugs because it better serves the story... genius! (You can see it at 1:48 here: [link] )