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Letter Campaign Pays Tribute to Chuck Jones

Magazine article Art Business News

Letter Campaign Pays Tribute to Chuck Jones

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HOLLYWOOD, Calif.--During the Golden Age of Animation, Chuck Jones helped to bring some of the world's most adored and enduring characters to life, including such Warner Bros. "Looney Tunes" classics as Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Elmer Fudd and Porky Pig. He also created a host of beloved characters himself such as Road Runner & Wile E. Coyote, Marvin the Martian, Pepe Le Peu, Michigan J. Frog and Gossamer, along with producing, directing and writing the screenplay for the original TV special, "Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas."

Over the decades, thousands of fans from around the world have told Jones' family how much his work has meant to them. As he enters his 89th year, the family has decided to pay tribute to Jones by asking these fans to write letters communicating the feelings they've expressed in person. Thus, they are embarking upon "Letters From the Heart," a campaign to collect letters to Jones from fans everywhere. It is their goal to collect one million letters by Valentine's Day and to compile and publish a book of as many letters as possible.

"Chuck learned to read at the age of three, and from that point on he has read voraciously," said his grandson, Craig Kausen. "Because of that, there is something very meaningful to Chuck about the written word. That is why we are asking that fans submit their thanks or memories in the form of a letter. We think he will be touched to see how much impact he has had on people's lives and hope to present this tribute to him in published form next year. …

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