Things to do: Looney Tunes Animator Gallery
The Golden Age of Warner Brothers
If you were a fan of Looney Tunes, the Roadrunner and Wile E. Coyote, Marvin Martian, Pepe Le Pew and other classic Warner Brothers cartoon characters, the Chuck Jones Studio Gallery is a must-see. The late Chuck Jones worked as cartoon director at Warner Brothers from 1938 to 1962 and is famous for creating characters like the Roadrunner and Wile E. Coyote, Marvin Martian, and Pepe Le Pew, as well as drawing the iconic Bugs Bunny and Daffy Duck, among others.
The talented Chuck Jones’ prolific career wasn’t limited to drawing and animation, however. He also wrote the screenplay, produced and directed classic films and television, including the Christmas classic, the animated version of Dr. Seuss’ How The Grinch Stole Christmas.
The History of Chuck Jones’ Extensive Animation Career
His prolific career had humble beginnings, as he worked in downtown Los Angeles’ kitschy Olvera Street selling pencil portraits to tourists for a dollar a portrait shortly after graduating from the Chouinard Art Institute (now known as California Art Institute, or “Cal Arts”). But hard work paid off and he ended up starting as an animation cell washer for a former Disney animator, breaking into the animation business from the bottom up.
He eventually worked his way up to cartoon director at Warner Brothers. He worked with the famed cartoon director Tex Avery. Throughout Chuck Jones’ career, he directed over 250 animated cartoons at Warner Brothers, including classics that are remembered fondly today. Some of these classics include Hair-Raising Hare and The Scarlet Pumpernickel.
Located in the Heart of Downtown San Diego
The artwork and animation of Chuck Jones has been honored all over the world through animation film festivals, galleries and art museums, including the famed Museum of Modern Art in New York City.
But right in very heart of San Diego’s famous and tourist-friendly Gaslamp District is the Chuck Jones Studio Gallery, making it possible to see the work of the prolific Chuck Jones in the heart of beautiful downtown San Diego.
The Chuck Jones Studio Gallery in San Diego features original art work by Chuck Jones, including animation cells, drawings and other works.
How To Visit the Chuck Jones Studio Gallery
This gallery is located at 232 5th Ave. in the Gaslamp Quarter of downtown San Diego, so it often has a rush from the after dinner crowd of people coming from dining in one of the many fine restaurants in the Gaslamp District. The gallery has a delightful homey atmosphere and is in a loft-style building with many hallways, twists and turns suited to the gallery’s fun, animated contents.
It is a satisfying and genuinely fun place to visit for people of all ages, children, and children at heart nostalgic for the era where Chuck Jones was drawing classic Warner Brothers cartoon characters like Bugs Bunny and Daffy Duck, as well as fans of the classic and iconic Dr. Seuss How The Grinch Stole Christmas.
The gallery’s phone number is (619) 294-9880 if you would like to inquire about hours, tours, current or upcoming exhibitions.