Animated Expression

TCA spotlights late, great cartoonist

Remember when classic cartoons were considered good family entertainment? That was before uptight parents condemned politically incorrect Bugs Bunny episodes and Wile E. Coyote’s promotion of violence. Yeah, because a cartoon canine blasting an animated roadrunner with TNT will clearly damage your kid’s fragile psyche. But American Dad and Gossip Girls remain as family-hour favorites. Cough.

"Censorship, I believe, is the most dangerous enemy to all human communication,” said the late Oscar-winning Bugs Bunny creator Chuck Jones, who had one cartoon banned from television for decades for being too “racy.”

See Jones’s work – including fine art portraits, drawings, and animation cels of his famous characters – in the “Chuck Amuck: A Legacy of Laughter” exhibit. The event includes a memorabilia display with awards, scripts, and the cartoonist’s actual desk.

That’s all, folks!

Tuesdays-Saturdays. Starts: Feb. 27. Continues through June 18, 2010
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