Chuck created characters through the late 1940s and the 1950s, which include Claude Cat, Marc Antony and Pussyfoot, Charlie Dog, Michigan J. Frog, and his four most popular creations, Marvin the Martian, Pepé Le Pew, Wile E. Coyote and The Road Runner. And add to those originals the Bugs, Daffys, Porkys, Toms, Jerrys and Grinches.
Jones was nominated for eight Oscars, winning three times (Disney: 25, Hanna & Barbera: 7). And, to my mind, he was certainly the most intellectually expansive of the highly commercial animators of the first Golden Age. In Jerry Beck’s The 50 Greatest Cartoons, ten of the entries were directed by Jones, with four out of the five top cartoons being Jones shorts.
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