12/26/08

DUCK AMUCK: A FAREWELL TO WB

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What better way to say farewell to Warner Brothers (yes, we're working on the day after Christmas) then a screening of the meta-cartoon "Duck Amuck" a Chuck Jones meditation on the power of the animator versus the character, which speaks deeply to all directors, especially those of us who deal with real flesh and blood actors who we sometimes wish we could erase...


Jones created this cartoon in 1953. It probably came and went from theaters as quickly as any other cartoon, laughed at and forgotten instantly only to be re-discovered on television and eventually voted "culturally significant" by the Library of Congress--one of three Jones cartoons to be accorded this dubious honor. The cartoon is madly amusing and the notion of finishing a stretch of this blog--which has become consumed with the filmmaking process and how it intersects with film history--with a film about the technical creation of a film was just too...damn, it, the tears in my eyes are preventing cogent thought from being articulated. Or perhaps it was the thirteen cocktails and five course meal that I consumed in celebration of the birthday of you-know-who, yesterday, 12/25/08...





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