The Artistry Behind Bugs Bunny

The Experience Music Project at the Seattle Center has the animation of Chuck Jones on display.

Who didn’t spend their childhood watching the Looney Tunes cartoons? We cuddled up on the couch with our blankets and bowls of cereal, still in our pajamas, and watched Bugs Bunny trick Elmer Fudd and Yosemite Sam. Everyone loved that carrot-toting rabbit (except of course for Elmer Fudd and Yosemite Sam).

Now what is probably the most iconic rabbit in our history is on display at the Experience Music Project (EMP) at the Seattle Center in Washington. The museum is featuring the work of Chuck Jones, the artist behind Bugs Bunny (the character he is probably best known for) as well as other Looney Tunes characters. He also directed the movie How the Grinch Stole Christmas.

Curator of the EMP, Brooks Peck, told King 5 news that Jones “drew on inspiration like fine art paintings and opera and Verdi and things like that.” He also noted that to truly appreciate Jones’s artistic skill, one must look at the background images. “Almost surreal landscapes,” Peck explained. “He really enjoyed doing those Southwestern deserts in the Road Runner and the coyote cartoons.”

As beautiful as the background is in every Looney Tunes cartoon, my eyes are always drawn to Bugs Bunny.

The “What’s Up, Doc? The Animation Art of Chuck Jones” exhibition will be on display at the EMP through early 2016. For more information, visit the EMP website.

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