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Donation in tune with the 'toons.

Byline: By HANNAH JONES Western Mail

The daughter of the creator of the world's most beloved cartoon characters has given a lasting legacy to the Wales Millennium Centre in Cardiff. Yesterday an original work of art featuring Bugs Bunny and drawn by Chuck Jones was donated to the WMC prior to the opening of the Bugs Bunny on Broadway show there on March 23.

In a career spanning over 60 years, Jones made more than 300 animated films and won three Oscars for his work.

During the golden age of animation he helped bring to life many of Warner Brothers most famous characters such as Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Elmer Fudd and Porky Pig to life.

One of his films, which appears in the Cardiff show, the Wagnerian mini epic, What's Opera, Doc? was inducted into the National Film Registry for being 'among the most culturally, historically and aesthetically significant films of our time'.

His daughter Linda Jones said, 'He began directing his first film, The Night Watchman, in 1937, the year I was born.

'I sincerely wish I had known he was going to be a celebrity - I would have taken notes.'

Bugs Bunny on Broadway was created by conductor George Dougherty and Jones.

It is a uniquely spirited, fun, and sophisticated combination of classic animation and spectacular symphonic music.

Looney Tunes cartoons are projected onto a big screen during performances, accompanied by a live orchestra which plays classical scores from Wagner to Lizst that synchronise with the frenzied activity of the 'toons.
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Publication:Western Mail (Cardiff, Wales)
Date:Mar 18, 2005
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