Sunday, January 27, 2013

The Chuck Jones Experience

It’s been years since I stamped my feet around the Circus Circus Hotel & Casino, so the last time I wandered around the Las Vegas Strip, I made it a point to go there.

One of the venues I always thought of seeing, but never got around to, is the Chuck Jones Experience. Located in the Skyrise Tower, it opened in October 2011. Yep, you have to pay to go there, but believe me, it’s worth it. Especially if you’re a Looney Tunes fan like me. 

You start off with a movie that explains the life and work of Chuck Jones, who created some of the world’s most famous cartoon characters – Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Elmer Fudd, Porky Pig, Yosemite Sam, Road Runner, Tweety, Wile E. Coyote, the Tazmanian Devil … the list goes on and on. 

You get to pose with all those Saturday morning heroes, walk amongst actual working sketches and final artwork, and even have a hands-on experience in the interactive Acme Workshop. You can see the actual desk and some of the movie equipment that Jones used. 

I had a lot of fun there, while trying to escape the squeals of joy from a few little kids that were in there at the same time. Gotta say, when it comes to kids and cartoons, I’m pretty tolerant. Why, I even watch Looney Tunes DVDs with my grandson continually on request. And I bet he and I aren’t the only ones who can dialogue and sing along with some of the classic Bugs Bunny cartoons. 

And of course, there are souvenirs galore in the gift shop. It should take you about an hour to go through the entire thing, especially if you’re taking pictures for your vacation album. 

For $19.95 (hey, you get change from a $20 bill!), adults can wander around at their heart’s content. Kids, seniors, military, and students get in for five bucks less. Kids under 4 are free. Nevada residents get in for $14.95 (adults), and #9.95 (kids). 

What? You haven’t been there? What are you waiting for? As Yosemite Sam (the Hessian without no aggression) yells: “CHA-A-A-ARGE!”

Chuck Jones' Famous Creations

(Second from Right) Receiving 1957 Motion Pictures Herald's Award

Jones' Working Area

Sketches and Preliminary Artwork

Bugs Bunny and Elmer Fudd in Scene from "The Rabbit of Seville"

Emmy Award