Once again, I say, hooray for Tony Zhou, the video essayist extraordinaire behind the series Every Frame a Painting. His most recent creation is a look at one of the greatest animators of all time and a favorite from my childhood: Chuck Jones. His Looney Tunes cartoons were a Saturday morning staple and the basis of my sense of humor.
What Zhou is truly great at is dissecting comedy–not an easy or even advisable thing to do. Here he sets up how Jones developed the characters from their early forms to the more advanced, deepened selves and how comedy extended out of those characters.
The video not only shows the development of an artist, it’s also a wonderful reminder of how great classic Looney Tunes is. It may also inadvertently suggest just how inane those Minions are. Sadly, Looney Tunes isn’t streaming on Netflix or Hulu, but if you’d like to have a flashback-Saturday, pour yourself a bowl of your favorite sugar cereal and get settled for this four hour block of The Tunes.