We’re big fans of Tony Zhou’s excellent series Every Frame A Painting, in which he examine film and discusses what makes for great art and entertainment. In his latest video essay, he looks at the evolution of Chuck Jones and his work directing cartoons.
Zhou’s series is one that I’ve gone back and watched over and over again, and I can say that it’s genuinely changed how I watch movies and interpret what’s on the screen. In this latest episode, we’ve got a slightly different take from what Zhou usually focuses on, which tends to be editing or framing. Here, he looks right at the gags and the structure of the characters of Loony Toons, and how they’ve changed over Jones’ career, and how they slowly improved.
Check out the video above, and do yourself a favor and give the rest of his series a look.