Chuck Jones

Dec. 12, 2010 | 8:15 a.m.

Chuck Jones and the strange fare of ‘Phantom Tollboth’

DVD RELEASE: “PHANTOM TOLLBOOTH” (1970) Chuck Jones , who died in 2002, had a Midas touch — the famed animator, screenwriter, producer and director brought a comedic and kinetic genius to his “Looney Tunes” and “Merrie Melodies” cartoon shorts at Warner Bros.  Studios. He directed numerous classic shorts starring Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Sylvester and Tweety and Pepe Le Pew. Among his most famous shorts are “Duck Amuck,” “One Froggy Evening” and “What’s Opera, Doc?” — and then there’s his 1966 adaptation of  “How the Grinch Stole Christmas,” which continues to win over new generations of fans every holiday season. But not everything the late Jones put his hands on turned to gold — take “The Phantom Tollbooth,” the only feature film he ever directed. The 1970 release was held up because of internal problems at MGM, and the studio made limited efforts to […]
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