Chuck Jones


Chuck Jones Center for Creativity is a gymnasium for the creative brain. They guide their students, both young and young of heart, through experiences that nurture the creative genius that exists in all of us. They connect both left and right sides of the brain in exercising creativity to solve problems, foster innovation and build mental health.

They build important skills for school-age children, support healthy cognitive abilities for seniors, increase work performance in organizations who see the value of pumping up creativity in their ranks and enhance function for children on the autism spectrum. Learn more and how you can participate at ChuckJonesCenter.org.


Chuck Jones 1912-2002
In a career spanning over 60 years, Jones made more than 300 animated films, winning three Oscars as director and in 1996 an honorary Oscar for Lifetime Achievement. Among the many awards and recognitions, one of those most valued was the honorary life membership from the Directors Guild of America. During the Golden Age of animation Jones helped bring to life many of Warner Bros. most famous characters—Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Elmer Fudd and Porky Pig. The list of characters he created himself includes Road Runner, Wile E. Coyote, Marvin Martian, Pepe le Pew, Michigan J. Frog, and many others. He also produced, directed, and wrote the screenplays for "Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas," a television classic, as well as the feature-length film "The Phantom Tollbooth." In addition, Jones was a prolific artist whose work has been exhibited at galleries and museums worldwide. Director Peter Bogdanovich once explained the enduring appeal of Jones' work: "It remains, like all good fables and only the best art, both timeless and universal." Chuck Jones died at the age of 89 in February 2002, but he leaves a legacy of brilliance, comedy, joy, color, and laughter that will live on forever...


To be able to share the magic genius of Chuck Jones with a new generation of fans means the world to his family. Raggedy Arthur embodies the playfulness and gentle intelligence of this film icon; it is a hallmark of my grandfather's work. The Chuck Jones Center for Creativity is excited to collaborate with Kezz Skate in bringing enjoyment and his sense of fun to the world.

                                        --Craig Kausen, Grandson of Chuck Jones
Raggedy Arthur was created by Chuck Jones in 1979 for his Raggedy Ann and Raggedy Andy animated television special, The Pumpkin Who Couldn't Smile. Raggedy Arthur is a skate-boarding dog, who looks like his namesakes, Raggedy Ann and Andy, with floppy bright red yarn hair and patches on his body not unlike the dolls themselves. Later that same year, Linda Jones, Chuck's daughter, made the first Raggedy Arthur doll based on the design developed by her father. The Chuck Jones Center for Creativity is thrilled to collaborate with Kezz Skate to bring Raggedy Arthur to a new generation of fans. 



Original Raggedy Arthur Drawings by Chuck Jones


Raggedy Arthur Doll Prototype made by Linda, Daughter of Chuck Jones on left compared to final product
Picture of Craig (grandson), Linda (daughter) and Melissa (co-founder of KEZZ Skate)
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