I’ve always felt Chuck Jones to be the most interesting of the Warner Brothers cartoon directors. The way he could interweave cute, Disney style animation with violent almost sadistic but comical storytelling was an art form in itself. During the years he blossomed as a director, roughly between 1942 and 1946, Jones wisely moved away from using characters like the nauseatingly cute Sniffles the Mouse, and began to highlight his cartoons with the roster of ballsy stars the Looney Tunes are still famous for. Bugs Bunny and Daffy Duck were much better fits for the fast paced, explosive cartoons the studio was specializing in and by the time CHOW HOUND was produced, Jones could blend the cute and the dark better than any other director in animation.
So grab yourself a viewing of CHOW HOUND when you get a chance, and prepare to be horrified as you realize what it means to finally “get the gravy.”