Your family pet is a secret badass

Sunday, November 4th, 2018

When screenwriter Zack Stentz was a little kid, he was obsessed by the Chuck Jones adaptation of Kipling’s “Rikki-Tikki-Tavi“:

I think the idea that your family pet is a secret badass who will fight cobras to protect you at night spoke to me on a deep level.

I remember loving it too, so I was surprised when someone mentioned another Chuck Jones-animated adaptation of a Kipling story, “The White Seal.”

Chuck Jones is a fascinating character — as you might expect of the guy who created the Road Runner, Wile E. Coyote, Pepé Le Pew, and Marvin Martian — and I remember enjoying his memoir, Chuck Amuck. I distinctly remember one anecdote.

Chuck’s father kept starting businesses, and each time he started a new business, he bought lots of letterhead. When the business soon failed, his kids were encouraged to use up the paper as fast as possible — so young Chuck got lots and lots of practice drawing.

Chuck’s grandson seems to have inherited a bit of the animator’s spirit, judging from this look at how Chuck studied seals for “The White Seal”:


  1. Gaikokumaniakku says:

    I was the world’s biggest Rikki-tikki-tavi fan for the first couple of years after I was exposed to the story. I still like furry critters and dislike snakes.

  2. Grasspunk says:

    Guessing his editor didn’t want to call it Chuck Amok.

  3. Harry Jones says:

    Garter snakes are cute. They have no teeth and will try to swallow your finger.

    Things with fangs are best avoided. Fur is neither hair nor there.

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