Season 19, Day 1 - “Toon Men”
It's Jones week, and today's quiz inspired by Chuck Jones.
New players: Welcome! For division placement, you can either: 1. play the preseason quizzes (linked below) and I will slot you in a division based on your results (please do this before completing today's quiz if you choose this option), or 2. simply start with this week's quizzes and I will place you in Freshman-B by default.
Previous players: Welcome back! The only slight change to the rules is #6. Quotation marks in the text of a question (when not signifying a quote or title) will now always mean that the exact quoted word is part of the correct answer. (This was usually true in the past as well, but I just want to eliminate any potential confusion.)
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Rules and other things to know
I think this pretty much goes without saying, but no Googling or any other form of research in attempt to find an answer is allowed. However, in the rare instance that you do inadvertently come across an answer in the course of life before you've submitted, that's OK.
The bolded text of each question points to the type of answer that I'm looking for. If your answer does not match the bolded text, it's possible you will still get credit if it is a form of, or adjacent to, the correct answer, but you are leaving it in the hands of the judges, so to speak. This is a pretty easy mistake to make and I see it a lot in grading, so it could help to double-check your answers before you submit.
For a question that asks for a name, a last name by itself is usually acceptable unless otherwise specified (or unless the last name is already provided in the text of the question). One notable exception: for U.S. presidents named Adams, Harrison, Johnson, Roosevelt, and Bush, I will need the full name to distinguish between two possible answers. For fictional characters, first names are acceptable unless otherwise specified.
Correct spelling is not required unless otherwise specified, however there must be a possible pronunciation of your answer that matches a possible pronunciation of the correct answer. In general, adding or taking away a syllable, and adding or taking away an "s" on the end of a name, will unfortunately both usually result in answers that are not accepted.
Titles must be exact, except for the leading article (A, An, or The as the first word). Example: I will accept "Christmas Carol" or "The Christmas Carol" but not "For Whom A Bell Tolls".
Quotation marks in the text of a question, when not signifying a quote or a title, mean that the correct answer contains the exact quoted word. Complete answers (including the quoted word) are generally preferred in case there’s any possible confusion as to where the quoted word appears in the answer.
Try to be as specific as you need to be, and submit only one answer, unless more than one is required (I will take the first answer listed if more than one is provided.) It is possible for your answer to be not specific enough to be acceptable, despite not technically being incorrect. Example: for a monarch, I will generally need the name and regnal number unless otherwise specified (or unless there is only one monarch with that name). Another recent example: "mother's milk" was not accepted for the alliterative animal product "mare's milk." If you have any doubt as to how specific you need to be (hopefully this won't be the case often), you can put the more specific part in parentheses, e.g. "(blue) whale."
All of the previous week's quizzes are “due” on Monday at midnight ET, but I will generally accept late submissions if you can submit them in a reasonable amount of time. Continuing with the “school” analogy, I like to think I'm the nice professor that really doesn't want to dock anyone's grade for lateness. Any player who misses any quizzes (with the exception of the G and Fr divisions) will be separated from the season rankings to avoid demotion due to non-participation. However, such a player will still be demoted if their “implied rank” (their rank when their per-quiz average is extrapolated to a full season) lands them in the demotion zone.
I grade all the quizzes manually, so don't worry if the answer key marks you wrong. You can receive a copy of your answers by checking the box in the lower left-hand corner, and you can receive your score by email and/or check the leaderboard page, which I update throughout the week.
In case of a misclick in assigning confidence points, I will automatically assign the lowest possible point value to any questions that are left blank. For this purpose, I will consider non-qualifying answers (e.g. the name of a person, when I’m asking for a country) to be equivalent to a blank response.
The season will run for 20 quiz days, with the next season starting on the first Monday of the month (August 7). Don't hesitate to reach out if you have any questions about any of the above, or anything else. Thank you so much for being here and allowing me to run this little trivia league for you! I hope you all enjoy the season (and sorry for the extra reading material today).
Chuck Jones was an American animator best known for the Warner Brothers short film series Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies. In his time at Warner Brothers, Jones is credited with creating Marvin the Martian, Pepe Lé Pew, Wile E. Coyote, and the Road Runner. He also directed the classic shorts Duck Amuck, starring Daffy Duck (Jones’ memoir Chuck Amuck was adapted into a documentary of the same name); One Froggy Evening, the debut of Michigan J. Frog; and What’s Opera, Doc?, starring Bugs Bunny and Elmer Fudd. After his career with Warner Bros., he produced a series of Tom and Jerry cartoons that aired in the 1960s. He later produced and directed the Dr. Seuss TV specials How the Grinch Stole Christmas! and Horton Hears a Who!, and he had a cameo in the movie Gremlins (credited as the main character Billy’s “drawing mentor”). Gremlins director Joe Dante considers Jones one of his idols (Dante also directed the 2003 feature film Looney Tunes: Back in Action).
Season 19, Day 1 - “Toon Men”
[Q1] THE INVENTOR OF THE ROTOSCOPE, ANIMATOR MAX FLEISCHER ALSO CREATED THIS FLIRTATIOUS FLAPPER INSPIRED BY JAZZ AGE SINGER HELEN KANE, WHO SUED THE STUDIO FOR EXPLOITING HER PERSONALITY AND IMAGE
[Q2] PREDATING THE “ROCKY III” SONG, THE MOVIE ABOUT THIS ONE-NAMED “ARABIAN NIGHTS” SAILOR “AND THE EYE OF THE TIGER” FEATURED ANIMATION BY THE LEGENDARY RAY HARRYHAUSEN
[Q3] INFLUENTIAL INDEPENDENT FILMMAKER DON HERTZFELDT MADE THE TOP 10 OF ROLLING STONE’S GREATEST ANIMATED MOVIES LIST WITH “WORLD OF” THIS, ALSO WHAT THE “T” STANDS FOR IN “EPCOT”
[Q4] FAMOUSLY DEPLOYED BY THE BROTHERS QUAY IN THE ICONIC MUSIC VIDEO FOR PETER GABRIEL’S “SLEDGEHAMMER,” THIS STOP-MOTION ANIMATION TECHNIQUE IS NAMED FOR A FAIRY OR SPRITE, AND HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH RENDERING AN IMAGE AT SUCH A LARGE SIZE THAT THE INDIVIDUAL DISPLAY UNITS ARE VISIBLE
[Q5] THIS AMERICAN ANIMATOR IS BEST KNOWN AS THE CREATOR OF GUMBY (IF IT HELPS, HIS LAST NAME RHYMES WITH GUMBY’S SIDEKICK, POKEY)