September 21, 2012 is the 100th birthday of Charles Martin Jones, arguably the greatest director of animated shorts in history. While there will be justifiable celebrations of his life and work this day, his career strikes me as a very curious thing. There was a period of brilliance, but there was also a period of decline which lasted much longer.
I've wrote about Jones' career back in the '90s and while my knowledge of Jones has been augmented by many interviews with his co-workers (see Michael Barrier's site for many of these), my opinion has remained constant.
Whatever your opinion of Jones, there are worse ways to spend the day than to watch some of his films.