Williams was a lifelong fan of cartoons, and frequently cited Jones as a source of inspiration. The print was given to Williams by Jones in appreciation for the former writing the foreword to Chuck Reducks: Drawing from the Fun Side of Life (1996). Jones writes: "In appreciation, enclosed please find a portrait of Toulouse Le Duck, a small gift for a superb introduction to my questionable biography...I consider--consider, hell, I know--Robin Williams to be the greatest physical humorist of my time. Verbal too, but the gentle pyrotechnics and explosive intimacy of Robin Williams, if it could be canned, would be the sole source of nutriment to this, and I believe, all other animators." Jones then goes on to explain the rules he adheres to when animating some of his characters, to include Road Runner and Daffy Duck: "When assigned a role (Robin Hood) Daffy, a feathered Errol Flynn, takes the part seriously. Bugs has fun with it; a cotton-tailed Robin Williams."
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