Category: 2D animation

Exposure sheets and storyboards from the animated television special, “Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas!”, directed by Chuck Jones, 1966. It is true to say, “timing is everything” and Jones was a master of timing.

At the Red Dot Auction, our art project was a collaborative animation using a Chuck Jones series of drawings of Bugs Bunny walking while tying his ears into a bow. These are the results.

“Dr. Seuss’ Horton Hears a Who!” directed by Chuck Jones, 1970

Top: Pre-production mixed media drawing of Horton the elephant by Chuck Jones

2nd: Layout drawing of Mrs. Toucanella by Chuck Jones, color model, mixed media on 12 field animation paper

3rd, 4th, 5th: Layout drawings by Maurice Noble, mixed media on 12 field animation paper

“Dr. Seuss’ Horton Hears a Who!” directed by Chuck Jones, 1970

Top: Pre-production mixed media drawing of Horton the elephant by Chuck Jones

2nd: Layout drawing of Mrs. Toucanella by Chuck Jones, color model, mixed media on 12 field animation paper

3rd, 4th, 5th: Layout drawings by Maurice Noble, mixed media on 12 field animation paper

Original model sheet of Sniffles by Chuck Jones, circa 1939. 

Pre-production concept drawings, marking pen, ink, and graphite on paper, 11″ x 14″, by Chuck Jones for his 1966 animated television special, “Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas.”

Mine, mine, mine. Sketches of Daffy Duck by Chuck Jones, graphite and red pencil on 12 field animation paper, circa 1980s. 

Original layout drawing, graphite on 12 field animation paper, by Chuck Jones for his 1954, “Feline Frame-up”*, starring Marc Anthony and Claude Cat.

*No cats were harmed in the making of this cartoon. 

Tex Avery model sheet of Bugs Bunny, circa 1940. Chuck Jones’s “Appreciation” in the L.A. Times after Avery passed on August 26, 1980.

The kids from “The Adventures of the Road Runner” produced for television, but it never made it to TV, instead it was edited and appeared as a theatrical featurette with “Lad: A Dog” on Memorial Day weekend, 1962. Drawings are graphite on 12 field animation paper by Chuck Jones.