Category: Cindy Lou Who

Top left: Chuck Jones with his granddaughter, Valerie, 1966, when she was “no more than two.” Valerie was the inspiration for Jones’s interpretation of top right: Little Cindy Lou Who, from Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas, 1966.

Bottom left: Chuck Jones with his granddaughter, Valerie, 1991, for the premier of “The Magical World of Chuck Jones” which Valerie produced. Bottom right: a gift of a production cel from Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas from Chuck Jones to his granddaughter, Valerie, for her birthday, 1991.

Inscription on the cel reads, “I hate Christmas, Valerie, but I love Birthdays, especially yours!”

The note framed with the cel reads, “Would you care to do everything you wanted to do in San Francisco during Easter Vacation? A train ride up there, a boat ride, shopping, all the bay shrimp you can eat, the world’s greatest aquarium, etc., etc. If so, say ‘yes’. Love, Chuck”

Little Cindy Lou Who, who was no more than two. 12 field pre-production character model drawing and cel, graphite on paper and gouache on acetate, respectively, by Chuck Jones for his 1966 animated television special, “Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas”.