Category: Grinch

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.

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”

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.”

Max the dog from the Chuck Jones directed “Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas”, 1966. Top: pre-production character design by Chuck Jones, marking pen, ink, graphite on paper, 11″ x 14″. Bottom: original production cel, gouache on acetate, 12 field (10.5″ x 12.5″). 

“Dear Chuck Jones— Greetings, seasonal and otherwise – and my thanks (joined in by all the Crists) for “The Grinch”–what a lovely Xmas present! All wishes for an undismaying 1967– 12/18/66 – Judith Crist (film critic for television–the Today Show–and print–including The New York Herald Tribune and New York magazine as well as TV Guide.)

From the top: two storyboards by Chuck Jones, mixed media on paper; two layout drawings by Maurice Noble, mixed media on paper, all for the 1966 animated television special, “Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas” which first aired on CBS on December 18, 1966. 

Original production drawings from the Chuck Jones half-hour animated television special, “Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas”, which first aired on December 18, 1966, all graphite on 12 field animation paper. 3rd from top is a layout drawing by Maurice Noble for the film, gouache, colored pencil, and graphite on 12 field animation paper. 

The recording session for “Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas”. Top, drawing of the guitarist (part of a full orchestra led by Eugene Poddany) by Chuck Jones, graphite on sketch pad paper, 14″ x 11″, 1966. Bottom: Chuck Jones, left, with Ted Geisel, AKA Dr. Seuss, at the recording session for their “Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas.” 

Feeling ‘Grinch-y’. 

Shown: Key master, original production background, gouache on art board, with its matching cel art, gouache on acetate, 12.5″ x 10.5″. 

Red Dot Auction artwork continues to arrive and astound. This wire sculpture is by a young stop-motion animator currently working in Burbank. All art donations are ‘anonymous’ until the end of the silent auction on the evening of Friday, May 11. Be there or be square. ChuckJonesCenter.org/RedDot

Top: Original production cel, Xerography and gouache on acetate, 10.5″ x 12.5″ , from the Chuck Jones directed “Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole  Christmas”. 

Bottom: Newspaper clipping from the publicity tour in advance of the airing of the half-hour animated special, “Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas” with Geisel, left, and Jones, holding a drawing of the Grinch as he appears in the animated special. Ted Geisel good-naturedly complained that the Grinch as Chuck drew him, looked more like Chuck than the Grinch. What do you think?