Category: Grinch

The many faces of the Grinch, pre-production and production layout drawings by Chuck Jones for his 1966 “Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas”, graphite, ball-point pen, and blue pencil on 12 field animation paper. The drawing of the Grinch in the chimney is a background layout by Maurice Noble. At the bottom are two original production cels, gouache on acetate, 10.5″ x 12.5″.

Original production drawings, graphite on 12 field animation paper, created for the 1966 Chuck Jones-directed animated television special, “Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas”.

Ink and paint doyenne, Auril Thompson, with the papier mache Grinch made for the infamous Hollywood Christmas parade, 1966. Allegedly the Grinch rode down Hollywood Blvd. that year in a Cadillac convertible to considerable acclaim.

Auril, wife of long-time Chuck Jones unit animator, Richard Thompson, opened her own ink & paint studio after Warner Bros. had closed down their animation studio in the early ‘60s. Her company painted the cels used in the production of the Chuck Jones-directed, “Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas”.

Maurice Noble background layout, colored pencil and graphite on paper with its completed background, gouache on art board, for the 1966 animated television special, “Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas, directed by Chuck Jones.

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.