Category: Maurice Noble

Original color model drawing, graphite, colored pencil on animation paper, for the 1957 Chuck Jones-directed, What’s Opera, Doc?

“What did you expect in an opera? A happy ending?” –Bugs Bunny
At the bottom, play list for “What’s Opera, Doc?” directed by Chuck Jones, 1957.
“They say Wagner’s music is better than it sounds.” William Nye via Mark Twain

Top: Original layout drawing, graphite on 12 field animation paper, by Chuck Jones for his 1954 short animated film, “Claws for Alarm,” starring Porky Pig and Sylvester. Please note that Sylvester* is mute in Chuck Jones cartoons.


Bottom: Original background layout, graphite with red pencil on 12 field animation paper, by Maurice Noble.


*Sylvester is from the Latin for wooded, silvestris, and felis silvestris, aka “wild cat”.

“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

“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. 

“Dr. Seuss’ Horton Hears a Who!”, animated television special directed by Chuck Jones, 1970. Top: Character model by Chuck Jones, gouache and ink on 12 field animation paper; Middle: background layout by Maurice Noble, colored pencil on 12 field animation paper; Bottom: production color model drawing, marking pen, ink, graphite on 12 field animation paper. 

“Maurice–can you a sort of malevolent face out of this BLDG – ?”

Chuck Jones to Maurice Noble regarding his background layout (above) for “Claws for Alarm” 1954, starring Porky Pig and Sylvester. Graphite and red pencil on 12 field animation paper.

Top: Layout drawing by Chuck Jones, graphite on 12 field animation paper.

“You slop artist.”

At top, a layout drawing by Maurice Noble for the 1953 Chuck Jones-directed, “Duck Amuck”.