The inimitable Maurice Noble created the backgrounds for the Chuck Jones-directed 1966 “Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas”. This example shows his layout for the interior of little Cindy Lou Who’s home during the opening sequence of the animated television special.
Gouache, graphite, colored pencil on 12 field animation paper.
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Legendary actress, June Foray, the voice of such renowned cartoon characters as Natasha, Rocky the Flying Squirrel, Witch Hazel and little Cindy Lou Who, will be making a special appearance this evening, January 5th, at the Coffee Gallery Backstage in Altadena at 8 PM and performing in word and song with Will Ryan and the Cactus County Cowboys. Be there or be square!
Above and below are pre-production mixed media (graphite, colored pencil and marker pen on paper) concept drawings by Chuck Jones for his 1966 TV special "Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas" that aired December 18, 1966 on CBS, pre-empting Lassie.
"Cindy-Lou Who surprises the Grinch. I drew Cindy-Lou to appear like a great-grandchild of the Grinch, but with everything right where he is wrong."–Chuck Jones
Boris Karloff narrated, June Foray was the voice of Cindy-Lou Who and Thurl Ravenscroft (the voice of Tony the Tiger) sang "You're a Mean One, Mr. Grinch," which was composed by Albert Hague with lyrics by Ted Geisel (Dr. Seuss.)
"'Christmas day will always be, just as long as we have we."