There really aren't enough superlatives to adequately describe the beauty of this short film. From its perfect screenplay to its totes awesome animation and all of the ingredients in-between (layouts, voice over, sound effects, color, pacing) Chuck Jones's 1966 Oscar-winning "The Dot and the Line" will always be a perfect work of art.
Robert Storr, Dean of the Yale School of Art has said, “Great art is essentially work that has proven inexhaustible in terms of value it gives to those who pay attention to it. It says ‘I am in the present tense despite the fact that I was made five or fifty years ago.’”
We had stumbled upon this advertisement that MGM had placed in Variety when "The Dot and the Line" was nominated for an Oscar on our way to something else, but it stopped us long enough to share it with you and to share the animated film as well. Enjoy!
We just came across this wonderful article in the Chuck Jones Center for Creativity's archives that appeared in the Los Angeles Times the week before the Chuck Jones directed "Dr.Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas!" was to make its debut on CBS (pre-empting "Lassie, no less) on Sunday, December 18, 1966. In the same box with the clipping (it's a wonderful read BTW, click it to enlarge) were these two photographs. The top one shows Chuck Jones working with Boris Karloff during the taping session for the soundtrack and the bottom one is (from left) Ted "Dr. Seuss" Geisel, Les Goldman and Chuck Jones admiring the album covers of Seuss' "Horton Hatches an Egg" and the upcoming "How the Grinch Stole Christmas" (it with cover art by Chuck Jones.)
Of course, what delights us most of all, is the photo in the article of Chuck Jones looking very Grinch-y indeed as Ted Geisel adds his own twist on the Grinch look. Can you imagine how much fun it must've been to have been in the room with those two? Oh, heavens, the mind reels!
Theodor Geisel, AKA Dr. Seuss, was born on March 2, 1904. Chuck Redux says Happy Birthday!
Theodore Geisel (Dr. Seuss) left, with the Grinch, Les Goldman (producer) and Chuck Jones (producer and director) at the sound recording session for their production of "Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas" in 1966.
Dr. Seuss (left) with Boris Karloff and Chuck Jones at the sound recording in 1966 for the television special "Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas."
Chuck Jones and Ted Geisel confer during the recording session for the film adaptation of "Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas."
Original drawing of musicians at the recording session for "Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas" by Chuck Jones, mixed media on paper.
Les Goldman (in profile, left) producer, Ted Geisel (Dr. Seuss), Thurl Ravenscroft, 2nd from right (he sang "You're a Mean One, Mr. Grinch") and Eugene Poddany, orchestrations and orchestra conductor at the recording session for the Chuck Jones directed "Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas."