by Maurice Noble (hand-signed.) 5
¾” x 6 ½” mixed media on MGM storyboard paper.
One of the pre-eminent color designers and art
directors in 20th century animation, Maurice Noble’s film career
began in 1934 at Walt Disney Studios creating watercolor backgrounds for the Silly Symphonies. Leaving Disney in 1941 after the bitter
animation strike of that same year, Noble joined the Army and worked in the
Capra unit alongside Chuck Jones and Ted Geisel (AKA Dr. Seuss.) His work on the 1966 television special Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas
involved storyboards, color design, art direction, background layouts and
co-direction. It is arguably the most watched
animation special ever created for television.