In honor of St. Patrick’s Day, an original production background from the 1951 Chuck Jones directed short animated cartoon, “The Wearing of the Grin” starring Porky Pig. (Ironically, the film was released in theaters on July 14th of that year, Bastille Day.)
Chuck Jones and his film crew (animation, sound, music, voice actors) all worked within a discipline; a discipline that defined his film-making career. In his book, Chuck Reducks, Drawing From the Fun Side of Life, Jones captures the essence of this discipline in 16 simple rules to animated film success.
Grinch Model Sheet is a 16 field (13.5" x 16.5") hand-painted cel art edition, limited to 200 and was created from an original model sheet drawn by Chuck Jones in the pre-production of his 1966 film, Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas. It embodies the lessons of the 16 simple rules, particularly no. 8: It is not what or where a character is, nor is it the circumstances under which he finds himself that determines who he is. And it falls back to no. 7: If you start with character, you probably will end up with good drawings.
The Grinch Model Sheet, the map to the character of the Grinch for the animators, displays the same insouciant joie de vivre that is a hallmark of the Chuck Jones style of animated film direction.